Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse Review — 5/10
Logitech can be hit or miss. There are some really good products from Logitech has released in the past. Like their high end gaming mice and comfortable ergonomic mice. So when I saw this as a featured product online right now, I wanted to check it out and do a M510 review myself. I’m gonna be straight with you right from the beginning here. I’m not gonna sugarcoat the cons of the M510. Even though it only sells for around $20 online, there are many budget mice that will serve you better than this one. I suggest you look through those.
- 2 Years of battery life
- Nice color
- Easily programmable
- No left handed version
- Weak buttons and scroll wheel
- Sub-par sensor
- Worse than many mice at the same price point
- Cheap build quality
The texture of a mouse is usually the first thing I notice and comment on. For me it is very much the first impression. And well, for the M510, it wasn’t special. A lot of mice lately have been impressing me, but the M510 just sports a slightly textured plastic finish. It’s not that bad compared to some mice on the market today, and definitely better than the earlier glossy models, but it could be better.
The one pro of this finish is that it doesn’t pick up fingerprints very easily at all. Arguably, this is the best part of the whole mouse.
One sad trend that has caught on within the last decade is mini mice. They aren’t ergonomic at all and cramp the hand. Thankfully, the M510 breaks away from this with a full sized body. When resting your hand on the mouse, I doubt you’d feel and real strain at all. The M510 is a longer mouse, and it does its best to hold any size hand by having enough room for any size palm. It isn’t ergonomic, but it does have some features that make it better than some. It features bit of a comfortable dip for your index and middle finger on the left and right clicks. In addition to that, it has a nice place to rest your thumb as well. Regular use really won’t prove to hurt your hand at all.
Along with the back contouring to your hand, the M510 has a familiar shape. It was designed with comfort in mind for light-moderate use. This familiar shape also lends itself to most any size hands and all grip styles. Though because it’s full size, it doesn’t make the best on-the-go mouse. But honestly, how hard do you think it’d be to shove this thing into a briefcase and take it with you? Not that hard. It’s not a huge mouse by any stretch of the imagination, so mobility is not a big issue.
Although being ambidextrous, there is no true left handed version of the M510. Left handed users can use the mouse, but won’t be able to reach the forward and back buttons. This is just sad. The shape was already symmetrical, and a version with buttons on the right side wouldn’t have been a huge thing to ask. Maybe next iteration, there will be a left handed version.
The concave sides of the M510 have a great idea for how to rest your thumb, albeit, a bit cramped. Instead of giving the thumb the freedom to rest anywhere on the sides, the mouse guides your thumb down a narrow crevice. This is a bit of a minor gripe, but it definitely could get obnoxious if you used the mouse for a few hours.
I will say that the sides are really made for grip though. They are coated in rubber, which really helps when lifting the mouse. No real issues here. One thing I will mention though; I don’t think the rubber will last very long. I’ve only had the mouse for about a week now, but I can tell that it doesn’t seem to be of the highest quality. I could be wrong though. Don’t quote me! I’ve just seen my fair share of cheap mice.
Weighing in at 129 grams with the batteries in, the M510 does feel pretty solid. While it is well above the standard for gaming mice, I doubt any hardcore gamers are looking into buying this mouse. I prefer heavier mice, so this is honestly a great weight for me. It doesn’t feel clunky to much at all.
Although, heavier mice can make using the mouse a bit more stressful. Since the shape isn’t exactly ergonomic, you might want to steer clear of it just in case.
Here’s where the mouse starts to fall apart. (Literally.) In regards to just how the mouse is put together, I’ve seen better. Even though it is a bit heavy, the mouse still feel plastic. For the price, it’s fine, and I doubt that it would break if used responsibly. But I’ve used mice that were much better than this, for the same price, if not lower.
When squeezed it squeeks a fair amount. Not a really good sign. And accompanying those squeaks, are terrible rattles whenever you Overall the M510 just feels cheap. I don’t see mine lasting 2 years.
