Product Type: Microsoft game controllers
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Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller
Member Name: tangoman84
Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller
Advantages: Comfortable and ergonomic design, great control thanks to the amount of buttons, very well priced
Disadvantages: Not a rechargeable battery pack included but simple to pick up one of these and put on
I am a massive fan of the Xbox 360 but no matter how much work and effort is put in with the design of the console itself then it is not doing to be any good without a high quality control system so does this manage to deliver a controller that works well?
The controller is well designed and comfortable to use even when you are gaming for a period of time thanks to the ergonomics used. The buttons are very well laid out which makes it very easy to learn your way around the controller and perfect your gaming with little hassle.
The controller offers up great control thanks to having two control sticks, a d-pad (arrow set), red, green, yellow, blue, left trigger, right trigger, left button and right button but even with all of this going on the controller does not feel like it is overly cluttered or too complex.
The controller is not too heavy so it is not going to cause your wrist to ache after gaming for any period of time.
The controller can be purchased as either a wired version or wireless version (the one I am reviewing is the wireless one) with prices for each very reasonable (wireless is about £25 and the wired version is about £18) and can be picked up in most places where gaming products are offered.
The controller takes 2 AA batteries and these will last for a number of hours of gaming. The batteries can quickly and easily be changed over as you simply unclip the compartment on the rear of the controller.
The control sticks work very well and allow for you to simply and easily have great control in any games you wish to play.
The wireless controller works well from a few metres (I've only played this from about 5 to 10 metres away) away with no drop out of reception.
The controller does not come with rechargeable batteries but a rechargeable battery set can be purchased easily and cheaply (about £10 for 2 batteries and a charger cable if you shop around and are willing to go for a non Microsoft product).
Overall I have been very impressed with the controllers on offer from Microsoft for the Xbox 360 and the wireless verion allows for easy gaming in comfort. The fact you need to purchase a rechargeable battery pack for your controller (if you are going to use this regularly) does not detract from the product for me as the design work and great amount of control available makes this something I am happy to use. The controller is very reasonably priced and I have never had any issues with mine so I highly recommend spending a little more and going for the official product.
Summary: Microsoft official controllers are very reasonably priced and work well so are well worth getting
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