Release Date: 10/7/2011
The Good: Great ergonomics, better stick placement, 7 different LED colors, wireless, great shape, responsive
The Bad: Top buttons too close together, no Bluetooth, looks a kind of cheaply put together, shoulder buttons to close for people with huge hands
Most third party controllers are usually never good. Power A did a great job with this officially licensed (by DC anyways) PS3 controller. While it looks a bit cheap with some areas not coming together smoothly and seeing a few uneven gaps the controller feels good and has a few nice features. For one the thing lights up with 7 different colors that you can change with a push of the button. All the regular PS3 buttons are here including the Home button, plus there is a battery indicator button that lights up the quadrants to the left of the top row of buttons.
The overall feeling in your hands is great except that the shoulder buttons are a bit closer together to people with huge hands will not like this. It has kind of a triangle shape, and the ergonomics are great when wrapping your fingers behind the controller to grip it. The sticks are laid out like the Xbox 360, which I prefer, and they are just tight enough for the perfect sensitivity range (which is really important for shooters).
Overall, there are a few problems such as the top button is too close to each other so you have to look down to press Start and Select. Several times I didn’t look and hit the color change button instead of Start. I also like how it’s wireless, but doesn’t use Bluetooth so you have to use a dongle in the PS3 USB slot. That also means no turning on the console with the controller, but it does have an on/off switch to kind of makeup for it. The battery lasts a long time so no issue there, but if the controller didn’t look as cheap as it does, the top buttons were spread out more, and this thing used Bluetooth I would say it was perfect. For what you get this is a great controller for Batman fans.