" So while if I was a small monkey I'd probably like it fine, as a 6'2" beast I can only use it for about a half hour before my paws go numb. "
Title: The Decimator by Nuby
Format: PS2 Controller
Reviewing Monkey: Our Ape Masters
The Hype: Consoles need controllers and Nuby thinks you'll like the Decimator.
What This Monkey Thought...
Ergonomics: Overall, for most people, the Decimator probably feels pretty good in your hands. It's got a large, dish-like d-pad, which makes manipulation easy, and well-spaced buttons. It also has a neat sort of tear drop shape to the two hand grips which make it fit better in to about half of the monkey paws that tried it. All that's the good. The bad is how the grips themselves are positioned. Rather than protrude at the sort of outward cant the traditional PS controllers have, these come straight down from the frame. What that means is that anyone sized "medium" or higher won't be able to hang onto this controller without putting a serious crimp in your wrists (since there's not enough room to hold it comfortably). So while if I was a small monkey I'd probably like it fine as a 6'2" beast I can only use it for about a half hour before my paws go numb. 3 out of 5
Features: All the standard buttons and gadgets you'd expect with very little functional difference from any other PS2 controller. The only real notable change is the presence of a macro programming function-, which is neither great nor laughable. 3.75 out of 5
Performance: Let's talk about the macros first. They're there, and that's a good thing. The down side is that the only functionality of it is a single "program" button. So, once you've got it geared, you'll have little choice about what you're calling up and if you forget what's there you're screwed. The other noteworthy performance issue is the way the buttons depress: very clunkily. While they are technically analog none of us were really able to pull off partial depressions with the stick. All that being said, the other functions all worked fine and, again, the disk-like d-pad was a joy to use. 3 out of 5
How it Compares: When you get right down to it, this is just another PS2 controller…it neither shines nor fails in any particular way. 3.5 out of 5
|As I said in the last section, the Decimator is decidedly average. I'm not sorry I have it, but I certainly don't either reach for it or avoid it when I'm pulling controllers out to play with.|
The Good: A great d-pad and macros functions.
The Bad: Very uncomfortable for bigger monkeys and the analog needs some work.
The Overall Ugly: A solidly average showing.
What it's Worth: Market.