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Logitech MX518 - Gaming Mouse review



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Logitech MX518 - Gaming Mouse


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The humble mouse is an essential part of any PC setup, but most users tend to just stick with whatever rodent comes with their PC when they buy it. However, the difference between a bog standard mouse and the high-end pointing devices available is stark, and you would be amazed how much difference a good mouse can make. Of course having a good mouse to navigate Windows will definitely aid your productivity, but if like me, you’re a serious gamer, having the right mouse can mean the difference between life and death.

Wireless keyboards and mice have become more popular than ever, partly because the prices have dropped considerably, but also because they are far more reliable than they used to be. However, for me, a wireless mouse is just not good enough for gaming – I can always feel a slight lag when playing with a wireless mouse, and once again, this could be the difference between living and dying; or more importantly, gloating or sulking.

So, it comes as no surprise that you’ll always find a wired mouse attached to my main gaming PC. What is surprising though, is that until recently, the wired mouse that I used was a very basic Microsoft model, rather than a specific gaming model. The reason for this is that I have pretty small hands, and I’ve always found gaming mice to be a bit to bulky for swift movement in the thick of battle. So it was with some trepidation that I hooked up the Logitech MX518 gaming mouse, but now that I’ve used it for a few weeks, I don’t think I’ll ever want to let it go.

There are a number of reasons why I love the MX518, not least of which is its size. Not only do I have small hands as I already mentioned, but I also use a mouse very differently to most people. Whereas the majority of mouse users will hold the device in their hand and move it around from the shoulder, I rest the heel of my hand on the desktop and move the mouse with my thumb and ring finger. Using the mouse in this way means that it has to be small enough to move freely under my hand, while the sensitivity also has to be high as the range of movement is limited.

Now, I’m not going to suggest that everyone should start using a mouse the way I do, because the traditional method is far more ergonomically sound. I know this for a fact since I suffered from a terrible bout of RSI induced tendonitis last year – a direct result of how I use a mouse. So now, I try to use a mouse like “normal” people when navigating Windows, but I still can’t change my ways when it comes to gaming.

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Antony Aj Chandler

April 8, 2013, 4:58 pm

very helpfull,i hold the mouse the same as you,and again i have small hands too,maybe its more common than we thought!^^....anyways im comparing this with a bargain i just bought(well swapped)for brand new xbox 360 controller with usb(cost me 39.99 on saturday....couldnt get my money back as it wasn't faulty so i was suprised to see the G-% in my local cash converters for 15quid!....i swapped it with the xbox controller,plugged it in and wow am i happy,it might take some getting used too,but i can tell already this is the mouse for me....and if you goto amazon youl see they (logitech)have NONE in stock here or in the usa,which is why the price has risen dramatically,even for second hand ones..ive seen two today and both are over £200 yes 200!!i couldnt believe it either..but its true....and yes its sooo much better responsively than the control pad...which is frustrating when you cant line up the x-hairs on your enemys head in Bf3...G5 all the way for me =),just want too add the reason why i commontated here,was because i have picked up the blue G-5 with two buttons on the left side not one therefore it looks remarkably similar to your one above now...i did also see earlier a g5 with only one side button and it wasnt blue....


May 12, 2014, 8:09 pm

Sadly for some reason this mouse lately has been disconnecting on me in game or just browsing. I figure it is the wire. So I am sad and have to look for a new mouse. :(


January 21, 2015, 10:29 pm

I have this mouse and I move it the same way, thumb+ring finger

Gaming Gearhead

June 16, 2015, 4:53 pm

Very nice review. Interesting insight into your grip style Riyad, I haven't ever seen/read anyone use a mouse like that before. I would think it would be somewhat easy for you to adjust to a normal palm grip style considering that's how you use a mouse for everyday tasks (dragging windows around, clicking icons is essentially the same mechanics as say aiming in an FPS) but this would obviously take some effort and a good amount of time.

I have written my own review on the MX518 which you can read here:


I'd appreciate any comments on the post, suggestions, etc.

I used it for about 7 years everyday for regular use and gaming. To be honest, the only real reason why I changed from it was because I wore down the exterior too much and I couldn't buy a replacement (until a bit later I found out refurbished ones are available on eBay). Might be the most solid, consistent gaming mouse that has ever been made just based on my own experiences and what I've read about other gaming mice, specifically with them breaking down after less than a year of use.

Gaming Gearhead

June 16, 2015, 4:54 pm

Don't know if this will matter now or not, but you can get replacement wires on sites like eBay.

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