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PC Gamepad suggestions please

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January 7, 2008 1:40:50 PM

I'm looking into buying a PC gamepad & was hoping I could get some advice on how these fair:

RumblePad 2> http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/gaming/pc_gaming/game...
Cordless RumblePad 2> http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/gaming/pc_gaming/game...
ChillStream> http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/gaming/pc_gaming/game...
Dual Compatible> http://www.alienware.com/GearShop_Pages/Gear_Shop_Detai...
P2600 RumblePad> http://www.saitek.com/uk/prod/p2600.htm
P2900 RumblePad> http://www.saitek.com/uk/prod/p2900.htm

When I have time, I play some football, Star Wars, Hulk, older FPS games (RTCW, DOOM3, Serious Sam)...
I am running Vista Home Premium 64Bit on a home built system:
Asus A8N-SLi Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64 4000+
Corsair TWINX1024-3200C2PT
BFG NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT OC

Any & all advice will be appreciated. :pt1cable: 

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January 15, 2008 3:18:55 AM

Over 40 views & not 1 person gives any help on the subject?? :pfff: 
January 16, 2008 2:42:41 PM

Agreed about the lack of help Corey. But then again, I don't know a lot of gamers who favour a pad over a good mouse and keyboard.

Out of your selection I can only speak personally on the RumblePad 2 which I found to be a brilliant quality product but only a very average gamepad.

The Saiteks are highly configurable gamepads, that have features you may not need or use (such a being able to switch button configs during game play).

An old Xbox controller has been the best choice for me. It is a better size and has a more natural feeling of analog stick placement for me.
There is an Xbox 360 controller that is Windows Compatible (Has USB end) but for £30 is asking a lot. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Common-Wireless-Controller-Xbox...

I picked up an old S Type Xbox controller for £10 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Crystal-Controller-S-...
and then a USB adaptor for £5.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000JG8XYU

I've checked and the drivers are 64bit compatible.

Out of all the pads, I wouldn't go wireless. It may seem like an interesting quirk, but after a few months, you'll be sick of changing batteries.

I guess it all depends on whether you are used to playstation style or Xbox style pads or whether you want to splash out on some gaming mouse and keyboard equiptment.

Hope any of this has been a help.
January 18, 2008 12:48:33 PM

Thanks for the feeback & advice. The S Type Xbox controller you listed looks & sounds interesting, thanks for the info.

I've been reading some reviews, & I'm leaning towards either the Logitech RumblePad 2, Cordless RumblePad 2 or the Saitek P2600 RumblePad. Boils down to which feels more comfortable, if I can find a store to try each out at.
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