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The Wireless Gaming Desktop (Page 2/11)

Posted: May 12, 2002
Written by: Justin "The Sheriff" Woods

The Wireless Desktop (Continued)

The Logitech Wingman® Rumblepad stats:
  • 2.4GHz frequency
  • Windows 98, ME, 2000, and XP
  • Force Feedback
  • Auto sleep mode for battery conservation
  • 50+ hours of gameplay on 4 AA batteries
  • 20 foot range
  • Up to 8 pads in the same room simultaniously
  • Dual Analog Mini-joysticks (blue, very cool)
  • USB only
  • Ability to turn the force feedback on and off at will
  • Mode button switches between Flight Sim and Arcade modes
  • One year warranty

The total package

The Bottom

Included with the Wingman® Cordless Rumblepad was the wireless receiver, drivers, and 4 AA batteries. Logitech also includes Microsift's Direct X 8a, Adobe Acrobat Reader 5, and Gamespy. I think the inclusion of the batteries shows class, and a commitment to coolness. Who remembers getting that sweet toy for Christmas, only to be burned by the infamous "Batteries Not Included" notice on the side of the box. I hated that, and thank Logitech for including this often-overlooked detail. The gamepad's design, with it's smooth curves, and rounded handles, makes it extremely comfortable. The button placement, especially the 2 blue directional pads in the center, is spot on. Size wise, the pad is a little bigger than a PS2 controller, and a little smaller than an X BOX controller, which in my opinion, sizes it just about perfect. I had no trouble playing for long periods without rest, though people with smaller hands may find the pad a little big, (I let my 4-year old daughter play Motocross Madness 2 using the gamepad, and she had no problems controlling it. She even dropped the gamepad a few times, and it still works like a charm.). Anyone who has spent hours glued to the computer playing Final Fantasy 7, or to the Lazy Boy playing Halo knows what I mean; big gamepads, especially those with force feedback, can quickly fatigue your hands.

As you can see from the picture, the batteries fit in the bottom of the gamepad. The use of 4 batteries adds a little weight to the gamepad, but I think this is manageable, and makes for a nice solid feel. Installing the batteries was simple, just be sure to look at the directions for the correct positioning.

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