When it comes to peripherals, most punters like what they've already got. To persuade the average Joe to part with cash, a mouse needs something special. Fortunately, the MX518 has just that. It's a little expensive but we think its target audience, games players, will happily part with their hard-earned money.

It works well, and installation is painless; but that alone doesn't justify the price. It's not wireless, either. No, the MX518's killer feature is its functionality. As well as left, right and scroll, there's a zoom facility, an application-switching function, and forward and back buttons.

But the really great thing about the MX518 is its in-game dpi adjustment. Out of the box you can switch between three levels of sensitivity with a touch. With the SetPoint software installed, you can customise up to five settings. This is a mouse with a gearbox.

Logitech MX518: Specs

  • Wired optical mouse
  • 1,600dpi (adjustable)
  • 15g acceleration
  • 16bit/axis USB data format
  • 125/sec USB report rate
  • SetPoint software
  • 130mmx70mmx50mm
  • 106g
  • 3-year warranty. Requires: USB port
  • Win XP
  • Wired optical mouse
  • 1,600dpi (adjustable)
  • 15g acceleration
  • 16bit/axis USB data format
  • 125/sec USB report rate
  • SetPoint software
  • 130mmx70mmx50mm
  • 106g
  • 3-year warranty. Requires: USB port
  • Win XP

OUR VERDICT

It won't improve your su doku and it's certainly not cheap, but if you are addicted to the kind of games that call for wrists like tree trunks and the reactions of a sprinter (plus the ability to stay up all night eating crisps), the MX518 might just change your life.

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