PC gaming isn't as glamorous as console gaming when it comes to controllers. We're expected to live with our mouse and keyboards and sit quietly in the glow of a CRT. The Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2 is a high quality wireless pad that is rarely found in the PC gaming section.
The black gamepad is simple and very functional. It is similar to the Playstation 2 Dual Shock controller with its analog sticks, d-pad and buttons as well as shoulder buttons in the same relative layout. However, the overall shape is more rounded and I personally feel its more ergonomic. The analog sticks are rubbery on top and have a good, but not too stiff spring to them. The hole for the sticks is square however, so it's a little weird doing your 360 rotations for Zangief. These sticks can also be clicked, giving another button to use during play. The D-pad is a single circular button with a cross for directional alignment. It's relatively easy to point in all 8 static directions with the pad. Four of the main buttons are raised and have a solid tactile click when pressed, as well as the shoulder buttons. There is virtually no lag, which is probably a result of the 2.4ghz connectivity, and I've never had a problem with wireless interference, even with an MX1000 on board. There are four middle buttons, but two are customizable, and two are for digital/analog mode and vibration change respectively.
The unit is powered by 2 AA batteries, and last a very long time with the included Duracell batteries which was a nice touch. Rumble is included with two motors in the gamepad, and is very solid, but they do put a drain on the battery life. The weight is very good with the AAs inside, as it gives a feel of solid weight, instead of a flimsy piece of plastic. I have had a problem with the rumble not working over time, and after opening the gamepad, I found out the thin wire connector for the motor was detached, which wasn't too big a deal for me. The frail wire could be an issue if immersive gaming is really your thing.
The included software with logitech is very easy to calibrate upon installing. It does not use the SetPoint software that the mice and keyboards use, but its own 'Gaming Software' that has abilites for profiles for specific games. You can just set the buttons yourself within the game so its no big deal. The receiver plugs into USB and is small and flat, with a dim blinking LED to let you know its working. With 2.4ghz reception and a fully functional button layout, you'll be looking for a place to plug the Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2 into your Xbox.