Release Date: 8/28/2006
Colors: Black, Silver (EA Sports), Blue
The Good: Excellent ergonomics and button sizes, long battery life, no need to constantly pair the controller, has weight and size to it, feels extremely solid and well built, lasts forever
The Bad: Battery cover is a pain to get off, the analog sticks feel very loose and take getting used to, a bit on the expensive side
I have to note that this is the older, and better, model of the Cordless Precision controller for PS2. The newer one doesn’t feel as nice but is more widely available. Besides the official DualShock 2 there isn’t a better controller out there. There were so many third party controllers for the PS2 and they were all mostly terrible. From poor ergonomics to bad wireless technology or lame button placement. Some controller opted for the Xbox style analog stick layout or was just poorly built. Logitech was the king of accessories back in the day, and while they were more expensive, they were worth the money. I had this controller last for over 10 years until it pretty much died on me recently and I had to buy a new one. That’s a long time for an accessory and it went through several moves, was stashed in storage for a couple of years, and was dropped, kicked, thrown, and smashed over and over again growing up.
What makes this controller the best wireless option for PS2 is that it just feels good and is more solid than the official controller. There’s more bulk and it feels heavier and more solid in your hands. The controller fits so nicely with shorter arms and a thicker back with larger top buttons. The D-pad is much improved and works well with fighters as it’s a rolling D-pad over the standard plus D-pad. My only complaint would be that the analog sticks are too loose for my taste and they take some getting used to.
The controller connects the receiver easily with just a press of a button and no need to re-pair it. I never once had to pair the controller over the 10 years I owned it. It shuts off after 5 minutes of inactivity, there’s a mode button for switching from digital to analog and that’s all you need. It lasts nearly 50 hours on 2 AAs so get some rechargeables and you’re golden. I also have to mention the battery cover is a pain to get off, but you can’t have everything.
Overall, this is the best controller option for the PS2 bar none. Sadly, it’s not made anymore and can be upwards of $50-60 used and new controllers run over $100. If you can nab one these are worth the investment tenfold. Just another side note, the black version is the most common with the silver being second and the blue one being nearly impossible to find. The silver ones pop up here and there, but I have yet to ever see the blue one.