- The Package
The Logitech MX518 is the long awaited big brother to the highly popular MX510 which made its way into so many gamer's hearts. The MX510 offered gamers everything they wanted in a mouse - high performance, good feel and plenty of buttons. The MX518 offers the same except higher performance and a better button setup.
Box wise we don't have anything very exciting. We do see the main features though on the front - 1600 DPI and on-the-fly sensitivity along with the words "For Expert Gamers".
Moving around to the back of the box Logitech go into a bit more detail regarding the mouse along with its software and how it works. One of the more exciting features is the on-the-fly sensitivity implemented into the software. We will be looking at this later on.
Logitech include a CD with the driver on it, a manual because the "Expert Gamer" buying it won't know how to use it properly and a little product catalogue.
- The Mouse
We can have a peak at what the mouse looks like thanks to the clear packaging but its not till you open it up you see just how good it looks.
The effect that the Logitech has used is the same we saw on the MX510 except this time it is Grey/Black instead of Red/Black. The design looks great with every mouse having its own unique pattern. We can see to the left of the mouse we have our previous and next buttons, like the MX510. These are extremely handy when gaming or just looking around websites.
Turning the mouse around we see our mouse wheel, left and right mouse button along with 3 extra buttons. The MX510 gave us the same three buttons but where you can see the + and - on the MX518 we had a scroll up and scroll down. Slightly pointless with the wheel there and obviously Logitech felt the same as the + and - represents the on-the-fly sensitivity. Here is where you increase (+) or decrease (-) the sensitivity on-the-fly - very cool!
If you still haven't got yourself a PC with USB or just don't like to use it you can use the adapter to make use of your PS/2 port.
- The Software
Software wise the Logitech MX518 installs your normal Logitech mouse software that gives you your normal options. Its not until you click on the advanced game setting icon that it takes you into a separate area that lets you get down to the more precise options of the mouse.
The software here lets you set what you want the on-the-fly sensitivity to be at, as you can see you can have up to five settings ranging from 1600 DPI to as low as 400 DPI. You can set it to less then five settings if you want so that you have a high sensitivity and low sensitivity. The default setup gives you three settings with them at 400/800 and 1600 DPI.
You can add the recognized games yourself if you like but we found that the MX518 detected them anyway and as you can see the only game being played at the moment is BF2.exe. The software is quite basic but this helps you get it up and running quickly.
How much does it cost?