XBox Controllers Item ID: #10

Xbox 360 Turbo Fire 2 Wireless Controller with Rumble

WAS $39.99 NOW $36.00

Product Information:

  • Dual Rumble Motors
  • Programmable Rapid Fire
  • Blue LEDS that glow when Rapid Fire is activated
  • Required 2 “AA” batteries (not included)

Item Description

Xbox 360 Turbo Fire 2 Wireless Controller is a fully featured wireless controller for Xbox 360. No cords or dongles are required! The TF 2 includes dual rumble motors and programmable rapid fire functionality along with an integrated headset port for Xbox Live play.

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3 Responses to “Xbox 360 Turbo Fire 2 Wireless Controller with Rumble”

  1. John says:

    Recommended additional accessory: We strongly recommend also picking up the, Grip-iT Analog Stick Covers by Total Control, available on amazon for about $5. You can find them here: Grip-iT Analog Stick Covers  Xbox 360/PS3. The reason being is because of the dome shape of the Analog Sticks can cause you to lose your grip. These little silicone covers work wonders at correcting this issue, and you get two sets for $5. They are also universal so if you have the PS3 version of this controller, they’ll work just as well. They are also Made in America, always a good thing.

    UPDATE #6: Datel has updated the Customizer Software to include Preset Macros for several Xbox 360 video games including, Blazing Angels, NBA Jam, Super Street Fighter IV, and LEGO Batman: The Video Game. You are still NOT able to create your own Macros, only use the preset ones made available within the Customizer software.

    UPDATE #5: Added a link to a PDF of the User Guide for the Customizer Software to the Customizer “Discussion Thread” found at the bottom of the product page.

    UDPATE #4: We recently got the Turtle Beach X41 Ear Force X41 (XBOX LIVE Chat + Wireless Digital RF Game Audio with Dolby Headphone 7.1 Surround Sound) wireless gaming headset and the microphone included with this headset is incompatible with this controller. The Xbox 360 acts as if there is no microphone connected to the controller. This has also been confirmed to be an issue on several other models of Turtle Beach headsets. This may be isolated to just the Turtle Beach brand, but may also affect other gaming headsets where you get the in game sound coming through the headset as opposed to a tv or surround system. This controller is compatible with OEM and 3rd party Xbox Live headsets used for Xbox Live voice communication.

    UPDATE #3: Check out the upcoming macro function in action at “TheFNGspot” on Youtube. They are apparently going to offer game specific macros that enable cheats and complex button tasks at the push of a button. Pretty cool!

    UPDATE #2: With the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops, Datels has updated the Customizer software to include a Turbo setting specifically designed for the game’s zombie Mode. The 2nd to highest setting on that works well. They also include a Halo Reach controller setting remapping for Black Ops that lets you use the controller layout from Halo Reach. Since it’s a full program update, you can download the latest version straight off of Datel’s web site.

    UPDATE #1: The Customizer Software has been updated to include the Full Custom Remapping option as well as Trigger and Analog Stick sensitivity options. Firmware version 1.73 released October 15, 2010. Update your software and the controllers firmware to take advantage of these additional features.

    So DATEL went back to the drawing board after the fallout of Microsoft’s lawsuit against them for the design of the original Turbofire (Wildfire). Obviously, the design and color scheme of the Turbofire2 (Wildfire2) is a result of Datel’s resolution with Microsoft regarding the likeness of their original design to that of an OEM Xbox 360 controller. If you’ve used the previous Datel Turbofire (Wildfire) controllers then you should be very familiar with this newest model. Although there are several added features as well as some improvements.

    Most notably, they have fixed the audio static (feedback) problem present on both the wired and wireless models of the original Turbofire (Wildfire). We haven’t had any complaints about any buzzing, echoing, or any other audio issues when using our wired headset with the Turbofire2 (Wildfire2). We also tested this out ourself by recording and playing back a voice message over Xbox Live. As expected, all we heard was our voice. This is definitely a worthwhile improvement over the original models.

