With the MX518 being small enough for my quick movement method when playing games, it’s made it over the first hurdle with flying colours, but there’s so much more to this mouse than its size.
From a gaming point of view, the 1600dpi sensor found in the MX518 will be a real draw for anyone wanting to improve their frag count. Now I didn’t realise just how clumsy the movement on my basic mouse was until I started using the MX518. Playing my game of choice, Counter Strike: Source, I found that I could zero in on targets from a distance far more easily. This was obviously due to the face that I could move my crosshair with greater sensitivity and ultimately grab more of those kudos enhancing headshots.
But the MX518 isn’t just about ultimate sensitivity, it’s also about flexibility. Using the bundled Logitech application, you can pre-program five different sensitivity settings and switch between them at the touch of a button, while you’re playing your game. Located just above and below the scroll wheel are plus and minus buttons – these will switch up and down between your customised sensitivity settings. With this in game adjustment, you can work out what the best sensitivity is for each weapon in your arsenal, giving you that extra edge.
The standard left and right mouse buttons have a gentle action, but still respond with a reassuring click. The scroll wheel is, of course, invaluable both when playing games or using Windows applications. Unlike the latest Microsoft mice, the MX518’s wheel is still “notched” rather than smooth moving. Personally I prefer the notched action and Logitech has made this feature even more usable by allowing you to dictate how many lines you want each notch to scroll through a document – you can alter the scrolling in the supplied utility.
As mentioned earlier, the scroll wheel has plus and minus buttons above and below it, but there is another button even further back in the centre. This is the task switching button and once you get used to it being there, it will seriously increase your productivity in Windows. Whereas you normally have to bring your mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen to select between active windows, or use Alt + Tab to toggle through them, pressing the task switching button brings up a list of open windows directly under your mouse pointer. It’s then simple to select the window that you wish to switch to, with the minimum of fuss.