Hi ppl. Some days ago I tried to do a fix to my old MX518 and ended killing it after a really long time of good service. I was never a big fan of it's design and changed my mice many times but always ended going back to the MX518 after a while due to different reasons and the MX518 was always there working fine. In fact it was "dead" once but I had a bad MX300, opened both and changed cables, so the MX518 was back with the MX300 cable. But after my bad fix some days ago, I really killed it.
I had many other over the time, like MSIE 3.0, MX300, G300, G303, G102/203, G402, G600, G9X, G403, SS Rival 300, Cougar models, etc. But since I'm in another country now, I brought only the one I could really trust, the MX518, so when it died, I had no mouse to use.
After a little research I decided to buy the Glorious Model O at a local shop nearby just because it would be grab and go, no shipping wait, and it was the only decent mouse available around. I expected it to be a bad design for me but in fact it's worst, it's unusable because I can't find a grip. So I used a 3M Dual Lock tape to create a grip and was using it "fine" for a few days. Looks funny but works and the mouse is really, really good. I am still amazed about it's sensor being so responsive compared to what I was used, the MX518. It's much snappier, and I'm a flick/drag shot player using mostly snipers, so I felt instantly what I was missing with the original MX518. Once I could hold the mouse almost properly, the tracking was a night and day difference for me, something I felt before when I first tried the G303 after using for years MX300/MX518/G9X/G402 but I wasn't remembering because now I was using only the MX518 for the last 2 years. And yes, the difference is huge. Glorious Model O tracking just feels right.
But I wasn't happy with the grip and my solution with it, so I decided to find something else. I could find the new MX518 Legendary used like new from a local ad and the guy was selling old stock Func mousepads too. Since I loved the 1030 backthen in CS competition between 2001 and 2002 and I wanted the rough surface again, I made an offer and could grab the MX518L and the Func F-Series F30.R.
Considerations about the MX518L:
- It's the exact same design, even the QC problems are the same;
- My right click and side buttons have some pre travel, somewhat annoing;
- Wheel is the exactly same, it misses some clicks but will last forever so it's ok;
- DPI+ button is ok, but DPI- and the shift button are really bad. I had these 3 removed from my previous MX518 since they were useless for me and may do the same here;
- Cable is good, but now with a stress relief, so that's better;
- The 3 mousefeet design is somewhat wobbly, my original MX518 was the 5 little feet design and it's perfect, stable and still glides amazingly. I never changed the feet;
- The 5 mousefeet design seems to be better for me, and it wasn't required to destroy/remove the mousefeet to open the mouse;
- Logitech software was used just to set the settings to the internal mem and was uninstalled not to be installed ever again;
- The overall feel of this new MX518L is somewhat hollow, I feel like my original was "firmer" overall, but I opened it many times, fixed all the button pre travels and removed completely the dpi buttons and their mechanism.
But the tracking felt strange, I don't know why. I played some matches and after a while I was feeling like it wasn't with me, but "behind" my movement, like if it was a little, very little, but still, delayed. I was puzzled about this and did some research to find most reviews praising the Hero sensor. But here I read posts saying the DPI wasn't correct. So I've set the DPI from 800 to 850 and tried again. I believe that making it this little faster improved my sensation, but still, I think it's not with me, but behind me, very little delayed compared to my movement. It's tracking perfectly, it does what it should do, but it feels like it does after me, not with me, not real time. So after 2 days playing only with the MX518L I decided to try again the Model O (set to 800dpi) and yes, it felt snappier even being a little slower due to the lower dpi. But it feels like it's ready, snap, real time. My MX518L somehow doesn't. I remember I immediately loved how the G303 tracking felt besides the grip, but not the MX518L even having the best grip.
So, my questions are, if anyone bothers to help:
- Am I crazy or the Hero sensor isn't on par with the 3360 sensor?
- Would the Nixeus Revel Fit be a better choice compared to the MX518L or it's 3360 implementation (or anything else) is bad?
- Are the MX518L internals compatible with the old shell? If I could get rid of the wobbliness it would be great already.
Thanks in advance for any help?