Logitech is bringing back the MX518 mouse

I'm not a betting man, but even so, I'd probably wager that a healthy portion of gerbils have had their hands on a Logitech MX518 mouse at some point. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if a few of you are clutching a long-serving MX518 as you read this. If you have fond memories of your MX518, or if you ran your rodent ragged and need a capable replacement, rejoice: Logitech is reviving it.

It's not exactly the same as it was, of course, but that's a good thing since we're talking about a technology product from 14 years ago. Logitech has replaced the original internals with its HERO sensor, which is a derivative of PixArt's PMW3389. Naturally, the new MX518 supports 1-KHz operation for a 1-ms gap between reports. No more running sketchy USB poll rate hack apps like with the old MX518. Likewise, its eight buttons are fully programmable, and you can save your settings to the mouse's onboard memory—features we expect of any good gaming mouse in 2019.

Still, in the ways that it matters most, the new MX518 is identical to the old version. Logitech specifically says that it dug out the original molds for the mouse and used them for the new version. I always found the MX518 to be a bit chunky for my taste, but folks with large hands, or anyone who uses a palm-style grip, will no doubt be thrilled with the MX518's ergonomic right-handed design.

If you're ready to re-live your glory days and dust off that copy of Unreal Tournament ('99 or '04, I won't judge), you can already pre-order the mouse on Logitech's site for $60. According to the company, it's "already available"—which is true, on the other side of the planet. Logitech didn't say when the new mouse would actually be shipping in the west. Searching on e-tail gives a lot of results for the old model, so look for the new Logitech G logo to make sure you're buying the right thing.

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    • DarkUltra
    • 7 months ago

    The rugged plastic on the sides where too slippery for me, and the left and right buttons was too hard to click. Ill keep my G400. Though I did like the feel of the scrollwheel better on the G MX518…

    • Ninjitsu
    • 9 months ago

    [quote<] I wouldn't be surprised if a few of you are clutching a long-serving MX518 as you read this.[/quote<] I'm not literally clutching mine, but the one we're using for the family PC back home was bought in 2011 i think, and is still mostly fine. Scroll wheel's getting a bit weird though, might just need a clean. Happy to see it return!

    • qmacpoint
    • 9 months ago

    I had the original MX510, and I fell in love of the ergonomics, extra buttons, awesome wheel and how it was a breeze to use overall… never got to use the MX518, and was sad when I found out that it was long dead. Glad to know it’s being revived in this current mice gen!

    • EndlessWaves
    • 9 months ago

    Chunky? I always remember the MX500 et al as being unusually slim mice, and I have fairly small hands.

    • Laykun
    • 9 months ago

    [quote<]Still, in the ways that it matters most, the new MX518 is identical to the old version[/quote<] Except the most important way, the splotchy grey pattern. #bringbacksplotchy [url<]https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1JqRQSpXXXXcNXVXXq6xXFXXXs/Optical-Gaming-Mouse-For-Logitech-MX518-1600DPI-optical-wired-Mouse-Professional-Computer-Mouse-1set-Mouse-Feet.jpg_640x640.jpg[/url<]

      • qmacpoint
      • 9 months ago

      I thought that pattern looked bad on grey, but superb on red/blue MX510 variants

    • sopwath
    • 9 months ago

    I’m too old for it to matter now, but someone built a device to measure the responsiveness, input lag, and traverse speed capabilities of a number of different mice (not the monitor, the mice themselves) and found the MX518 to be significantly better at fast-twitch movement recording and the ability to measure large magnitude motion (moving the mouse from one edge of the mouse pad to the other) I cannot find the ancient article at the moment.

    I liked the ergonomics and the extra side-buttons, but that measured difference in capabilities made me a true believer in the original MX518.

    I wonder how the current internals would compare to the original.

    • Spunjji
    • 9 months ago

    Muggins here only went and bought a secondhand G400s not two months back. By the time I’m done with that, they’ll have probably stopped selling this variant (again) xD

    • Thresher
    • 9 months ago

    Cool.

    Now if they really want to go retro, they should bring back a modernized version of the Logitech Wingman Gaming Mouse.

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY

      • Spunjji
      • 9 months ago

      I’d probably bite if they re-released the utterly useless but somehow unforgettable Force Feedback version.

    • ludi
    • 9 months ago

    Yup, another MX518 user here. The one on the desktop is showing heavy cosmetic wear but amazingly, the mechanicals are still pristine.

    Just in case, the spare is in the drawer.

      • e1jones
      • 9 months ago

      Lol… mine is actually doing ok cosmetically. Weirdly the logo on the palm is pretty much worn off, and the thumb area is pretty smooth now.

      Wish I had a backup, just in case. Hopefully $60 is worth it for the new ones….

