Logitech Cordless Precision Controller

Review

posted 7/10/2004 by Charles Husemann
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One Page Platforms: Xbox
One of the things I don’t like about my Xbox is that I’ve got to sit within six feet of the TV to play on the it. This means sitting in a hardback chair or on the floor instead of the nice comfy recliner. Sure, I could move the recliner closer or get an extension cable but that’s not really an elegant solution. The solution of course is to get a wireless controller which enables people to relax in the big recliner (or comfy sofa) and game without running cables across the living room.

This review is going to focus on the Logitech Cordless Precision Controller for the X-box. John’s review of the PS2 version of this controller, which you can find here. The package comes with the controller, a receiver which plugs into the Xbox, and a pair of AA batteries (down from the four in previous versions of the controller).

Installation is easy. You simply insert the batteries into the controller, plug the receiver in and you’re ready to game. The controller itself feels a little smaller than the X-box S controller but it doesn’t appear to be physically smaller. The controller is also fairly lightweight and should cause any major cramps during long gaming marathons.

The controller is a little more M shaped than the standard “S” controller due to the lack of expansion slots at the top of the controller. The two analog sticks have a nice transparent, green tinted plastic piece below them that allows you to see the internals of the controller. Just above and to the right of the left thumbstick is a button that allows you to toggle the vibration on and off. The buttons are laid out in typical X-box fashion but the white and black buttons are a little closer to the rest of the buttons. It’s a nice feature which makes the buttons a little more useful. The left and right triggers are decent but could be a bit stiffer but it’s a minor gripe. The controller is well put together and with one exception it lives up to the Logitech image of quality components.

The one exception is the controller’s D-pad. It doesn’t feel as nice as the ones on the S Controller and it’s very loose. It cheapens what is an otherwise solid controller. I would have also liked small cup like indentations on the thumbsticks like those on the S controller has but it is something I can live without.
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