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      19.10.2012 17:44

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      Good all round, feels comfortable and looks good.

      I have owned a few of these controllers and most have worked well. The controller itself has a good shape that feels natural and looks good. They can stand a lot as well, I am always dropping mine and they always seem to work after. I have at least 5 Xbox controllers and have only had a few problems, but still none of the have been major problems. When I use them the batteries seen to run out very quickly even more so if you use any mic whilst you are playing. This problem can easily be dealt with because you need is a rechargeable battery pack any where for cheaper than chips. Another fault I have on one of my controllers is that whenever it makes slight contact with anything it disconnects from the Xbox meaning I have to reconnect the controller again which can be very frustrating. To be fair I have had a lot of xbox controllers and only one being faulty is pretty impressive. Personally the controller is one of my favourite things about the xbox but understandably people will like different things about controllers but I would struggle to improve this one.

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      14.06.2012 13:04
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      A great gaming controller

      When it comes to controllers, the Xbox 360 design is one of the best. The position of the analogue sticks means it is extremely easy to hold and play games, and the placement of all the buttons allows for all games (including those that use the D-Pad) to be played with minimal effort.

      While there is a wired option, the Wireless Xbox 360 controller is defiantly the better option. The controller has a good range, meaning that you can be fairly far away from the console itself without the controller cutting out. The controller is also very easy to sync up with new Xbox's, as all that is required is for the sync button to be pressed on the controller simultaneously with the sync button that is on the console.

      The controller has a battery pack, which requires 2 AA batteries in order to use it. While this could be quite expensive having to keep replacing batteries, I have found that batteries tend to last quite a while in the controller. There is also the option of buying a rechargeable 'Plug in and play' kit. This kit means that the controller will have to be plugged into the Xbox via a wire occasionally, but while it is plugged in it will charge up a small rechargeable battery pack, which defiantly makes it a worthwhile purchase.

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      07.06.2012 17:59
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      Easy to use and very comfortable, better than the PS3 one.

      I got two of these when i first got an xbox 360 console and 5 years on with severe wear and tear they are still working, and have no mechanical faults. They cost a fair amount of money at £40 each but they do have some great durability. The only problem i can think of is the battery consumption, i had to buy a play and charge kit for these because after a week of good use the batteries are dead and need replacing with two more AA's, battery bills will go up without the kit.

      They are very comfortable to use, sweaty hands can get good grip because the plastic is not 100% smooth, but since the triggers are very glossy and smooth, you can slip off those. Gun based games like call of duty require excessive use of the triggers and this can be annoying. The response time is perfect, even from a long distance, the second you put your finger down on a button, it will react on the screen, no lag issues. Range is about 5-8m deoending what you have between you and the console. If its a wall it wont register at all but thinner and smaller things like plastic sheets will be no problem.

      The controller is easy to use and set up, you need to link (pair) the controller with a console so it remembers where to connect next time you switch it on. This can be done just by holding down the ))) buton on the console and the top of the controller. A manual is given in multiple languages to help you set up and even gives you a quick health and safety warning.

      The controller is very chunky, but not too heavy and has an audio port on the front to use a headset and simple keypad.

      My D-Pad now sticks, the rubber on the RS buttons has completely come off, the triggers are squeaky, two little black boxes have come off the board and are now rattling around on the components inside the controller and the buttons are very loose but for 5 years of hard work this has prooven very durable and what i believe to be the best built microsoft product. They are clearly making a serious profit on this but it will last a lifetime.

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      19.11.2011 11:54

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      Great controller even for little hands

      I admit when the original Xbox came out I hated the design of the controller, then when the Xbox 360 came out the new controller after a diet they decided that the need of wireless versions was a must go.

      Now all the previous wireless controllers I've used on the previous generation's consoles requires an adapter and many used AAA batteries which was a bit of a rarity in my house, Thankfully the wireless controller of this generation uses AA batteries.

      In terms of use and weight issues with the controller there isn't really any (unless you're made of sticks instead of bones) the locating of the buttons and the shaping of the controller makes it not only comfortable yo use for long periods (yeah gaming nights no longer means blisters) but also small and light enough for younger gamers to handle.

