Review – BenQ G250 Pocket Game Pad

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The BenQ G250 Pocket Game Pad is a very unique and exciting add-on for 38xx/39xx iPAQs. The BenQ adds the functionality of a console gaming controller to your mobile PocketPC.

The G250 is very well constructed: it slides on easily even with an expansion sleeve already connected. The keys are very light and tactile, reacting nicely to presses with any finger. There are 6 function keys: Circle, Triangle, Square, X, a Stop-looking button and a Play-looking button. The G250’s directional pad is aligned directly on the left hand side with the four main function buttons. The only gameplay issue I ran into was that the Game Pad didn’t like to do multi-directions, i.e., 45-degree presses on the d-pad. Pressing UP and LEFT simultaneous sometimes acted as though I was pressing RIGHT. However, since my iPAQ is having issues with it’s d-pad (among other things), it could very well not be the Game Pad’s problem at all.

The Game Pad alone is lighter than it looks, and fits very nicely in my hands while attached to the iPAQ. The main color is black, although a silver to match the iPAQ face would have better pleased me.

Setting up the Game Pad was easy as pie. Download the drivers here. Run the Setup program and sync with your iPAQ. Now, you may need to run the setup program that was copied to your iPAQ. You can do this by going to Start, Programs, BenQ GamePad. I found it rather difficult to remap the keys using this utility and also found that my iPAQ really didn’t like it when I had the Compaq Foldable Keyboard driver installed at the same time. I found it much easier to setup the Game Pad with the specific game I was playing, if it had the ability.

Pros:
Easy to attach
Easy driver installation
Good feedback

Cons:
Pricey ($39.99 MSRP)
Difficult to map keys
Challenging to detach

All in all, the BenQ G250 Pocket Game Pad is perfect for the iPAQ enthusiast who needs something to do in meetings or just loves playing games.

*This product is set for release this Summer.

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