On another note, there have been several reports of M510s breaking or going out within the year they were bought as well. Sadly, this mouse isn’t impressing me much so far.
The four feet on the bottom of the M510 are a real disappointment for me. Rather than delivering a feeling of gliding, they seemingly always slide and scrape along my mouse pad. Even on the smoothest mouse pad I had on hand, my Corsair MM400, the mouse just didn’t give a satisfying glide.
The feet also get gummed up with dirt and dust from your desk very easily. This is annoying and also just nasty.
Along with all that, there have been a few cases I’ve seen where the mouse feet just straight up come off the mouse. And although you can buy replacement feet, it’s really not worth it when you could get a better mouse.
For a cheaper mouse, I do think it looks good. The matte finish on the top looks nice and doesn’t get dirty easily. It doesn’t attract fingerprints, and it looks modern without trying to look futuristic. The shape of the mouse also looks great. Logitech really knows how to sell a product on looks alone. Just look at the MX Master I reviewed!
Along with the red M510 I’m reviewing, there are a blue model and a silver model available. These look just as good as the red model. So if you don’t like red, the others still look great. The finish isn’t different on those models either so the feel is the exact same.
Some words of warning though; some earlier models come with a glossy finish as well. I’d steer clear of those.
Left and Right Click
The main clicks on the M510 are fairly responsive. They aren’t as fast as I’d like them to be, but I will admit that my standards are a bit higher for left and right click… the most important part of the mouse. Anyways, the travel distance is short on these buttons, but the click seems to finish too soon. Once you hit the click, there is barely any follow through. It makes the clicks seem a bit shallow to me.
The buttons also miss clicks on occasion. This is kinda unacceptable, especially for Logitech. For a seasoned company, any mouse they offer should be free of this issue. C’mon. Don’t try to pass this off as acceptable guys. Look at the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Mouse for example. You can find the Anker mouse for the same price as the Logitech M510 online and yet it’s one of the nicest mice I’ve ever used. This is just not okay Logitech.
Also, there have been a few reports of the left click going out. Mine is fine, but Buyer beware!
The scroll wheel on the M510 is a bit mushy. It’s really not a great feeling at all. It also misses a notch every once in a while. Honestly this review is getting sad.
But! There is a bit of redemption for this mouse yet. The scroll wheel supports tilt scrolling! This is a feature that I would truly like to see brought back to some mice. As much as I do like the side scroll wheel on my MX Master, tilt scrolling is leaps and bounds more useful. For one, it acts as a button instead of a weird nebulous wheel with no feedback. So, there’s one good thing about the scroll wheel.
The middle mouse button on the M510 is surprisingly fast too. I feel like part of the problem with the M510 was a lack of attention to all the wrong sections of the mouse. The middle mouse button is so much more reactive and satisfying than the left and right clicks. Just interesting to note.
Forward and Back Buttons
These are fine. I really don’t have much against these. The travel distance is a bit much and the click itself is a bit mushy, but so far what else were you expecting?
What sticks out to me about these buttons is the placement on the mouse. It’s very convenient. Right above the thumb is the optimal place for them. the little concave section for your thumb might make it hard to reach though. And although for me this position was great, for people with large hands, the buttons might get in the way though. That is definitely a possibility.
I doubt anyone who is looking into buying this mouse will care much about the audible feedback from a mouse, but I will mention it. They aren’t very loud. This is good for if you work at an office or if you don’t want to wake a sleeping mate, but there are better made mice for that kind of purpose.
At 1000 DPI, the laser sensor is not really impressive. Although laser sensors are generally less accurate than optical sensors, they can sense on things like glass, mirrors, and marble. Though for some reason, Logitech decided it’d be great if they used a laser sensor that doesn’t do that. This is the worst part about the M510 for me. It completely defeats the purpose of having a laser sensor. It even has trouble on light colored surfaces too.
