Top positive review
Best controller for the PS3
on March 11, 2011
Product: Playstation 3 Dualshock 3 Wireless Controller, by Sony.
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
* QUALITY: In my experience, when it comes to controllers for the PS3, you pretty much get what you pay for. Over the years, I've owned a PS1, a PS2, and a PS3, and at various times I've tried 3rd party controllers in an attempt to add multiplayer capability at a more reasonable price ... and unfortunately, I've rarely been happy. As long as you can afford it, this seems to be the best controller you can get for the PS3 ... it has the best balance of heft, solid construction, good tactile resistance in the buttons and thumbsticks, excellent durability, good vibration feel, good communication range, reasonably fast charge time (2.5 hrs or less), and a long-lived battery.
* Price: Authentic Sony controllers are expensive ... but as mentioned above, you generally get what you pay for.
* Charging Cord not included: You'd think that in purchasing a spare/replacement controller that it would come with a charging cord, right ? Nope. Sony deliberately omits it, and instead instructs customers to "use the one that comes with your PS3". I recently purchased a charging station to eliminate that bottleneck ... which was probably Sony's goal in witholding charging cords from their spare controllers.
* Minor design issues:
(a) when putting the controller down during active play, there's an occasional tendency for one of the L2/R2 buttons to activate if you're not gentle. A pair of small support feet on the front of the controller, placed just behind and below those 2 buttons, would solve that.
(b) I wish the charging cord connector port was indented slightly, to be self-guiding, to make connections faster and more eyes-free.
(c) L3 & R3 are too easily unintentionally activated while using the sticks for movement in many games ... case in point is Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, where you FREQUENTLY end up squatting in mid-combat, while maneuvering during a melee, which is very frustrating. They need to increase the activation pressure for L3/R3 slightly in order to solve that.
Bottom line: I've tried several other brands, and even though the Sony controller is the most expensive among them, it's also the best. Highly Recommended.