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Logitech MX518 Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Former staff writer    -   July 15, 2005


Testing
To test the Logitech MX-518 mouse, I'll play some of my favorite FPS games and my favorite MMORPG, Ryzom. During the tests I will be looking for: mouse lag, slickness of feet, overall comfort, usability of the buttons, and finally control.

After playing about an hour of Unreal Tournament 2004, I noticed very similar performance as I found in the Razer Diamondback but with slightly better precision. I relate the better precision to the weight of the Logitech MX518. The Razer Diamondback is a fairly lightweight mouse while the MX518 is heavier and feels more solid while playing.

I found most of the buttons easily accessible while gaming, in exception to the side button that's closest to the front of the mouse. I found it difficult to reach this button with my thumb while keeping the mouse still at the same time. The slightess mouse jerk at super high resolution like 1600 DPI, could cause death in a FPS game. If both of the side buttons were positioned towards the back of the mouse more, then they would be more easily accessible without the mouse jerk.


Conclusion
The Logitech MX518 Optical Mouse is easily, the ultimate right-handed gamer�s mouse. Notice I said, right-handed because the MX518 is only for right-handed users. There is currently not a left-handed MX518 and Logitech has no plans to make one. The MX518 is the most comfortable mouse that I've ever had the pleasure of using. The ergonomics is simply amazing and I don't think it can get much better than this unless you had a mouse molded to fit your unique hand. The ultra high 1600 DPI resolution makes it a hot item for gamers and performance enthusiasts a like.

Priced around $40 bucks (Newegg), you simply can't go wrong with the Logitech MX518. It's also reassuring to know that Logitech will be there if the MX518 somehow breaks or is defective, the three year warranty means a lot to a hardcore gamer. I highly recommend the MX518 to anyone seeking to gain the extra gaming edge or if you're simply seeking a new mouse for everyday use. The MX518 will now replace my Razer Diamondback which I had been using before it was even released.

Pros

  • Extremely comfortable
  • On-the-fly sensitivity adjustments without software
  • Customizable sensitivity settings
  • Programmable buttons
  • Slick teflon feet
  • Awesome bullet dent design
  • Three year warranty

 

Cons

  • SetPoint software incompatible with Windows XP Pro 64-Bit
  • Right handed users only



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