June 12, 2024


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Dream Machines DM4 Evo Gaming Mouse – Review 2020

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Sometimes you just want a good old-fashioned, no-fuss gaming mouse. In the last two to three years, a large percentage of modern mouse makers have rebranded their baseline wired mice as “esports mice,” making them lighter, smaller, and (often, as a side effect) less comfortable for palm-grip players. The $36.99 DM4 Evo, a new mouse from Polish PC maker Dream Machines, bucks the trend. While the novelty of its origin makes it stand out, the DM4 Evo’s design feels a step lower than what you get from long-standing premium brands. It’s a classic budget mouse to its core, for better and for worse.

Dream a Little Dream of Gaming Mice

The DM4 Evo looks and feels like the very picture of a conventional right-handed gaming mouse. But, with close scrutiny, you’ll see a few tiny variations on the standard theme.

Dream Machines DM4 Evo Gaming Mouse top angle left

For starters, the DM4 Evo has a relatively simple seven-button configuration. On top, you get two click panels and an RGB-lit scroll wheel. Beneath the wheel, you have two DPI-select buttons creating a center column, which confusingly move up and down the five customizable DPI presets rather than using a single button to cycle through them.

Dream Machines DM4 Evo Gaming Mouse top buttons

On the left side, the forward and back buttons feel pretty long because there’s a small gap between them. There is also a non-customizable button on the underside of the mouse, which toggles the RGB lighting on and off.

Dream Machines DM4 Evo Gaming Mouse side buttons

The Evo’s size and shape are conventional, but with a twist. Measuring 1.9 by 2.6 by 4.9 inches and weighing 3.5 ounces, it’s a thoroughly ordinary design. Until recently, that wouldn’t be novel, but in this particular moment, most budget mice skew more toward the small-and-light mini mouse form factor, as seen in the SteelSeries Rival 3 and the Logitech G203 Lightsync. Conventionally shaped (read: non-esports) mice are still getting made by the larger brands, but they’re often more expensive.

That said, the shape is not overly inspiring, or overly comfortable. Most of your hand feels supported, but the base of the thumb tends to sag, which can lead to stiffness after a long play session. I’d still argue that palm players will feel more comfortable using it than most mini mice, but if ergonomics are a serious concern, this is not the mouse you want.

Moreover, the general build quality of the DM4 Evo does not feel up to par with the top manufacturers. The plastic base and side panels of the chassis are smooth and fairly slippery without any kind of grip. If you grip the side panels tightly, you can also feel the slightest bit of give, which suggests the mouse may be more prone to failure long-term. To be clear, I didn’t experience any issues with the construction in my 10 days of testing, but I can’t help but wonder what would happen if I used this mouse for a year or two. Likewise, it sports Huano Blue mouse switches, which are rated for 20 million clicks. That should be enough to last most players a few years, but it’s significantly less than what you can expect from even slightly higher-priced mice.

Dream Machines DM4 Evo Gaming Mouse front

The core of the mouse, however, is solid. The DM4 Evo features a PixArt PMW3389 optical sensor, an accurate sensor that you’ll see in midrange premium mice from established brands like HyperX and Thermaltake. The PMW3389 can track movement at up to 26,000 dots per inch (dpi), which is far more than any player needs. Still, having a high-quality sensor at its core goes a long way to ensuring the mouse’s accuracy, and makes it stand out among less-established brands.

Dreaming in RGB Color

Dream Machines put together a bespoke configuration app for the DM4 Evo, which allows you to adjust settings, create macros, and customize the mouse’s RGB lighting. The single-window app is very similar to other ones I’ve seen from small gaming-mouse makers. It’s nearly identical to the one Glorious PC Gaming Race uses for its mice, save for the logo and a couple of specific settings. It’s not much to look at, but it gets the job done.

Dream Machines DM4 Evo Gaming Mouse software

The DM4 Evo software can store as many configuration profiles as you please, but the mouse does not have onboard memory, so you’ll have to export and transfer config files from one device to another if you want to carry your profiles to a new system.

Back to Basics

For less than $40, the Dream Machines DM4 Evo is a perfectly solid, perfectly usable gaming mouse. Though it may not last quite as long as its counterparts from companies that have earned a strong reputation for their products, you get the basic tools you’d expect from a gaming mouse—customization, accuracy, and a little RGB-fueled flair.

Dream Machines DM4 Evo Gaming Mouse top down close

As just a few examples, though, the Glorious Model D, the Logitech G203 Lightsync, and the SteelSeries Rival 3 do it better for a little more or less money. There are definitely better mice out there—more comfortable, more durable, and with a wider range of features—but if you’re looking for something cheap and easy, the DM4 Evo will get the job done.

Dream Machines DM4 Evo Specs

Number of Buttons 7
Interface USB Wired
Hand Orientation Right-Handed
Sensor Maker and Model PixArt PMW3389
Sensor Maximum Resolution 26000 dpi
Power Source Wired USB
Weight 3.49 ounces
Warranty (Parts and Labor) 1 year

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