Date: January 24th, 2007
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Logitech
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take a look around this rather unique cooled product.
As mentioned earlier, the controller is direct copy of the Xbox controller and that by itself is not necessarily a bad thing. You copy what is good, and seeing this will not be directly competing with the console market seeing it is targeted towards computers only, having a similar product isn't that bad.
The button layout has your usual buttons, analog stick and triggers that can be programmed inside the controls section of your favorite game. Logitech didn't provide any software to set the gamepad up on its own and will rely on the game itself for proper button setup. Overall button feel is positive with just enough resistance to stop you from pressing the button by mistake. We all know those small mistakes have big implications during gameplay.
The one difference between this controller and the rest is this button here which controllers the controllers fan. You have three choices, off, low and high. The small snowflake symbol will be illuminated green when the fan is on. Personally, on a minor side note, wouldn't blue illumination be a better color choice?
Moving around the the side of the controller, you will notice the several vented opens that are placed directly to provide airflow to the palm area of each hand. To allow for proper airflow, your grip on the controller should be reduced a bit to allow for the air to flow. An iron clad grip will block the vents and thus block any sort of ventilation to where it is needed.
(does anyone else think this thing looks like a headcrab from HL2?)
Moving on to the bottom of the unit you have the vented center portion of the controller which houses the fan and the air intake. For best performance, make sure you don't block this portion with your fingers. Also on top you have your analog triggers and additional programmable buttons.