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3 thoughts on “Xbox 360 Wireless Controller – Glossy Black

  1. E. K. says:
    55 of 56 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Exactly the same as the white controller, December 13, 2010
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    E. K.

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    This review is from: Xbox 360 Wireless Controller – Glossy Black (Video Game)

    I bought this black wireless controller so I could have another wireless controller. Be advised when reading reviews on this product that it appears some people are reviewing the Xbox 360 Silver Controller and Play & Charge Kit, which is a special controller that is different (and more expensive as of this writing) than the black controller I am reviewing. This controller does NOT have any chrome items on it (other than the usual Xbox Guide button), nor does it have any upgrades to the D-pad.

    As far as the controller itself, I didn’t notice any structural difference between this controller and my old white controller that came with my Pro 20GB Xbox 360 several years ago. I did notice, however, that this controller properly charges my Play & Charge Kit where my old one did not. Prior to buying this controller, my Play & Charge kit would always show the red light while recharging. Since the recharging appeared to work anyway, I didn’t think much of it (especially after calling Microsoft and being informed that the warranty on accessories is only 90 days, though that was in 2008). Since I assumed that the battery was at fault the whole time, I was surprised to find out that this controller charged the battery and (correctly) showed a green light when charging was complete.

    Though it did not appear to be a structural change to the controller, I had somewhat forgotten (or not realized?) how much wear my controller has taken over the four years (give or take) since I got my console. The new controller gives me a bit more precision in games, especially with the right stick and the pushing of the sticks (for activities like sprinting). The tactility of the sticks (with little raised lines for grip) were a nice reminder of what my controller seemed to have at one time.

    This was a satisfying purchase for functionality and the nice sleek look of black. I should also note that while the description of the item is “Glossy Black,” this controller isn’t really what I would call glossy like you would call the bezel of an LCD monitor or clear coat on a car. It gives off very little gloss in my opinion, which is fine by me.

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  2. Lisa Shea "published author" says:
    152 of 191 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A must-have for XBox 360 Gamers, November 25, 2005
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    If you’ve got an XBox 360, you really need to get your hand on one or two wireless controllers. These controllers are GREAT for keeping your gaming area free of clutter. To start with, the controller is much smaller than the standard XBox controller was.

    For control items, you start with the standard blue X, yellow Y, red B and green A buttons. There are two thumbsticks, one on the upper left and one in the center right. There is also a directional (d-pad) in the lower left.

    Next, you have a pair of shoulder buttons at the “top” of the unit, up above the other buttons. You also have a pair of triggers below those shoulder buttons.

    Finally, you have a center X button that can be used to turn the console on and off, plus a “start” and “back” tiny white buttons on either side of it.

    The unit has a rechargeable battery unit inside it, the size of two AA batteries. You have to buy a recharger set SEPARATELY that lets you charge up while you play. In essence you plug the charger into the back of the controller – and the other end into the USB port in the front of the XBox 360 unit. So you play with the controller “wired” as it charges up. When it’s fully charged again, you just pop off the wire and keep playing.

    The range of the wireless unit is 30′, which is probably much further than anybody is really going to even try playing a game at. The wireless is much easier on your hand – no cable holding you down – plus it’s a great help in keeping your gaming area organized. You can easily pass the controller from person to person, and visitors can come and go without tripping over wires.

    The documentation says you can get 40 hours of gameplay between charges, but if you have features such as vibration on, that sucks the time down to maybe 8-10 hours. It’s up to you of course – I personally like having vibration on because it is often important for gameplay to get those warning signals.

    Still, even if I have to plug the cables in every 10 hours or so to give it a juice boost, I still love wireless!! Highly recommended.

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  3. WJM "Wayne" says:
    17 of 21 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Same controller just different color scheme, December 1, 2010
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    WJM “Wayne” (NY USA) –

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    Despite other opinions – this controller is only different in color scheme from the older controllers.
    In fact – my left trigger annoyingly squeaks – ironically all my older controllers (5 in total – including the red and blue ones – which I use as spares and for friends)never squeaked. Basically the color scheme is all black – no gray. And a shiny garish chrome power button. It has the exact same feel the older controllers have. I think some of the reviews claiming it has a different feel or has different performance has to be imaginative wishful thinking.
    I noticed no change in performance (and due to the squeaking trigger actually worse quality than my older ones!)
    I also noticed no different power consumption as compared to the earlier controllers. I use rechargeable batteries so can’t comment on AA battery drain – but again – I’d be wary of opinions that somehow this controller had been redesigned to reduce power consumption when everything else is identical to the older versions. Unless you actually see controlled tests regarding power consumption I’d take these sort of opinions as opinions – not fact.
    If you like the new color scheme then buy it but do not expect it to be any different from any earlier controller.

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