      The ease of syncing up the controller to the console is ridiculous two button presses is all it takes, and after that as long as there is sufficient charge in the batteries, by just pressing the centre x button, it'll not only turn the controller on but the console that it is currently synced up to (provided the console has power to it that is)

      Depending on the batteries you use typically I can get a few weeks worth of games out of them (playing casually), in terms of range I did try it out and I managed to get about 6 feet from the console with fresh batteries.

      I would strongly recommend this controller to anyone (just make sure you don't go third party) since it not only helps with the clutter of wires but also give a lot more freedom.

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      28.07.2011 14:49
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      Proudly sits at the top of piles of old controllers.

      Iv'e never written a review for a game controller before, but i'm up for trying, and where better to start than this little beauty. First off may i say what a vast improvement this controller is over the original, the old black behemoth was nothing short of an invitation to cramp city, there should be a book written on the necessary hand positions needed to use the blasted thing.

      Thankfully the 360 controller has been squeezed down into a more human hand friendly shape and maintains a lovely curvy aspect that fits snuggly in yer' mitts. They must have done a lot of design research, no matter where you put your hands on the controller, all your fingers just have a place to be, no matter what kind of awkward button press is required, and they should be applauded for the button layout which i'll take a gander at now.

      Starting with the shoulder buttons (the back ones being referred to as triggers). From holding the controller in what i'm now going to refer to as "standard" position, access to the back triggers is easy, making FPS games a breeze, the triggers sport a neat curve to accommodate the finger and you can easily move to the front shoulder buttons which retain a more simple flat button aspect, so as to avoid confusing them with the triggers during particularly tense gaming moments.

      Flip the device over to the front and your presented with my absolute favourite aspect of any controller iv'e had the pleasure of filling with crisp crumbs. The D-pad is almost perfectly spaced away from the left analogue stick, just below it to the right in fact, and so many bloody controllers get this wrong. Some games require you to move quickly between the analogue and D-pad, a lot of controllers have them positioned awkwardly away from each other making this difficult and occasionally frustrating. The Xbox 360 solves this with SIMPLE LOGICAL DESIGN. On top of that the D-pad is supported by a rollerball and sits slightly raised from the base, so fans of fighting games and the new street fighter will find it easy to handle those specials.
      A lot of the design features work to reduce the amount of time you spend looking down at the controller to check your accuracy, all the buttons have a feel to them so once your used to the controller you'll find it incredibly easy to use and you won't have much trouble adapting to new games.

      Both the left and right analogue sticks have raised bumps around the circumference which is neat because the analogue sticks are quite small and you could slip off, but not too small to be considered awkward though, they are I suppose the Baby bears porridge of analogue sticks, juuuust right. X, Y, B and A retain there classic formation, housed in there glassy bubbles on the front. And in the center taking pride and place(apart from stat and select, there there too don't worry), the Big Xbox X button, which during play glows a cheery green, you can also use it to turn the console on at a distance, making you feel completely in control, or at least like a cyborg (just me?).

      There are two power options for the wireless controller, on the back you have a clip out compartment for two AA batteries, or you could plug it in, making it not wireless but functional none the less. The battery life for the controller is pretty good, my Xbox playing is a bit sporadic, but i find that with fairly regular play you can squeeze a couple of weeks out of the little bugger. Also below the battery pack is the plug in point for your Xbox headset, the headset that comes with the actual console is not very good and you should try and replace it immediately if you intend to play online! Being able to shove the headset straight into the controller is another one of my favourite things about the controller.

      As far as playing games with the controller, the response time is about 70 percent down to the game developers but every last percent of that hundred is positive to the controllers command response. And of course what controller would be complete without the rumble feature, nothing more satisfying than taking out Locusts when you can feel the rumble of your chainsaw machine gun!

      Overall a delicious sleek design, and a vast improvement on the original controller, and all round definitely one of my top controllers, a controller that uses SIMPLE LOGICAL DESIGN to the greatest effect.

