I was tired of using a mini mouse after months of travelling and when that gave up a ghost I decided to buy a larger and more ergonomically shaped one. This mouse was on offer with Amazon (I would not have paid over £40 for it, but at about half price it was affordable) and although I am not a gamer and it's advertised as a gaming one, I chose this.
And a very happy choice it was.
I have large hands for a woman and it lies in my hand very well, it probably even could be a little smaller and would still fit. The positioning of the buttons is perfect and the actual operation if very good on most surfaces, from crumpled bedding to fairly shiny surfaces (although obviously it doesn't work on glass or similar).
The mouse has two buttons under the thumb (on a left side for a right-handed person) which can be used to go back and forward on the web pages. I rarely use them because I tend to open new tabs for this purpose but it's a useful feature.
The tracking wheel is very efficient (clicking it locks the scroll in which is also handy for Internet browsing and reading long pages) and you can adjust the speed of the click very quickly on the fly with a plus and minus button above/below the wheel. Together with a very precise click means that many tasks that are fiddly with a poorer mouse and impossible with a touch-pad become easy. The adjustable speed will be a bonus for gamers.
The buttons can be in fact customised for particular preferences (especially for gamers) with the enclosed software. I am happy with this device as it is so never used the extra features.
It also looks quite good (a gun-grey, slightly melted and textured looking but in fact smooth design).
My MX-518 experience started 4 years ago after horrendous performances from many generic mice. After eying the special at Electronics Boutique for a couple of days, I decided to grab this gem. It cost me £20.00 at the time which I felt was an absolute bargain.
In the box were the usual USB/PS2 adapter, driver CD and manual. Installation was a matter of plugging and playing. Personally, I use the PS2 adapter as I found that I didn't have to install any additional drivers or software, which really compliments my IT KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) methodology.
The visual design of the mouse gives it a 3D look and the contours fit my hand perfectly. It is by far the most comfortable mouse I've ever owned. The ergonomics on this thing are excellent, the performance is great, it supported years of intensive use and it performed flawlessly until today. It's been through so much that the Logitech sign has been rubbed away. But the buttons are still crisp and responsive. I don't use a mousepad as it works fine on the computer table surface.
The MX-518 is 1600DPI and included a software called 'Setpoint' which allows for instant switching of DPI settings, and for binding purposes. But I never installed the software as I used only the '+' and '-' buttons, located on the top and bottom of the scroll, to instantly switch DPIs. Located on the left side are 2 handy buttons which can be used as 'forward' and 'back' buttons for browsers. And when it comes to games, you can bind those buttons to whatever you wish to suit your needs.
Overall, the MX-518 is a fantastic mouse. It is comfortable, durable, easy-to-use, and is as smooth as a baby's bottom when playing online First-Person-Shooter games (which requires the high DPI). Sure, it doesn't have the bells and whistles that's featured on today's offerings, but who needs it when you have a quality product that just 'works' straight out of the box.
I'm a true veteran of this mouse. In fact it serves me more than 5 years...
After a long time with the "normal" mice (I mean - ones without gaming features) I decided to buy something better. I was (and I still am) a gamer after all! Logitech products have always made me satisfied, so after some standard market research I chose MX518.
In the box there was nothing exiting. Mouse (amazing!), USB/PS2 adapter, instruction manual & driver CD. You can say: the MX518 comes with all the usual Logitech stuff. And you will be right.
The main design is quite... original. I like it (those "bumps" are very interesting), but for some people it may look strange. Our mouse is equipped with eight buttons in total. The right/left click, four on top (one in scroll), and two on the left hand side. For many players the two buttons on the side seems to be very handy, but (as a strategy/cRPG player) I don't find them extremely useful during the game. However, in regular PC use, like Internet navigation, they are irreplaceable! For example, I can't remember the last time I used the Forward and Back buttons in my browser by left-clicking it...
MX518 mouse is a 1600DPI optical mouse (what you can read everywhere, even on the box) designed to medium and advanced gamers. I think so many dots per inch is enough for most people, and ever for so called "pro players". The mouse is fast and accurate. Using the top buttons you are able to change a sensitivity "on-the-fly", even in the middle of a dynamic game.
