“ Logitech WingMan RumblePad - Game pad - 9 button(s) „
i was playing 'project gotham racing' on a friends x-box, when it suddenly hit me - i need a gamepad! i already owned a logitech wingman extreme digital 3d joystick (also reviewed on dooyoo) that i am very happy with, so i decided to go with logitech. i wanted a reasonably priced controller with force-feedback capabilities, so i settled for this gamepad and have been very happy with it. >value< ---------- this controller is excellently priced at around the £20-25 mark, which i feel is extremely fair given the quality of the controller. this is comparable to a new controller (branded) for one of the consoles. >first impressions< ----------------------- the box is attractive, but it didnt last for long. what i really wanted to see was inside :) opening it up revealed the gamepad itself, which looked great, and a driver cd. this cd contains the excellent logitech gaming software - more about that later. >installation< ---------------- installation was a breeze. this gamepad connects via a usb port (all modern pc's have them, but if in doubt - check). the device is auto-detected and appears in the windows gaming controllers property box in control panel. however, in order to enable full functionality for the device, you should install the logitech software from the cd (you can also check their website for the latest version). you may be dissapointed if you wanted to connect it to your joystick/midi port, as this controller is usb only. however, this is because the required power for the rumble effect is obtained through the usb port. configuration is easy - the software takes you through a calibration wizard which also allows you to test the new rumble capabilities (fun)! additionally, you can use the software to set up profiles to customise controls for your favourite games. this is a nice touch. >functionality and ergonomics< ------------------------
------------- the device is very versatile, although the layout will take a little getting used to if you are used to console gamepads (although it is not as outlandish as the XBox controller). There are two large shoulder buttons (which are very comfortable), six standard buttons, a start button, a throttle (!), a D-Pad, and two analogue sticks. The buttons are all easily accessible and comfortable to use. The pad itself is quite large, although I find it particularly well suited to people with fairly large hands like myself, therefore it is ideal. The throttle at the top-right is also a very nice touch, making it ideal for flight-shooter games such as Star Wars Starfighter. There are also two extra, recessed buttons for switching analogue mode on/off and rumble on/off. I was pleasantly surprised by the excellence of the Analogue stick functionality. These are perfect, and offer smooth and precise control that is vastly superior to either the PS2 or the XBox controllers. They are refreshingly accurate without being over-sensitive, making them comfortable and a joy to use. What I was most eager to test, however, was the rumble functionality. This is simply excellent, and was far more distinct than when using console controllers. I gave it a test-run in Need For Speed : Underground and was instantly impressed. In addition, you can vary the rumble strength in the control panel to suit your tastes - even increasing it to 150% if you feel like some fast-paced action! >Overall< It is impossible to fault this controller. It is very confortable and well proportioned, it has an excellent array of buttons and extras, it is easy to install and configure, and the analogue control in particular is excellent. All this at a very reasonable price! Highly Recommended, Dave. Check it out here: http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm?page=product s/details&CRI D=11&CONTENTID=5022&countryid=18&languageid=1
Bring all the excitement out of your games with sophisticated dual motor technology for maximum vibration feedback. Plus you get all the control features you need to dominate.
Feel what you've been missing! If you're still using a standard gamepad, you're missing out on a whole new dimension in gaming: vibration feedback. The WingMan Rumblepad uses not one but two vibration feedback motors, weighted differently and spinning independently, to let you feel every turn, bump, dip, and crash. And it feels great in your hands with all the controls you need to dominate.