5 years, 2 M510s, and my thoughts!
After years of faithful service, it was finally time to retire my old Logitech M510. Years of video games, office work, and general abuse had taken its toll. The left mouse button no longer registers hold down, instead just repeat clicking. The scroll wheel now skips every other scrolling motion. The rubber pads on the sides have been worn smooth from thousands of hours of use. And...that's about it. Everything else still works great! It's actually kind of unbelievable. This thing survived gamer button mashing in Call of Duty and World of Warcraft raid wipes, getting tossed about the desk in frustration. It survived my cat knocking it off the desk countless times, for no other reason other than he is a cat, and therefore a jerk. It survived 3 moves around the city, getting unceremoniously thrown into a moving box to be unpacked at a later date. And yet, it still tracks perfectly. It registers clicks (with the exception of the hold-down issue). The batteries still last forever. It still just... works. I'm not even going to throw it away. It will live in the old computer stuff box as a backup in case my cat strikes again.
By Zar on April 28, 2018
So, when it came time to retire my old friend, I had a hard time finding a suitable replacement. I looked at Logitech's newer offerings. Many of which were "gamer-tailored" offerings. I looked at wired mice for the latency advantage. I even tried one of those new vertical mice ( [[ASIN:B00BIFNTMC Anker AK-98ANWVM-UBA 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse, 800 / 1200 /1600DPI, 5 Buttons - Black]] ). I liked it, but it had glitches (see my review of it for details). In the end, I just didn't find anything that was the right fit. Everything was either huge with 37 buttons I would never use, or was shaped oddly. Then I realized. What I was looking for was not an improvement over my old M510. It was a new M510. But maybe a new color. The metallic grey was getting old!
So here I am, with my shiny (or not shiny, rather) new M510 in a gorgeous cranberry red, and I have to say, I have a couple gripes. They changed a couple things that I may or may not like. The texture of the red parts is now matte, a little grainy. I actually like that over the old glossy 510, which attracted every finger smudge imaginable. The other thing I notice is the scroll wheel rotation is not nearly as refined as the old wheel. It is much rougher. It feels like they went cheaper on materials for the wheel. Only time will tell if the legendary 2+ year battery life still holds true, but they DO include batteries to start you off. And I should mention the awful blister pack packaging now has perforations for "tool-free" opening! But it is still sharp, so watch out! Other than that, it's still the same great M510. Tracking is accurate. Latency is extremely low for a wireless mouse. I'm a happy camper.