The MX518 includes a software "SetPoint" to bind the buttons on the mouse. The software also controls general mouse settings. It's not necessary to play with this program, but here you can set the buttons to do things you really like, and to which you want instant access. Remember that even without SetPoint installed you have the three standard DPI settings available: 400, 800, 1600.
Performance? All I can say is that MX518 works wonderfully. You can do whatever you want, with MX a hardware is no longer an excuse. I found the mouse is very comfortable. And it is almost indestructible. "Almost", because after so many years my MX is not as young and powerful as it used to be. Unfortunately, the scroll ignores some commands, the main buttons sometimes have a bad day and so one... But hey, it is still alive, and a normal mouse would be already dead!
In fact, MX518 has only two serious disadvantages: it has only one hand orientation (right hand), and after some time Logitech logo starts to rub off.
What more I can write? My next mouse will be from Logitech too. Definitely.
First off, the mouse comes in the sort of plastic packaging you'd expect from a mouse - nothing special, but then it wasn't awful either. Of particular note, it was relatively easy to get into (unlike some other packaging I have come across!)
When I bought this mouse a few years ago it was meant to be a 'premium' mouse - and was about £40 (although now it's more like £20). The top part (with that weird mercury like effect) is plastic, and the sides are all rubber. This is a nice combination, as I find I don't get sweaty hands whilst using it, yet it doesn't slip through my hand.
The mouse is ergonomically shaped to fit your hand, and I have to say it's very comfortable (they don't make one for left-handers thought, unfortunately). Even after late night gaming sessions my hands aren't tired - absolutely no complaints about comfort.
There are two buttons either side of teh scroll wheel, which adjust teh sensitivity of the mouse (i.e., in first person shooters you choose a low sensitivity for sniper rifles and a higher one for pistols). It worked very well when I first got the mouse, but now the buttons don't seem to work very well.
Overall, this is a very good mouse. It's comfortable, smooth and accurarate. No complaints (apart from the sensitivity buttons breaking) whatsoever!
When I got my first PC back in the mists of time, it was in the days just before scroll wheel mice were becoming common. The mouse I had was a bog standard Microsoft 2 button ball mouse (no optical mice back then), and it did me fine, that was until I tried a mouse with a scroll wheel at university. it was a revelation, no more having to click on scroll bars and drag things about in what always seemed like a very unresponsive and annoying way. I had to have one.
Being fairly skint at the the time I was a bit limited and eventually plumped for what was essentially the same bog standard microsoft mouse I had but with a scroll wheel. For such a minor addition, it really made a huge difference.
Fast forward a few years and I get a new computer at work, with a new mouse too. This time it was a Logitech optical one. I was truely asstounded by the difference from the Microsoft mouse I had been using before. The new optical format worked so much more smoothly than the ball. Along with this, the mouse was smaller and much better shaped to fit comfortably in the hand. It was a real pleasure to use. From that day on I have stuck with Logitech for my mice and I have never been let down.
My next huge leap was to a wireless mouse with extra buttons, most of which I never used but down by my thumb, in the newly sculpture alcove for my thumb to comfortably sit, there were two buttons with arrows. At first I was unsure of them, then I discovered how amazing they were were it came to browsing the internet, and for working in windows explorer. No more did I have to move the pointer to the back button and click, now I could just move my thumb a little and press. I know it sounds like such a minor thing but the difference it made was huge. The mouse itself was even more comfortable to hold than my previous one, being sculpted to fit nicely in the hand with an alcove for my thumb and perfectly placed buttons. Logitech had once again proved themselves to me.
For the last month or so my mouse at home (my old optical Logitech from work) had been playing up, the left mouse button was sticking, meaning you'd often find you were unable to click anything. Working a lot in Photoshop and Quark, and browsing the internet an awful lot, it was driving me completely mad. I needed an upgrade!
Being very happy with Logitech mice, I took a look at their range, and found a few options. I didn't want a wireless mouse as I didn't want yet another item that needed batteries or a charger and I've always been perfectly happy with wired mice anyway. After reading reviews and users opinions, I decided upon the MX 518 Optical Gaming Mouse. I found it at a good price and with free delivery so I was very happy. A couple of days later it arrived.
