reviews\ Jan 1, 2003 at 7:00 pm

Logitech Cordless Controller for Xbox - XB - Review

Logitech’s Cordless Controller is a terrific peripheral for the Xbox

Ah, the wireless revolution, the joy of not tripping lightly and disconnecting or destroying controllers while trying to get some distance from the console system.

Logitech has a dandy little product that makes playing the Xbox much easier, and from further away. The Logitech Cordless Controller is the Xbox-style two-handed control device, set up exactly like Microsoft’s own releases. The difference, though, is that this plug-and-play device allows players to get quite a distance away from their monitoring system and still enjoy seemingly instantaneous control of their favorite games.

The device sports a 2.4 GHz radio frequency, which means fast data transfer. As you push the buttons on the controller, the reaction is mirrored in the game. The device, which operates on four AA batteries, also has a 50-foot range. The proprietary power management system will put this device into a sleep mode if left inactive.

The installation is very simple. The controller comes with a dongle, which plugs into a pad port on the front of the Xbox. Plug it in, put the batteries in the controller, and play.

The power management system purports to support 50 hours worth of playtime on four batteries and though actual time was not kept, the controller held up fine through several weekends of hardcore gaming action.

The batteries do give the controller some weight, but that is not a bad thing.

The feel of the controller is very nice. The plastic exterior has a lightly rough texture that prohibits slippage, and the grooved arms are comfortable in the hands. The shoulder buttons are also slightly different in feel. They don’t “clunk” when depressed, but rather have a nice little, smooth ticking sound when the action has been executed.

This controller was used on a number of games, from shooters like The Thing to sports titles like NCAA football. In every instance it performed exceptionally well.

The only problem that was encountered was that having the one wireless controller in a room full of players and attached controllers was the ensuing fight over who gets to use the wireless one. That speaks volumes about the product.

Ease of installation and power management make this a solid product. The feel of the controller is very good, and the button configuration follows the Microsoft pattern.


Verdict: 9.2
Yes, the batteries will wear out, and you need to pay attention to how long you have been playing, and change them when that 50-hour mark starts to near rather than get into a crucial part of a game, with death on the line, and have them fail. And the cost paid for AA batteries will surely mount over time, making this an ongoing investment. But the design of this controller, the speed that it transfers data, and the feel are worth plunking down a few dollars every month for batteries.  


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