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Summary Tried to get this to work with Windows 8.1 for about an hour, Logitech support was useless in getting this resolved. Ended up installing Wireless drivers for the Xbox 360 controller and using those instead.
Pros Easy install (well no isntall at all, it's really plu and play) Goold build for the price
Cons The gamepad is heavier than I thought
Summary I wasn't sure if i wanted this one or the xbox controller. Finally got this one because it's compatible Xinput and DiurectInput for old-school game. Instant detection and it worked out of the box. Tried a couple game in X-input and everything is working.
Pros - it works and seems responsive for wireless - vibrate setting - worked on a game I tested without logitech drivers/software.
Cons - Nano receiver and not uni receiver - sort of small
Summary I decided to ditch my old wired controller for this one. This one is a bit smaller and doesn't get as comfortably in my hands. It also has its own USN receiver instead of using the same as my mouse. I tested this on one game (beat hazard) and it work without any extra driver/software.
Summary I'm using this with emulated games on an HTPC. While it's not quite a Nintendo controller quality it's a pretty effective controller that offers both xinput and directinput to make it useful in a range of situations.
Pros - X-Input, D-Input modes - Sturdy Build - Fits just right - Rubber grips prevent slipping
Cons Perhaps the triggers are a little too hard to push? Slight deadzone in left joystick.
Summary I have been trying this controller for a week now and it has been absolutely fantastic. I like the heaviness of the controller and for my hands it's comfortable to hold. The triggers aren't really a problem for me but I can see why some people have an issue with them, they are a little harder to push than the Xbox 360 triggers. For the people who say it's smaller than the Xbox controller, it's not. The F710 is just shaped differently, the angle of the handles are smaller and the controller is deeper than the Xbox one, so putting them side by side gives you the illusion that the xbox one is bigger.
The only reason I removed a star is because the deadzone is weird on the left joystick. I don't know if it happens to other owners but for me, when I just nudge my left joystick to the left from center, there's no response, but going to the right, it responds right away. It doesn't really hinder my gaming experience as I'm fine in racing and fighting games. However, it might become an issue for people who want to use it for FPS's. Then again, I saw a video of the F710 responding almost immediately in any direction of the joystick, so maybe it's just mine. Anyway, I'm fine with it, no need for return.
Cons LT and RT buttons are very uncomfortable to use due to them sticking out like the xbox RT/LT buttons.
Summary I've purchased a Rumblepad 2 from NCIX about a year ago which unfortunately died on me. Logitech was nice enough to send me a new one but instead of the rumblepad which was out of stock they sent me this one. Now the Rumblepad buttons 7-8 which are called LT and RT buttons on this this one, were PS style (flat), these ones are sticking out at a 45 degree angle which is very uncomfortable to use when playing FIFA or NHL type of games. The USB receiver is smaller and more up to date with today's ergonomics but range sux, so you have to keep it on the long extension cord which is about 1.5 m in length. Update: after calling logitech and asking for a Rumblepad 2 again because this controller is not what i need, they agreed to give me a refund. I guess for people who prefer xbox style controllers this one would be perfect.
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