    • End User
    • 9 months ago

    Why does it have a cable? Is it some sort of anti theft Kensington thingamabob?

      • Krogoth
      • 9 months ago

      Wired is faster and more consistent. You also don’t have to worry about changing batteries. (Yes, rechargeable batteries do eventually wear out and need to be swap out)

      Wired isn’t really that much of a hassle if you have proper cable management.

        • End User
        • 9 months ago

        I love my G900. The G903 looks cool paired with the charging mat. Hmmmmmm.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 months ago

      It’s a gaming mouse. Gaming mice don’t use Bluetooth. edit: real ones don’t, anyway. I’m sure you can get some RGB Bluetooth nonsense but no.

        • End User
        • 9 months ago

        Weird. I love my G900 and the only thing I do on my PC is game.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 9 months ago

          well you’re older and your reactions are dulled. It’s fine. 😆

            • End User
            • 9 months ago

            THAT MUST BE IT!

            • BurntMyBacon
            • 9 months ago

            I always thought being older and having slower reaction time would make a slow mouse that much more frustrating. Not only would you not react in time, the response you did make would not occur in time to be effective. I imagine it would be a bit like a younger person having a high latency mouse pair with a high latency monitor only in that case, it is the monitor not showing the image in time that keeps the younger person from reacting optimally.

            On that note, all gamers should play on monitors with latencies inversely proportional to their age. That way the young-ins and the old geezers will be on a level playing field. (O_o)

          • K-L-Waster
          • 9 months ago

          I’m half expecting a 200+ post flame war about how USB is obsolete and needs to disappear…

            • Takeshi7
            • 9 months ago

            Well PS/2 is definitely a better interface for keyboards/mice than USB.

            Interrupts > polling.

            • Krogoth
            • 9 months ago

            PS/2 is already gone on modern high-end motherboards. Unless you need to do an emergency restart or kill a locked program. PS/2 doesn’t offer any tangible advantages over USB.

            • Durante
            • 9 months ago

            TIL that my Z390 Taichi is not high-end or modern.

            To make this less anecdotal:
            Out of 59 listed Intel Z390 boards, 44 have PS/2.
            Out of 20 listed AMD X470 boards, 16 have PS/2.

            • End User
            • 9 months ago

            I’m fine with USB 3.1 Gen 2 over Type-C. Anything less than that and I dismiss it outright.

            😛

    • SoM
    • 9 months ago

    had the 510, still on the 518, and this will be mine

      • Thrashdog
      • 9 months ago

      My old 510 put in many long years of service before the buttons started to give out. I’m on a G502 now, and I like it well enough. Not sure I’d want to lose the extra functionality of the newer design, as much as nostalgia pulls on me.

    • juzz86
    • 9 months ago

    [quote<]...but that's a good thing since we're talking about a technology product from 14 years ago.[/quote<] Unreal.

    • Waco
    • 9 months ago

    As much as I like the MX510/518 mold, the EpicGear Meduza is a million times more comfortable (I really wish it was still on sale).

    I think I have 2 or 3 510/518 mice sitting in storage as backup. They never die, just need a little TLC for the buttons occasionally where they hit the switches inside.

    • btb
    • 9 months ago

    Nice, they should bring back the mx310 as well. Was a really nice and very lightweight mouse(and cheap too). I had 4 of them shipped from some obscure korean webshop, after my first one died, just to have some backups. I mean, hard to improve on perfection, and a mouse is bound to die sooner or later 🙂

    • Parallax
    • 9 months ago

    I liked mine back in the day, but the very-high-pitched whine it developed over time (as with many of Logitech’s other mice) led me to get rid of it. Hopefully they’ve fixed that problem by now.

      • bandannaman
      • 9 months ago

      Was yours… motorized…?

      • GTVic
      • 9 months ago

      Say that again, I couldn’t hear you…

    • Krogoth
    • 9 months ago

    Pffft, wake me up when Microsoft brings back the original Intellimouse.

      • Chrispy_
      • 9 months ago

      You mean [url=https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Microsoft/Pro_IntelliMouse/<]this one[/url<]?

        • EndlessWaves
        • 9 months ago

        Nah, the Explorer 3.0 was years later. The original Intellimouse was the variant of the classic comma-shaped Microsoft ball mouse that introduced the scroll wheel.

        Although I suspect he may be talking about the original Intellimouse Explorer which introduced side buttons and was much chunkier and more satisfying than the 3.0. It was also one of the designed that launched Steelseries.

        I’d love an Explorer 1/1.1 myself.

    • Stochastic
    • 9 months ago

    I had one back in the day. While I have fond memories of the trusty MX518, mice have come a ways in the past 14 years. I rely on Rocket Jump Ninja’s recommendations when shopping for electric rodents (I swear I’m not a bot, this is a legitimately useful site): [url<]http://www.rocketjumpninja.com/top-40/[/url<]

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 9 months ago

      Exactly what a bot would say.

