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  ZERO PS2 Wireless Controller

Experience innovation with the Zero wireless controller for PlayStation 2. The Zero controller is an entirely new ergonomic design, built to maximize comfort for all players while providing a unique and stylish appearance. The Zero is powered by an included NiMH rechargeable battery that provides up to 25 hours of wireless gameplay. When necessary, simply plug the included charging cable into the PS2s USB port and play and charge the controller simultaneously. The Zero is the first controller to feature LED back-lit action buttons, heat dissipating aluminum panels and a hybrid metal-resin design. The Zero is the paramount in controller precision, design and engineering.

- Nyko

Features:

  • Unique metal-resin hybrid design for optimal grip and comfort
  • Rechargeable NiMH battery with USB charging cable provides 25 hours of playtime
  • State of the art wireless chip set with a range of up to 30ft
  • Precision analog sticks, buttons and triggers provide maximum durability
  • Heat dissipating aluminum panels
  • LED charge indicator light
  • AA battery pack

First and foremost, I would like to state that I have never used a more comfortable gaming controller for PS2. In reading other user reviews I found that several users brought up the ergonomics of the controller, saying that the hand positioning felt awkward and that the directional pad and button placement seemed a little cluttered. Though I was not as fond of the circular directional pad as that of the standard PS2's more 'set in' cross pattern, I have nothing but praises for the overall feel of the Zero.

The trigger-like L2 and R2 buttons felt more ergonomic than that of other PS2 controllers, with their placement completely in line with the natural positioning of the hands. The smooth flat metal surface felt cool and comfortable against my palms, and the length of my thumbs fell easily in place with quick access to most of the buttons without having to re-position my hold on the controller. One of the biggest problems I would encounter with many other controllers is that the keypads, directional buttons and analog sticks were placed too far apart, causing major strain in my hands during game play. While I do enjoy the more rubbery feel of a PS2 standard controller's analog sticks, I found that the concave shape of the Zero's much more conducive to the health of my poor gaming thumbs.

We have yet to encounter any complaints in the performance area for Nyko's Zero. In fact, there have been no problems with response times or issues with the detection of the controller. Long gone are the days of tripping over the array of wires streaming across your floor.  I love that you can just throw in some AA batteries when your rechargeable is getting a boost, or go a more 'wired' route by charging with the USB cable; you'll never have to put your gaming on hold.

Now, keeping in mind that for a girl I have 'man-hands', and both myself and my sister (who sports the more fem variety of hands size-wise) felt that this controller had better overall comfort and reeked less havoc on our gaming muscles than yee ol' PS2 standard. The sleek design, courtesy of the metal and plastic combo, should stand the test of time and is a welcome touch of cool for those sweaty handed gamers. Oh, and lest I forget the 'pimp my controller' black light, helping to make any gaming geek feel bad ass when taking on the gaming world in the dead of night; perhaps a theme song is in order?

The final verdict on Nyko's Zero PS2 Wireless Controller is thumbs up from me; well, so long as my thumbs aren't pre-occupied with game play.


Review ID Number: 704
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Nyko
Review Date: 2007-09-02
Reviewer: Kristin Sardy
Rating: 9 out of 10
 
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