A worthy contender for the MX518 throne

The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum is relatively light and easy to manipulate. It also has a decent battery life for a mouse with an internal battery.
The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum is relatively light and easy to manipulate. It also has a decent battery life for a mouse with an internal battery.PHOTO: LOGITECH

The Logitech MX518, released in 2005, has been one of the most iconic gaming mice, with a distinctive marbled faceplate and a reputation for reliability and performance.

It was succeeded by the G400 in 2011, which was in turn replaced by the G400s (2013) and G402 Hyperion Fury (2014). But while successive generations grew more high-tech, to me, they were slowly losing that MX518 flavour.

The MX518 was an unadorned workhorse with a simple, relatively ambidextrous feel. In contrast, the Hyperion Fury was a complicated, ergonomically-shaped creature with a thumb rest and a sniper button for one-touch DPI switching.

Logitech's new wireless mouse, the G900 Chaos Spectrum, reverses the trend. It is a worthy contender for the MX518 throne that the Hyperion Fury failed to ascend.

Aside from a small cluster of three buttons behind the scroll wheel to toggle Hyperscroll and DPI, the Chaos Spectrum has only two extra thumb buttons.

  • TECH SPECS

  • PRICE: $249

    RESOLUTION: 200 to 12,000 DPI

    WEIGHT: 107g

    BATTERY LIFE: Default lighting, 24 hours; no lighting, 32 hours

  • RATING

  • FEATURES: 4/5

    DESIGN: 5/5

    PERFORMANCE: 5/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 3/5

    OVERALL: 5/5

Logitech has even gone so far as to make them removable, and they can be swopped out for a plain cover or moved from left to right, making the mouse truly ambidextrous.

The mouse is symmetrical, with no ergonomic curves or edges. Its slim size and relatively light weight (107g) make it easy to manipulate.

The buttons have a great tactile feel, and each press registers distinctly, with a crisp and solid click.

The plastic housings of the left and right mouse buttons are also separate from the main faceplate, which is an often overlooked factor in many gaming mice.

And the best part? All of this is wireless. Logitech said the mouse has a report rate of 1,000Hz, or less than one millisecond. It also said the mouse will last up to 32 hours on a single charge, with the RGB lighting turned off. I used it every day for about two weeks, before the low battery indicator started to show. So, a decent battery life for a mouse with an internal battery.

• Verdict: The G900 Chaos Spectrum is destined to become a classic among gaming mice.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2016, with the headline 'A worthy contender for the MX518 throne'. Print Edition | Subscribe