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Jammin' to the Tunes: A Logitech PS3 / PS2 Wireless Guitar Controller Reveiw

  • Oct 22, 2009
Rating:
+3
I learned to play guitar many years ago and find Guitar Hero and Rock Band to be a strange concept. Additionally the controllers included in the kits are cheap plastic toys which distract from the gaming experience. I just don't get it, but my other half apparently does. Intrigued by the description and out of curiosity, I opted to try the Logitech wireless guitar controller.

Logitech has designed this controller to improve the gaming experience. According to Logitech, improvements over the kit controller includes the use of authentic materials, a virtually silent strum bar, long battery life, and a 30 foot wireless range while providing all the buttons and pads to take advantage of all the games features in an easy to set up controller.

When Logitech states this guitar is "virtually silent" they apparently mean noisy. By no stretch of the imagination is this controller "quiet as a whisper." Logitech's controller isn't as loud as the kit controller, but the keys and strum bar still make noticeable clacking sounds. The shiny black lacquered face of the guitar with the black plastic shield surrounding the strum bar easily attracts fingerprints and smudges. These aren't obvious from a short distance, but occasional polishing is needed. Additionally the controller requires the use of a USB dongle. Limited USB ports on the PS3 may require purchasing a USB hub when using multiple USB devices. Considering the price of this guitar, Bluetooth capabilities should have been built into the controller.

For all Logitech's wireless guitar short comings, this controller delivers on improving the gaming experience in a big way. The realistic construction and attention to the fine details is impressive. Weighing 6.2 pounds combined with details like fret bars and movable tuning pegs, there is no doubt this controller feels like the real deal. Set-up is simple as well, install the batteries, plug in the USB dongle, and pair the guitar. The only additional set-up is installing the neck strap. The range is excessive, ensuring uninterrupted game play. I was able to leave the game room, walk past the dining room, through a short hallway, then into the office and still affect the PS3.

Now I see the appeal of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and just how much the toy controller distracts from the gaming experience. While Logitech has room to improve on the design, don't let this luxury guitar controller's short comings prevent its purchase. While I wouldn't purchase this controller for little children, for older teens and adults this wireless guitar significantly adds to the Guitar Hero gaming experience.

PROS:
Makes less noise than the kit guitar
Simple set-up
Realistic look and feel
Improves gaming experience
Excessively long range

CONS:
Not "quiet as a whisper"
USB - not blue tooth
Attracts fingerprints

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Wow, this thing is "huge", at least it's huge compared to the standard Guitar Hero guitars (see photo). It's also a considerable amount heavier. The construction is sturdy and the response is very good as well. The star power button is a great addition and much easier than yanking the guitar neck up. This is a great toy guitar, but because of the price, it may not be for everyone. I would recommend this guitar for people who actually play guitar and have a bit of trouble with the small size of the …
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Unleash Your Inner Rockstar. Play on Guitar or Expand to a Band.

Another Saturday night. Another chance to flex your Star Power. Your band members are all there. The house lights are low. And you can practically hear the whistles and cheers from the sold-out crowd, as fans grow impatient waiting for you to take the stage.

You’ve been here before. But this time is different. The bar is set higher. There’s more at stake. And the butterflies in your belly are real. Suddenly, this doesn’t feel like a game anymore.

Then you step into the spotlight. You nail that first riff. And you’re lost in the music. Your fingering is spot-on. Your timing, flawless. When it’s your turn to take center-stage, it’s you and your Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller. Because you’re not playing, you’re unleashing your inner rockstar.



Key Features



Authentic materials
This guitar controller’s body is solid. Its neck is real wood. The frets and tuning peg handles are metal. And the fingerboard is rosewood.

Realistic size and weight
No plastic toy guitar, this guitar controller is designed to look—and feel—like the real deal.
 




Adjustable whammy bar
Play fast and loose or keep it stiff. You can adjust the tension on the whammy bar to suit your style.
 




The hottest hardware
The Touch Sensitive Neck Slider is color-coded to correspond with the fret buttons, and there’s an easy-to-reach Star Power button ...

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Brand: Logitech
Category: Video Game Accessories

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