The original of the MX518 from Logitech was tested in the middle of 2005 directly our new hardware reference. Can the new edition in 2019 be just as exciting?
Almost fourteen years after their release, we’re testing Logitechs again – more specifically, it’s about the latest reissue of the popular gaming mouse. It bears the name »«, and the package also contains the addition »Legendary«.
This addition is no coincidence: Many pieces of hardware gain a certain cult status over time, with processors such as Intel’s or graphics cards such as Nvidia’s Geforce 8800 GTX including the Logitech MX518 in this category.
In our review of the MX518 Legendary, we clarify where the biggest differences and similarities lie between the original and the reissue, whether the new MX518 fans can really make the original happy and how it compares to current gaming mice.
Availability and Price: After the Logitech G MX518 was not found at German dealers for a long time, improvement is now in sight. and mark the mouse as available. indicates a waiting period of six to seven days, designates March 28, 2019 as the expected delivery date. The price is just under 60 euros.
MX518 Legendary: What’s Next, What’s New?
Probably the most important news first: The very popular (and only suitable for right-hands) form of the MX518 Legendary is exactly the same as the original. The weight only decreases slightly from about 106 grams to 101 grams. The same applies to the arrangement and size of the eight programmable buttons based on Omron switches (left and right mouse button, two side buttons, mouse wheel, one button above the wheel, two buttons below it) and the still non-existent illumination. At least with the new MX518 Logitech ignores the RGB trend so.
The biggest innovation is the sensor. Unsurprisingly, Logitech uses the already familiar Hero sensor (also known as “Hero 16K”) from other models like the and without smoothing, acceleration or motion filters.
It is based on the 3366 Pixart sensor, which we know from and among others. The optical sensor in the original of the MX518 reaches a maximum of 1,600 dpi, the first reissue of 2008 comes to slightly higher 1,800 dpi. The MX518 Legendary’s optical optical sensor also has a maximum of 16,000 dpi.
The new MX518 also has a 32-bit ARM processor and built-in memory. In it, five different profiles can be saved and used on other PCs without an installation of the driver software.
Speaking of software: We clearly recommend the clearer gaming software instead of the new and at the time of testing not yet fully mature acting G-hub.
More protection for the mouse cable
Here you can see the bottom of the first refresh of the MX518 from the year 2008. The MX518 Legendary mouse feet are black, but the same size and the same position.
The look of the MX518 Legendary has changed slightly compared to the original: Instead of the somewhat unusual »bump« look, a so-called »Nightfall« color pattern is now used.
At the back of the mouse it is black, at the height of the (new) “G” logo the color changes to a greyish and differently bright tone depending on the angle of view. While the range of the gradient is glossy, the other surfaces are dull – like the original.
The size of the mouse’s feet corresponds to the first refresh of the MX518 from the year 2008. The original 2005 MX518 with transparent underside still had five rather small mouse feet (two up and one down and one right), but the MX518 Legendary has three bigger feet (one big foot up and down and one small foot right).
A small, but subtle change affects the light and 2.1 meter long cable: It is still not material coated, but Logitech has added a reinforcement at the transition to the housing to counteract loose contacts and cable breaks at this sensitive point. In addition, according to Logitech now PVC-free, more environmentally friendly material is used.