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Dreammachines DM2 Comfy

This time I got the Dreammachines DM2 Comfy sent to me for review.



On first glance this mouse is very similar to the NAOS series by Mionix. On second glance it still is, because the shell is the exact same one. Are there any differences to the NAOS though? Let’s find out.

Disclaimer: this mouse was sent to me for review by Dreammachines

Boxing

My box was pretty roughed up from the mail, but in general it’s very similar to the older Razer boxes, velcro door to look inside, plastic insert to hold the mouse.

What's included:
- Dreammachines DM2 Comfy
- Pair of extra mousefeet
- Manual (in my case in Polish)

Box:









Weight & Shape

This mouse is obviously a palm mouse, very clearly designed places for the fingers to be placed. This can both be great and terrible, depending on how you want to grip and on the size of your hand. For me with 20cm hands it’s a decent shape, my gripe is more with the coating, but more on that later.

Weight: 95 g
Height: 39 mm
Width: 84 mm
Length: 131 mm
Number of buttons: 7







Weight on my scale



Comparison
FK1+ - WMO - DM2 Comfy - Castor


How I grip it







For comparison: My hand is around 20 cm from the tip of my middle finger to the base.

Of course shape is completely individual preference, so everyone has to try for himself in the end. The perfect shape for me might be horrible for others. So please keep the pictures of my grip in mind for comparison.



Sensor / Performance

As already mentioned, the shape is the same as the NAOS, the sensor is also the same as the NAOS 7000, see my review of that one here.
MouseTester screencaps for all settings at 1000 Hz (Click to show)
ALL TESTS ARE PERFORMED ON THE ZOWIE G-SR Black
The real dpi for each setting can be seen in the mouse tester print.

400 cpi, 1000 Hz


800 cpi, 1000 Hz


1600 cpi, 1000 Hz


3200 cpi, 1000 Hz


5000 cpi, 1000 Hz

CPI steps


If you recall the NAOS review you might remember that there was a bug with the NAOS that meant even though it was advertised as a 7000 CPI mouse it would not actually reach anything above 4900 CPI at all. In this case the CPI is also lower than advertised (like on almost all mice) but not as bad as it was on the NAOS.

Polling rate was relatively stable.


The mouse has 5 pre set CPI values, 400 (red), 800 (blue), 1600 (green), 3200 (purple) and 5000 (orange). Those can not be changed.

Speed related accuracy variance

This surprised me, because in all my repeated testing it was more than with my other 3310 mice I tested, more than on the Zowies and the Castor for sure. But considering that I have a ZA that is almost as good as the G303 in this test while another is worse I guess there is some random factor in this and I’m willing to give DM the benefit of the doubt. It could also be due to me holding it differently.

Lift Off Distance

LOD is higher than on the Zowies for example, more than 1CD, less than 2. I would guess around 1.5 mm.



Buttons / Switches / Scroll Wheel

Main buttons are ok, although my left click feels and sounds better than my right click. This is the opposite to what m0uz said in his excellent review. This might either be because of tolerances in the switches or because we have a fundamentally different opinion what makes a good click. To me the right click sounds a bit hollow. It works perfectly fine still and they do have very low click latency, less than current Logitech mice. Here is a comparison with the G303 where the DM2 Comfy is A and G303 is B.



So that is definitely nice. However there is one bug that might bother you if you use right click to jump in games, and that is that there’s an inherent delay between M1 and M2 of approximately 20ms.
Here’s a shot of comparing right and left click of the DM2 against each other.



When doing the same test (trying to hit both buttons at the same time) with my Zowies or Logitech mice I get varying values from 0 to 4ms which means that the finding for the DM2 is not error on my side.
I don’t think this is a big issue for most people, considering that many people played with the Ninox Aurora although it had a 60ms delay between M1 and M2…

The switches used for the main buttons are D2FC-F-7N(20M), other switches seem to be Khail ZIP switches.

The mousewheel is good, no problem there at all. It scrolls nicely and the actuation force needed for M3 is very little, yet still distinct.

A major downside are the sidebuttons, those are just as bad if not worse than the ones on the Zowie EC series. They have a lot of pre travel and when I push in the front button it takes the back button with it, as if the board they are mounted on bends. If you want to see shot of the internals I’d direct you to m0uz review again



Build Quality

Most things were already mentioned with the buttons above, the only things left are the coating and the cable. The coating is 100% like the one on the NAOS (or any other Mionix mouse), which means for very dry hands it can be slippery. For me to get a good grip on the right side I need to have a moist ring finger and pinky. It feels very nice to touch though and leaves less spots than the Zowie coating for example. The cable is a braided red and black cable with all the issues that braided cables have. It is not really flexible, which means that without a good cable management you can get in trouble with the cable sticking. It’s not the worst cable I’ve experienced either, the Sensei Raw or Kana cable comes to mind here.
There is also light of the CPI led shining through the cracks of the side buttons, but that kind of looks good imo.



Conclusion

As mentioned in the first paragraph this mouse looks and feels just like the Mionix NAOS. Why would you chose this mouse over the NAOS then? The main benefits of the DM2 are the price (with 45€ vs 70€ MSRP) which is ~35% less. It also has less weight than the NAOS which clocks in at 103g. So I would say if you don’t need the software features the NAOS offers but are looking for a shape like this then the DM2 would be your thing. The only objective flaws I see with the DM2 are the sidebuttons (which still work fine, just don’t feel too nice) and the delay between M1 and M2 which really only affects people who use M2 to jump and need to have both pressed at the same time for rocket jumps.

As a sidenote: feel free to ask me questions about any mouse I have on my twitch stream, which unfortunately I can't link here due to ToS.
Edited by Ino. - 5/31/16 at 8:31pm
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Hi Ino , great review! Could i ask you if the dm1 pro has the same click latency as the dm2.

Thanks again for sharing your impressions
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It seems so, but unfortunately I did not get the DM1, although I'm more intrigued by its shape. I think povohat pointed out that he doesn't use the DM1 because of the M1/M2 lag, so the 20ms between those persists between the models it seems.
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Far better images in this review. Nice one thumb.gif

So the DM2 having lower click latency than the G303 is true
Edited by m0uz - 5/31/16 at 12:44pm
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are the skates and cable better than the naos
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Polling rate was relatively stable.

i guess that's stable enough, but it doesn't look very clean. how does 500hz look?

as always, +1 for a solid review
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i guess that's stable enough, but it doesn't look very clean. how does 500hz look?

as always, +1 for a solid review

Is there 500Hz firmware for this mouse?
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you're saying it ships with polling locked to 1khz, and it looks like that? biggrin.gif
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you're saying it ships with polling locked to 1khz, and it looks like that? biggrin.gif

Yes.

For reference, because I think the system you use always has an influence, here are how the FK1+ and the WMO look on mine:



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woops, you're right. my graphs look even worse, there's some periodical fluctuation going on. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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but i'll just assume it's not a big deal.

thanks for clearing it up!
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