Falling directly under your thumb are forward and backward buttons. These aren’t uncommon on mice these days, and they allow you to skip backwards and forwards through Web pages or document folders without having to move your pointer to the menu bar. Of course when I say that these buttons fall directly under your thumb, I mean that they fall directly under my thumb – if Benny were using this mouse it would be a different matter altogether. What I’m getting at here is that the MX518 is primarily aimed at the right handed majority of the world population, and yet again, left handers like my Deputy Ed will have to either adapt or look elsewhere.
I haven’t touched on aesthetics yet, but if you are concerned with how good your mouse looks the MX518 is unlikely to disappoint. Finished in black and silver, the central part of the body is covered with what looks like dents. When you come to hold the MX518 though, you realise that the indentations are an optical illusion and the mouse surface is smooth. I’m not sure what the indentations are supposed to represent, but it certainly adds some style to what most users consider to be a function over form bit of kit.
In the box you’ll find the MX518, along with a USB to PS/2 adapter and the software disc. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s pretty much everything you need.
One word of warning though. Don’t expect to suddenly be a better player once you plug in the MX518, in fact I actually found myself to be worse when I first started using this mouse. It really does take a bit of getting used to, and you also need to configure the best possible sensitivity for each game you play. Once I started to feel comfortable with a new weapon in my hand, I found myself nailing kills that I didn’t think possible and tracking enemies with greater accuracy and speed.
Of course all high-quality products carry a price premium and at £37.60 the MX518 is far from cheap, especially for a wired mouse. But in my opinion it’s worth every penny and if you’re serious about your gaming, and want to increase your Windows productivity you should give this mouse a try.
At last, a gaming mouse that I can use. The size is perfect, the performance is exemplary and the software simple and effective. The Logitech MX518 is the best mouse that I’ve ever got my paws on.