In the past we’ve experienced bad mice, and we hated those ‘mices’ to pieces. There’s nothing worse than an uncomfortable, cheap mouse, and considering how much you use this long-tailed peripheral it’s worth splashing out a little extra money to get a good one. This is especially true if you’re an avid gamer who spends an unhealthy amount of time glued to your monitor.
And as the name suggests, the Logitech MX 518′s target audience is the gamer, particularly the FPS (first-person shooter) player, as one of the big selling points of this optical mouse is its high 1,600dpi sensitivity. More about that in a moment. First things first: how easy is it to set up? Very. Just plug it into a USB port (or PS2 port using the bundled adapter) and you’re away in a matter of seconds. There’s also a quick software installation process, which sets up a taskbar menu allowing you to adjust various functions.
In physical terms, the MX 518 is near perfect in our eyes, and indeed hands. Its sleek black design and curved contours are aesthetically pleasing, and there’s a transparent top surface with a sort of velvety grey padding underneath. That might sound odd, but it looks great.
The mouse is also solid without being heavy and in terms of size the MX 518 fitted our hand like a glove. It’s comfortable and smooth to use, even though it looks a little large and cumbersome at first glance. The grooved tongue down the left hand side, where your thumb rests, really helps the overall ergonomic quality. It’s true that our hands are slightly bigger (and hairier) than average, so those with small mitts may want to try before they buy.
Not only does the Logitech MX 518 have a fluid feel on the desk, but this translates very well into games thanks to the 1,600dpi resolution, which offers pin-point precision. We test drove the mouse with Half Life 2 and it was an absolute pleasure to use.
There are two little buttons at either end of the mouse wheel, and these can be used to change the MX 518′s sensitivity from between 400 and 1,600dpi, on the fly. In other words, when you’re zoomed in and sniping you can use the low sensitivity for extra aiming precision, switching back to the normal sensitivity when you zoom back out into normal play. This is a very clever touch for FPS games.
Speaking of the buttons, aside from these two and the mouse wheel, there’s a third small button on top which emulates the Alt-Tab function under Windows. There are also two buttons on the left-hand side of the MX 518, positioned neatly to be accessed with the thumb, which correspond by default to Back and Forwards when Web browsing. Of course, when gaming you can bind them to guns, actions or whatever. And, obviously, the MX 518 has the standard left and right mouse buttons.
A final positive mention must be given to the easy-to-use software set-up program, which allows the user to implement different levels of mouse acceleration, button assignments and so forth, with separate settings available for both Windows usage and games.
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