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Upon browsing their site I was amazed at the pricing, but could help but wonder about the quality. As most of you know we are a big gaming family. For the past 5 years or so, new controllers are always on the kids (and hubby’s) Christmas list; I am always blown away by how fast they wear out their controllers! I actually hit upon Monoprice, in search for gaming headphone with a mic at a reasonable price – as this is another gaming accessory they seem to blow right through – when I came across the Pro Bluetooth LED Turbo Gamepad for Playstation 3 priced at just $28.86. Now my husband isn’t big on non-Sony Playstation stock controllers, but I was willing to give it a shot.
The Pro Bluetooth LED Turbo Gamepad for Playstation 3 controller is designed with the professional gamer in mind. The controls are ultra-sensitive, allowing minor movements to translate into game winning moves. A turbo switch in the middle of the controller allows you to engage a rapid key repeat function, effectively turning semi-automatic weapons in FPS games into full auto machine guns. Controller is of course wireless and comes with 68" USB A male to mini USB B male cable for charging.
I had to laugh, because I apparently didn’t read the features of the controller properly and thought it was just your basic PS3 controller. The controller arrived around the same time as the new COD: Blacks Ops game and everyone was grateful to have an extra controller in the house, but the question on everyone’s mind was "what is the turbo button for?" I had no idea, I kept telling them to figure it out. It took a few days but my oldest son finally made the connection that his semi-automatic's were now where rapid firing! Once the news spread through our house, the battle began over who was going to use the controller. This was the best feature a controller could give to them and they enjoyed hearing others in the game complain and question, how the heck was their gun firing like that?!
The controller was easy for them to adapt to, as it uses the same basic shape, size, and layout as that of the stock Sony Playstation controller and features a rubber-coated, soft-touch finish for maximum comfort during long, intense gaming sessions. It’s also noted that the construction of the key caps is such that they will not peel off under heavy usage, as the stock controller is liable to do – and have done with every controller we have purchase. I’m looking forward to seeing how the controller holds up down the line in comparison, because for the price and features so far, I will be purchasing 3 more – 2 for my other boys and 1 for my husband – this Christmas.
The L2 and R2 buttons are curved at the ends so your fingers are less likely to slip off during heated gun battles. And it’s has a fully functioning rumble feature along with awesome red LED lighting for effect.
Overall, this controller met and exceeded our expectation as a cheap Playstation 3 Controller option, which is actually a good quality with "neat" extras.
Buy It: Purchase the Pro Bluetooth LED Turbo Gamepad for Playstation 3 $28.86 (additional special pricing for bulk orders) at Monoprice.com. Additionally check out all they have to offer the techy in your life this holiday season.