Product Review: Logitech’s Guitar Hero Wireless Guitar Controller
Posted by Ramon Aranda on 07.08.2009
This is one badass guitar folks.
I wanna rock with you!
I know there are some hardcore Guitar Hero fans out there but you ain’t hardcore until you bust out the Wireless Guitar Controller from Logitech. Lucky for me, I was able to get my paws on this bitchin’ guitar and after playing with it for hours and hours, I must say I’m pretty impressed.
For starters, there’s nothing toy-like about this bad boy as the guitar is quite heavy (in a good way). The neck of this thing is solid wood which has a very smooth finish. Even the fingerboard is made out of rosewood so it looks pretty hot. The tuning pegs and the frets are also made out of metal. You wouldn’t think they would by looking at it but when you start messing around with it, you’ll understand why it’s going for $199.99.
Having Guitar Hero World Tour on the PS3, I hammered out a long list of songs to see how this guitar handled it all. I mean, it may look pretty good, but does that mean is also plays well? The answer is yes. I really liked that the strum bar was very quiet which kept my ears focused on the music itself. Also, the fret buttons remain pretty silent as well even when you’re smashing away in Expert mode. In comparison, the regular guitar controllers are pretty damn loud. My only major issue with the controller itself is that it does not feature Bluetooth support so you’ll have to use the supplied USB dongle. At that price, I would’ve expected to have that as an option but sadly it’s missing which may turn off some gamers.
Speaking of connectivity, the guitar runs at 2.4 GHz so you’ll be able to play at roughly 30 feet away which bodes well for anyone using a projector. I tried playing it upstairs and although I couldn’t actually see what buttons to press, I did acknowledge that it was accepting my presses just fine.
The guitar is compatible with Guitar Hero titles on the PS3 and GH: World Tour on the PS2. I also tried out Guitar Hero III and GH: Metallica and had no compatibility issues. As for World Tour, the guitar does also include the touch sensitive neck slider and the star button – all working without hitch.
In the end, the Wireless Guitar Controller is one helluva product that feels great, plays great and gives you the sense that you’re holding the real thing. The only issues are a lack of Bluetooth and the price tag which could be a hard sell for casual gamers. But for the truly hardcore, you won’t find a better piece.