I have small hands. Child-sized hands. Kids medium glove sized hands. And while they may look cute (or creepy, depending on your viewpoint), they aren’t really conducive for gaming. Think about it. You need a fairly decent hand span to be able to accurately and effectively press all the buttons on today’s controllers. Can’t reach the end of the joystick? You die. Have trouble stretching your finger to the R2 button? You die. Get so mad at your hands for being too small for the controller that you throw it against the wall in a fit of rage? The controller breaks mid-way through the game and you die.
So, what do you do if you’ve been blessed/cursed with small hands and a love of gaming? Well, you could simply suck it up, play for as long as you can and then spend the next few days nursing your sore hands (and inevitably a bruised ego). Or, you can get yourself a Power A controller and enjoy hours upon hours of blissful, pain-free, gaming heaven.
Power A makes controllers and accessories for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, PS Vita, Nintendo DS – pretty much every major gaming system. Since I’m a PS3 kind of girl who loves all things wireless, I opted for their mini pro elite wireless. Like its namesake clearly states, this controller is well, mini, which is a dream come true for us baby-handed folks. Everything from the actual button sizes to the distance between buttons is noticeably smaller than the controller that comes with your PS3. For the first time, my tiny thumbs have no problem reaching the d-pad, analog sticks or movement control buttons and my itty-bitty pointer fingers can finally reach the R1, R2, L1 and L2 buttons with ease. Even the analog sticks have tiny grips along the rims, making it nearly impossible for anyone, big or small, to have issues using them.
Unlike Sony’s controller, which has a lot of sharp edges that can easily dig into your skin, the mini pro elite wireless controller is curved. This sleek, smooth, ergonomic design means that you can grip the controller as tight as you want without having sharp corners jutting into your hands. So, go ahead, use that death grip you’ve spent years perfecting. Your hands will barely notice.
All of Power A’s PS3 controllers, including my beloved mini pro elite wireless, have the left analog stick on the top left and d-pad on the bottom left – the same position as in every Xbox 360 controller. It may take a little time for you to adjust to this new set-up, especially if you’re a hardcore PS3 gamer, but don’t be alarmed. You’ll be battling minotaurs and creatures from Shangri-La with ease in no time.
In order to battle these aforementioned creatures, you need to have a firm grasp on which face button is which. The makers of nearly every PS3 game are aware of this fact. That’s why a green triangle or pink square will flash on the screen during a fight. Flashing a picture of the face button as it looks on your controller can greatly help us directionally challenged folks. I may not remember where the x button is per say, but my brain does remember where the blue x button is. Therefore, when a picture of the face button with its matching color appears on the screen, I know instinctively which button to push.
Unfortunately, Power A did not take this color association into consideration. Their face buttons lack those iconic colors we’ve all come to know and love. If you look very closely you will notice the faint outline of a shape. However, most of us don’t play with the controller up against our faces. There is a button on the underside of the controller that causes all the face buttons to light up in a funky, neon blue and, while that does make the buttons easy to read from far away, it doesn’t change the fact that they are all still the same color.
So, the question remains. Should you purchase the mini pro elite wireless controller? If you have small hands, the answer is a resounding yes. If you have normal sized hands, the answer is also a resounding yes. If you have larger than life giants hands, well, I don’t know anyone who fits that bill, but I imagine the answer would be no. Then again, if you fit that description you would never buy anything with the word mini in it, unless it was something you ingest. After all, who doesn’t love a mini doughnut?
This post was submitted by Jeri Klein.