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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for XBox 360 Gamers, November 25, 2005
This review is from: MICROSOFT B4F00014 Xbox 360® Wireless Controller (Video Game)
If you've got an XBox 360, you really need to get your hand on one or two wireless controllers. These controllers are GREAT for keeping your gaming area free of clutter. To start with, the controller is much smaller than the standard XBox controller was.

For control items, you start with the standard blue X, yellow Y, red B and green A buttons. There are two thumbsticks, one on the upper left and one in the center right. There is also a directional (d-pad) in the lower left.

Next, you have a pair of shoulder buttons at the "top" of the unit, up above the other buttons. You also have a pair of triggers below those shoulder buttons.

Finally, you have a center X button that can be used to turn the console on and off, plus a "start" and "back" tiny white buttons on either side of it.

The unit has a rechargeable battery unit inside it, the size of two AA batteries. You have to buy a recharger set SEPARATELY that lets you charge up while you play. In essence you plug the charger into the back of the controller - and the other end into the USB port in the front of the XBox 360 unit. So you play with the controller "wired" as it charges up. When it's fully charged again, you just pop off the wire and keep playing.

The range of the wireless unit is 30', which is probably much further than anybody is really going to even try playing a game at. The wireless is much easier on your hand - no cable holding you down - plus it's a great help in keeping your gaming area organized. You can easily pass the controller from person to person, and visitors can come and go without tripping over wires.

The documentation says you can get 40 hours of gameplay between charges, but if you have features such as vibration on, that sucks the time down to maybe 8-10 hours. It's up to you of course - I personally like having vibration on because it is often important for gameplay to get those warning signals.

Still, even if I have to plug the cables in every 10 hours or so to give it a juice boost, I still love wireless!! Highly recommended.
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Showing 1-9 of 9 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Nov 26, 2006 1:39:58 AM PST
C. Kelso says:
Kudos on the descriptive review. I'm going to get me an extra one of these. Are you on live? My gamertag is Hepnotik.

Posted on Dec 17, 2006 8:15:40 AM PST
Niraj Kumar says:
Does it have a rechargeable battery pack out of the box? I didn't see one. I had to put 2 alakline AA batteries?

Posted on Sep 6, 2007 8:58:18 AM PDT
B. Williams says:
it does not come with a rechargable battery you need to get one seperatly. the 14.99 charge kit is the best buy for the money

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 3:57:22 PM PST
Rick V says:
The one thing that aggravates me more about MS than the quality of the hardware is the nickel-and-diming that MS does with the XBOX. To your point in the review though: the controllers are GREAT. Far better than the PS3 controllers (have that one too). Those are squaky and light and these XBOX controllers are solid and heavier, making it more pleasant to hold.
Instead of buying the charger we bought 48 2600mAh batteries with a 15 minute charger on allbatteries dot com and that was about 70$. It is a more expensive alternative but it can be used for lots of other hardware and we're happy we did.

Posted on May 14, 2008 7:01:44 AM PDT
mjc0961 says:
Just a note about the recharging, if you plug the controller into the Xbox before you turn the console off, it will still charge the controller even if you're not playing or doing anything. So just plug it in when you're done with your play session before you power down, and it should be ready for you by the time you play again.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2010 4:48:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2010 4:49:08 PM PDT
W. Newberry says:
I'm not sure why a 5 yr old review is tied to a "as yet released" new controller design with a new D-pad and no colored face buttons.

But hey whatever

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2010 10:53:38 PM PDT
Lisa Shea says:
I'm not sure what you mean? I see this as going with the old controller we still have and use -Xbox 360 Wireless Controller - White - which is what I wrote the review for.

We use rechargeable batteries in ours, standard rechargeables which we use in all our home electronics.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2010 8:31:17 PM PDT
Apu says:
amazon updated the controller microsoft is selling but it is completely replacing old controller sales, so they grafted it into the reviews for past controllers

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 12:13:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2010 12:21:50 PM PST
Reader says:
It doesn't come with a rechargeable anything. You should probably edit that.

ETA: Don't shell out for the branded P&C kit. Buy a generic one, like this one for five bucks: Rechargeable Controller Battery Pack for XBOX 360 - 3600mAH. Cord is about 4'6," so buy an extra you can swap out. I bought three.
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