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Dekcell CPA-1040 USB Dual Action GamePad for PC

3.0 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • Comfortable grip gives you the precision you need
  • USB Plug and Play.
  • Features four triggers, 6 action buttons, and an 8-way D-pad.
  • 2 analog mini joysticks with programmable stick buttons for more precise control.

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With Dekcell CPA-1040 USB dual action GamePad, its comfortable grip gives you the precision you need, whether you're going for the tackle, the kill, the gold, or the finish line. Features four triggers, 6 action buttons, and an 8-way D-pad.USB Plug and Play. 12 programmable buttons familiar button layout. 8-way D-pad is precise and easy to use. 2 analog mini joysticks with programmable stick buttons for more precise control. 4 trigger buttons comfortable grip.

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Shipping Weight 2 pounds
Manufacturer Dekcell
ASIN B000KGKFXQ
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3.0 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #220 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Game Hardware > PC Game Hardware > Controllers > Gamepads & Standard Controllers
#28,209 in Video Games > Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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By P. Herrell on May 25, 2007
This is a great item for what you're paying. It's essentially a cheap, generic gamepad put into the casing of a dual-shock controller. The d-pad is four separate buttons, which is pretty annoying, but you get used to it, and I actually find it preferable vs. the d-pads on most PC game controllers. Also, the l3 and r3 buttons(when you push down on the analog sticks and they make a clicking sound) are a little too sensitive, but I can't think of a single game that uses them, or a single good use for them, so it's all good. It comes with no drivers or anything, so you can't do anything crazy like map the buttons to keys or set turbo buttons or anything. It plugs and plays on pretty much any system, the last reviewer was running a G5 iMac, and I'm using a PC with Kubuntu 7.04, so if your computer has at least one USB port, the product will more than likely work. There's room for improvement, but for ten dollars I doubt you could do any better.
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If you're looking for a bare bones controller for use with platform style games, then this is the controller for you. Works perfectly in XP (mine came with a driver disk, but I didn't need to use it for it to install). Like the other poster mentioned, it doesn't have any advanced features like advanced button mapping or turbo, but if you're just looking for barebones buttons and analogue sticks, this is a good choice. It may also be possible to find some 3rd party software to enable these options anyway. I don't know for sure, as I haven't really looked.

The analog stick buttons on my controller are tight and don't fire unless pressed with a reasonable amount of force, so it's possible that the sensitivity issue is only on some controllers. The only real issue I noticed is that when in analogue mode, some programs have issues detecting diagonal presses on the Dpad because they map as a separate buttons (Hat UR,UL,DR,DL). Most programs are good at detecting this, but I've found a few that don't, and you'll have to turn off the analogue feature if you want to use the Dpad to move around diagonally (or you'll have to use the analogue stick).

For the price you're probably not going to find a better controller. It's an exact replica of the Playstation dual shock controller (same shell) with the only difference being that the dpad is 4 separate buttons. Additionally almost all the "face" buttons protrude about 50% further than the PS dual shock, so if you're used to the dual shock you may notice that the buttons on the Dekcell are a bit less comfortable.

UPDATE: The Dekcell pad is still functional after 18 months of moderate use (about 3 hour a week on average, with spikes upwards of 30).
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For $10 this gamepad was the right price, just plug it into the nearest USB port and it worked great. Unfortunately it isn't very durable and after a few months one of the small joysticks broke, essentially rendering it useless. I would purchase it again but we're getting a PS2 system so we won't need it. Just a warning for those of you considering a purchase, it is cheap plastic and you get what you pay for. We got great use out of it though.
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We use this controller with an iMac G5, and, as a household with no console gaming platform, it has allowed our son to enjoy the computer games we have without having to use the keyboard. We're very happy with this purchase.
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I have broken 2 of these things in normal game play (GTA: Vice City). On the first, the cord just pulled out of the back. It started out loose and the connection would come and go and then eventually it just pulled out. Took about 3 months.

So i ordered another one because they are so cheap. It lasted about 2 months playing Jets n Guns. The left analog stick stopped returning to center.

Ultimately they are cheap as hell so I'd consider it basically a disposable Joypad.
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For all products, I expect "What you see is what you get." For me, this was not the case. My gamepad came without a package (only wrapped in two layers bubble-wrap and the driver disk was just next to the product, waiting to be broken) and the little insignia on the face of the product (it just looks like a very cheap and generic gamepad without it.) While the product is a good buy for someone on a tight-budget, it should be mentioned that saving your money might be a wise choice.

It does not feel cheap (to me, a PC gamer, not a console player) but the D-Pad buttons are connected together (pressing one cause the others to move as well.) For my product, the "2" button does not respond if I press it lightly (for a casual gamer this is an annoyance, for a hardcore one, this does not matter). The buttons also protrude a bit more than ones I've seen on a PlayStation 2 controller (personally, I do not mind.) The Analog button is a good addition but I feel as though it isn't needed (who needs a gamepad without the joysticks?)

I could not have the gamepad vibrate, even at games where it is supposed to (the drivers possibly do not work or I do not have them enabled is the question.)

Overall, I love this product even though it does have some faults (and the suppliers obviously do not care for having a protective packaging for their product.) The gamepad has its merits but also its faults. This product is good for the price but those with deep pockets should look elsewhere.
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