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BGP100 Bluetooth GamePad

By Legacy June 13, 2005, 12:43 am

The BGP100
is a portable Bluetooth gamepad which can be used with a Pocket PC
or Smartphone device.  Here
are some quick specs:


  • Bluetooth
  • Uses
    one 1.5V  AAA battery

  • Foldable

  • 6 customizable keys with start button

  • 4-way control pad

  • Bi-color LED

The BGP100
came in a small plain white box which contained a 2
page manual, CD-ROM, battery, strap, and a shiny black gamepad. 

The BGP100
is very small and when closed; it’s only 5.5" x 1.5" x 1.25" but
it’s full of buttons. 

When I pulled
out the gamepad I noticed that it felt very solid in my hands and appears
to be very well made. 
At first I wasn’t sure how to get it opened.  It
has buttons all over it but to unfold it simply rotate
both  handles out from the center.  One handle
rotates up and one rotates down.  This is easy
enough to do but it looks completely different from any
gamepad I’ve ever used.

Once
unfolded it actually looks like a broken Sony gamepad
but don’t let looks fool you.  When I
first showed this to my kids they got a confused
look on their faces and were not quite sure what to
make of it.  After answering several questions
and explaining that this is how it is supposed to
look they gave it a shot and after few minutes the
look didn’t matter and they were gaming away.

EASY INTALLATION AND SETUP

The software installation used Activesync for my
Axim X50v and MPX220 and required almost no user
intervention.  It was such a silent install on
my mobile devices that I wasn’t sure it was
installed until I saw the gamepad icon.  If you
have a Symbian Series Smarphone it looks like you’ll
need to use their PC Suite software for the install
but it still looked easy and only had a couple of
steps.   Once installed you only need to
click on the gamepad icon to start up the software.  The software
consists of only these two screens.

      

The first
two checkboxes on the Config tab setup the Bluetooth
connection.  All you need to do is turn
on the BGP100 and put a check in the Active GamePad box
and in a few seconds in connects.  I had no
problems connecting and it may be one of the easiest
Bluetooth connections I’ve used.  You can customize
every button on the BGP100.  Obviously the about
tab gives you the program details.

PERMFORANCE

The BGP100 feels great in your
hands.  All of the
buttons have spring to them and are located in the
expected places.  The only issue I had with the
controls was that the left direction on the D-pad had
less spring than the other directions.  This didn’t
affect the control but just felt different from the
other directions.  Controls were responsive on all
action games I played.  In most games I was able to
control with the default button setup but there were
a few games that I wanted to change the default button
setup on the controller, and even though this is easy
enough to do, there are no profiles in the BGP100
software. Every time you would want to do this you
will need to reconfigure the gamepad.  The BGP100
handles adjust to fit different size devices and this
worked like a charm with my MPX220 Smartphone as you
can see below.

 I
was not so lucky with my Axim X50v.

My Pocket
PC was too wide and would not fit between the handles.  If you
want to fit your device between the handles it will need to be less
than 2 3/8"
wide.  It’s not a big deal if you have something to
prop up your Pocket PC but it’s not as fun.  One of
the coolest things I like about the BGP100 is closing
it.  When the handles are open you just push a
button and they fly shut with enough force to crush a
bug.  I don’t know why I find it so amusing but
there is something entertaining about closing this after
I’ve shown it to someone. 

PURCHASING

You guy buy the gamepad from SmartGamePad.com for $79.99.

PROS


  • Uses Bluetooth


  • Six customizable buttons


  • Innovative design


  • Compact


  • Works with most Pocket PCs (though not the x50) and
    Smartphones

CONS


  • Some devices will not fit between handles


  • No profiles for different button configurations

OVERALL
IMPRESSION

If you’re an action gamer I would
definitely recommend the BGP100 GamePad.   The
BGP100 is well built and looks terrific but most importantly
it works.  If the software is updated to allow
for different button profiles and your device fits
between the handles, you can’t go wrong with the
BGP100 Bluetooth GamePad.  Therefore, I give
this product the following score:


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