Inside the DM5 Blink
Once four screws are removed, the mouse splits to expose the innards. On the left, we see that the top portion of the mouse is built like a standard RGB keycap, with an inner white plastic portion, and a thin layer of black plastic over it to block light where it is not desired. It is also where the PCB for the DPI selector buttons and left side buttons are found. The lower half houses all of the rest of the goodies.
Huano makes the red switches facing us, and back the page forward and back buttons on the left of the mouse. They require a bit of force to use them, and there is a prominent click heard on each press. The white Huano switches seen on the top back the DPI buttons, and while the pressure to actuate is slightly less than the reds, the report is just as loud and crisp.
Under the left click button, we see a Huano switch in a blue case with a white stem. These have a feel similar to Omron switches, there is an audible click, and the force needed feels right. Behind it is, best we can tell, a sensor made by HHS. The feel is segmented, and average in force, as we have had ones with a sloppier feel, and those that you really have to push. This is a happy medium.
After lifting the ribbon cable out of the way, we can now see the sensor that was under it. In the DM5 Blink, we indeed get the PixArt PMW3389 optical sensor. The DPI range starts at 100 DPI, can be adjusted via the slider at 100DPI increments, on up to 16,000 DPI.
As to the MCU, your guess is as good as anything we have attempting to make sense of the numbering. We have to assume whoever made these reprinted them with markings for Dream Machines. What we can say is that no matter what chip this is, in our testing, we found it to do the intended operations without fault.
On the right side of the mouse, we run into the matching Huano 20-million click switch, but there is another Huano switch used for the scroll wheel as well. The force needed is a bit on the excessive side, but we can guarantee it will never be accidentally pushed! The report is as loud as the rest with an audible click heard when enough force is applied.
With the DM5 Blink now back in one piece, it is time to apply power and see what sort of a light show we are in for. With four LEDs on either side, another for the scroll wheel, all SMD RGB LEDs, and a bulbous LED used under the DM logo on the heel; the intensity is better than on many of the mice we test! The sheer amount of illuminable sections is impressive, the intensity is remarkable, and this is just the default option, we still have software options to consider as well!
Last updated: Dec 19, 2019 at 11:13 am CST