Dream Machines DM1 FPS Review – Aim, Click, Grab the Frag

by Dan
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I’ll forgive you if you are not familiar with the Dream Machines DM1 FPS mouse. Dream Machines is a smaller peripheral and computer manufacturer based out of Poland, and they make some great stuff. One of the best things they make, in my opinion, is the DM1 FPS mouse.

DM1 FPS Technology

As its name suggests, the DM1 FPS was designed with first-person shooters in mind. Being built specifically for competitive first-person shooters does not mean this mouse fails for other games, but we can discuss that later.

With first-person shooters in mind, Dream Machines reached out to thousands of gamers to get feedback on what was most important for those players to reach the top of the leader boards. Button response time, sensor quality, DPI, shape, and lift-off distance (LOD) were the common points of feedback. It is clear that Dream Machines listened to the input from gamers, because the DM1 FPS has excellent buttons, optical sensor, customizable DPI, a comfortable shape, and an optimal LOD.

Buttons

The left and right-click on the DM1 FPS utilize Huano buttons. Dream Machines claims that Huano buttons work better over longer playing sessions than others, and therefore made the selection. The switches for these buttons should last a long time, as they are rated to a life of 20 million clicks.

Sensor

When it comes to the sensor, the DM1 FPS uses the state of the art PixArt 3389. The PixArt 3389 is flat-out one of the best optical sensors on the market. With high precision, a 1000Hz polling rate, and 1ms latency, Dream Machines took the sensor very seriously. With the addition of software, you also can change the DPI settings from as low as 200 to as high as 16000 DPI.

LOD

Lift-off distance is a very underrated component of a gaming mouse. How far the sensor must be lifted before the optical sensor stops registering movement is the LOD. Lift of distance is crucial because you want to be able to reposition your mouse in space without affecting your aim, but you want to lift the mouse as little as possible during that movement. The Dream Machine DM1 FPS gives you an LOD of ~1.8 mm which should be more than enough for most players.

Form

The last piece of technology in the DM1 FPS that we have to talk about is the form factor. Comfort is a massive part of the equation when it comes to finding the right gaming mouse. Dream Machines has used a symmetrical shell with a mid-hump for optimal comfort. If you are familiar with the SteelSeries Sensei, the shape will be almost identical.

First Impressions – Unboxing

Dream Machines DM1 FPS Smoke Grey in Box
Pictured here in Smoke Grey, a more matte version than the Onyx Black I received.

Full Disclosure: Dream Machines was kind enough to supply this mouse for review.

The Dream Machine DM1 FPS came in a shipping bag/envelope. Inside the bag was a packing slip and a nice-looking black box. The black box had a cool smoke effect, a white outline of a mouse with the Dream Machines logo, and then some print explaining that this was indeed a DM1 FPS in Onyx Black.

Upon opening the box, I was greeted by a user’s manual and some black foam. Beneath the foam sheet, I was presented with a beautiful glossy-black mouse tucked neatly into more protective foam. I lifted the mouse out to inspect it and noted that while the majority of the mouse was glossy, the sides where you would grip the DM1 FPS were matte and somewhat textured.

Further inspection of the mouse brought to my attention two buttons on the left side, presumably programmable, as well as a shield-shaped button behind the mouse wheel. As I continued to look over the DM1 FPS, I  was surprised to see that Dream Machines outfitted this mouse with a paracord/shoelace style cable. As an added touch, Dream Machines provides a backup set of mouse feet in the box, which I appreciate.

Setup

This section won’t be long; this is pretty much a plug-and-play device. The DM1 FPS, like many gaming mice, is USB. I plugged the mouse into my computer and was immediately able to move my cursor around.

At first, the DPI was too high, and I was flinging my cursor all over the screen.  I consulted my manual to find that I could press the shield-shaped button to cycle through several pre-set DPIs profiles. Then I clicked through and found the DPI that felt right. I also noted that the mouse wheel LED changed color with each DPI profile change.

With the mouse feeling good, I wanted to play around with the software. Unfortunately, plugging in the mouse does not immediately install the software as a driver. For some, this is negative; for me, I appreciate that.

Dream Machines DM1 FPS Software
The software is intuitive, though you have to download it separately.

Playing with the Software

I went out to Dream Machines’ website, found the correct software for the DM1 FPS, and installed it. I opened it up and was greeted with all the options I wanted. In the center of the user interface was a picture of the DM1 FPS with numbers pointing to each button. On the left was a key explaining what each button was. Also on the left-hand side of the user interface were options to assign macros, change the report rate, or change general system settings.

On the right side of the GUI were the settings I cared about. On the top right, I could select how many DPI profiles I wanted to have on the mouse. Stock was six; I downgraded to three. Next, you can choose what the DPI is for each of those profiles using sliders, and below that, you can change the light effects for the mouse wheel. Additionally, you can assign a color in the mouse wheel for each profile.

With setup out of the way, I was ready to put this mouse to the test.

Dream Machines DM1 FPS Blood Red
DM1 FPS in Blood Red

Initial Impressions – Playing

The DM1 FPS is geared to those playing games like CS:GO, Rainbow 6, Overwatch, Apex Legends, Fortnite, etc. That does not mean I didn’t play other games with it, but I primarily stuck to what the mouse was made for. Focusing on FPS games meant marathon sessions of Paladins.

Bumpy Start

My first game did not go how I had hoped. I played poorly, and my aim was everywhere. This slump went on for another two or three games. I was super disappointed. I had set up the DM1 FPS with the exact same profile I had on my Logitech.

When I went to pick up my Logitech to plug it back in, I noticed something. The weight of the Logitech felt much heavier. I cracked out my kitchen scale and was surprised to see that the DM1 FPS came in at 83 grams, while the Logitech came in at 126 grams.

Simple Fix

I popped back into the software for the DM1 FPS and halved my DPI setting from 800 to 400. The next game I flew through with a KDA of 7.

I played Paladins pretty much nonstop with the DM1 FPS for two weeks. In between Paladins sessions, I put a few hours into World of Warcraft and a handful of strategy and puzzle games. The mouse performed great. While it may be optimized for FPS games, it is a suitable mouse all around.

Fits Like a Glove

The final thing I will talk about with the DM1 FPS is the feel. The mid-hump symmetrical design fits my hand like a glove. The shoelace cable is the unsung hero of this mouse. The cable glides and dances across my mouse pad in a way that makes the mouse seem wireless. Every mouse should have a paracord/shoelace cable if they are not wireless.

The Final Verdict

Put bluntly, my Logitech is now in storage. That is nothing against the Logitech. It’s a great mouse; I just love playing with the DM1 FPS.

Dream Machines packaged top-end technology with an excellent form factor and robust software to put out one kick-ass mouse. If you primarily play FPS games and are in the market for a new mouse, I would recommend you look this way. The price point is very competitive at around $60. For serious gamers, it wouldn’t be unfathomable to pick up a DM1 FPS just for first-person shooters and to use your current mouse for everything else.

Though I cannot say enough good things about the DM1 FPS, I do have to bring some potential negatives to light. The first is the fit in your hand. This mouse is definitely made for people with large hands. If you have medium hands, you can get away with it, but if you have small hands, it will be a no go. 

The second potential negative is the lack of programmable buttons. If you play World of Warcraft and are used to mapping your spells to a keypad on the side of your mouse, you won’t have a good time. Again, this mouse is meant for FPS games, so a lack of utility in the way of programmable buttons shouldn’t be a surprise.

Neither of those negatives should be deal-breakers for the majority of folks.

I recommend this mouse so much that I just ordered a second one.

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