Logitech MX518 Gaming Mouse Review
In terms of the form and form factor of the MX518 raised, it is very similar to the original. It has the same classic curve on the side panel and often mimics the convex top. The sides of the unit feel better grasped than the original and, instead of the metal / bubbly design of the first MX518, the top gets a shiny, smooth-speckled ‘Nightfall’ finish. It retains eight original buttons but is better positioned, especially the CPI button that supports the scroll wheel, which has been moved backward to make it easier to reach and press. The thumb buttons are distinguished so well that you will not mistakenly press wrong, and they are easy to reach, and press and tactile is satisfying.
While the outside of the MX518 may look very similar to the original, the inside has changed drastically. Gone are the 1,800 CPI sensors, replaced by Logitech’s 16,000 CPI HERO sensors. HERO is a practical acronym for the profoundly careless Optical High-Efficiency Rating sensor that Logitech has produced and refined since 2017, and the iteration included in the MX518 is the best in its class. Rated at 400+ (meaning it will not lose track of where the mouse is, regardless of how fast and hard you throw it around your mouse pad), without artificial acceleration or other old-fashioned solutions introduced to reduce failure of the inferior sensor, HEROES pair with microprocessors 32-bit ARM integrated for a fast 1 ms report rate.
Even though it’s not burdened with a lot of extra features (which will inflate the price if it’s not the weight and size of the unit), the MX518 does come with several conveniences to streamline your experience. There is default storage for up to five profiles, so if you share it with other people who prefer different settings, it’s easy to switch between them, and it will save your preferences.
The MX518 is one of the best gaming mice I have ever used, and a worthy successor to one of the few PC peripherals that I feel comfortable is called ‘legendary.’ It extends the initial success without ruining anything that made it very successful in the first place, and it was very affordable with a $ 59.99 MSRP. Backed by all the best design expertise and customer service from Logitech (which includes a 2-year warranty), this mouse is also designed to last. If you want to improve your performance in the most demanding twitch shooters, or generally on the store for a better pointer, the MX518 is one to pounce on.
The Bad > Slightly narrow for larger hands.
The Good > High performance HERO sensor, Sleek, understated design, Fully programmable buttons and CPI settings.
Conclusion > The glorious return of one of the best gaming mice, the MX518 refresh is perfect as an entry point into high-end pointers but also a great fit for veterans.
Logitech MX518 Gaming Mouse Specifications
- Height: 5.16 in (131 mm)
- Width: 2.87 in (73 mm)
- Depth: 1.69 in (43 mm)
- Weight: 3.6 oz mouse only (101 g)
- Cable length: 7 ft (2.10 m)
- USB data format: 16 bits/axis
- USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1ms)
- Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM
- PTFE Feet: > 250 kilometers4Tested on Logitech G240 Gaming Mouse Pad
- Onboard memory: 5 profiles
- Lightweight, flexible cable
- Windows® 7 or later
- macOS® 10.11 or later
- USB port
- Internet access for Logitech G HUB (optional)
Logitech MX518 Gaming Mouse Manual
Logitech MX518 Gaming Mouse Software
Logitech Gaming Software(32-bit)
Software Version: 9.00.42
Logitech Gaming Software(64-bit)
Software Version: 9.00.42