    • Vasilyfav
    • 9 months ago

    So, out of the $60 for the mouse, am I paying $30 for the brand and $20 for nostalgia?

    When did it become normal to charge that amount for a mouse ?

    I’m still using one of my 3 Razer Salmosas that I bought in 2009 for $45/3-pack.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 9 months ago

      Over $50 is normal and reasonable to many for med to upper tier mice. What keyboard are your using?

    • cynan
    • 9 months ago

    Drink it down, gerbils! Let your cups runneth over with the sweet nectar of nostalgia!

    It was a great mouse in its day (after serving duty as a primary gaming mouse for a while I used one every day at work until some time in 2012). But there are better options. It got replaced as my main gaming mouse by a Razer deathadder, which was in turn replaced by my current mouse, the Mionix 8200 – a better all around mouse than the old mx518 in my opinion.

    • Ochadd
    • 9 months ago

    Best mouse I’ve ever used. Will likely order 2-3. I’ve tried many Razor, Corsair, and Logitech mice since my MX518 got moved to my wife’s computers. All fall short. Every time I use that computer I admire how perfect that mouse feels.

      • stdRaichu
      • 9 months ago

      Ditto, I’ve still got an MX518 sealed in its box and three others around the house as I started stockpiling them when I heard they were going out of production and I wanted a spare for when they inevitably broke*. I love the shape so here’s hoping the materials and internals are just as well made as they used to be. Every other mouse I’ve tried just never had that [i<]je ne sais quoi[/i<] over medium-term usage. * None of them have, although two of them have been opened up for cleaning and had new teflon pads added.

    • ozzuneoj
    • 9 months ago

    Using the original mold is good but I hope they use the same (or better) materials too. My MX518 and MX500 both still work great and have minimal wear after 14 and 16 years respectively. The only thing that has really worn is the soft touch material in the thumb area on both. The only problem I’ve ever had with these is that the plastic that contacts the left and right click switches actually gets a divot worn into it after several years and I just fix it with tiny bit of glue or nail polish. These mice are still used regularly.

    My G402 however has a big shiney worn out spot on the top of the left mouse button after maybe 3 years. It’s a decent mouse but I’m not all that impressed by the materials compared to the older mice.

    • bowman
    • 9 months ago

    I had one but I never actually liked it all that much. I vastly prefer the newer G PRO design, and I will be keeping it until it breaks.

    • Goty
    • 9 months ago

    Nice! I’d love to see a new G5 someday.

      • Durante
      • 9 months ago

      I still use a 2nd-gen G5 daily, and I’ve had it since release.

      I wonder if it would be as resilient if they built it today.

      • CAIN
      • 9 months ago

      Still using mine daily. Love it. Could be bigger though, and wireless.

    • BobbinThreadbare
    • 9 months ago

    I’m still rocking an mx518 but he right button is starting to stick.

    Of course you could get them for $35 back in the day, not $60.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 9 months ago

      I stocked up on a couple of spare MX518 mice when they were being cleared out for under $30. I’m currently using the last of those.

      I’ve got a G600 MMO mouse in my spares pile right now. I’d probably select a G403 as my next replacement mouse.

        • Skid
        • 9 months ago

        I did the same. I still have them in use on other PCs.

    • thedosbox
    • 9 months ago

    Heh. The “new” MX518 looks more like the G400 and the original MX500 with those matte surfaces. I loved that shape so much that I stockpiled a couple of each.

    Moved on to the G403 now as the wider middle mouse button and larger side buttons are a big improvement.

    • Takeshi7
    • 9 months ago

    This is awesome. I still use my original MX 518 that i’ve had for about 12 years now. I look forward to having an option to replace it. I also hope they kept the same DPI settings from the original.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 9 months ago

      Logitech didn’t say this, but given the way their software works and also knowing what the sensor is capable of, you should be able to adjust it in 100-dpi increments to whatever stops you like.

    • DancinJack
    • 9 months ago

    very meh

    • Dazrin
    • 9 months ago

    I still use an MX518 at work (they are slow to update) and love it. I am amazed that it is still working honestly.

    I have a Triathlon M720 as well but I like the cord at work. Means it remains where I left it.

    • DoomGuy64
    • 9 months ago

    I won’t use anything other than the G700s, or an updated G700s. The features are better than any other mouse on the market, even if the sensor is getting dated. Removable battery, wired/wireless, dual mode scroll wheel, great button placement, great ergonomics, perfect weight, looks are more classy than the “edgy” mice or reduced feature mice.

