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1600DPI Gaming Mice from Logitech and Razer

By: Shawn Baker | Mice in Peripherals | Posted: Sep 4, 2005 4:00 am

Final Thoughts


- Logitech MX518 Conclusion


The MX518 is a great mouse but the fact that it is designed for right-handed people only is quite disappointing as everyone should be able to utilize a mouse like this. The software while being basic is extremely useful and lets the set up of on-the-fly sensitivity be done with just a few mouse clicks. You do have to install the software to make use of this feature but this shouldn't be a problem.


If you're a current MX510 user and think its time for an upgrade the jump to the MX518 is the wisest choice as its going to feel the same but expand upon the features that the MX510 offered. It's got a higher scan rate, better software and more options.


Unfortunately due to the popularity of the MX510, the MX518 is selling like crazy and getting stock can be a bit of a task. While Logitech state the MX518 is for the expert gamer, it can be used for anyone who wants a high scanning, great feeling mouse if it be for editing in Photoshop or kicking butt in your favorite game.


- Where to buy it


Logitech MX518 (931352-0403) Mouse


- Pros


Great fit for right handed people


On-The-Fly Sensitivity


O-T-F Sensitivity is easy to adjust


Looks great


- Cons


Availability on the MX518 is horrible


Not for the left-handed gamer


Application switch is annoying at times


The MX518 is for people who love their Logitech mouse already but think its time for an upgrade and is not for the left hander thanks to its very specific mould pattern.


Rating - 8.5 out of 10


- Razer Diamondback Plasma Edition Conclusion


The Razer Diamondback is a little more out there then your normal mouse - it's designed so both left and right handed people can use it and make use of all the buttons. If your moving from quite a large mouse like the Explorer 4 or MX510 it is going to feel weird having your hand so flat all of a sudden.


The software on offer from Razer is unbelievable as it gives you so many options with one of my personal favorites being the X and Y axis sensitivity being separated. Razer has been around for a while now but they are pushing their name out more and more everyday. While some may say it's not for everyone it really is thanks to the ability of it being designed for people who are left and right handed. The only difference is its going to take a bit more getting use to then what you have probably been using in the past. You wouldn't move to the Diamondback the day your clan is having its grand final as you would probably be shooting all over the place until you have more practice with it.


The Diamondback is a great looking mouse with more options then you can poke a stick at and if people find themselves making the jump to something a bit different Logitech better look out as Razer could be the new "in" mouse.


- Where to buy it


Razer Plasma Diamondback (RZ1600P) Mouse


- Pros


The best left and right mouse buttons ever


Mouse is very customizable


Fantastic looking thanks to the blue glow


Other colors available


Left and Right hander friendly


Great little carry case


- Cons


O-T-F Sensitivity is annoying to adjust


Is going to take more time to get use to


The Razer Diamondback Plasma Edition is for the person who wants what is probably one of the best mice around thanks to the options available and is not for people who have read the review and are confused by the software.


Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Editors Choice Award



A quick trip to the Razer and Logitech site will let you quickly discover that both companies have got a 2000 DPI mouse due out. While not being available till late September or early October of this year, Webber4 has already promised a look at these beauties and the new Logitech G5 is looking extremely nice as the mouse market heats up.


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