    The controller feels good in the hands and doesn’t have a learning curve. Although we are use to using a varity of different controllers from different manufacturers (Microsoft, Madcatz, Pelican, Datel, and Hori) so you may need a little bit to get use to the controller depending on your own experience. The buttons and layour are nearly identical to the previous Turbofire (Wildfire) model with the exception of the design of the guide, start and back button wihch are irregularlly shaped, but that doesn’t affect gameplay.

    The top of the Analog Sticks are now domed shaped rather than concave as they were on the previous model and most other Xbox 360 controllers. This is most likely yet another change to comply with Microsoft. Your thumbs might slip around a bit if they are sweaty, but you should always wipe you hands every now and then regardless of the controller’s design. If it’s a problem for you, the “Grip-It” or “KontrolFreek” accessories work well with the sticks on this controller, as should other similar accessories designed to improve your grip with an Xbox 360 controller.

    As with the previous model, the triggers and bumpers are about twice the size giving you amble coverage for your fingers. With the battery pack installed the controller is comparable in weight to an OEM Microsoft wireless Xbox 360 controller. The D-pad should be fine with most games.

    One issue with have with this controller is the placement of the sync button on the back of the controller adjacent to the battery pack cover. Our left index finger has a tendency to hit this button causing the controller to go out of sync with the Xbox 360 console. Thus requiring us to hit the sync button on the Xbox 360 console. This can become a problem during gameplay as you will be temporarily unable to use the controller until it resyncs to the Xbox 360 console. This can be avoided by keeping your index finger on the battery pack and may not even be an issue depending on the size of your hands.

    The controller is powered by two AA batteries (not included) and comes with a empty battery pack case, for the AA batteries. The battery pack attaches to the controller much like any other Xbox 360 wireless controller. A microUSB cable is included that allows the controller to be connected to a PC for use with the Customizer software program. This software is not included with the controller and can be downloaded from Datel’s codejunkies web site via the Support section. You will get prompted for a firmware update upon use of the software when you have connected your controller. We had no issues installing and using this software with our controller on a Windows 7 64 bit computer. If you do, then you might want to try running as Administrater and/or adjusting the Compatibility settings. Otherwise, try reinstalling the controller by removing it from the installed devices in “Device Manager”. Once again, Windows identified and properlly installed the controller when we connected it to our computer.

    PLEASE NOTE: Use of the Customizer software removes the original settings of the controller, including the Mode 1-3 turbo speeds. However, you can assign the “Turbo On/Off” feature in the software to either of the two “Feature” buttons on the controller to regain the turbo ability. However, it doesn’t work the same way, as it’s not setup like it is out of the packaging. You no longer have three modes, but rather one setting that can be adjusted by pressing the “Feature” button that is connected to the “Turbo On/Off” and then moving the “Right Analog Stick” up or down to increase or decrease the speed of the turbo. There appears to be eight separate speeds indicated by the flashing of the LEDs on the controller so it is an improvement over the original three speeds. Datel doesn’t release the actual per minute speeds of their turbo controllers but the higher speeds are comparable to that of other turbo controllers that we have used for the Xbox 360. Depending on what game you are playing, one of the eight speeds may be preferred and/or functional. We have found that the second to highest speed works well in most games.

    We really like the Customizer Software, and we are hopeful that the “Sound Player” functionality will be expanded so we can use our own sounds just like we do with Datel’s “Trash Talk” accessory. Currently, you only get several beeps of various tones which can be pretty funny to use in a game to make people flip out over the noise or make them think something is wrong with their headset. You press down the “Feature” button and then press “A, B, X, Y, LB, or RB” to activate a sound.

    The Customzer software has an interesting remapping feature that can automatically switch the control layout of the controller from Halo: Reach to Call of Duty and vice versa. We really don’t use this but for those who prefer one over the other, this might be helpful so that you don’t have to remember each specific controller layout from game to game. The remapping features can be used in any game. As of firmware version 1.73, you can now fully customize your controller by remapping everything to just about anything else. This should be good for those looking to make their own setup for use on whatever particular Xbox 360 games they have in mind.

