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The Best Gaming Mouse For People Who Don't Play A Lot Of Games

Logitech MX 518

Reviewed By: Eric on August 26, 2013

I have used the Logitech MX 518 High-Performance Optical Gaming Mouse for over 5 years now. I love it so much that I actually own 2 of them, for different computers. It’s a great quality mouse that has a few quick-customization buttons. But not an unnecessary amount of buttons.

Logitech MX 518 High-Performance Optical Gaming Mouse

Product Attributes

  • Customizable buttons and controls
  • Instant, one-click changes to dpi – from 400 to as high as 1600
  • Slick gaming feet reduce friction and noise
  • Contoured grip designed for comfort
  • Logitech MX performance optical engine
  • Just over $100

Good Points

  • The perfect contour shape to fit your hand
  • Slick feet to reduce friction and noise
  • The laser works on almost any surface, eliminating the need for a mousepad
  • It’s metallic look is beautiful, as well as the colors


  • The logo has rubbed off during its 5 years of use (located under the palm), but that’s no big deal

Product Description

This amazing mouse has two buttons for adjusting your DPI (Dots Per Inch) from 400 up to 1600 on-the-fly. The DPI is a sensitivity adjustment that moves your cursor on the screen faster or slower when you move the mouse. That way you can tone down your DPI while you’re working or doing everyday tasks on the computer. Then you can increase the DPI when you start up your favorite game. You don’t even have to open up any windows to adjust settings.

Gaming Feet

It also features slick gaming feet to reduce friction and noise. I love the way this gaming mouse glides across any surface I put it on. I rarely have to use a mouse pad.

Contoured Shape

The contoured shape fits very comfortably in the hand. Its size is a happy medium between being too big and too small, meaning it’s perfect even for my big hands. Plus, the sides are designed to be easy to grip. This mouse never slips out of my hands.

Customizable Buttons

There are 2 buttons that can be customized, located near the thumb. I personally do not use these, but they never get in the way. I usually forget that they’re even there.

NOT Wireless

Another thing I like about this mouse is that it is NOT wireless. The wireless ones tend to be less responsive. You also don’t have to worry about changing batteries or charging it all the time with a wired gaming mouse.

Mouse Wheel

The mouse wheel gives you a comfortable ‘notched’ feeling while you scroll. Meaning it’s not a smooth-scroll mouse, but it feels like you’re going up or down different levels. The scroll wheel also makes no sound whatsoever, while you’re scrolling.

Price Tag

At just over $100, this mouse is well worth the money. I’ve had this same exact mouse for over 5 years and have had absolutely no problems with it.


The MX 518 is the best gaming mouse I have ever used. As long as they are still being manufactured, I will keep buying them. You simply cannot beat the quality you get out of this mouse for the price. It has found the happy medium between ‘hardcore gamer’ and ‘casual computer user’. I highly recommend this mouse to people who put themselves in that category.

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