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        22.05.2011 20:34
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        Heavier than a wired controller but you can take it where you want.

        I have one of these wireless controllers, the same and only one that came originally with my xbox 360 3 years ago.

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        Generally the current price of the wireless controllers usually start from about £25+ but if you shopped around the internet you may be able to find a bargain somewhere. I feel this is a fair price because from personal experience they do last a long time as long as you look after them, and don't drop or throw them about too much :)

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        Compared to the wired version of the controller, the wireless has the added weight of the battery pack on the back. It doesn't get in the way though and I quickly got used to the weight after holding the lighter wired controller.
        The toggles have a nice rubbery feel so your fingers don't slip off of them easily. The back triggers can become a little squeaky over time, it's only a minor gripe and when deep in gameplay you may not even notice it.
        The overal size of the controller is very nice for my smaller sized hands and I don't have any trouble reaching any or the buttons or triggers. I'm not sure how they would feel to the larger longer handed person though.
        They are made of a very sturdy strong plastic and pushing down on it as hard as you can, unlike the PS3 controllers you get no/minimal squeaking which proves a solid design.

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        Ok, so one of the main user issues with these controllers are that they need AA batteries to operate and If you are using the controller alot, it becomes very costly in batteries. I have used Duracell Plus and Duracell Ultra in my wireless controller and the battery life is not too bad, lasting around a max of 2 weeks of playing an average of 3 hours each day with a headset plugged in - which sucks up more battery. However, you can buy a rechargeable battery pack + quick charge kit for it for about £16 or a Play and Charge lead that lets you play whilst they are charging for around £15. In the long run will save you £££'s on normal batteries.
        The wireless connection range is very good, and numerous times I've been talking to a friend through Xbox Live with the headset plugged into the controller and I've taking it downstairs to the kitchen and other rooms and it's held up connection.

        * TECHNICAL BITS *
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        2.4GHz wireless technology with 30-foot range.
        Lag-free play.
        Integrated headset port for Xbox LIVE play.
        Adjustable vibration feedback for longer battery life.
        Batteries required: 2 x AA

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        26.04.2011 19:26
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        Easily the best of the two options.

        Considering you only have two options here, it's a very easy decision. The wireless controller is so much better than it's wired rival - it makes you wonder why they even bothered making a wired version in the first place.

        Needing 2 AA batteries to operate, it can be a little draining to buy excess batteries just in case you run out mid game. And they do work there way through batteries. They seem to last around 20 hours of gameplay give or take a few hours. For many people this will be enough to last them for months. But if you're anything like me and love spending time on your Xbox 360 then you will get a bit fed up of stocking and replacing batteries.

        Fear not though, there is a solution to the problem that makes a wireless controller by far the best option. A "plug and play" kit supplies rechargable batteries that means you only ocassionally have to play with wires attaching you to your Xbox - but most importantly it eliminates the recurring cost of battery purchases. These kits can be bought for around £10.

        Back to the controller and the cost of an extra controller itself is around £30, and new console purchases include a free controller.

        Connecting the controller to the console couldn't be easier, upon first use you need to press the sync button on your Xbox and hold the sync button on the top of the controller itself. It should take no longer than 10 seconds, and holding it near to the console will speed the process up. Once this is done, you never need to sync it to that console again, and just holding the button on the controller will turn it and the console on.

        Overall using a wireless controller, and ocassionally using a charging kit, represents a huge leap forward in gaming technology. You can now play a game from the otherside of a room with absoloutly no restriction of wires, something that improves the gaming experience more than you may initially think it will.

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        03.12.2010 16:35
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        Xbox 360 Wireless Controller

        The one thing more than anything else that used to get on my nerves when it came to console gaming was the mass of wires that accompanied the experience, none so more than the joy pad or controller wires which seemed to twist and entwine themselves round everything else when not in use and took an age to unravel when they were next wanted. When I recently bought my brand new Xbox I was relieved to see that technology had moved on and that nowadays you didn't have to be restricted with trailing wires instead the controller which came in my Xbox package was wireless and run by batteries.

