PROS / The HDE Blue PC Gaming Controller will work with many games without downloading the included software.
CONS / The driver software includes unwanted malware that automatically installs itself onto your computer.
VERDICT / This PC gaming controller works with many games, but its lack of features and poor build quality make it a poor controller.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Gamepads here.
There are only a few Windows gamepads out there, fewer than you might imagine. While the other gamepads for Windows we reviewed had a lot to offer, there isn't much that can be said about the HDE PC Gaming Controller. The first thing to note is the software that comes with this PC game controller has been reported to contain multiple types of malware. The software is only needed to get the vibration feedback working, so it isn't necessary, but it's disconcerting that the software is infected. The gamepad will work like a mouse, allowing you to do basic desktop functions, but it doesn't work for all games.
The HDE PC Gaming Controller doesn't have as many features as the other gamepads we reviewed. It comes with vibration feedback, but as we've mentioned, it requires installing additional software on your computer. Because the software often doesn't work and is reported to contain infected files, we recommend living without vibration feedback. It's not worth potentially harming your system over.
When the PC Gaming Controller is plugged into your computer, it replaces the need for your mouse and keyboard during gameplay. While this works, it doesn't give you as many options for configuring the buttons for your games. The layout of the buttons is similar to the PlayStation controller. We would have liked to see some rubber grips so that you have some traction during playing.
The HDE PC Gaming Controller works with Windows Vista and XP, but it does not support 7 or 8. We weren't impressed with how the buttons were made on the video game controller. It felt cheap and the triggers weren't as responsive as we would have liked. It is very difficult to do any rapid fire with any of the buttons. We would have liked to see a longer cable as well. The cord is roughly 5 feet long, which is the shortest length we've seen with any of the products.
The help and support is almost nonexistent. There are a few FAQs provided by the manufacturer but they apply only to shipping and returning items to HDE. They don't give any advice in the way of troubleshooting, which can become necessary quickly when you use this particular gamepad. It doesn't work with all of the PC computer games and you won't know which ones it works with until you try.
Overall, the HDE PC Gaming Controller is probably not worth the hassle since the software is so glitchy. If you come across any problems, there are not many support options. The design is similar to that of a PlayStation gamepad, but the cord is so short you will feel tethered to your machine.