The packaing was simple and and easy to get into. In the package came the mouse, and a drivers disk. Although this is a USB mouse, I have used a USB to PS2 adapter to plug it in as I am rather lacking in spare USB slots at the moment. I plugged it in and it worked perfectly straight away. The pointer responds quickly and accurately, the main buttons have a nice clicking action on them, not so easy to click that you'll end up constantly accidentally clicking, yet you don't need to press too firmly, it really couldn't be better. The wire is one of those anti tangle leads, which is a good length and seems to stay nicely untangled at all times meaning no annoyances of moving the mouse to find there is no slack in the lead.
The mouse itself is much the same shape as the one I have been using at work for the last four years or so, nicely sculpted to fit the hand. on the left is an alcove for your thumb to sit in very naturally, above this are the now beloved back and forward buttons. On the right there is another alcove, this time for the fingers, allowing a nice natural hand shape while facilitating an easy gripe of the mouse.The sides of the mouse are lightly rubberised to provide extra grip and comfort while the top section of the mouse is (as you can see in the picture) a cool metallic effect plastic, this feels nice against your hand and keeps it quite cool and seems to minimise sweaty palms. The scroll wheel is also rubberised and scrolls easily. It scrolls in steps as many other mice do, which is often seen as being very important by gamers as it's nice and easy to know exactly how far you're scrolling without looking, perfect for selecting the right weapon in a first person shooter etc! All in all a very comfortable experience.
Along with the standard left and right buttons, and the back and forward buttons I have mentioned. There are three other buttons. One in front of, and two behind the scroll wheel. The buttons directly infront and behind the scroll wheel alter the resolution of the mouse which affects the sensitivity. the built in settings are basically, High, Medium and Low. The main use of these different modes will be for gamers, though to an extent they will be useful for image editors etc too.
Imagine you are playing a shooting game and you need to be able to move your aim about quickly, the high sensitivity mode is great for this as the pointer moves about nice and quickly getting you looking where you need to as quickly as possible. However, if you pick up a sniper rifle and you need to zoom right in to see your target, any slight movement of a very sensitive mouse will have the sniper scope swaying all over the place, costing you vital seconds as you try to find your target again. With this mouse, a quick couple of presses of a handily placed button will put you into Low sensitivity mode and it will take a lot more mouse movement to move your scope about, making sniping very much more effective. Drop the scope, two button presses, you're back to high sensitivity and fast moving again, it really
couldn't be more simple or more effective!
The last button is an application swap button which, once you have installed the Logitech driver software, you can click to easily change between open applications. Personally I don't use this button as if I have several applications open it will generally be when I am working and as such using Photoshop and Quark all the time, one hand will be on the keyboard and can easily alt-tab between applications anyway.
I have not installed the driver software as the mouse did everything I wanted it to from the moment I plugged it in, inlcuding the different sensitivity settings which are hard programmed into the mouse, so I can't tell you anything about the programming options for it etc but they are apparently quite comprehensive and effective. Maybe I'll give them a whirl at some point and update my review, who knows.
My conclusion, this is a superb mouse, which is very comfortable to use, very accurate, precise and responsive, feels very well built and has all the functions you could want, Logitech, you have once again proved to me that you really do know how to make a wonderful mouse and one that doesn't even cost a fortune like some of the other gaming mice out there. I managed to pick mine up for just under £20 pounds as it was on offer but I think generally it the mouse is about £30 or so. Very much recommended!!!
The Logitech MX 518 is the only gaming mouse I've ever bought, and to be honest I think it's the only one I'll ever need.
