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Written by Jonathan Jessup - Editied by: Olin Coles   
Friday, 03 August 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force Gamepad
Design and appearance
Hands On
Application and Programming
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Design and appearance

My first impression from the photos I'd seen online was that the top rectangular portion of the controller was a bit too large and would inhibit good holding of it. However after holding it in my hands, that concern is now gone.

Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force Gamepad for PC / PS2 / PS3

Plainly visible is the USB and PS2 connector. It's darker than it appears in these photos (It's black).

Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force Gamepad for PC / PS2 / PS3

The ribbed handle grips are rubberized. Only the top semi-rectangular area and the top narrow part of the handles are a harder plastic. The rest of the controller including the underside and the front buttons/triggers area are rubberized the same as the handles. Also the two mini-sticks are rubber. The red buttons and the eight way directional d-pad are a cherry red plastic. Other colors are available.

Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force Gamepad for PC / PS2 / PS3

The top center half in the above photo is the harder plastic and again the lower half is the rubberized. The right and left sides are rubber also.

Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force Gamepad for PC / PS2 / PS3

The rear of the Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force Gamepad controller shows the PC-PS3 switch.

Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force Gamepad for PC / PS2 / PS3

Clearly visible above is the dividing line between the soft rubber below and the harder plastic on top.

Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force Gamepad for PC / PS2 / PS3

All of the sides are rubber for good gripping. There is a strip of plastic (visible) on the top as it goes down the handle that is hard plastic. This is where the palms of my thumbs rest.

When plugged in, the Mode button lights. When pressed, it toggles between bright red and a dimmer green (more on this later). All of the in-game buttons are not only labeled as PS2 controllers are, but also with numbers with the last two as Select being 9 and Start as 10.



 

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# RE: Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3-in-1 Rumble Force GamepadJohnny Kelley 2010-05-21 14:23
This review was very helpful to me. I have Cerebral Palsy which greatly effects the dexterity and movement of my hands. It is frustrating when great games fail to include custom button mapping. I have been looking for a solid, well-built, corded PS3 controller that will allow me to map buttons as I choose. I'm hopeful that this is the controller.

Thanks again,
Johnny
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# problem....PLease Help meMárcio Lopes 2011-02-04 08:52
Hi ppl, my gamepad is pushing button nº2 automaticly, and i cant reset that, i dont know what else to do, the buttons isnt stuck, but is configured like that and i cant fix it.... Please help me, thanks!!
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# Button problemPeter 2011-10-11 06:21
My gamepad is pushing button No4 too have you find the answer???if you had please notify me...
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# RE: Button problemIonut 2011-10-23 03:26
I have the same problem. Did you find any fix?
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# problemLilly 2011-10-20 08:22
Hi everyone, I have no clue if I am writing to the right place, but since Thrustmaster has no forum on their own...
I recently bought Thrustmaster Drual Trigger 3 in 1 rumble forces.
I played twice with it and since today, it does not seem to work anymore.
The green lamp on the mode button does not light up anymore and of course neither my computer nor my laptop recognize the controller. So...am I right to think that it is completely broken or is it something that I can do to fix it?
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# RE: problemOlin Coles 2011-10-20 08:50
Does it take batteries? If it's USB, it sounds defective and you should contact the merchant you purchased it from.
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# problemLilly 2011-10-21 00:40
It is USB. Unfortunately it is defective, yes. Thank you for the quick response!
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# ProblemFrancisco Silvrio 2012-03-23 11:43
I acedently made a custom preset, but i dont have the manual, so it is stuck in that preset and dose not work well in any platfor. dose any of you know how to reset to the factory settings??

Thanks in advance
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