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The Logitech MX518, my favorite mouse ever, is half price for Black Friday

Logitech MX518
(Image credit: Logitech)

There are a lot of flashy, fancy mice out there, festooned with buttons and dials and lights of all kinds. For my money, though, the unassuming Logitech MX518, originally released in 2005 and brought back to life (because it was just that good) in 2019, is the best mouse I've ever wrapped my hand around. And right now, you can pick up one for just $19.99—that's half price—at Best Buy.

Internally, this MX518 is a dramatic upgrade over the original. It's built around Logitech's 16,000 DPI Hero sensor with on-the-fly DPI adjustments, has eight programmable buttons, and can store five individual profiles in its onboard memory. On the outside, though, it's a pure classic: A long, swooping chassis, wide base, and deep thumb indent that combines for the most perfectly grippable mouse I've ever encountered.

It's a little bit on the big side, so gamers with small hands may not find it as comfortable as I do, and it's also fairly heavy for its size—this is a mouse of heft and substance. Of course mouse preference is a very subjective matter anyway, so I can't promise this will be the best mouse you'll ever use. But I can say, unequivocally, that the MX518 is the best mouse I've ever used, and at $20 that makes it very easy to recommend.

Logitech MX518 (2018)

Logitech MX518 | 16,000 DPI | 8 buttons | 5 internal profiles | wired | $39.99 $19.99 at Best Buy (save $20)
Logitech brought the MX518 back into service in 2019, with some serious internal upgrades including the 16,000 DPI Hero sensor, 8 programmable buttons, and onboard memory that can store 5 unique profiles, adjustable through Logitech's G-Hub software. It's a pure classic on the outside, though: simple, sleek, and supremely comfortable.

And if "flashy" is what you're after, we can help with that too: Hit up our list of Black Friday gaming keyboard and mouse deals for more ideas.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.