Product: Rechargeable Wireless 2-in-1 Dual Trigger Gamepad
Company: Thrustmaster
Authour: Devon "dementor" Spector
Editor: Ryan "MrB" Ku
Date: June 8th, 2006
Introduction

Founded in the early 90’s, Thrustmaster joined the gaming accessory market with great enthusiasm, releasing outstanding products such as Joysticks, Racing Wheels, and Gamepads. These examples and many more have helped Thrustmaster forge a strong reputation for developing some of the best gaming accessories on the market. Their community status has been exemplified through licensing agreements with, Ferrari, Top Gun, Beretta and Splinter Cell. Thrustmaster’s unique collaboration with the US Air Force has helped them develop and offer the most compatible, innovative and realistic devices for the gaming world. With the release of the Rechargeable Wireless 2-in-1 Dual Trigger game pad, Thrustmaster continues their trend of excellence.

Packaging

Retail Box
Retail Box
The Rechargeable Wireless 2-in-1 Dual Trigger Game Pad comes in a fairly standard, yet creative looking, clear plastic box and contains the following components:

  • Rechargeable Wireless 2-in-1 Dual Trigger game pad
  • USB 2.0 Game Pad Port Receiver
  • Game Pad Docking Station
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Two rechargeable Ni-Cd AA 1000mAh 1.2V batteries
  • Installation CD and User Manual

Each component is wrapped in plastic packaging and fits snuggly inside specifically molded sections.
 
Look & Feel




Look and feel are two of the most important aspects of a game pad. However, this is merely a description and will differ from person to person. What I may think is comfortable, may not be to you. Therefore, please take the description as merely my own personal opinion. The unit is weighed quite nicely. It is completely balanced when it is in my hand and is definitely not too heavy, or too light. This could be dependant on your age and hand size. I believe I have an average sized adult male hand, and therefore my opinion could reflect that of an average male. To some, it may seem a little big. Yet, if you have used a Thrustmaster gamepad before, then you will truly enjoy the design and feel of this one. Staying true to the general shape of the old Thrustmaster Dual Analog gamepad, this unit fills ones hands quite nicely. It is slightly smaller then some of the original Thrustmaster products, but it is still designed to perfection. My fingers easily reach all the buttons and have room to grasp the entire pad without feeling awkward or cramped. All the buttons and triggers are positioned comfortably, this included the programmable triggers, the analogy buttons, the D-pad and the mini-sticks. All in all it fits into the palms of my hands naturally and comfortably. I really have no complaints about its form factor, button layout and weight.

With regards to the look, I believe Thrustmaster did a great job. The unit itself is a mixture of charcoal grey, black, silver and translucent deep red buttons. When turned on, the buttons light up with blue LEDs which allows for great play, even in the dark. I would have preferred to see white LEDs in order to get a red-ish glow behind the red buttons, but this is just nit picking for no reason. Simply put, the Thrustmaster Rechargeable Wireless Dual Trigger 2-in-1 gamepad looks great when you are using it, and even while it is charging securely in its black docking station.

As I explained previously, the look and feel of this gamepad is exquisite. It feels strong and solid. The parts that move (buttons, analog sticks) also appear to be built and assembled impeccably. However, like any peripheral of this sort, only time will tell how this device will stand up to regular use and abuse. If I do run into any problems down the road, I will make sure to update this review. Nevertheless, at this point in time, and after several weeks of use, I am confident in the fabrication and quality of this product.

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