If you didn’t already know this, we here at GamePike play a whole lot of games. In fact I would guess when we are not working on our articles we are either spending time with our significant others or playing games, my guess is a combo of both. So for those hardcore PC games out there that requires precise accuracy with a very comfortable feel. I know a lot of us are wondering what mouse would do this with the most reasonable price tag. Well Logitech has released there new corded MX518 Gaming Grade Optical Mouse attempts to give gamers everything they are looking for. Can they do this? Read our full review to find out now!
* Award-winning Logitech MX Optical Engine * “On-the-fly” sensitivity adjustment to 1,600, 800, and 400-dpi resolution * 5.8 megapixel/second image processing * Up to 15 g of acceleration * Expanded 16-bit data format supports blazing fast moves with pure precision * Advanced gaming software, exclusive to Gaming-Grade™ mice, for up to five custom sensitivity settings * Super-slick gaming feet for effortless, precise tracking * Contoured grip ensures peak performance and comfort—even in the most intense gaming sessions * Three-year warranty
One of the most initial reactions your most likely going o have with the MX518 are probably one of two things. First off you’re going to probably be somewhat disappointed with the fact that this mouse is a corded one. But on the other hand you’re probably going to notice that the mouse attempts to take a very distinct gamer style to make it appeal to the core gaming market. And to be honest I had both of those reactions with the MX518 I was really satisfied with the color choices but on the other hand the fact that it has a cord seemed somewhat disappointing to the overall design of the mouse.
The overall design remains true to the typical Logitech form which has two buttons on the side which are place conveniently above the thumb. There is also in between the right and left clickers a scroll wheel and a few extra buttons that make it easy to add whatever it is you want to these buttons. For the most part they all seem to work pretty well and the overall design of the mouse is quite comfortable and can easily be used for long gaming sessions.
Now we get to move on the part where I tell you all about my experience with the mouse and if it really is a “gaming mouse” like it says on the label. Well first along with the mouse comes the Set Point Drivers which thankfully take the place of the old horrid MouseWare software which used to cause me nightmares. The Set Point Software which works rather well offers up quite a bit of customization options for your MX518. With the MX518 you really get to setup the mouse in whatever way you want and this allows you really the ability to make the mouse work in what way suits you the game you’re playing best.
Once I got the mouse the way I liked it I went to go and test this mouse out on both games and normal uses. For normal use the mouse performed quite well giving you all the options that you could possibly need from a mouse. I guess to make this easy on everyone; I had no complaints with the mouse and using it for normal daily activities.
Now we get to move onto gaming where I tested the mouse on games like Chronicles of Riddick, Half Life 2, and Unreal Tournament 2004. For all three of these games you find that accuracy is key and these really tested the MX518 and its capabilities. To be honest the mouse does perform up to snuff and really does give you. By changing the DPI settings on the mouse you really can make the mouse work in your favor and it really does pay off if you are a hardcore FPS fan. The mouse moves a very steady pace and is just extremely smooth and comfortable. Once you do get the settings on the mouse right you are going to see a significant increase in accuracy in your play.
When I look at the Logitech MX518 I see a product that was made for a specific group in mind and no one else. For the $50 price tag I could imagine that only this select group would dish out the cash for this mouse. And if you are a first person shooter or PC gaming fanatic yes this mouse is worth the money, just make sure you are ok with having a cord. Otherwise there are more reasonable solutions out there for the average gamer.
Originally Posted on Kunzo.com
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