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Just a short teaser for the next Portrait i’ll upload on this page shortly. A must have for people who want to beat Games like Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze or just like a more classic approach to Videogame-Controls.

Namco NegCon

Introduction
This is the one! My favourite controller of all time. Words cannot describe how much i loved every second of gameplay with the negCon from Namco. It is viewed as the best way to controll several racing games of the Playstation aera. Way better than dedicated steering wheels which came out during the same time.

Specifications

Release Date: 1995
Connector: Playstation Standard Connector
Cable Length: 200cm
Dimensions: 156 x 114 x 68 mm
Weight: 200g
Features: Controller has an Analog Axis in the Middle / Compatible with over 200 Race-Games
Controls: 1 Analog Axis
1 Directional Pad (Digital)
2 Analog Buttons
2 Digital Buttons
1 Digital Shoulder Button
1 Analog Shoulder Button
Start Button

Favourite Game
Without a doubt Wipeout 2097 which is also ranked number 4 on my All Time favourite Game list. But also Ridge Racer Revolution (Nr. 19 on the All Time List) is incredible with this Controller.

Impressions
You cannot top the Game-Feeling this controller creates while playing Wipeout. If you configure dead “dead-zone” and turning angle within the game to your needs, this Pad get’s near perfection. If there would be one gripe with it, i think i’d have to say that the almost 5mm the shoulder buttons have to travel is a bit far. This is the perfect one. I’ll never forget being able to finally beat the White Angel Car in Ridge Racer only after i got this controller. Best ever.

Gaming 10/10
Design 10/10
Ergonomics 10/10

Xbox One Controller: Titanfall Special Edition


Introduction
I normally do not purchase special editions of controllers. The last one i bought was one for Halo. But this one intrigued me. So here is a short portrait of the latest addition to my collection. The Titanfall Special Edition Controller for the Xbox One.

Specifications

Release Date: 2014
Connector: Wireless (Range approximately 10m)
Cable Length: Wireless
Dimensions:  mm x  mm x  mm
Weight: approx. 270g
Features: Special Edition Painting / Individual Impulse Trigger Rumble
Controls: 1 Directional Pad (Digital)
Dual Analog Thumbsticks
Menu and View-Button
4 Analog Shoulder Buttons
1 Menu-/Guide-Buttion
Kinect-Tracking-Sensor
Proprietary Headset Connector
Sync-Button

Favourite Game
Titanfall. Although when this post is released me and my friends are only just playing the Beta. But man Titanfall is great.

Impressions
The Paintjob on this Controller looks good. Of course it’s cheesy and that’s exactly the way i like Special Editions. There are several Easter Eggs on this Controller as discovered by Gamertag Radio. The Serial Number contains the Gamertag of the Designer Ryan Lastimosa (HAURD), The R/C-08202010 stands for him and his wife plus their date of marriage and 8120CK4AU120 is Leet-Speak for the Gamertag as well. Lastimosa Armory should not be a big one to figure out too.

Gaming 10/10
Design 9/10
Ergonomics 10/10

Razer Imperator 4G


Introduction
As many of you already know, i am fresh into PC Gaming coming from a 25 year console dominated Gamerlife. The Razer Imperator was my second Gaming Mouse after the Logitech G9X. So here is a short portrait of this mouse.

Specifications

Release Date: 2012
Connector: USB 2.0
Cable Length: 200cm
Dimensions: 123 mm x 70 mm x 43 mm
Weight: 139g
Features: 6400dpi 4G Dual Sensor System
Controls: 7 Programmable Buttons (Now via Razer Synapse), 2 Mouse Buttons, One Scrollwheel

Impressions
As already stated, I love Gaming Mice but i rarely play them in the way i really could tell you if they are good for gaming. So just the feel of this Mouse is still great. I love the Material on it, the rubberized side is amazing and the clicking is very sensitive and light. It is no more my primary mouse as this role is now taken by the Logitech G500s, but i’d say this one is still number two in my ranking

Gaming -/-
Design 8/10 (1/10 for the Razer Logo)
Ergonomics 10/10

Razer Orbweaver


Introduction
I am not a big PC Gamer at all. I started on a PC several years ago of course as most of us did (Leasure Suit Larry EGA Graphics Textparser anyone?) but switched over to consoles soon. But lately i found myself dabbling again into PC Gaming. Mostly because Steam makes it very easy and cheap to do so. And in order to game properly, you need the right tools, don’t you? Gaming Mice always attracted me so i figured why not try the Orbweaver as an alternative to my standard Keyboard.

Specifications

Release Date: 2013
Connector: USB 2.0
Cable Length: 200cm
Dimensions: 55 x 154 mm x 202 mm
Weight: 395g
Features: 20 fully programmable keys via the Synapse Software
Adjustable hand-, thumb-, and palmrest
Controls: 8-Way directional thumb pad
20 Mechanical Keys (Cherry MX Blue)

Impressions
Although i did not put this Controller through a lot of Gaming-Hours i love the way it takes me into the game. The normal Keyboard simply was not able to do this as i probably still align this too much with work. The Orbweaver does a fantastical job in making you feel you actually have a gamepad in hand and not typing on a keyboard. I’ll come back to this looking in usability and precision when i put more hours into actual gaming rather than just fiddling around with it.

Gaming -/-
Design 10/10 (1/10 for the Razer Logo)
Ergonomics 8/10