Mad Catz MicroCon Controller (XBOX)

Review

posted 10/19/2002 by John Yan
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Like most XBOX controllers, the MicroCON one has two ports for expansion. I applaud Mad Catz for keeping two expansion ports and shrinking the size of the controller down immensely. Mad Catz could’ve knocked out one expansion port to make it a little thinner, but the controller’s thickness is still pretty damn slim given the two expansion ports.

Like the Control Pad Pro, the MicroCON one has a macro feature to program your buttons. For those who play fighters, you can easily program the moves into the black or white button. The two triggers can also be programmed and a total of 32 moves can be entered in.

Gold contacts help ensure a clean signal transfer from controller to XBOX and vice versa. I can’t really say I’ve had any problems with quality controllers not having gold contacts, but it’s nice that Mad Catz has included them in the controller. It’s just another feature that helps show that the MicroCON controller is built on quality.

I had no problems with any game I played the controller with. I ran through my library of games from football to fighters to first person shooters such as Madden, Halo, and DOA3. All the games responded quickly and accurately with each movement. Unlike a few of the other inexpensive controllers I’ve tried, this one didn’t have any controlling anomalies so you can be sure you’re always in total control.

At $24.99 this controller is a steal. You get a nice size, good feel, great response, and macro programming. After using the MicroCON controller, it has replaced the Mad Catz Control Pad Pro as my XBOX controller of choice. The smaller size should appeal most people. If your controller goes bad, you have a nice 5 year warranty to back you up. That’s almost the life of a console system nowadays so this controller will be covered for a very long time. It’s small, sleek, and very nice to use. I highly recommended the MicroCON XBOX controller for your XBOX gaming needs.



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Great XBOX controller from Mad Catz with a programmable feature at a cheaper price than the Microsoft one. It might be too small for some people but I think most will like the size.



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