Mad Catz Lynx Wireless (Xbox)


posted 12/20/2002 by John Yan
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I must say it’s about time the Xbox started getting cordless controllers. I’ve grown very fond of the Playstation 2 ones and the pseudo cordless setup of the Saitek With Out Wires unit. With that said, MadCatz has launched their Xbox wireless controller dubbed the Lynx Wireless and if you’re not an Xbox Live user and want a good responsive cordless controller, this is it.

If you have any experience with MadCatz’s Control Pad Pro, then you know what the Lynx Wireless feels like. Well, almost. Before I get into the minor changes, let’s start out with the layout and performance for those who don’t know anything about the Control Pad Pro Here’s an excerpt from my Control Pad Pro review describing the peripheral.

Officially licensed for the Xbox, the Control Pad Pro is a slick alternative to Microsoft’s controller. As you can tell from the pictures, the Control Pad Pro has a slight physical shape design difference from the Microsoft gamepad. The handle grips protrude from the gamepad a little more while the overall shape is closer to the Playstation controller and it’s also not as bulky. A very nice feature of the Control Pad Pro is the rubber grips on either side of the handles. If you play long sessions, you know your hands can get very sweaty thus making it harder to get a good hold on the controller. The rubber grips greatly enhance the feel and hold on the controller. I admit I felt more comfortable holding the Mad Catz gamepad over Microsoft’s.

Button placement on the Control Pad Pro is more aligned to what most people are used to. Microsoft’s four colored buttons are placed at a skewed diamond layout that was different from Playstation or Dreamcast. The Control Pad Pro places the four colored buttons at a normal diamond scheme that’s perpendicular (or parallel depending on where you call the diamond the top) to the normal holding position of the controller. That left the black and white button placed about 45 degrees north of the yellow and red button. Spacing between all buttons have been increased. I found that it worked out pretty well and I felt pretty confident in knowing what button I was pressing without any trouble.

The triggers on the Control Pad Pro are more like Saitek’s Adrenaline Pad in that you press the triggers with your fingertips rather than the crook of your fingers. I did prefer Microsoft’s trigger placement but I didn’t have any problems with Mad Catz’ implementation either. It’s really a small matter of preference and this little design didn’t make me dislike the controller at all. That said, the triggers felt responsive and the strong spring provided a good feel.

All that I said in my review of the Control Pad Pro so far applies to the Lynx Wireless. In addition, the D-pad is a cross-shaped design and features a very strong spring underneath.

Now here are the minor differences. The rubber on the Lynx Wireless that covers the surface of the analog sticks are different and a little slipperier than the Control Pad Pro. It didn’t feel as comfortable as the old one and I do wish Mad Catz would’ve stuck to the material used earlier. The Lynx Wireless doesn’t have macro programming unlike the Control Pad Pro.
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