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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

Final Thoughts

All versions of the Dual Trigger 3 in 1 controller feature a two years manufacturer's warranty by Thrustmaster. There is web support at http://ts.thrustmaster.com , e-mail support, and toll-free phone tech support (UK phone support is not toll free).

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

Conclusion

The Thrustmaster Dual Trigger 3 in 1 Rumble Force gamepad offers more and costs less! It's built well, has lots of rubberized holding area, lets you reprogram it very flexibly, works on PS2/PS3 and PC, has good software, is cheaper than the 'official' gamepads, and has two progressive triggers. It's larger than many gamepads, but only for the rubberized handle areas. The dimensions of the actual buttons/mini-sticks, and d-pads are the same as the Sony gamepads. I can't find any major flaw with it and can't help but recommend it. Prices may vary from country to country so I can't be sure of costs so check your retailers.

Pros:

* Price
* Holding areas are rubberized and the handles are ribbed
* Holds in hands well
* Flexibly re programmable buttons, mini-sticks, d-pad
* Vibration feedback is strong
* Mini-sticks work nicely and return quickly and to dead-center with no center area sloppiness
* All eight game buttons and the d-pad are progressive
* Progressive dual triggers are just as advertised with nice amount of movement
* Compatible with PS2 / PS3 and PC
* No batteries
* Silver backing of thumb buttons and d-pad helps dim light use
* PC Drivers just work and offer nice tests
* Attention has been paid to small but important details
* Follows the classic yet popular PS2 gamepad base design

Cons:

* PC driver software installation was not clear as to initial steps
* No XBOX or XBOX 360 support
* Area behind and under mini-sticks isn't rounded to allow a little more room for fingers on handles
* Unsure about motion sensing support for PS3, presumed to be absent

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 8.4
  • Appearance: 8.5
  • Construction: 8.7
  • Functionality: 9.2
  • Value: 8.6

Final Score: 8.68 out of 10.

Notes:
** Sony's PS3 Sixaxis features finer analog sensitivity than their PS2 DualShock 2, increased to 10-bit precision from the 8-bit precision of the DualShock 2. I'm not sure what this Thrustmaster 3 in 1 six axis controller supports as far as 10-bits or 8-bits or both for the triggers or the mini-sticks.
** Thrustmaster is also releasing the Run'N' Drive 3 in 1 Rumble Force - The First 7-axis gamepad with optical control and 7 axis control, Optical Wheel with Self Centering System, and more and also supports PC, PS2 and PS3. I didn't get a unit to review.

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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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