    As of yet, the “Macro Combo Button” feature, as referenced in Datel’s Street Fighter clip in their promotional video for this controller, has not yet been implemented. We can only assume that this as well as other options will be added at a later date via the Software/Firmware Update feature built into the Customizer program.

    Here is a list of what the Customizer software can currently do, as of this latest UPDATED posting:
    (The software includes a text section on how to activate and adjust each of these settings on the controller)

    Trigger and Stick Sensitivity: Increase/Descrease the sensitivity of the Triggers (LT / RT) as well as either Analog Stick.
    No Function: Disable the turbo feature altogether.
    Turbo On/Off: Allows you to use the turbo with up to eight speeds indicated by the blue LEDs.
    Sniper Mode: Increase/Decrease the speed of the Analog Sticks.
    Low Recoil: Increase/Decrease the controller’s Vibration feature.
    Sound Player: Automatically assign a different “beep” to each of the A, B, X Y, and bumper buttons.
    Preset Button Macros: Several preset macros for various Xbox 360 video games. You are unable to create your own macros.
    C.O.D. Remap for Halo Reach: Remaps the controller to use the Call of Duty layout for use in Halo Reach.
    Halo Reach Remap for C.O.D.: Remaps the controllers to use the Halo Reach layout for use in Call of Duty games.
    Controller Remapping: Remap just about everything to anything else on the controller.

    The Customizer Software is NOT included with the controller and can be downloaded from Datel’s web site in the Support “Xbox 360″ section. Use the dropdown box to find the page.

    We added a link to where you can download the Customizer software direct from DATEL’s web site in a disccusion thread at the bottom of the product page.

    Final Thoughts:

    We’ve tried to be as thorough as possible to help you in your decision regarding this product. We highly recommend this controller, especially over the previous model. The additional features provided by the Custimzer software are a nice touch. This is a good all around turbo controller that works well and we are glad they fixed the voice communications issues in this version.

    If you just want a Turbo Controller with a really good D-pad then go with the MadCatz Fightpad, but you’ll be limited in the fact that is doesn’t include either Analog Sticks (unless you remap the D-pad to one of the sticks). There is also the Hori Turbo Pad Ex 2, which lets you program just about everything on the controller and includes a MACRO (Turbo Hold) function. Although there have been complaints of that controller sometimes has a ghosting effect with the analog sticks that may or may not show up at all. We’ve noticed this as well, but our latest one has yet to experience this problem. Hori is aware of the issue and you should contact them if your controller experiences this issue.

    Hopefully this helps you in making a decision.

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  2. R. Colin "urabob" says:

    I’ve tested two Windows 7 64 bit machines and “No Datel TurboFire Device Detected” is displayed on the TurboFire 2 Customizer program. Program will not recognize controller and so you cannot update the controller firmware or assign features to the two function buttons. On a Windows XP 32 bit machine I had no trouble connecting the controller and I was able to update the firmware immediately. However, there was not a way to assign macro functions or custom configurations via the Customizer software. I’ve contacted Datel and so far no response. I will update once I hear back.

    UPDATE: John (another Turbo Fire 2 owner) informed me that he had no problems installing. So, I went back and double checked everything. What I discovered that not every USB port works with the Turbo Fire 2. So, if you have any problems… re-install the program as Administrator. Then run the program as Administrator. Then check every single USB port you have and see if the program recognizes the controller.

    On the plus side, the controller is very well made and has a good weight. Ergonomics are comfortable and the bumpers and triggers are wider and thicker making them a little easier to use. Wireless sync works perfectly and the turbo function works well and can be adjusted in speed. The d-pad is good, but it isn’t quite as nice as the Nintendo d-pad. Overall a good controller, but it doesn’t deliver on all of it’s promises just yet. As it stands, the controller is good for turbo, but not for macros.

    UPDATE 2: The TurboFire 2 Customizer software has been updated to include customized buttons, adjustable sensitivity for analog triggers & sticks. My hope is that we get Macro-functions, but for me this is not a deal breaker.

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  3. Gail says:

    The only thing that I have to say is, it feels a little cheap when you are using it. Other than that it is a good controller. It got the job done, and I have had no problems with it so far.

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