Hip Gear controller comfortable to use, keeps clutter away

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February 26, 2004|By Kevin E. Washington

When you review as many gadgets as I do, you get to the point where anything with wires can drive you insane. I've got all three video game consoles next to my television, and the tangle of wires can become confusing.

This is my best reason to recommend the Hip Gear 2.4 GHz Wireless Controller for Xbox ($39.99; PS2 controller $34.99). Even in a room where there is no profusion of gaming console wires, this baby can keep the area in front of your television from looking cluttered.

Thanks to the frequency that the Hip Gear uses, you'll get no interference from other radio-frequency devices. You get up to about 30 feet of range here, and with the four AA batteries (included), you'll get up to 30 hours of game play before you need to change them.

There is an auto channel scan that tries to find the best and strongest signal for the device. My only complaint is that the controller is a bit big and clunky, much closer in size to the original Xbox controller than the sleeker ones that were imported from Japan about six to eight months after Xbox's debut.

I did find that the rubberized analog sticks and the placement of the buttons allowed this to be a relatively comfortable controller despite its size.

Information: www.hipgearproducts.com.

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