As you can probably gather, it’s not very good for gaming. Some mice aren’t meant for gaming but will work. The M510 has some issues with gaming. For starters, when you quickly swipe across your mouse pad, it doesn’t take too much to make it spin out. A quick tilt slam test really showed the ugly side of the mouse. This mouse might just get aggravating to the point where you really don’t want to play any more.
More: What is mouse spin out?
I am highlighting the worst this mouse has to offer in games, but there really shouldn’t be this many issues. You can casually game on pretty much any mouse if you want to, and this is no exception. But it could get rough.
When setting the mouse down after lifting it, there is some jitter which can mess up what you’re doing on screen too. This can really annoy you if you are planning on doing image editing or something else precise with this mouse.
More: What is mouse jitter?
Also, the sensor is placed on the right side of the mouse rather than in the middle. WHY? We may never know. This is easily to adjust to, but this could really bother people with OCD.
Overall, for someone who just wants to game every once in a while and do some work at the office or something, this is just fine. I do recommend a simple black mouse pad to avoid some of the the laser sensor’s limitations.
Without any cable, the M510 connects to your computer via Logitech’s Unifying Receiver. One little receiver, or dongle, and all your Logitech stuff can be connected to the computer. This is a nice feature. Especially if you have a Logitech keyboard and want to save your USB ports. You can also store the dongle within a little compartment within the mouse itself for when you travel with it. Can’t say anything bad about this, except for the range.
The connection starts to go in and out at about 5 feet away. Which is a bummer. But I wasn’t expecting anything better than that. No wireless mice have really nailed long distance tracking yet. But keep that in mind if you use your mouse far away from your computer. (You may just want a wired one.)
With this comes the BIGGEST positive point about this mouse. The battery life. Those two AA batteries will last up to 2 years. Even if you leave the mouse on 24/7, the mouse will go into a sort of sleep mode if not touched for a while. Honestly, if you don’t use a computer enough to be bothered to change the batteries, then this really is the mouse for you.
The mouse comes with two AA batteries which are removable. This is a nice feature that they’re actually removing from higher end models. If the battery fries, you can always replace it. The mouse supports rechargeable batteries, but you cannot charge them while they’re inside the mouse.
The green light on top of the mouse will light up when you turn on the mouse. It will indicate the battery life left on the mouse. (Which is 2 years, so don’t sweat.)
The software that is programmed for the M510 is really not the best. It’s called Logitech Options and it ironically features a distinct lack of options. I’ve covered this in my review of the MX Master. But although really terrible for the MX Master, for the M510, it’s not so bad. The MX Master has some quirks that really hurt the customization. But the M510 really doesn’t hinder Options. There are less buttons on the M510 so it matches Logitech Options very well.
Even though it isn’t as good as SetPoint, their previous customization software, Options is relatively easy to use and customize. You can remap buttons to other functions, you can make macro keystrokes, and you can set profiles for different programs to increase productivity. For a simpler mouse like the M510, this is a good catalog of options.
Who is the M510 for?
Well let’s face the facts. The M510 is not an incredible mouse. While it is cheap, you can tell. Clearly, Logitech doesn’t like letting their good ones go too easily. I’m also confused as to who they were marketing toward. It has the amount of options a mid-range productivity mouse would have, but the quality of a $5 mouse.
If you only use your computer a little at work and/or light browsing, this mouse would be fine. But there are many better choices for the same price or less. The only thing that would draw me to this mouse is the 2 years of battery life. But even then, it doesn’t warrant buying this over something like a Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Mouse which is MUCH more bang for your buck at around the same price.
There really isn’t a good reason to get this mouse I could find in this M510 review. Even the user-friendly Options software doesn’t really justify getting an M510 when there are much better mice at the same price or less. So go out there and do some research. Maybe check out my reviews of some other cheap mice. But if you really really want one, I’m not stopping you.