Eric loves to give reviews for products. He hopes the information he shares will guide people towards making smart purchases.
A Wireless Controller for Computer Games
In this article, I am going to review the Logitech F710 Wireless Controller. I use this controller almost every day to play video games, and I have owned it for several years.
What Is the Logitech F710 Wireless Controller Like?
Two AA batteries power the controller.
The controller works with a USB receiver you plug into your computer. The controller came with a cord you can use to extend this receiver and get it closer to you.
There is a spot you can store the receiver inside the controller. Be sure to use it! The receiver is very tiny and would be very easy to lose.
The controller also has a switch on the top to change between Xinput and DirectInput.
DirectInput is the older way of managing controllers. Most modern games will use Xinput. It is nice to have to option to get the controller working in very old games.
There is a button that also changes the main movement controls from the joystick to the D-pad. This is very useful for some specific games.
What the Controller Looks Like
The controller resembles the PlayStation DualShock controller a lot. The button placement is very like the PlayStation Three DualShock controller.
The colors and letters on the buttons more resemble the Xbox controllers. The controller is a hybrid of a PlayStation Dualshock and Xbox One controller.
Why I Bought the Controller
I was using a Logitech F310 wired controller. I bought the wireless controller because I thought it would be more convenient.
I ended up breaking my Logitech F310 controller by dropping it too many times. I learned my lesson the hard way.
Don’t be me. Don’t be so clumsy and drop your controller so many times the shoulder buttons break.
I am currently only using the F710 wireless controller. I thought about buying another F310, but I like to keep and use what I have.
I currently use this controller to play Steam games on my Manjaro Linux computer.
How Does the Controller Feel to Use?
It feels great! It is so nice, no longer having to worry about a cord. I want to free myself from cores and wires! Someday in the future technology will get there (maybe).
But for now, I buy what I can, and a wireless controller was an easy choice.
The buttons are a mix of PlayStation and Xbox. You can use the controller for any game that supports these controllers.
Most games detect the controller as an Xbox controller. The games often show button prompts for Xbox controllers.
The Issues I Have With the Controllers
Not Supported 100% on Linux
First, not all games detect this controller for some reason. This is a Linux related issue. For some games, I had to do some tweaking to get the controller to work.
For some games, I had to download and run the Windows versions with Steam Proton. For some games, I had to turn on the Steam controller settings to get it to work.
Odd Wireless Connection Issues
Also, it turns out ditching cords has a cost. The wireless connection works well for the most part. But if anything even so slightly interrupts that connection, things go haywire.
Nothing annoys me more than dying in a video game because my character randomly decided to go left instead of right. It looks funny, but it feels very frustrating.
Thankfully this issue does not happen too often. I found what helps is to have the USB connector on the supplied cord and to put it as close as possible.
The Batteries Will Die
Also, while this won’t happen to often keep in mind your battery life. I had the same pair of batteries for years, and they finally decided to die on me.
This happened while fighting a boss in a game, of course. What better time could there be for controller failure?
I recommend using rechargeable AA batteries, but I suppose any AAA battery will not cost too much money these days.
I take out the batteries when I put the receiver back into the controller. This is so the controller won't accidentally turn on.
The Controller Compared to Other Modern Controllers
Logitech F310 Wired Controller
The Logitech F310 is the same controller as the Logitech F710 but with a cord. There are no odd wireless and battery issues. Also, the controller is cheaper.
I have also written a review of this controller. You can read it here.
PlayStation Dualshock Controllers
The controller looks like a PlayStation 3 Dualshock controller.
If you already have a Dualshock controller, you might as well keep on using it. The Logitech F710 is the cheaper controller.
The Xbox One Controller
The Xbox One controller has joysticks in different places. I like the placement of the Logitech F710 better.
But the Xbox One controller is good and works great with most games. The controller costs more money, though.
Do I Recommended the Logitech F710?
I do recommend the Logitech F710. While it does sometimes have odd wireless issues, they do not bug me enough to not want to use the controller.
I also have some odd Linux related issues. But these won’t affect most people.
If you want to save money, the Logitech F310 is a good option.
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