Logitech MX518 Gaming Mouse

by Rob Williams on March 17, 2005 in Peripherals

Are you a hardcore gamer that still uses the basic, bland mouse? Are you looking to add improvements to your gameplay, so you don’t look like a noob online? Logitech’s MX510 Series of mice are great, but they looked to improv it even more, by adding the ability to change the DPI on the fly. How does this mouse do in our review?

Page 1 – Introduction


  • Dimensions: Width(70mm), Length(130mm), Height(36mm)
  • Weight: 106 Grams
  • Resolution: 1600 DPI
  • Image Processing: 5.8 Megapixels/s
  • Ability to change DPI on the fly
  • No software needed to change DPI
  • Release Date: April 2005
  • Retail Price: $49.99US

When Logitech first released their MX510 Performance Mouse, it was well received. It’s a very comfortable mouse, that offered great precision, as well as features. For gamers though, the mouse could be improved just slightly. Whereas the max DPI for the MX510 is 800, the MX518 has a large 1600 DPI resolution. Let’s get more into the specifics.

Above are pictures of the box that the mouse came in. It definately had a wild ride getting here.. you can tell it got banged around. On the back of the box, you can see it say “Expert Gamers”. So why I am reviewing this, I have no idea. Let’s see if it can make me an expert gamer!


First and foremost, the mouse is very, very comfortable to use. Like the MX510, the mouse contours to your hand, allowing you to have much better control. With other mice, in gaming, I have found that usually my fingers control the mouse more than my hand.. but with the MX518, the hand fits so comfortably over the mouse, it’s your hand that controls all the action.

The design of the mouse is improved more by having a very cool looking ‘skin’. It’s a metallic glossy finish, that has the illusion of it being shot at, or dented. A friend who saw the mouse, actually did think it was dented. Very cool effect. This is also not a cordless mouse, so if you hate cords, this might not be for you.

From my experiences with cordless and gaming though, it’s a no go. Cordless mice don’t give you enough tight control as an corded one will. For instance, with a cordless mouse, (MX1000), lifting the mouse during gameplay, would shift the cursor, and when I set it back down, shift it again. Due to that fact, you die more often. If you don’t ever lift your mouse at all like I do, then cordless would work.

The mouse has a total of 8 buttons, most of which we are already well familiar with. Left Click and Right Clicks do just that, as you know very well. On the left side of the mouse, above the contoured area where your thumb sits, [assuming you are right handed], are two small buttons. You can configure these to perform whatever action you wish. On the MX510 mouse, they act as Back and Forward buttons, and function out of the box as those.

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Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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