Mad Catz Lynx Wireless (Xbox)

Review

posted 12/20/2002 by John Yan
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One Page Platforms: Xbox
Three AA batteries power the unit. I’m not sure how long they last as I played with the controller periodically but you can lengthen the battery life by adjusting the vibration strength. There’s a heavy, light, and off setting. The batteries sit underneath and make the middle of the controller a little more bulbous than the Control Pad Pro but it’s not something you’ll notice when using it. On the left side of the controller is an LED to let you know when the batteries are low. Curiously, the light stays off until the batteries start to wind down. I would’ve preferred the light show the battery strength rather than be lit only when the battery is low.

The expansion ports have moved to the receiver unit. In place on the pad is a plastic cover that is green and clear. The same clear plastic is also featured at the base of the analog sticks. Now you’re probably saying if the expansion ports have moved to the receiving unit, what about using the Xbox Live microphone? Well, you can get a really long extension cord for the receiver but that defeats the purpose of being wireless. If you don’t like talking on the mic or listening to the people on the other line, then this shouldn’t be an issue for you as you can have the XBL plugged in to play XBL games but not talk. For me, I’m not an XBL player so it was a non-factor but one of the big selling points of Xbox is the Xbox Live peripheral and this alone could turn people away from the controller.

Working in the 900MHz range, the controller performed great I tried the controller with Mortal Kombat: Dark Alliance, NCAA Football 2003 and Hunter: The Reckoning to test out how well it worked. In Mortal Kombat, I didn’t have any problems performing any of the combinations while completing a good portion of the Konquest mode. Additionally, using the controller in arcade mode provided a wonderful virtual lag free experience. If there were any lag, I didn’t notice and it didn’t hinder me fighting against the computer. In NCAA Football 2003, I was able to quarterback my Ohio State Buckeyes to a few victories with good running control, crisp bullet passes, and accurate lob passes. The analog buttons worked correctly giving me the ability to control my passing and perform hard or soft jukes. During a session of Hunter: The Reckoning, I was able to utilize the analog sticks to perform a walk or a run depending on how far I have the sticks pushed. The controller vibrated with the various guns I used and the motors are pretty strong giving you some good vibrations.

If you want to use more than one Lynx Wireless controller, all you have to do is set the channel to use on the receiver and the controller. Up to four separate controllers can be used so everyone can play with a Lynx Wireless if they want to.

The Lynx Wireless for the Xbox performs exactly as expected. You do have to sacrifice using the headset of Xbox Live to take advantage of the cordless capabilities. It’s also pretty expensive and the size, while smaller then the old Xbox controller, is still pretty big. I definitely prefer the MicroCon size but the size of the Lynx Wireless isn’t too bad. It’s one of the few cordless controllers out there for the Xbox and I think Mad Catz did a good job even with the few shortcomings. The Lynx Wireless is definitely for you if you’re not into Xbox Live and desire quality cordless controller.


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The Lynx Wireless controller is expensive and those who use the Xbox Live will be disappointed to see that the expansion ports are on the receiver. Other than those two issues, the controller works quite well and you'll be free from cords.


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