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Manufacturer: Logitech
Min OS X: Any Version    Requires: USB Port

Logitech MX510
August 4, 2004 | Johan Hansťn

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For a dedicated FPS shooter, the mouse has to be one of the most important things after smooth gameplay. A good mouse can definitely be felt, and partly because of this, mice do evolve. Once upon a time all mice had a ball that rolled on the surface and thus the movement was detected. But later somebody realized that you can have a small ďcameraĒ looking at the surface under the table and calculate the movements. Thus, the optical mouse was born. But in the beginning these optical mice didnít appeal to the gamers, the sensor wasnít fast nor accurate enough to cut it for a picky gamer.

These days are now long gone, and today itís getting harder and harder to find a mouse that uses the traditional ball style that was so dominating a few years back. Today the gamers have accepted the optical mice since they have passed the ball mice in both response speed and accuracy. Evolution still hasnít stopped, and thanks to this Logitech has released the MX510 mouse, as tested here. The mouse is designed mainly for gamers, with the same basic layout as the highly praised MX500, the cordless MX700 and the Bluetooth mouse MX900. These mice have already been praised by gamers and professionals, but the MX510 is designed to be even better. The largest difference is the new optical sensor that scans 20% more pixels per second than the other MX mice. A visual detail is that the mouse also has a marble texture instead of the plain grays of its predecessor. Whether you like it or not is up to your personal taste, but I definitely like the marble blue mouse connected to my PowerBook as I write this review.

Starting out.
When I got the mouse, I found the lack of a Mac logo on the package disturbing, but I knew it would work, so I unpacked it and plugged it in. I went to Logitechís website to download the drivers, since unlike my MX700, the Mac drivers weren't included. I selected the MX510 and got even more disturbed when no Mac drivers were listed, even though the product information page said it worked on a Mac. Knowing that all Logitech devices use the same drivers, I selected the MX500 and downloaded the latest version of the Logitech Control Center (LCC). After installing this, I could finally start configuring the mouse. Here I ran into the largest weakness of the mouse. While LCC is well designed and very easy to use, itís limited to one general profile. Here Logitech gets beaten by their own OS 9 drivers that show the same ease of use, while allowing you to configure the buttons for individual applications. If you want to do this in OS X, youíre forced to use third-party utilizes, such as USB Overdrive. I donít know if the OS 9 drivers have been updated to recognize the MX510, but it will at least work to point and click if you have a computer that requires booting into OS 9.


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