        In a previous review I recommended that a charging station with rechargeable batteries be bought as the relatively low cost they retail for would save money on purchasing replacement batteries in the future at the same time of buying the charger I was also on the look-out for a second controller as, rather sneakily, Microsoft only include 1 controller with the Xbox itself meaning co-operative game play was out of the question.

        Looking on-line I was amazed at how much the controllers sold for imagining, naively, perhaps that they would be around £10.00 - £15.00, instead they were retailing from anywhere from £25.00 upwards and had an RRP of over £40.00. As Amazon offer free delivery and are generally reliable when it comes to getting orders right and delivering quickly I ended up buying one from there at just under £25.00 and although I baulked at the cost I have to say that it is a purchase I have not regretted.

        The official Microsoft branded Xbox 360 wireless controller is, for all intents and purposes, identical to the controller which came with my Xbox. The only difference between the two that I can see is that the underside of my second controller is grey in colour and not all-black. It weighs the same at 454 grams and comes complete with 2 batteries (which I didn't need thanks to my charging unit) the buttons and directional pads are in the same place (so no need to describe them here) and when in use it sits comfortably in my hands.

        The ergonomical design of these controllers is such that your fingers become used to the button locations and game play becomes instinctive, it is relatively heavy but in a reassuring way especially as it is designed to be held in both hands and does not become cumbersome even after a mammoth game-playing session. The wireless controller has a range of 30 feet which should give ample length and means you don't have to be sat on top of your television or stuck in one position whilst playing, I find that I can move from my sofa and to my desk if I want to whilst playing a game and the benefit of this is that I never get tangled up in any wires and pose no potential tipping hazards to other people (or dog!) in the room in which I am playing.

        Years ago I remember buying a replacement controller for my Playstation and was disappointed with the quality, it felt badly made and I could tell it wasn't as sturdy as my original controller even though it was a 'proper' branded replacement. I hoped that this was not going to be the same with Microsoft and happily my fears were unfounded as other than the difference in colour I would be hard-pressed to tell each of my Xbox controllers apart. If you are an existing Xbox 360 owner and are looking for a second (or third, fourth etc) controller then I would have absolutely no qualms in recommending this at all.

        Overall then even though I thought this was an expensive purchase it has opened up new possibilities when playing some of my Xbox games. Although I generally prefer to play by myself there are some games where a second pair of hands come in handy and the fact that I can purchase 2 player games if I want to means that for me this has been a welcome purchase. The other benefit as well of course is that should my batteries become low in one controller I know that I can put it back on its recharging cradle and synch the second controller to my Xbox allowing me to continue playing.

        Chances are if you already own a Xbox 360 then you will have already bought another controller, if however you are a parent who has bought a gaming system for their child this Christmas and are looking for a second wireless controller then you can be assured of the quality of these and it's on that basis that I would award a perfect, 5 star rating.

        Looking online for the purpose of this review I have noticed that the price I paid seems to be the going rate for an Xbox 360 Wireless Controller and you can expect to pay £24.97 from Amazon if you purchase this today. Definitely recommended by me if you want/need another controller, thanks for reading my review.

        nb. There are some attributes below which don't really apply.

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          29.11.2010 18:26
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          Great controller, easy to use

          This controller is used for the xbox 360 games. It is wireless and is powered by two AA batteries. The controller is made to fit comfortably into your hand and it does. The controller costs around £25, it can vary with different shops and online.

          I have had the controller for a couple of years now, it is very easy to set up, you will just need to take the controller out of the packaging, remove the battery lid and then insert the batteries. To turn the controller on, you will need to press the Grey button in the middle of the controller, you will know when it is switched on because the button will turn green. I first found the controller quite hard to get used to as I had previously had the ps2, but after a while it was fine.

          The controller has a d pad and two analogue sticks, to control your gaming. Other buttons on the front of the controller are a,b,x and y, there are used in most games, they is also a start and a back button, these are mostly used for the menu. The controller also has four buttons on the top, 2 normal buttons and 2 trigger buttons, these are mostly used for shooting games. A big positive of the controller is the fact that it is wireless.

