EGM review of the Japanese X-box controller
The lastest EGM has a review of the Japanese X-box controller by two of their employees who reside in Japan. It's on page 51 underneath the Quarterman gossip column.
John Ricciardi, International Editor
"This pad is infinitely more comfortable than the U.S. one, and almost every aspect of it is better designed. Like the U.S. controller, the black and white buttons are awkwardly postitioned, but they're no harder to access than they are on the U.S. pad. Unless you've got ape hands, you'll definitely find the Japanese controller to be more comfy and user-friendly. I don't think I can ever go back."
"It's smaller than the U.S. controller, making this pad so much easier to hold. The buttons are better spaced, too. I always though the oval buttons on the U.S. pad felt too stiff. The tops of the analog sticks are also different. The dimple on the top is bigger. And there are four, braille-like dots on their surface. They're small, but you can feel them when you touch it. It gives the sticks a better feel. The surface of the directional pad (d-pad) is different, too. While the U.S. one is weird looking, it is more conventional. Overall, Japanese X-box controller is an excellent one. It's like an amalgram of existing controllers, but that's not a bad thing. I already like it more than the Dual Shock."