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Logitech MX518 Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Former staff writer    -   July 15, 2005


Software
As I have said throughout the entire review, the Logitech MX518 mouse requires no software to run - it's truly a plug-and-play mouse! However, installing the provided SetPoint software will give you many useful features like custom sensitivity settings, programmable buttons and more. I wanted to see what the fuss is all about so I began to load up SetPoint on our main test computer but it failed to install. It stated that it could not run my current version of Windows, which was Windows XP 64-Bit Edition.

Therefore I had to use another test system which ran Windows XP 32-bit in order to fully test the software.


On the main screen of the SetPoint software you can configure the MX518 buttons to perform different tasks than what they are currently performing when clicked. All of the buttons are configurable except for the left and right click. There are a total of six different tasks that each button may perform. The first task is the default task for the specific button that you are configuring. For example, if you are configuring the Sensitivity Decrease button, then Sensitivty Decrease will be the first task on the list. The other tasks will depend on what button you are currently configuring. The most important task for gamers will be Keystroke Assignment.


Keystroke assignment allows you to perform a single key or combination keystroke. For example, you could setup CTRL-ALT-R on your left side button. Then you could go into the key bindings of your favorite game like Counter-Strike and bind the radio command menu to CTRL-ALT-R. Now, when you click that button on your mouse the radio command menu will appear.


The "other" task will bring up a menu of selectable functions that range from cut and copy to maximize and minimize.


On the next screen you will find mouse movement settings. These are the same settings that can be found in Windows under mouse properties within the control panel.


On this screen you are able to setup an array of different settings like game detection, whether or not you want SetPoint or the OS to control speed and acceleration, and also game mode settings. At the bottom of the screen there is an advance game settings button. Clicking this button will bring up the advance settings for on-the-fly sensitivity settings.


On the advance game settings screen we find the easy to configure sensitivity settings. By default, there are three preset sensitivity settings and the ability to custom configure up to five. To configure the different levels click a number one through five and then slide the dial to the DPI you wish for that setting to be set at. Each number represents one click on the mouse. For example if you wish to go to your fourth sensitivity setting and you are currently at the first setting, you would have to click up three times. You may also disable different sensitivity levels, if you only want to have a couple. I have one setup for "Full Speed" 1600 DPI, another setup for sniping while gaming which is at 1000 DPI and another for my wife who likes the sensitivity lower.

The Recognized Games list on the right of the screen lists all of the games that SetPoint recognizes on your system. SetPoint will recognized most all games but if it doesn't, you can "browse" to the game executable on your system to manually add the game to your list. If you're using game not listed in the Recognized Games list, you will not be able to use on-the-fly sensitivity adjustments.


The final screen of the software is the "Tools" tab. This screen displays your current control center and driver version. You can also find more information about ergonomics of the MX518, Logitech support, and a help manual of the SetPoint software.



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