Xbox 360 Wired Controller
What an Easy Controller to Use!
If you play on PC, then this is a great controller, because it is wired to use your USB port. I know that many of you think that wireless controllers are better, but that is not true beng that you have to deal with, 1. Battery Life and Charging, 2. Weight, 3. Not losing the other pieces. Wired controllers also do not really get in your way or run out of length unless your playing more than 9 feet away or resting the rest of the wire on your lap which I highly doubt. The functionality is good to but sometimes the wire may disconnect if you do play very active. Some games that may use active game play are all halo games, all call of duty games and all crackdown games. The design is great, we don't even need to discuss that, and the comfort is great to, it fits right into your hands. The durability is the same as all other Xbox 360 controllers which is fantastic. Responsiveness is needed for shooting games but even though is great, their is no better yet. I recommend this remote mostly to PC players, but also very much to Xbox 360 players.
For those saving money.
I bought this controller personally one saturday afternoon because I have two brothers and we enjoy playing (local) or split screen multiplayer on games (anyone remember the good old days of four player split screen?).On that particular day it was my new Halo 2 (on my new xbox360). The controller is as great as its wireless counterpart in all the above catagories, except for the limitness of the cord. But, most of us, we sit/lay/etc. close enough to our T.V.s and computers anyway (Always leaning towards the T.V. as the match gets frustrating or exciting). I have had the controller for about two and a half months now, and no defects have happened yet. I hope your controller will work as well as mine. So, if anyone is on the market for a cheaper xbox360 controller, I recommend buying this one.
Best controller available...
First of all, a controller is a controller, no matter which you choose to buy, they will all work. Some controllers are shaped different than others, but you get accustom to the feel over time. However, quality is another factor. A Microsoft controller will work better than most, if not all other controllers. This controller is as durable and percise as a controller can get. This controller will last an EXREMELY long time, so long as you know that it, like all controllers, will break after being repeatively dropped or spilt on.
CHOOSING WIRELESS OR WIRED--->choose wired
wireless has these benefits
1) playing comfortably from a distance or if there are many objects between you and you system.
2) if for some reason, you like to bring the controller with you when relieving yourself
1) no bulky battery pack
2) save a ton of $$ off batteries or chargers
3) no annoying disconnections while playing when low on charge
4) cheaper than the wireless
In summary, Microsoft controllers Microsoft has developed a truely comfortable (thanks too the extended rear triggers and the analog positioning) and high quality controller.
*****JUST REMEMBER WHEN PURCHASING A CONTROLLER ALWAYS BUY NEW********
The Microsoft controllers are all very good, including the wireless ones, but the wired one is amazing for competitive gaming. There is no lag, and no worry for battery dieing. The buttons are 100% responsive, and you know whether you pressed it or not, because each button has a little 'click' that you can feel when you press them. But I do wish the cord was a little longer because my family likes to walk in front of the TV only when I am gaming, and like to pretend to trip on the wire (lol), so if the wire was longer, they would have no excuses. Oh yeah, and the joysticks do start to drift if you play a lot, or have strong grip of them and squeeze them a lot. I also prefer the PS3 style joystick better, because it has better grip, and feels better on your thumbs while playing. But overall, the Xbox controller is much better than the PS3 controller in my opinion because it has some weight, so you can feel it in your hands, and it is bigger, and older people with bigger hands don't have their fingers hanging off the other sides of buttons and joysticks.
pros and cons
Well, I have to say this is the most comfortable of the next gen consoles. BUT, after the first day the right trigger made a squeaking sound every time I used it which can get annoying if you play games such as halo. Also, sometimes the wire gets in the way and can pester you a bit but is rarely noticed when you play. If you want to save money i highly suggest it! it never disconnects and if it does it's only for about a second. it is much less of a pain than the wireless one having to not deal with the batteries, weight, or the cancellation that the controller sometimes does to you. it is definitely a great controller and I recommend it to anyone with a 360 or someone who is trying to make a controller choice or such. it fit's perfectly in your hands. This controller really makes the games come to life.
A bit pricey, but works very well.
The Xbox 360 controller works with every Xbox 360 model, the Arcade, Pro, and Elite. The analog stick feels very comfortable and took me very little adjustment to get used to it. It also feels alright in the hands, really. I do think that the Bumper and Trigger buttons are a little bit akward, because of their entirely different shape. I feel that the Xbox 360 controller draws a lot from the Gamecube controller, as the Left stick, D-pad, and right stick are all in the same general position. The Xbox 360 controller is very tight and responsive, making it good for games that require you to press lots of buttons very fast. Another thumbs-up to Microsoft is it's ability for use as a PC gamepad. If you're using Windows Vista, it will automatically install itself, but if you have XP or lower, you have to download a driver. Unfortunately for Mac users, the Xbox 360 controller will not work. As a PC gamepad, the controller works just as well as if it was being used on a console. Overall, the Xbox 360 controller is very tight and responsive. It feels nice in the hands and the buttons do their jobs very well. It is a bit expensive for a controller, but it gets the job done.
Wired Vs. Wireless YOU decide
I have been after getting one for my pc for awhile but no real reason. Well I bought my holiday bundle 360 and KNEW I wanted a wired controller with it. Personally I dont care much for wireless controllers, mouses etc. I hate batteries... god I hate batteries rechargeables not as bad but then you could have in and out as with any wireless plus potential lag.I use this just with my PC right now its cheaper then buying from Microsoft for sure they $60. Currently play l4d1, l4d2, and Halo 1 with it. It feels foreign to me cause only picked up xbox less then twenty times before but its light weight and seems solid it me.
I don't know why people would buy the cheap stuff. First this controller lasts it neaver has to be calibrated and best of all my dog cheawed on it and it neaver had a scratch. (PUG) I would go around the streets of new york shouting this. Would you buy cheap stuff for your computer? No would you buy a cheap security system? No. Get this! It is worth the money.
Much Better than Wireless!!!
This controller is a lot better than the wireless version. You are saving money right out of the box 1) $10 dollars cheaper 2) no need to buy batteries or getting mad cuz they died in the middle of a game 3) (optional) no need for extra money towards a play and charge kit.. I hopw that was enough reasoning plus this controller is lighter because of no battery pack.
WIRED xbox 360 controller
I used to only use WIRELESS controllers UNTIL the B button would sometimes fail me during GEARS OF WAR 2 gameplay. I would press the B button to use the chainsaw and nothing would happen! Getting frustrated I went back to my old WIRED controller that came with my original XBOX 360 and havent looked back since! Plus I got tired of having to "charge" the controller every other day just to use it for a few hours. Plus I dont like having to "buy" more chargable packs-what a waste of money. In my opinion the WIRED is more responsive and I dont have to worry about it "dying" on me because of dead batteries during gameplay. I just wish they would give the direction pad a makeover. It is by far the worst I have used since the original Nintendo controller and thats a looooooong way. I would rather have that direction pad.