Reviewed: May 11, 2005
Type: Wireless Controller
Normally Iím a big fan of the MicroCon, it seemed a vast improvement over the ungainly beast that was the original Xbox controller, but the new Xbox MicroCon Wireless just doesnít do it for me. First thing against it is that it requires two AAA batteries instead of the normal AA, and I donít know about you, but I donít have too many of those lying around the house; not only that, they donít come included with the controller, so be sure to pick some up if youíre going to buy this.
Next is what I would normally call a bonus for a wireless controller, and that is an on/off switch. The problem is that there is no sleep mode for the controller in favor of this switch, so if you forget to turn it off its good bye batteries, and since every other wireless Iíve seen does not have said switch you may be replacing batteries a lot.
The receiver for the controller is also gargantuan. I mean itís like the size of my cel phone, only twice as thick. Admittedly itís nice that they made it that big so you can have Xbox Live or memory card (ha! Memory cards on an Xbox, I kill me!) functionality, but still I feel like I could kill small animals with it, or at least middle management executives.
Also, and this is perhaps the worst part, is that the controller is just not comfortable in your hands. Itís too small, and worse the latch for the battery cover is right next to where you put your fingers on the right side, so there is this little projection digging into your finger the whole time you play.
In short, itís not comfortable, but it is functional, and the gel grips are at least an attempt at making it feel nice in your hand. It may not be the best controller on the market, but it is cheap and light and it works.