Logitech RumblePad 2

Mar 13, 2006

When you see images of the Logitech RumblePad 2 online it appears lackluster and generic with its dull-blue color. The appearance alone didn't warrant the $30 price tag I thought to myself. It didn't even look any different from the original RumblePad except for the extra two buttons at the center and the added rumble effect. That was my first impression when I first came across this gamepad. It seriously made me consider other offerings from Saitek and Nyko that looked way better.

I was wrong. I eventually went to a local computer store to see the gamepads in person. All I can say is that the images online doesn't do the Logitech RumblePad 2 any justice. What appeared dull-blue color in the images actually is more like pearly-blue in person. The sides are layered with black rubber for good grip as well. All of a sudden this gamepad clearly knocked down any gamepads from Saitek and Nyko off the shelves in terms of looks. I simply had to take it home and try it out.

The RumblePad 2 is very well constructed. It doesn't feel rickety and hollow when handling. It fits nicely in my hands and doesn't feel heavy just like Sony's Playsation gamepads that I've grown to love.

I quickly installed the latest drivers from Logitech's website to minimize any problems I might come across. A Profiler program is installed as well that allows you to create different button configurations for each game that you may have. You can also download game profiles from the website to minimize the configurations you will have to do otherwise for each game.

Keep in mind that some games already have a built-in button configurations so you don't have to use the Profiler program but it does come in handy when you want to use the gamedpad for games that doesn't offer any button configurations. Warcraft 3 comes to mind. It's not really well suited for gamepads but I figured I'd try it out and the RumblePad 2 does work with it.

The first game I tested was Final Fantasy 8. This gamepad was built for this game. It definitely made me feel like I was playing a playstation game again. It was almost nostalgic and it was great. I then played BF1942, Madden 2001 and Need For Speed 2:Underground. The rumble effect works like it's supposed to.

I feel I made an awesome investment with this gamepad. I hope Logitech continues to support updating the driver and Profiler for this gamepad for years to come.