New HORI Pad for the Xbox 360
Optimized layout for FPS gaming
This review is from: HORI XBOX 360 FPS Assault Pad EX - HX3-79U
Pros: Awesome controller overall. Fully re-mappable. You can easily remap any of the buttons or triggers to any other button on the controller, which is just awesome. Adjustable sensitivity control on the right analog stick makes it so you can dial in just the right amount of control for whatever game you are playing. And you can do all of this on-the-fly. Both joysticks are interchangeable with three different height variations. Just unscrew the thumb stick, and screw in whatever height feels comfortable for you. Making this thing basically fully customizable. Nice little trigger on the bottom left hand side slows down the sensitivity of the right stick, making sniping a breeze in every game I've played with it so far. Nice bright blue LEDs give it an awesome look. The LEDs turn red when vibration kicks in also which makes the gaming experience even better. Vibration motors are some of the most powerful that I have ever felt in an X-Box360 controller. With the super long cord, about 10-12 feet, you won't have to worry about plugging it in and using it from across the room.
Cons: The only way I know how to say this is, HUGE! Way, way, way bigger than normal X-Box controllers. I wish they would have crammed all of these features into a smaller housing. Takes some getting used to after getting this to replace a normal sized one. Or for that matter, my powerA micro. After a while, you get used to it, and all others feel tiny in you hands. Having four bumpers can get confusing from time to time too. If you have this problem, do what I did. Just set the extra two to emulate the normal RB and LB. That helped me get used to the controller faster.
Other Thoughts: I didn't buy this on Newegg, as I needed it the day I bought it. Normally I would have gotten it here like I always do. I bought this for my PC, as I play a lot of action and adventure games. And those are just no fun with KB and Mouse. But as stated in the name, this controller is built for FPS games, and IMO almost out performs other controllers I've owned in the past in these types of games. Gives my mechanical KB and programmable laser mouse a run for their money too if you know what I'm saying. Tried it on an X-Box360, and it works just as well. So no issues there. I've used it with MOH Warfighter, COD Black Ops 2, Skyrim, DMC, and the new TombRaider game just released today. All of them work completely fine with it. Definitely worth the small chunk of change I paid for it. Wish it came with a bag or something for all of the spare parts though. Would have been a nice touch, but what ya gonna do?
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