Logitech F710

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Logitech F710.

The Logitech F710 is a wireless video game controller for personal computers developed by Logitech in the 2010s. It originally retailed for $50. Its button layout is that of a PlayStation 2 gamepad, but it has a more bulbous form like an Xbox controller. It has dual analog sticks, a digital D-pad, and a toggle button to switch between them. It also has 4 standard buttons, a start and back button, two shoulder buttons and two shoulder analog bumpers. It has vibration motors and a toggle button for them. It uses 2.4 GHz wireless and comes with a USB receiver and takes 2 AA batteries. It supports both XInput and DirectInput modes through a toggle switch on the back.

I bought this gamepad because I wanted to replace my old PS2 to USB converted which didn't have drivers beyond Windows XP, and it was rated high on Amazon. I wouldn't have bought it if I knew that it was wireless, but the name doesn't readily identify it as such. As with every other wireless device I've ever owned, it was unabile to keep a constant connection. This caused me to routinely die in my games or perform unwanted actions. After becoming too frustrated with it, I replaced it with the Logitech F310, a cheaper wired version.

Review

Good

  • It feels great in your hand. It has a nice weight, a rubber coating on the back and a smooth coating on the front, and is quite comfortable to hold.
  • The ability to switch between XInput and DirectInput makes it more versatile for older games.
  • The vibration works well for those games that support it.

Bad

  • Nothing.

Ugly

  • The wireless cuts out frequently even when the wireless receiver is two feet away with a clear line of sight. When it cuts out, whatever buttons were being pressed will remain held down until a connection is reestablish (about two seconds). This makes action games impossible to play. You can still play games that don't require precision controller input like turn-based strategy games or RPGs, but, even then, the frequent input problems will mess up your game.

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