Sitting very much towards the budget end of the gaming mice market (having enjoyed a fair few price drops over its lifespan), the 2010 incarnation of Logitech’s MX518 optical gaming mouse moves firmly into contention as a tidy little product – with a few things on its side to commend it.
Firstly, though, there’s what you don’t get. For if you’re after the most advanced gaming mouse on the market, this product is some distance short of it. You don’t, for instance, get the added weights that some premium-priced devices offer, to precision-customise the product. Also, the advanced ergonomics of the very highest-spec devices are missing here. If you’re the gamer who looks for the tiniest percentage of advantage in your online combat, then all of these factors need to be considered.
However, if you’re after a device to play games with, and you aren’t too bothered about being a world champion, then the MX518 is well worth considering.
The MX518 gives you the bare minimum of buttons for a gaming mouse these days – but that’s still quite a few. There are two mounted at the left-hand edge of the mouse, three in the centre arranged around the scroll wheel, and none on the right (these are all in addition to the traditional left and right mouse button, and a clickable scroll wheel). Truthfully, this is about right for most gamers, and it gives you quick access to controls to, for instance, adjust the DPI sensitivity of the mouse.
You can also, as you might expect, use the supplied software to customise the assorted buttons to your liking. It’s an easy job to do, too, although we suspect that most users will be more than content with the defaults selected.
The 2010 version of the rodent now supports up to 1800dpi rather than the previous 1600dpi, and we found it worked perfectly well across a few solid hours of first-person shooters Medal Of Honor and Modern Warfare 2. Some mice on the market offer far greater sensitivity, but again, Logitech has pitched this unit at the regular gamer, rather than the massively competitive one.
Crucially, the MX518 is a comfortable device to use – and even if it does lack some of the whizzes and bangs of its competition, it’s the kind of device that’s designed to satiate most of the people, most of the time. And it’s hard to argue that it doesn’t. It’s also fine for day-to-day work and is aesthetically decent on the eye. While it’s no market leader in any sense, it’s a robust, effective tool for a job – and that job just happens to be playing lots of games.