Product Type: Microsoft game controllers
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The best built Microsoft product ever
Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller
Member Name: Seven17
Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller
Advantages: Built well, feels great, comfortable, accurate and responsive
Disadvantages: Cant open the controllers up
@ About and Comfort @
This controller came with my Xbox 360 over four years ago. It's had daily use since then, and hand on heart I can say this is the best built product by Microsoft. Scratch that, one of the best built things across all games console manufacturers. Given my track record with Microsoft, RROD, overheating, headsets breaking etc, this is the one product I take my hat off to. They have out an excellent amount of effort into this.
The first thing is comfort. The bottom of the controller is rounded off with a chunky piece of plastic either side, which can be grabbed in anger with white knuckle strength and not even creek or make a sound. The controller is chunky, a little bit heavy, and the trigger buttons are soft but not too springy so you can apply gentle acceleration to a car in forza motorsport, rather than full throttle, and in call of duty and other FPS games, you can fire short controlled bursts. Perfect balance.
The controller has multiple gaps around the top, sides and joins at the back of the plastic where dirt gets trapped. It will need a regular clean and this isn't easy without a toothpick to get into these areas.
@ Gameplay @
The front A,B,X,Y buttons are sharp and responsive, and require little effort to operate. The bumper buttons at the top however require a bit more of a push to fully get them down into their hole before you get a response. All of the buttons have some play by a couple millimetres, but the D-Pad is worst with a great deal of wiggle.
The controller has a fast response to the console with instant signals sent to the console. When you are in an FPS game such as call of duty, precision matters, the rubber sticks start responding on screen within a few millimetres, whilst maintaining slow speed when you nudge them with your fingers. You hit the knob left it moves to the left fast, it gradually pushing it further left gives you exact response on the screen. Handy for sniping campers...
@ Build Quality / Wear and tear @
This is the first time I have ever said this about a Microsoft product - its 4 years old, still working and without a doubt, not falling to pieces. What I can tell you, is what a controller looks like after 4 years of enthusiastic gameplay. The guide button has worn down and is no longer shiny, the triggers are loose and creaky, and the rubber has worn down on the sticks. And that's it.
The components are well put together and to make sure you're not modding your controllers, Microsoft have put special Microsoft only screws in the back of the controller. They won't fit a screwdriver you can pick up at home base that's for sure. The rubber wears down easily but the buttons and everything else feels fantastic.
@ Overall @
Brilliant piece of kit and I have to commend Microsoft on this product, it's comfortable to use, lasts ages and is built like a bulldozer. The controller requires some serious cleaning attention every month or so and you need to really get into all the holes where dirt builds up. My controller has not had an easy life, it's like a car with a ton of mileage but it will never break down.
Summary: Superb product, well done Microsoft for making a controller that covers everything.
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