    The sharp edge style was ugly. Reduced functionality is a downgrade. Wired is inconvenient 90s tech. Built in batteries are a scam. Logitech should just keep selling the G700s or update it, otherwise I will never upgrade.

    I did buy a Swiftpoint Z over a holiday sale, but it’s going to sit in the box until more games are supported, and my G700s needs replaced. Even though the SpZ has more functions, it still has less practical functionality, like the scroll wheel and wireless, and until those features are brought back, nothing else on the market is going to be better than a SpZ, or my G700s.

      • Acidicheartburn
      • 9 months ago

      I used a G700 for over 5 years and I finally had to ditch it because the high arch shape caused me hand pain that gradually built up over time. Now that I’ve used a new mouse with a less extreme arch shape my hand pain has gone. It’s a shame because feature wise the G700 is the mouse to beat for me. I loved using it. I used every button on it regularly, except the tilt wheel which I have always struggled to remember even exists on any mouse.

        • DoomGuy64
        • 9 months ago

        The tilt wheel mostly functions for side scrolling and office work. If you want to use it in games, it serves a purpose only for easy macro use. I use it for things like autofire, and auto item grabbing, and logitech has game profiles for different games.

        Back in the day, we had programs like diablo clicker for diablo 1, and now that functionality is built into the mouse, and I can use the unused mouse buttons for these macros. Saves your clickers. I’m sure it would also be handy for MMOs.

        Side note: Steel series is absolutely terrible in comparison. Not only is it bloated, but they don’t support incremental DPI adjustment, DPI macros, and their autoclick macro doesn’t work in some games. Not to mention their hardware is extremely low quality and overpriced.

        So generally speaking, I’ve tried a few other mice, and nothing comes close to the G700s. I have one of the first models, and other than basic wear, it still works perfect. The G700 on the other hand, had button failure, and doesn’t support the wired/wireless modes. It was a good mouse too, but wasn’t built quite as well. The ergonomics are good, but unless the mouse has adjustments like the rat, it’s not going to be for everyone.

          • Acidicheartburn
          • 9 months ago

          I’m aware of what the tilt does, I just always forget to use it.

          Also, I’m not sure what you mean about the wired/wireless modes on the G700. If you use it with only the cable it functions like a normal wired mouse. If you unplug the cable and plug in the USB dongle it becomes a wireless mouse.

            • DoomGuy64
            • 9 months ago

            The S had improvements somewhere, or maybe I’m just not remembering correctly since it was so long ago. I do know the buttons were improved for longevity, and there is a dpi increase.

            Edit: Maybe it was that the g700 can charge or wired, but the g700s can be used wired while charging. It also may be that Logitech updated the g700’s wired functionality to match the g700s later on. The plug was supposedly made easier to use.
            [url<]https://www.slant.co/versus/2528/4494/~logitech-g700s_vs_logitech-g700[/url<] The newegg page says that the G700 is wireless with a charging cable, but the g700s is listed as wired/wireless. So dunno what the actual improvements were if they function the same, maybe just ease of use.

      • Kretschmer
      • 9 months ago

      I loved the MX518 and also enjoy my G700S. Tempted to go back to the MX518 and make the G700S my travel mouse.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 9 months ago

    This is awesome. The G402 has been an OK substitute, but I’ll buy one of these.

    • psuedonymous
    • 9 months ago

    Hey, Logitech: if you’re out of ideas and want to un-kill old products, [b<]BRING BACK THE MX REVOLUTION![/b<] The MX Master is at best pale imitator to the Best Mouse Ever Produced, and I'm tired of scouring ebay for the few worn-out remaining examples to scavenge for parts.

      • kcarlile
      • 9 months ago

      Amen! Hands down my favorite mouse. Still have one in my desk drawer (although I use an upright mouse now at work for ergo reasons…)

    • Shinare
    • 9 months ago

    CTF Low-Grav, Quad-Jump, Zoom Instagib FTW!!!!!

    • euricog
    • 9 months ago

    Cool! My alternative to the MX518 has been a brilliant Roccat Kone Pure Optical, but the MX518 would be a better choice for long non-gaming sessions (sometimes known as “work”), being more comfortable overall.

    • moose17145
    • 9 months ago

    Although it is not my daily driver, I do still have an MX510 that still works perfectly well. I typically use it when I telework and hook it up to my work laptop.

      • Acidicheartburn
      • 9 months ago

      Same. The MX510 was the first “gaming” mouse I ever purchased and ergonomically still my favorite. The 518 was just a slight improvement on it. My 510 works flawlessly other than a strange sticky or “tough” spot in the wheel when scrolling which disassembly and cleaning hasn’t fixed. I still use it from time to time whenever I find myself in the need of an extra mouse and it’s always a treat to use it again.

      • shaq_mobile
      • 9 months ago

      Same here. Great mouse!

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