Logitech MX518 - Gaming Mouse - Logitech MX518

By Riyad Emeran



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Logitech MX518 - Gaming Mouse


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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.

Overall Score


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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