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Saitek P3200 Rumble Gamepad Review

nismozcar    -   November 28, 2007
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Testing:

The P3200 will be tested against two other gamepad devices, the Saitek Cyborg Rumble and the Microsoft Xbox360 PC. The gamepads will be judged in four categories: Sensitivity, Adjustability, Layout, and Comfort. I will use two games to judge the capabilities of each controller: Medal of Honor: Airborne to test FPS (First-Person Shooter) accuracy and Combat Flight Simulator 3 to test the rumble forces. I will subject the gamepads to run through the same levels in both games to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each gamepad. They will be scored on a scale from 1 to 100.

 

Testing Setup:

  • Saitek P3200 Rumble
  • Saitek Cyborg Rumble
  • Microsoft Xbox360 PC
  • Gigabyte GA-M51GM-S2G
  • AMD AM2 X2 +3800
  • Antec HTPC case
  • Antec 380w PSU
  • XFX 8600GTS (675/2000MHz)
  • 2GB OCZ Platinum PC6400
  • WD 80GB SATAII 7200rpm HDD
  • Samsung DVD+DL SATA
  • Windows XP Pro SP2 x64
  • Norcent 19" 16:10 LCD(1440x900)

 

The P3200 performed very well in the Sensitivity test. The range and movement of the analog sticks was very accurate. The feel of the controller during action was smooth and steady. In Airborne, navigating the skies with my parachute was effortless and when I landed, I had no trouble traversing the streets of Europe. The Cyborg Rumble took top prize in this category because of its Precision Mode; this feature allows the user to tighten the sensitivity of the analog sticks with the push of a button, making sniping your enemies easier and more accurate. All of the gamepads felt extremely nice while playing Combat Flight Simulator 3. The large variety of rumble forces featured in this game were enjoyable, from the steady rumble of your engines, to the quick bursts while using your guns, to the deep rumble felt from G-forces when banking and maneuvering during battle. The forces seemed to overlap each other and the culmination of all of them combined was amazing. In the Adjustability category, the Microsoft Xbox360 PC controller suffered from the absence of a profiler. The Saitek profiler proved invaluable when it was necessary to adjust the controls and sensitivity, and it was the main reason the Saitek controllers scored so high in this category.

 

 

The Layout category was won by the Cyborg Rumble. The gamepad features reversible left controls that swap the location of the D-pad and left analog stick, per the user's preference. However, the P3200 and Xbox360 PC gamepads are also very well laid out. All of the gamepads have easily accessible buttons and they don’t require you to shift your hand position to manipulate. The Comfort category was based solely on my opinion of each gamepad. The Xbox360 PC took this category because of its slender and contoured shape. Although the Saitek’s are identical, they are a tad bulkier than their counterpart and the P3200 lacks the ability to swap the left controls, which could alleviate discomfort for some users. Neither of the gamepads were ever uncomfortable to use and didn’t hurt or cramp your hands when used for an extended period of time.

 

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation
  4. Installation (Continued)
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing
  7. Conclusion
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