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Top 10 Game Pads Controllers for PC Gaming

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Game pads have always been somewhat of an after thought for the PC; Support across games was sparse at best and most non-first person shooters didn't support them at all. With more games being developed for all the major platforms, support for PC gamepads has become almost universal with all new games. It's clear from looking at this list that the gamepad market for the PC is dominated by a single manufacturer, but all of those listed below are great picks that offer ease of use, comfort and lots of buttons to game with.

1. Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710

Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710
Logitech
Connection: Wireless (USB port needed for receiver)
Programmable: Yes
Vibration: Yes
The Logitech Wireless Game pad F710 is Logitech's latest and top of the line PC gamepad that provides support a wide array of PC game titles. Nearly everything on the Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710 is programmable and can be tied to mouse clicks and/or keyboard commands. This includes the 10 buttons, 2 analog joysticks and the 8-way directional pad. In addition to the programmable features that fit your customized needs the F710 Gamepad comes with built in vibration for more in-game feedback and no cords to interfere or restrict you during a game.
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2. Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2 with Vibration Feedback

Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2
Logitech
Connection: Wireless
Programmable: Yes
Vibration: Yes
The Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2 is Logitech's most popular gamepads and with good reason. The Rumblepad 2 controller has 10 programmable buttons with a battery life of up to 100 hours. The Rumblepad 2 is also fully compatible with Games for Windows games and has a near identical configuration to the Xbox 360 controller.
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3. Saitek P3600 Cyborg Force Rumble Pad

Saitek P3600 Cyborg Force Rumble Pad
Saitek
Connection: Wired
Programmable: Yes
Vibration: Yes
While it looks as though Saitek gamepads have been re-branded under Cyborg, you should still be able to find one of their top gamepads at various online retailers. The Saitek Cyborg Force Rumble Pad comes with a reversible directional pad and analogue stick which can be rotated 180 degrees to fit any gamers need. It also comes with the now standard analog joysticks, an eight way directional pad and six fully programable buttons. In addition it comes with Saitek's FPS button which instantly programs the gamepad with keyboard and mouse commands used in FPS games.
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4. Logitech Rumble Gamepad F510

Logitech Rumble Gamepad F510
Logitech
Connection: Wired
Programmable: Yes
Vibration: Yes
The third Logitech gamepad in my top five, the Rumble Gamepad F510 is the corded/wired version of the F710, but other than that it is identical to the F710 in every way. If you don't want to pay a little extra and don't mind the cord then you can't miss with the Rumble Gamepad F510.
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5. Xbox 360 Controller for Windows (Wireless)

Xbox 360 Controller for Windows (Wireless)
Microsoft
Connection: Wireless
Programmable: No
Vibration: Yes
The Xbox 360 Controller for Windows, as the name suggests, is a cross platform gamepad that is compatible with both the PC and Xbox 360. It provides both a comfortable feel and lightning fast response time that you would expect from a console style game controller. Like the all wireless gamepads, the wireless reciever will require a USB port. Unlike some of the other gamepads in this list the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows does not have programmable buttons that can be tied to keyboard commands.
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6. Logitech Gamepad F310

Logitech Gamepad F310
Logitech
Connection: Wired
Programmable: Yes
Vibration: No
The Logitech Gamepad F310 is the entry level model for Logitech's new line of PC gamepads. It contains all of the programmable features of the F510 and F710 but does not have vibration feedback. If you're looking for the latest wired gamepad that's light and low maintenance then the Logitech Gamepad F310 should fit your needs.
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7. Xbox 360 Controller for Windows

Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller
Microsoft
Connection: Wired
Programmable: No
Vibration: Yes
This is the corded/wired version of Microsoft's Xbox 360 Controller for Windows, like the wireless version it is compatible with both platforms. If you're looking for a game controller for the PC that is also compatible with your Xbox 360 then look no further than the offical gamepad for the Xbox.

8. Logitech Dual Action Gamepad

Logitech Dual Action Gamepad
Logitech
Connection: Wired
Programmable: Yes
Vibration: No
The Logitech Dual Action Gamepad was one of the first gamepads for the PC built in the style of the latest generation of console game pads. It is very light, accurate and has 12 programmable buttons. It is also one of the least expensive gamepads on this list and can be found at a number of online retailers for under $20.
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9. Cyborg V.3

Cyborg V.3
Cyborg
Connection: Wired
Programmable: Yes
Vibration: Yes
The Cyborg V.3 is fully compatible with the PC and Playstation 2 & 3 and includes all of the standard buttons, triggers and control pads/sticks that are expected from both console and PC gamers. A rotating D-pad and joystick allows you to change gamepad's layout to suit your preference. PC gamers have the added benefit of be able to program any keyboard or mouse command into the controller making virtually any game compatible with the gamepad. The Cyborg V.3 is the rebranded version of the Saitek P2700.

10. SNES Retro USB Super Nintendo Controller

Tommee
Connection: Wired
Programmable: No
Vibration: No
If you're looking for an old school style controller then nothing beats the Classic USB NES Controller for PC and SNES Retro USB Super Nintendo Controller. Both have the classic Nintendo look and feel with 8 way directional pad and 2 and 6 buttons respectiveely. These game pads most likely won't work with any first or third person shooter but should be great for many platformers and older classic games.
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