The first thing you’ll notice about the DM1 FPS is that there is no spectacle. Nothing inherently screams, “Look at me! I’m clearly for hardcore gamers.” Gaming mice scarcely fit in a professional environment. Underneath that shell, however, is a suspiciously well performing mouse.
DM1 FPS On the Surface
Left/Right click, scroll wheel with middle click, two side buttons, and a DPI switch. Anything less wouldn’t be a gaming mouse and anything more is a specialty mouse. The weirdest part of taking it out of the box is touching the mouse cable. What is this? It’s like someone gutted a shoestring or paracord and replaced that typical rubber or braided sheath. “Extremely light and flexible,” basically means it weighs less than a cooked spaghetti noodle. Braided cables on other mice pale in comparison. Other mice cables feel stiff enough that any contact with the desk can be felt. Shoestring cables do a surprisingly good job of simulating an untethered connection.
It weighs 83 grams. Their website says as much. I measured it. It’s true. I’m unsure why that was what I decided to question, but it does indeed weigh 83 grams. It’s as light as it can be without feeling like a cheap pre-built desktop add-on.
The buttons feel great to press. There’s not a ton of effort to activate, yet they’re unlikely to miss click. Huano mechanical switches were chosen over the often used Omron, but both are rated to 20 million clicks. Left and right click are by no means quiet. At five in the morning I’m likely to wake everyone up with this mouse. Loud clicky keys go unnoticed with blue switch mechanical keyboards but stand out against stealth switches. The side buttons are kinder on the ears.
Optical Sensor Performance
Mice on my desk lay on unfinished pinewood. Even with some of my quality optical mice, the mouse icon would jitter or move across the screen at various speeds. The DM1 FPS didn’t stutter at all, which is saying something. Lift off distance for the sensor is 1.8 mm, essentially negating movement when removed from the desk. Dream Machines’ website mentions zero acceleration for precision, but don’t forget to disable “Enhance pointer precision” in settings otherwise that means nothing.
I gave the DM1 FPS a field test with Destiny 2 PVP. Heretically, I run all PC games with a controller, so there is a bit of a skill gap from transitioning to the keyboard/mouse setup. While my motions were a little sporadic with skills and abilities, my target acquisition was impressive. Due to my lack of precision with the controller, I never used sniper rifles in PVP. With the DM1 FPS I was landing my precision shots consistently, so long as I knew to expect a target. Snapping to unexpected targets happened more rapidly as well. Following airborne targets improved significantly, something that I couldn’t perform very well with other gaming mice.
What I learned from playing Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is that a mouse heavy game is different than a FPS on your hand and wrist. Typically, a first person shooter requires left and right motions more than up and down motions. When forced to hold, circle, and lift the mouse constantly for half an hour or more, expect muscle strain. There’s nothing wrong with the ergonomic design compared to other mice, but it isn’t unique in this aspect either.
Back to the FPS tests, I have some thoughts about the side buttons. I’m unsure how other people hold the mouse, but my thumb tends to make contact with the desk/mousepad. Either my thumb is smaller than the average user or I’m holding it differently than other people because I feel like most gaming mice have their side buttons too high. I have to bring my thumb up a centimeter to reach the side buttons, making my thumb in comparison to the rest of my hand form an awkward position. Side buttons on the DM1 FPS actually make contact with my thumb while resting on the desk. They could stand to be lowered a few milimeters, but otherwise it’s an improvement.
By default, the center DPI switch cycles six settings. That is a ton. I understand that if someone wants to skip the software entirely, all of the options should be available. Software will let you whittle it down to 2, or whatever number you prefer to swap between for precision. Options range from 400 to 16000 DPI.
If for some reason you wanted to know something about the scroll wheel, it has a smooth turn, but could possibly use a little more resistance. You’ll feel the notches, but you still might scroll a weapon too far on accident.
Interface wise, it’s a little bare bones. DPI can be adjusted for six individual modes, as well as changing the number of DPI modes you want up to six. The scroll wheel lights up and there are a few color changing patterns to choose from. I appreciate them putting in the effort, but the lights are the least impressive thing about this mouse. The colors are so faint that it can scarcely be seen by the user while sitting down at the computer. It’s difficult to see the colors unless seated facing the front of the mouse, which is unlikely to happen unless you bring it to a tournament or LAN party.
Keys can be reassigned for whatever special use you need them for. For Destiny 2 I used the forward side button for punching and the rear side button for my class ability. You can change the polling report rate from 1000 Hz to something lower. Is that a thing people want? I’m unsure the audience that suffers from CPU resource issues will want this mouse.
There’s also a Macro Editor, like any good gaming mouse software should have. Problem though, I can’t figure it out. I can make a macro, but I can’t find a way to apply it to a key. I guess I should say that editing the key assignments is the actual problem. There’s no manual to explain it and the user interface for key assignments shouldn’t take a lot of explaining. If you need to do a lot of reassigning or macro building for your gaming experience, this software is lacking.
Software issues aside, the Dream Machines DM1 FPS mouse is amazing out of the box. I’ve never seen a more accurate optical sensor. Shoestring cables are wonderful and need to be integrated into more mice. Huano switches feel great and sound loud (if you’re into that). I’m surprised at how great this very ordinary looking mouse is.
“How much is it?” you might ask. Well, if you are U.S. based, it’s hard to say. If you live in Poland, it runs for 219,00 zł, which is roughly $60 USD. Compared to some $40 and $50 mice I’ve tried, this is actually worth the upgrade in precision. There’s a problem though, it’s pretty hard to find a standard U.S. supplier for it. The “Where to buy” page for North America redirects to the home page which, unfortunately, does not offer a direct sell of the product. A less expensive model of mouse from the same company goes for over $300 on Amazon. I would not say it’s $300 good, but it is $60 USD good. If it crosses your path and your looking into a more accurate mouse, the Dream Machines DM1 FPS is worth your money (at the correct exchange rate).