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  1. Razer Hydra review

    Razer Hydra review

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    If you want motion controls on your PC, then the Razer Hydra may be of interest. But do you want motion controls for your PC games?

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    Zalman FG-1000 FPS Gun review

    Zalman FG-1000 FPS Gun review

     

    The FG-1000 acts much more like a gun with your left and right movements operated by swivelling the wrist rather than moving the whole hand across the desktop. It takes a while to get used to, but once mastered it could give you far more lateral control over your crosshair.

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    Thrustmaster T.Flight Stick X review

    Thrustmaster T.Flight Stick X review

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    Budget twig ahoy! This cheap and cheerful offering from Thrustmaster is designed to work straight out of the box with Flight Simulator X thanks to a preassigned config – though we’ve rarely found a waggler that didn’t get the basic setup (pitch, roll, throttle and so on) correct.

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    Microsoft Wireless Racing Wheel review

    Microsoft Wireless Racing Wheel review

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    We wonder if devs are complicit in wearing PC gamers down until they finally accept that using an Xbox 360 pad is a best way to play a PC game - the number of times we've been asked to hit a green B button is greater than the number of cooked evening meals we've enjoyed.

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    MaxFire Pandora Pro review

    MaxFire Pandora Pro review

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    Sometimes, you've just got to use a joypad, nothing else will do. The keyboard and mouse combo is all very well for your first person shooters, but what about sports sims, retro arcade shooters, and racing games?

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    Thrustmaster Run 'N' Drive review

    Thrustmaster Run 'N' Drive review

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    With more and more console ports fouling up our beloved PC shores, it's understandable that you might want to invest in a gamepad to at least milk some joy from the latest bunch of soulless ports.

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    Thrustmaster RGT Clutch Edition review

    Thrustmaster RGT Clutch Edition review

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    Thrustmaster's previous RGT model was met with a reasonably warm reception within the pages of this august tome, but we had a couple of criticisms. For one, the gear changes were a bit hit and miss, thanks to the slightly limp shifter menchanism

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    Hercules T-Mini Standard review

    Hercules T-Mini Standard review

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    With the PC's resolutely stealth-free lope towards the living room continuing, joypads have become more relevant than ever for PC gaming. Even your humble reviewer currently has his rig installed next to the LCD TV

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    Saitek AV8R Joystick review

    Saitek AV8R Joystick review

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    It was only a few issues ago that we were lamenting the lack of good PC joysticks (PCF192) and look what should arrive but an affordable, chunky flight stick from long-time waggle-tech supremo Saitek.

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    Fang gamepad review

    Fang gamepad review

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    The Fang, powered by the same FPS-bothering technology, is the Zboard's one-handed little brother, but we're struggling to tell if it's more than just a gimmick.

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