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Product: Microsoft Sidewinder Game Pad Pro
Company: Microsoft
Estimated Street Price: $39.95
Review By: Byron Hinson

Final Results and Overall Mark

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Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for Microsoft's Sidewinder Game Pad Pro controller.

Final Comments

How It Grades
Installation: 91%
Manual: N/A
Performance: 90%
Drivers: 90%
Look: 85%
Feel: 78%
Help Files: 90%
Price: 88%
Overall: 80%

The Game Pad Pro is overall a good purchase, but I'm not sure that it really offers enough over other game pads on the market to warrant buying if you already have a game pad that you use without any problems at the moment. I guess it is good in some ways to see that companies are moving over to USB products, but surely an option to use a plain old game controller port wouldn't go amiss. So in conclusion, if you don't have a game pad controller or you are currently on the look out for a new one then you can't really go wrong, but if your current one is still working fine, you don't need to rush out to purchase a SideWinder Game Pad Pro.


Overall Score 80%
Version Reviewed SideWinder Game Pad Pro Revision 1.1
Sidewinder Gaming Control Software 4.0
Release Date Out Now
In The Box? 1 USB Game Pad Pro Controller
Press Release
The Good Points Easy To Install
Looks Good
Lots Of Buttons
D-Pad Improved
The Bad Points Plastic Feels Flimsy
USB Only
Reviewers PC Setup Pentium II 450
Windows 98 Second Edition
128 Meg SD-Ram
Voodoo 2 - 8mb
DirectX 7 Gold
SoundBlaster Live! Value
17" LG Electronics Monitor
Matrox G400 32MB AGP Graphics Card
Microsoft Force Feedback Pro
Microsoft Game Pad Pro (USB)
Microsoft Digital Sound System 80

DVD Setup: Toshiba SD-1202 DVD-ROM - 32x
DVD TV Player - Samsung 807

PC Required Windows 98
Intel Pentium PC (or 100% compatible CPU)
USB Controller


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