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Review: PlayStation 3 Logitech Cordless Precision Controller

by: MelissaViews ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

I was looking for a cheapskates way to get out of having to hurl $60.00 out of my wallet for a second SIXAXIS Playstation 3 controller. When I came across the PlayStation 3 Logitech Cordless Precision Controller for only $30.00, I figured I had to jump on it.

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    The PlayStation 3 Logitech Cordless Precision Controller

    I wanted a second controller for my Playstation 3 so I could get a second player in on the action of Little Big Planet. Seeing that buying a second Sixaxis controller would run me as much money as a brand new game, I tried to be a little cheapskate hustler by looking into a third party controller by Logitech. The PlayStation 3 Logitech Cordless Precision Controller.

    I have in the past had good experiences with Logitech equipment, so I assumed that I would be saving myself $30 by picking up their controller instead of a Sixaxis.

    The controller itself looked nice when I initially picked it up off of the shelf. It had a matte finish to it, unlike the Sixaxis which has a high gloss finish to it. I liked the Logitech version better because I knew the controller was less likely to slip around in my hands while playing games.

    The PlayStation 3 Logitech Cordless Precision Controller also appeared to be of better quality than the Sixaxis. It had a little more weight added to it and just seemed much more durable compared to the wireless Sixaxis which is pretty light and flimsy feeling.

    It comes packaged with a USB stick that plugs into any available USB port located on the Playstation 3 console. The controller however still requires 2 AA batteries that get inserted into the back of the controller.

    It seemed like a very decent controller for the price I paid.

    Ah, but unfortunately my purchase was actually one I wish I never made.

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    PlayStation 3 Logitech Cordless Precision Controller

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    Issue #1

    The very first immediate issue I had with the PlayStation 3 Logitech Cordless Precision Controller was the fact that I did not know it came without the sensor tilt. The Sixaxis controller has sensor tilting that some games actually require! Little Big Planet was one of those games. It was pretty disappointing to learn immediately that the controller I bought for this particular game would not work with this particular game!

    So for $30.00 more I could have bought another Sixaxis and spared myself the headache. Meanwhile I am thinking I'm doing good for myself, being the bargain shopper.

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    Issue #2

    So we have a lack of tilt sensors, and now we encounter yet another problem. The PlayStation 3 Logitech Cordless Precision Controller comes with a PS button located on the controller, however when you press it it naturally will take you to the Playstation 3's main menu. Unlike the Sixaxis controller though it does not allow you to turn the console off by pressing it.

    This was a major suck factor, because well, let's face it...I'm a lazy person. I liked being able to simply power down the console by pressing a button on the consoles controller. The PlayStation 3 Logitech Cordless Precision Controller lacks this feature.

    For costing $30.00 less though, I figured it would lack a lot.

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    Deal Killer!!! Issue #3

    While I was used to the controllers lacking features such as the tilt sensor and the annoyance of having to get up to power down the PS3, the major deal killer on the PlayStation 3 Logitech Cordless Precision Controller came just 2 months into owning it.

    One day, out of the blue the controller decided to just stop working all together. When it refused to respond I figured it was an issue with the batteries. I changed the batteries expecting the controller to power back up and work as it had before. Only, it never happened.

    It was dead. I changed the batteries a few times thinking that perhaps the batteries were the issue. I even removed and plugged the USB stick in a few times thinking maybe it was a signal strength issue. Still the PlayStation 3 Logitech Cordless Precision Controller refused to work.

    I packed the PlayStation 3 Logitech Cordless Precision Controller back up into its original packaging and brought it back for a refund. From there I bought a second Sixaxis controller.

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    Durability & Feel

    The PlayStation 3 Logitech Cordless Precision Controller feels fantastic when playing. It has a smaller more solid design than the original Sixaxis controller does, and it's buttons and anaologs all work smoothly and respond appropriatley.

    The weight of the PlayStation 3 Logitech Cordless Precision Controller is also a little clunkier than what I was used to, but it felt solid and I knew if by chance I dropped it, it would withstand the forces of our wood floors.

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    Overall - I Wouldn't Recommend This

    I was truly willing to overlook all of what the PlayStation 3 Logitech Cordless Precision Controller lacked due to it's price cut in half compared to the Sixaxis, however the thing only worked for 2 months, which to me would not even be worth it had the controller only cost $10.00.

    If you are looking to pick up an additional controller for the Playstation 3, than save yourself a headache and pick up a Sixaxis.