Logitech F710 Gamepad Review
by, 12-07-2011 at 06:34 PM (12518 Views)
Hello everyone, this is my first review EVER so feel free to criticize it.
Got a Logitech F710 for only $24.99 new from Amazon (I checked the price now and it's back up to $44.99, I must've gotten a fluke order). It says on the packaging that it works for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. It does work with Mac OSX, but you need to use a 3rd party application like GamePad Companion to map the controls onto the keyboard. It comes with a small CD (like the ones that came with the original R4 for mapping out controls for a DirectInput game).
My initial thoughts were that the controller is solidly built, a bit heavy, and some buttons are too clicky for my personal taste. It has the standard 4 face buttons (A, B, X, Y), 2 analog sticks, 8-way floating D-pad, 4 trigger buttons (LB, LT, RB, RT), vibration/mode buttons, start/back buttons, and this weird Logitech button in the middle. On the back of the controller in the middle of the trigger buttons is a 2-way switch for DirectInput and XInput games. I'm not familiar with the modes, but I believe DirectInput is for older games that don't support native gamepad and you can't use vibration feedback. The XInput mode is for games that support the gamepad without any additonal programming or configurations.
Since this is a wireless controller, it runs on 2 AA batteries and through a dongle that you plug into a USB port. I haven't tested the range yet, but the box says it's able to support a connection of up to 20'. And if that's not long enough, there's an included USB cable extension provided.
Played around with it for about 30 minutes using it to play Spiral Knights on Steam. Controller worked pretty good, as I didn't notice an issue with dead zones. Also played Banjo and Kazooie on SixtyForce, and the controls mapped out just fine. Although I didn't get to test the vibration feedback (I was using DirectInput), I could push the button and feel it on the controller. It's actually quite strong and matches that of a PS3 controller.
-Build quality 10/10
-Wireless receiver is good 10/10
-Dual analog sticks didn't have big dead zones 10/10
-Clicky trigger buttons and floating D-pad 8/10
-No native Mac OSX support
Overall, I give this gamepad an 8/10 because of the lack of Mac drivers included and trigger buttons/floating d-pad.