          Overall I would recommend this controller, it is reliable and is available for a good price.

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          14.11.2010 13:36
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          A vital piece of equipment.

          This is not only a vital product if you´re going to play games on the XBOX 360, but it´s also a really well-designed controller that makes playing really easy, and makes the whole experience really fun and intuitive. The controller has a nice shape too it, more curved and slightly larger than the Playstation controllers. There is one D-pad, two analogue sticks, four shoulder buttons and four regular buttons. There is also the usual Start/Select buttons, and one larger button in the centre with the XBOX logo on it which you have to press to switch on the controllers. This is a clever feature that lets you know whose controller is whose if you´re playing a multi-player game, as there are four quadrants that light up depending on whether you´re player one, two or three, etc. If you hold down the button it´ll light up and activate the controller, and also turn on the console if it´s not already on.

          The controller feels really straightforward and natural to use, with all the buttons easy to reach and press, and playing on it for a long time doesn´t strain your hands or fingers, which suggests it´s well put-together in terms of where all buttons are. Mostly, you´ll use the left analogue stick and the coloured buttons, but everything can be used and responds well. The analogue sticks can also be pushed in to perform certain functions. As this is the wireless controller, there is a battery pack on the back which takes two AA batteries, and is so easy to change and replace. What´s more, the batteries last for absolutely ages, which is great compared to something like the Wii remote, which needs changing all the time and can get quite expensive and annoying.

          There really aren´t any negatives to this product - if I was being really picky, I´d say that it´s a shame that the rear "trigger" button from the N64 controller, which this is quite similar to, isn´t incorporated here, as this was a great and unusual feature for all kinds of games, but this isn´t a big deal and you don´t notice it. If you need to buy additional or replacement controllers, they are about 30 pounds, which seems quite a lot, but you´re getting a great product.

          Overall, I can´t find any major negatives about this product, and I think it´s a great example of how to design a controller. It´s both easy to use and full of features, and the wireless function works really well and makes gaming so much easier - and keeps rooms looking tidier. I would definitely recommend this product.

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          20.10.2010 23:09
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          Better than the wired one, on balance.

          When I first bought the controller, I was quite happy as I was elated with the acquisition of my xbox and having no wires go across the front room and in the way of small children wasn't exactly a good plan. So in that sense it's a much better option than a wired controller, as when the wires fray it's a massive health hazard, and that's not something to be giving to your children.

          So, I have had the controller for about 2 years (of heavy use :P). In these 2 years it was reliable up until about 6 months ago. That's when the problems started. I found the controller kept either being disconnected from the xbox or going into what looks like an epileptic fit on cod, ending my killstreak and then being disconnected. Both ending in me shouting. Loudly. I've also found the left stick has gotten very stiff and unreliable when trying to press it down. I have no physical problem pushing it down, and in fact I can gain the desired effect in game, just not for the prolonged period of time in which I'm holding it down.

          So there's my experiences with my controller. It will be sent for recycling soon, and I'll probably buy another one, I just wish it wouldn't be so annoying to play with while it was still clinging to life.

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            02.10.2010 00:08
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            An easy to use controller that makes 360 gaming even better!

            I have had my XBOX 360 for nearly two years now I suppose and at first it was a big jump from the Sony Playstation 2, my previous console of choice. I bought the 360 because I wanted to experience next-generation gaming and did not like the choice of games available on Sony's new Playstation 3 but was worried at how I would get on with the Xbox 360 controller! I need not have worried.....

            First of all, it is wireless with a good range for playing games. The controller takes two AA batteries and these have a good life out of them though if you do play excessively, you can also get charging packs that plug into your console and charge the controller, even as you play if you so desire.

            There are four buttons on the right of the controller marked A, B, X and Y which are used for various functions during gameplay like climbing ladders, jumping etc depending on what game you are playing. Below these is the first of two analogue sticks that control direction, the other being on the other side of the controller and slightly higher up the game-pad. Underneath the analogue stick on the left are four directional buttons and above this, on eiher side of the XBOX symbol that turns on the controller and brings up the XBOX menu during gameplay, are two buttons marked back and start which often are used to pause and restart whatever game you may be playing. So far, so Sony......

