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Since this is my very first gamepad, I cant say if it is the best or not. What I can say is that it works great for me. Absolutely great!
The gamepad has 12 buttons, dual analog controls and 4 optionally usable navigation keys. I bought it more than 4 years ago, and still I use it. It has faced no damage, believe it or not. It has feel once or twice from my hand, but it still works just like it did four years ago when I bought it. Some more detailing:
The gamepad has buttons 1,2,3 and four arranged on the right hand side of the device. You mainly use these for things like special item, coming in or out or stuff like that.
Then you have four buttons arrange on the front of the device. These are buttons 5,6,7 and 8. Its arranged in a way that 5 and 6 are at the top, and 7 below 5 and 8 below 6. These are used for switch weapon, boost up, fire weapon, brake, handbrake etc.
Then you have button 9 and 10 on the front of the device, in the center. These are used for stuff like change camera, view messages, pause game etc.
Now, button 11 and 12, they are under the dual analog controls. You press the left one down, it activates button 11. Similarly, press button the right one down and it activates button 12. These are used for small stuff like sub-mission, tilt left or something like that.
The gamepad provides vibration. This can be adjusted by pressing the "Vibration button" below button 10. Also, the "Mode Button" below button 9 allows you to switch usage between the left analog control and the ordinary navigation controls, in case you're more comfortable with the latter.
Overall, I loved the kind of service this thing has given me. I use it with all games compatible with it, which has a VERY wide range.
UPDATE: Following a comment about some more details ( apologies for not having them earlier ) , I'd like to add some more details.
Holding: Its difficult to explain on how you hold it, but I'll try my best. Firstly, you use it with both hands, which is pretty obvious. The two downward slope like things, you clasp them with your little finger on both hands. The Index finger of the left hand lies on button five, and the middle finger on button 7 (As I told you, 7 is right below 5). Similarly, the right hand index finger lies on button 6, and the right hand middle finger on button 8. Its very comfortable to hold, and made in a way that you wont mistakenly press the wrong button. The buttons are very big and spaced away from each other well, so you can comfortably play your game without any annoyance.
Control Response: Trust me, there's not even a millisecond of a delay. You press the button, and you instantly get the result on screen. The thing is wireless, and has quit some range, yet from anywhere within the range, response is instant. No delay, no annoyance.
Batteries and Lifetime: This one uses AA batteries. I play almost everyday, I'd say for 2-3 hours everyday. I cant very accurately give you the data, but I think it lasted for about 3-4 months. Whatever be it, it uses battery very efficiently. At least thats what I thought of it.
This is the best game pad I've used for the PC. This pad borrows heavily from the PS2 Dual Analogue controller which I've always thought was an excellent controller. It's very comfortable and feels natural to hold with well placed molding. It has the 4 buttons for the right thumb like the PS or Xbox controllers, 4 shoulder buttons, 2 buttons in the middle above the mode and vibration buttons, an eight way directional pad and 2 analogue sticks which can both be clicked in providing another 2 buttons. All the buttons are well place so your never stretching to reach a certain one. The mode button allows you to manually switch between the left analogue stick and D-Pad which I found to be more useful than I thought when playing games. The D-Pad is well designed and thankfully 8 way.
The wireless funtction works perfectly. I have a wireless mouse and keyboard and have found no interference. The USB receiver is fairly small and light and I found I could place it just about anywhere and it would pick it up the controller easily. I experience no noticable lag between pressing a button and seeing the action on screen. It takes 2 AA batteries and they seem to last forever. I'm using rechargable NiMH batteries now and my charger is gathering dust in the cupboard!
The only thing I would change with this pad is that the analogue sticks sit in square indents which makes rotating them at the extremes not as smooth as it would have been with circular indents. That's just nitpicking though and can honestly say I don't notice it 99% of the time.
This Game Controller is really easy to use and is very easy to install. This Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2 is a plug and play pad which is a great feature to have for anyone that does not understand the technology and drivers for the game controllers. The pad has a very long batery life with any AA bateries and the range of the pad is very cool as you can play the game from the other side of the room and still ahve no lag or loss of connection, unless your batteries run out. The controller itself has a nice modern black look and the black colour with the orage logo looks nice. The pad has 12 buttons and 3 axis which is great for playing any type of game at any time. Overall this is a great product and a recomended buy. It also is relitively quite cheap in comparison to all of the other wireless controllers.
Well, I'm not generally a fan of wireless controller, because the first rule in the world for a gamer is to never use a WIRELESS MOUSE because you will get a little delay an that will be your end in a first person shooter game.
I just got this control from a gift, but I would rather prefer a wired one, because I don't like spending in batteries, (its need 2 AA), but I like to play with some freedom because of the cordless. The answer?. Rechargeable cordless controller.
The control Is cool, not so heavy, and its rumble nicely the problem it doesn't rumble in every game, anyways I just use it when playing with emulators (gba, snes and ps1),
I got another cheap controller before and the Left key got stucked and I couldn't take it out, this won't happened in the Logitech, because a better button system.
In a few words
-Cheap nice black controller
-Lots of bottoms (12 actually)
-Freedom and flexability, you can play from the other side of your room
-Plug and play and driver support too
- Ergonomic design, your hands won't get tired
Should I buy it?, well yes, but get a review about a Rechargeable cordless controller before! :D
Experience the freedom and eliminate the clutter with the Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2. Logitech developed 2.4 GHz Cordless Freedom technology specifically for gaming... 30 feet of freedom with no lag! With its two vibration feedback motors, you'll experience every turn, bump, dip, and crash. And it feels great in your hands with its familiar button layout and all the controls you need to dominate.
|Product Description:||Logitech Cordless RumblePad 2 - game pad - wireless|
|Product Type:||Game pad|
|Controls:||2 thumb sticks, 8-way D-pad|
|Microsoft Certification:||Works with Windows Vista|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|