Date: April 20th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Hardware Reviewer)
Product was submitted by: Logitech
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As with any input product, I highly recommend you fully install the software before hooking the mouse up to you computer. Just install the software, shut down your computer, install you new mouse and boot it back up again. That way Windows will have the software ready to install your new mouse when you boot back up.
Once Windows has booted back up and the drivers are properly installed, you will be welcomed with a orientation window which will allow you to explore the various new features. As most of you have used a mouse before, you will be probably closing this window immediately and will explore everything for yourself.
The first window will allow you to assign and explore you mouse keys and buttons and assign new tasks and customize how you use your mouse.
The second window will allow you to change your scrolling, pointer and acceleration speed along with enabling pointer trails. The only thing I would change would be the scrolling speed. I would set it from 1 line to 3 lines for less scrolling when viewing longer webpages or documents. Everything else you should leave at default.
The third screen is for the mouse game settings where you can set your mouse software to change its' orientation and settings once a game is initialized. But where the interesting tweaking can be found is when you press the Advanced Game Settings button in the bottom right hand corner.
The advanced Game Setting window will allow you to change the mouse resolution on the fly as you are gaming. Basically, the higher the resolution, the larger the distance the cursor or the weapon sights will move on the Windows Desktop or within a game. So if the gun sights are a little twitchy and you cannot seem to get a bead on your target, you can hit the (-) key on the mouse and reduce the sensitivity to 800dpi or even 400dpi so you can get that perfect headshot off and then up the resolution to 1600dpi to quickly scan the area to see if anyone got a glimpse of where you were camping.
Consider the lower resolutions perfect for sniping and the higher resolutions perfect for getting the hell out of dodge when you have been found. The higher the resolution, the larger the pointer movement will be for the same mouse distance traveled.
PRODUCT PERFORMANCE & IMPRESSIONS
As much as looks rank in in priority when you are purchasing a mouse, the MX518 is actually quite attractive and would easy look excellent on an office desk or on a Lan Party gaming table. Just get ready for people asking why your mouse looks like someone took a hammer to it.
After installation, the first thing I noticed is just how snappy this mouse is. Any small shake in the table at all and the cursor would move. In both the Windows and the gaming environment, I had to turn the sensitivity down below what I was using with the old mouse which was the MX510.
To be honest, you won't see a whole lot of difference when checking email or surfing webpages, but when you fire up your favorite game, be prepared for a difference. As said earlier, be prepared to turn the mouse sensitivity down a bit or you will be overshooting your target regularly. Don't mistake sensitivity with resolution. I always kept the resolution at the maximum 1600dpi. I just could not believe how well this mouse performed. Movements to say the least were sharp, focused and precise. Having a mouse this precise will take the "damn mouse" excuse right out of the equation. I have never used a better mouse than the MX518.
You can tell that Logitech has put a little effort in into their ergonomic R&D. Even with my huge man hands (the ladies love it ;) ), the design allows the hand to perfectly conform and completely wrap around the mouse for perfect control with minimal hand strain. This allows the user to use all the features and buttons without having to move any finger anymore than a couple of millimeters.