            But where this controller differentiates is i its shoulder buttons on either side of the top of the controller! The top two buttons are shoulder style as with most other controllers of this style but below them are two trigger buttons which are touch sensitive so the harder you squeeze affects your gameplay. On Gta for example, squeezing the trigger buttons locks on on a human target closest to you whilst easing up allows you free aim to shoot say Flying Rats or tyres on an escaping car!

            Although this controller initially does look a little chunky, in fact it is fairly lightweight and fits perfectly in your hand. I cannot believe how quickly I got used to this after my PS2 controller and though it is slightly heavier, it is not noticeably so and is an improvement over Sony's alternative!

            Overall, it is just one more thing that makes the Xbox 360 great!

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              A good controller for the Xbox360 however alot of money to buy on its own!

              The Xbox 360 Wireless Controller comes with the Xbox360 as the deafult controller. After using a PlayStation 2 controller for a long time I found this very difficult to get used to at first as would most people.

              The Xbox360 controller is a strange shape which has two analog sticks, direction arrows on the left of the controller, an A, Y, X and B button on the right of the controller, a start and select button in the middle, a big round button with the Xbox Logo which lights up green when console is on and then four bumper buttons on the back on the controller. At the bottom of the controller there is a small socket to insert the Xbox360 headset.

              The controller soon becomes easy to use and is probably the best Xbox pad available on the markert. It has a very fast response time considering it is wirless which is great for any game. The controller itself is fairly heavy and sturdy which makes it feel more comfortable in your hand then the very light wired controller. One of the problems with the Xbox360 Controller is the poor battery life. You can insert some top of the range AA batteries and they wont last more then 20hours of game time which is very dissapointing. There is a play and charge kit available which is probably something you will need to have if you get this controller.

              All in all, the controller is very sturdy and very easy to use after a bit of practise. If you require a second controller, or the one you recieved with the console break a new controller costs around £25-30 which in my opinion is too expensive for what it is.

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              Brilliant all round controller

              The original Xbox controller felt as if it had fallen from the beanstalk, it was huge. Thankfully, the Xbox 360 controller feels much more ergonomic in your hands. The face buttons have retained their color orientation and tactile feel. Button colors are handy for when prompts appear in-game. Analogue sticks are positioned perfectly for shooters and feel very natural to use. The triggers have just enough resistance to them and feel very responsive. Start, select and guide buttons never get in the way while you are playing a game.

              The one downfall to the controller is the directional pad. It's feels like one big block and is pretty hard to press different directions quickly. I noticed this mostly when playing arcade or fighting games. For most games though, this will not be a problem.

              The controller is fully wireless and has a decent range . Battery life is also pretty good. You can purchase a play & charge kit to make it rechargeable but it would have been nice if this function was built-in. Overall, the 360 is one of the best out there, even with the d-pad flaw.

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                10.09.2010 22:02
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                Microsft made a winner, The ergonomics of the design are perfect.

                I know PS3 fan boys will say that this controller is too bulky etc. but I bought a second wireless one because in my opinion I prefer it. For me, the ergonomics of this controller are perfect. I used to own a PS and PS2 but after they both broke (both disk drive failures), I decided to move to the Xbox, that and I couldn't afford a PS3 when they came out.

                So from experience on both consoles I can say the xbox controller wins for me. I feel that the PS controller was designed before the time anyone really used analogue sticks as the D-pad on those controllers felt more natural, sony just never bothered changing the layout when less arcade stlye games started coming out where you found using the D-pad wasn't as good anymore. Having one joystick higher up feels better as you can have both hands firmly against the sides of the controller and the extra bit of bulk gives you something to grip on to for steadier control. The PS is just awkward when trying to use both joysticks. I found myself having my left hand twisted up in order to reach the stick.

                That aside, it is worth having a second wireless controller if you like to play with your friends or family as they are nice controllers to use and I would prefer them over different brands as the official ones are built solid and not had a problem with any of mine yet after 2 years of hard gaming. Can't fault it really.

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