The mouse is 1600dpi which is good enough but I wouldn't have wanted any lower for gaming. Thankfully, this is just high enough. It's optical not laser, but supposedly optical is better anyway, something which I'm sure is subjective. What's great is that like several other gaming mice, you can change the resolution on the fly, with 5 preset resolutions you can choose yourself, ranging from 400dpi to 1600dpi. This may sound a bit gimmicky to some however I found it very useful when playing Battlefield 2142 and 2, as switching to a lower sensitivity helped me no end with sniping. It's also useful for the not-so-computer-literate like my brother when he borrows my computer, as he "cannot handle" the higher sensitivity :P
There are 8 buttons altogether which again is very useful for games like Battlefield where you have many different weapons and pieces of equipment, for example as Assault on 2142 I would have one button for my main rifle, one for my medikit etc. This gives you such a huge advantage in situations where speed is essential. The buttons are all customisable to do pretty much anything you want through the Logitech Setpoint Software, which I found was quite feature-rich but sometimes confusing and not always letting me do everything I'd want to.
The mouse itself is attractive and looks battered like a trusty weapon you'd brought into many a battle. I'll have to knock one point off the quality for the Logitech part always having the paint rub off after a lot of use, only a minor cosmetic issue but one nonetheless.
It's right-hand only, which is good for me and most other people, but unfair to those left-handers out there who need to seek another mouse instead for their needs. For right-handers however it's very comfortable and moulds right into your hand with a groove for your thumb.
Overall this is an excellent mouse that if you look around on sites like amazon, ebuyer and play.com that you'll find for a very good price. Definitely highly recommended if you need a feature rich gaming mouse.
This mouse occupies a difficult position. It's far superior in terms of accuracy and sensitivity to more basic mice. It's made for gaming and does a great job, and for £23 at Amazon it is excellent value for money. However, it cannot compete with the higher class of gaming mice. It is optical, not laser and it would benefit from the adjustable weight of the more expensive Logitech mice.
*Excellent handling and precision - The fact that you can switch between 1600, 800, and 400 dpi while in game sets this mouse apart. When playing a FPS game I can adjust the sensitivity of the mouse depending on which gun I pick up - superb.
*Very comfortable - Can use it all night and not be left with the revealing 'claw-hand' look that betrays my hours of gaming time.
*Sturdy build - It's been used every day for 6 months and still going strong. (Also it's had numerous drinks spilt on it and been dropped en route to too many lan parties).
*Out of the 8 buttons I actually use 7, the 8th being too far for my thumb to reach. The reason I really, really like this mouse is the extra programmable thumb button on the side. It's in just the right position. I use it on vent/teamspeak so I can finally talk AND aim and shoot at the same time, it has no negative effect on accuracy at all. That's worth the £23 in itself for me.
*It's wired. Some may consider this a negative but I deliberately looked for a wired mouse. Any battery operated mouse will run down, by definition. I wanted a mouse that had the same performance all day every day. Too many times have I found the batteries running down or an object between the mouse and the receiver.
*Only suitable for people who operate their mouse with their right hand.
*On a smooth surface it's far too sensitive. Would always require a mat.
*Unfortunately the biggest pro of this mouse is also it's biggest negative. The thumb button does interfere with my desktop on occasion. Basically after I press it the desktop freezes. Solution? Press it again and it's fine. It's a little annoyance but it doesn't really cause a major problem.
If you've spent a decent amount of money on your PC and play a lot of games I would highly recommend this mouse to you. There are no others in this price range that I would personally consider. If, however, gaming is your life and you've spent a great deal on your computer - get a mouse to match. The more expensive logitech mice are definitely worth the money.
Purchased this mouse quite a few months ago and to this day I am still pleased with it. I first came across this mouse when someone mentioned it to me while playing battlefield 2 and they said it was one of the best gaming mouses they had ever used, so, I decided that i'd go and try it.
Its 8 customizable buttons give you everything you need when playing games. It also allows you to adjust the movement resolution which means this mouse can be used for virtually any type of game, be it a fast paced shooter, or a slow laid back strategy, this is the mouse for you.
Although this mouse isn't brand spanking new, it still holds its own.
I would highly recommend this mouse to anyone that is interested in more than one type of gaming genre or fussy about how sensitive the mouse is.
The only thing people may not like about this mouse is the fact that it isn't wireless, but hey, thats personal preference I guess.
If you're looking for a highly customizable, multi task performing wired mouse at a reasonable budget then this is the one for you.