Reviews and Problems with Saitek P3000 Wireless Pad & Docking Station
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F. Crowley, Amazon
8 September 2007
Summary: i was amazed to see that this has such a bad rep. ive used mine for about a year now with no problems at all. i mean none. but at least now i know what to do if my battery starts acting up. i did also have the thing where characters ran in a circle, but only after starting a game with the pad asleep. not a problem at all. take both thumb sticks and circle them full around a few times fast and the pad wakes back up and recenters.
Summary: Saitek made an interesting battery operated wireless game pad. I like how one charges while the other one is being used so that you always have power. The problem is that the batteries can get loose inside the battery holder or that they have a problem with being overcharged. If your batteries stop working, you can get a free replacement from saitek but while you are waiting, you should just open the battery holder.
Summary: In the box this thing comes with your standard paperwork, a CD with the drivers, the usb "docking station" that charges the batteries and receives the rf signal, the controller and two rechargeable batteries. Out of the box one of these batteries didn't work at all. Plugging it into the charger would not turn on the charging light and plugging it into the controlled would not power it.
Summary: I got two of these as a gift and right out of the box I had problems with them. I've owned 2 P880's (the corded versions of this controller) for over 2 years now and they are great, the included software for Saitek controllers is brilliant as well. The controllers are well designed and fit comfortably in my hands, they're like the perfect balance of Playstation and XBox size.
Summary: The gamepad itself is a well engineered product. It fits the hand well, has many buttons and the joysticks are also a nice touch. My problem as with other reviews I have read is the battery packs. One of the two refuses to take a charge. Who knows how long the second one will last. It appears there should have been more engineering with the batterys, or at least as much as with the rest of the gamepad.
Summary: I don't know if this problem is with the product or my computer, but the analog sticks stick from time to time. For no reason at all the left stick will make my character move in one direction or the right stick will cause the camera to spin in circles. I have to disconnect and reconnect it until it stops doing that. It doesn't happen too often, but it is annoying.
Summary: First let me say the controller is pretty good.The controller handles great and its very light but a bit slippery The install is a bit troublesome but great support will get you up and running.The only cons i believe is you must have the docking station in view or in a least a couple feet The wireless not to strong And the battery well they have issues they dont hold a charge very long So you need more than one battery and you may get a bad one from them just sitting...
Summary: As all of the other posters state this controller has a serious issue with its batteries. I, too, contacted the company and without any question they sent two replacement... no qualms with that kind of service, but the new batteries died just as quickly. I even tried removing the back cover (which was successful) revealing 2 NiMH 1.2V 280mAh batteries. However, the were both seated in the casing properly.
Summary: The only major problem is the battery. It "dies" after a while. Actually, it doesnt die, it's just loose inside the casing and eventaully pops out of its socket. To fix it, slide a screw driver into it to break the glue. Put the two batteries back in place, and slide the top back on. It works now! Even though it's easy to fix, it's basically a defective product until you fix it yourself. You get 3 stars.
Summary: I love the Saitek 880 wired gamepad. So I figured the wireless would be that much better. Unfortunately, my next purchase will be another wired pad to ensure no problems. There's nothing worse than the few times I really need two gamepads that the wireless one poops out. I bought this and the batteries died. I sent Saitek an e-mail and they sent me two new ones. Great, they worked! Then they died soon after.