About the product
- SmartTrack technology fine-tunes analog stick tracking ranges to optimum levels improving precision and reaction time
- Officially Licensed for Xbox 360
- Vibration feedback rumble motors
- Integrated headset/communicator port
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Top Customer Reviews
I originally wanted one of the Tron XBox360 controllers, but those were limited edition, sold quickly, and are now at outrageous prices, so I settled on this one.
Controller feels very sturdy. The plastic feels much thicker than you think. Buttons all felt nice, and clicked nicely. The analog sticks felt nice. The D-pad isn't the greatest, but that's because it shares the design with the Microsoft XBox360 D-pad, and none of them feel really nice, at least not as comparable to the Nintendo D-pad.
I have no intentions of using it for FPSs, so I can't tell you how the analog sticks function for that.
Plugged it right into my computer (running Windows 7 Professional) and it was recognized, and drivers automatically installed. I didn't have to install anything manually.
The lights are very bright. The controller looks good, but in the dark with darker games, you might be distracted. The setting button for the light is recessed on the back, about under your ring finger. It's not obtrusive, and you won't press it accidentally.
The settings for the lights are kept even if your computer is reset. If you have the lights turned off, they will blink once when the computer reboots, and it is initialized, but it will remain off. So if you keep this plugged in all the time, you won't have to worry about having to turn the lights off every time you reboot your computer.
I don't have an XBox360 or use the regular controller, so I can't tell you long-term how the position of the start and back buttons feel in relation to that one, but the ones on this one are in a comfortable position, save for the back button. It's position requires you to reach around the left analog stick to press, but it's no big deal.
The USB cable is long. Longer than you probably would ever need for a computer unless you had your computer hooked up to an HDTV, and your controller plugged in several feet away. The cord is 10 feet long.
Some people have compared the XBox Guide button to a regular controller, saying this one is cheap-looking. It's a sticker on a button, and by itself it doesn't look bad. I guess if it were like the regular controllers, and the button was molded out of shiny metal-looking plastic it would look better, but it's not that bad.
If you want literally a flashy controller for your XBox360/computer that is well-built, and solid and don't want to pay the price for the Microsoft controller, I can recommend this one.
Appearance wise- this looks awesome!
The resistance on the triggers and the buttons (RB & LB) is little less than the original Xbox controller, but I think I will be okay with it.
There is more resistance on the left trigger than the right trigger. Also, the feed back on "X" button is weaker than the other three. And no, it's not because my right hand is the dominant hand. I felt these as soon as I held it and started pushing buttons.
Another thing I noticed was that the finish on the right side corner is not smooth (the part where your palm touches); the bottom piece sticks out about 1mm outward. It's very very very subtle and it seems soooo insignificant, but I can feel it. I think anybody can. So every time I re-position the controller in my hand, it irritates me.
On the positive side, it has small button on the back. You can turn the light off if you want. It has on/ off/ active mode you can cycle through.
It looks sick paired with my laptop. Overall, I am happy with this new controller. It's almost perfect, but not 100% though.
Edit- After playing for couple hours I noticed one more thing that's different. It's the position of the "Start" and "Back" buttons; they are farther away from where they used to be. I'm still having hard time getting used to it. I use those buttons a lot for the game I play. I have to press "Back" button constantly for the map, and use "Start" button to change car, change song, etc. Not a big deal. Just letting you know.
Pros~ Looks awesome, very comfy
Cons~ Breaks way to fast for the amount of money :/
When hooked up to a PC, the controller will read right away and there's no hassle having to configure anything!
The best part is that it does light up in the dark so you can see your controls better!
The only downside is that after a couple weeks - a few months of use, the upper left rubber thumb joystick starts to fall apart after use.
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I hope this review helps people, and also helps so you don't have to keep wasting $$$ on a whole new controller each time! Cheers!