Up on the review block today I’ve got the Thrustmaster Exclusive Edition F1 Ferrari Gamepad with dual analog sticks. This gamepad sell for about $20, and it’s not bad overall, but it has one major flaw in that it’s not compatible with many games at all. other than that it’s a great controller, it’s confortable and it has a lot of buttons.
The comfortable, efficient and realistic controller
2 mini-sticks with a rubber texture
* For precise control of your progressive actions and skid-free racing!
Compatible with Windows 7, VISTA & XP.
The ultimate dual analog controller: EXCLUSIVELY by THRUSTMASTER
* Metal design inspired by the “musetto” (nose) of the 2009 Ferrari F1 race car, the F60, for a truly immersive experience in the world of F1 races
* Lower grip featuring a peach skin texture, for unrivalled comfort
10 buttons and 8-way directional cross
* For full compatibility with all PC games
* Easy menu selection
USB Plug & Play connectivity:
* Installation CD not required: the device is directly and instantly recognized in HID games.
Price: $20.11 (from Amazon at time of review)
The controller comes packaged in a hang style package.
Included with the controller is just a user manual, if you want the software to help program the controller you’ll need to download it from the Thrustmaster site.
The controller sort of resembles that of an Xbox 360 controller, but not really. It’s a bit larger overall.
On the top of the controller you’ll find see the two analog sticks, d-Pad and buttons. There is also two LEDs and single button.
Here’s the front and side views:
On the front you’ll find four shoulder buttons:
On the bottom of the controller you’ll find two more buttons:
It’s USB so it’s plug and play, I plugged it in on my Windows 7 64bit machine and it installed automatically and I was ready to go.
The controller works fine as is, but you can go to the Thrustmaster site and download their software to help you with the controller to program it. Well really it’s not that programmable from the software, if you’re lucky the game you’re playing will recognize it and let you change the buttons, but I didn’t find many that even recognized it.
I used the controller to play games of course but I found out that it doesn’t work with many really. The button in the center between the sticks does allow for better compatibility, but not that much.
The F1 controller does work well for gaming, it’s sensitive and the build quality is nice, much nicer than I would expect for about $20.
The controller though is rather large and it’s wired, if you’re accustomed to Xbox controller then you’ll find this is quite a bit larger.
If you play a lot of racing games then you should be fine with this controller, but don’t expect it to work with many other games, and that’s it’s largest flaw really.
+Lots of buttons
-Doesn’t work with many games really