Top 3 Gamepads / Controllers for 2016
Gaming is all about the experience you get from your gaming console and controller. Whether you are a hard core gamer or you play for fun, gamepads are a must companion for all those who love to play games. Here are some of the best controllers available at the market at present. Both console and third party gamepads are taken into consideration. The list comprises the 3 best gamepads for the year 2016 with their reviews, pros and cons.
1) Sony DualShock4 Wireless Controller
- The battery life could have been improved
- Touchpad with click sensitive
- More comfortable and responsive
- Built in speakers
- Sleek design
Sony ps3 controllers are quite familiar for all gamers. With the new gen controller the Dualshock 4, Sony has tried to bring in a lot more features which can take the gaming experience to a whole new level. The Dualshock 4 is basically a wireless controller even though it can be connected with the help of micro USB cable. Dualshock 4 has a 2point touchpad which is a capacitive one and supports Bluetooth Ver 2.1 EDR. It is powered by a 1000mAH battery. It offers a good range where you can lean on your couch and enjoy your game.
The layout is similar to its predecessors. Look and feel of the analog sticks and trigger button has been enhanced for a better feedback. The new features like touch pad, built in speakers and integrated light bar takes the gaming experience to a whole new level. The improved ergonomics makes it even better to hold in hands for a long period of time. The multiple vibration motors gives game a greater degree of expansion and improves the sense of immersion of players. The analog sticks offers much resistance for more precise movements. The main difference from the conventional Sony controller is that the options and share button replaces the start and select button. This controller can also be used on a pc with the help of certain software and proper drivers installed.
2) Logitech F710 Wireless Gamepad
- No power switch
- The keys cause a bit strain on your fingers and wrist after a continuous gaming session
- Sturdy and well built
- Plug and play option
- Good signal range
- Rubberized grip
- Ergonomically perfect
- Vibration feedback
Looking for a cross platform wireless game pad, then Logitech F710 is a good choice. It works seamlessly with all the games. The layout is that of a standard ps3 controller. The F710 has got a floating D-pad, AA size battery, and 8- way direction key. This gamepad is simple and easy to setup. The mode selection switch is an added advantage since you can switch between Xinput and Direct input which are the most common inputs.
Although it looks similar to a ps3 controller it is a little larger. But thanks to the rubberized grip which makes it very easy to hold in hand. It has got a 2.4 GHz data transmission signal which is very reliable and there are no problems of external interference. The F710 features multiple profiles a feature serious gamers will appreciate. The Logitech F710 also works with android television with the controller switch in the XID mode. The analog sticks are provided with rubberized grips for better control. The D-pad of the controller is less hard and very easy to use.
3) Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller
- LT and RT sticks are a bit noisy
- No mode selection button
- Dual vibration feedback
- Easy to use and very responsive
- Better grip in hand
- Cross platform support
- Long cable
For a large section of gamers who are against the conventional game pad design, the Xbox 360 controller is their king. Even with the upcoming of several new controllers this one has maintained a top position always. Many prefer the Xbox layout since they are a lot easier to hold in hand. But these opinions varies according to the users.
The controller interfaces with the console with its USB connector. It is compatible with both Xbox 360 and windows pc. You don’t have to install any additional software for using this controller on a pc. All you have to do is to plug and play. This Microsoft gamepad has a RAM memory of 128MB and 10 MB hard disk space. It has got an 8-way D pad. The controller’s buttons can be customized. The 2 pressure-point triggers on this wired controller make high-octane gaming more accurate. It has got two vibration motors with different frequencies. The vibration feedback is so accurate that you will get more immersed into the game. The placement of the left thumb stick in the Microsoft controller makes it preferable to a whole lot. The left and right top buttons are a bit noisy. So when playing multiplayer games it can warn the other players regarding the buttons you have pressed. But apart from this this wired controller makes gaming intuitive and easy and is the perfect gaming companion. It has a chord length of 2.7 meters.
A wireless variant of Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller is also available.
Lijo Mathew Posted on May 11, 2016
Lijo Mathew is a tech enthusiast, audiophile, football fanatic, hardcore gamer and above all a freelance writer with specialties in technology, gaming and health/fitness. He covers latest gadget news, reviews and comparisons at ReviewMore.com