Logitech supplants MX518 with G400 gaming mouse


— 11:40 AM on June 13, 2011

Multitouch gestures may be all the rage, but the mouse is still king, at least for desktops. Over the years, few rodents have been more popular than Logitech's MX518, which is the company's best-selling gaming mouse. A lot of folks swear by the MX518 (Newegg has amassed nearly 3,000 five-star reviews for the thing), and now Logitech has a new version on the way.

Dubbed the Logitech Optical Gaming Mouse G400, the MX518's successor apes the size, shape, and button layout of its forebear. Under the hood, the MX518's 1800-DPI optical sensor has been upgraded to a new unit with 3600 DPI of resolution. Logitech claims this sensor maintains the MX518's tracking consistency, and users will be able to toggle between four DPI presets without the aid of extraneous utilities. However, Logitech software is required to access the mouse's macro and scripting support.

If you thought the MX518 was a little laggy, you'll be pleased to know that Logitech has boosted the polling rate from 125Hz to a whopping 1000Hz for the G400. The USB cable has been lightened by 25%, although the mouse itself may be a little heavier. Logitech quotes a weight of 105 grams for the G400, sans cable. The MX518 tips the scales at 106 grams, which presumably includes the cable.

Folks in the US will be able to get their hands on the G400 on June 19. The rest of the world is due to receive the mouse in the middle of July. Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

   
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