Multi-Mouse Comparison: Dream Machines DM1 Pro S

Little known outside of /r/mousereview and more niche tech forums, the Dream Machines DM1 Pro S is first on the chopping block of my daily driver comparisons.

Now obviously there’s no “best” when it comes to gaming mice, only one that fits your preferences the most, or at least that’s what RocketJumpNinja tells me before every one of his mouse reviews, so we’re going to go with that.

This reviews going to be a little bit more off the cuff than usual, as it’s a more personal compilation of my thoughts on the DM1 Pro S in comparison to my other two long term daily drivers the Logitech G303 Daedalus and Zowie FK2. I’ve been using the Pro S for roughly the past two months, and the other two in rotation over the last three years.

Packaging

The Dm1 packaging is extremely simple and minimalist, it comes with some extra mouse feet and a small instruction booklet, that’s about it. The Logitech and Zowie packaging includes with a little bit more flair and stickers, but no faults here from Dream Machines. I’d say the Logitech takes this category due to the way they ship the cord (around the whole mouse loosely).

Winner: Logitech G303

Material

One of my favorite aspects of the DM1, the rubberized shell. It’s a really comfortable material, especially for those sweaty clutch moments (or attempted clutches). This is in comparison to the FK2’s hard smooth plastic and the 303’s mix of slightly textured top/sides with a see through dotted plastic on the rear, the Pro S is easily the favorite.

The Zowie comes in last here, as its got no texturing and just far too slick for my taste, giving off a bit of a “cheap” impression.

Winner: Dream Machines DM1 Pro S

Shape

Shape is pretty much 100% subjective, but I’ll give my thoughts based on my grip and hand size to compare. With 7.5 by 3.5 inch hands using a claw grip, the Dream Machines Pro S fits me perfectly. It’s an extremely safe shape, using the SteelSeries Sensei as it’s chassis.

I found the Zowie to be a bit too low height wise, maybe I should have gone with a ZA series instead. It feels a bit awkward, and couldn’t seem to get a grip that felt right.

This wasn’t as awkward as the 303 though, this thing took forever to finally get used to, even then about a third of my hand wasn’t even on the back of the mouse. I can see why they went for a safer shape the next generation with the G Pro.

Winner: Dream Machines DM1 Pro S

Clicks

Both the DM1 and the 303 use Omrom Switches, but the travel distance on the 303 is a lot shorter. The Zowie uses Huanos, and give the most resistance when pressed, which is the reason a lot of people won’t recommend this mouse to someone who plays a lot of MOBAs or RTS’.

Something to also take into consideration is the single top shell design (DM1, FK2) vs the 303’s tri-piece approach where the buttons are on their own. I think this could be one of the main contributing factors to why the 303’s clicks feel amazing in any genre game. The Logitech comes out on top here, with the Dream Machines in third, as Zowie has some great clicks, albeit a little harder of a press.

Winner: Logitech G303 

Sensor

This sections a little harder to quantify considering all these mice use great sensors and trying to differentiate differences between them is tough. For reference the 303 is using a 3366, Zowie 3310, and DM1 rocking the 3360.

At 400 DPI in games they all feel precise, but there’s just something about the FK2 that seems lacking. Part of it comes down to thinking why this company now owned by BenQ isn’t using a bleeding edge sensor, just seems like laziness or a cost cutting measure, not a fan of that vibe from someone who pride themselves on “FPS superiority”.

Logitech and the Pro S tie here.

Winner: Logitech G303 and Dream Machines DM1 Pro S

Cord

Straightforward answer on the cord, both the Logitech and DM1 have braided cables. While it looks cool its usability is worse due to its likeliness to get caught on your desk (the 303 is especially susceptible) and provide resilience when moving around the mouse pad.

The FK2 on the other hand comes with a light rubber cord, it’s perfect for when you have to move the mouse around a lot playing on low DPI settings. Not sure why more companies don’t go this route, as I don’t think many people are buying gaming mice for sick looking cords.

Winner: Zowie FK2

Scroll Wheel

One of the worst aspects of the Pro S is the scroll wheel, in addition to it being kind of wobbly there’s a noticeable rattle when you shake it. Not sure if this is a common issue in the DM1, but it certainly adds a low build quality element.

Zowie’s wheel has a more precise feeling to it, more resistance and a shorter page travel distance when scrolling. Great in games, but becomes somewhat of a chore when browsing reddit or email.

Logitech’s is non textured and low, it’s got a medium resistance feel to it, overall nothing bad I can say about it.

In my opinion none of these scroll wheels are “amazing”, just that the Logitech feels like the best out of the bunch.

Winner: Logitech G303

Software

The DM and Zowie don’t have software, but I prefer it that way.

Logitech’s is good, never really messed around it in beyond changing colors though.

Winner: Draw (Logitech wins if mouse software is a necessity)

Conclusion

When I ordered the Dream Machines DM1 Pro S I really wasn’t sure what I’d be getting. I’d read a ton of other peoples reviews, it was half off, so I thought might as well give it a try.

Now it’s not the best looking mouse, nor is it the best built mouse. But there’s just something endearing about using a smaller companies product.

The feel is top notch, the weight is low, and the sensor is all you could ask for.

It feels amazing in FPS games, competing and in my opinion coming really darn close to beating out the current iteration of the Zowie FK2 overall.

It’s a little harder to directly compare the DM to the G303 though, seeing Logitech went with such a niche shape there. That mouse took months for me to finally find a way of holding it that was comfortable.

Overall I’m really happy with Dream Machines and their DM1 Pro S; I’ve been using it for about two months now, and don’t really see myself switching off it anytime in the near future as my daily.

Scores

Dream Machines DM1 Pro S: 7.5/10

Logitech G303: 8.0/10

Zowie FK2: 8.5/10

 

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