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PS3 controller model number means different quality? Best model number?

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Hi all

 

To all of you who have one or more PS3 controllers, i need your help. In fact, we all do.

 

I bought my PS3 from a Sony Style shop, and expectedly, it's all good and working fine for over six months now. I needed an extra controller for offline multiplayer, so i bought a new one today (not from Sony Style shop, as they were out of stock at the moment). So, i bought it from some local game accessory shop, and to my utter dismay... i find that the quality of the extra controller is just not as good as the original one. So, i go on to investigate a bit further and i find that the model number found at the back of the controller is the definite indication of the quality of manufacturing of the controller itself. I am an avid gamer, and lately, i've been playing Killzone2 online a lot, and i tried the new controller... it's a complete letdown! The quality of the hardware and its performance is very poor. :-(

 

There is no proper/organised information anywhere i have seen, where there is a sensible compilation of all the PS3 controller model numbers and their country of origin and individual model quality, though i have found through Google, that there are the following models of PS3 dualshock3 controllers (might not be the complete list of controller models, so again, please check the back of your PS3 controllers and provide some feedback for the community):

 

1. CECHZC2E - i have this one from when i bought my PS3 and it's the best i've used yet. I bought my PS3 from Dubai, so it's sensible to deduce that it's a model number available only in Dubai and probably in the middle east region?

 

 2. CECHZC2U - this is the extra controller that i bought today, and me being totally uninformed - blame the absolute lack of information on PS3 controller purchases, i was totally disappointed the moment i held the controller. It is indeed an original. The packaging and the sticker, as well as the appearance and functionality. But still, relative to my first controller, the quality is so bad. The thumbsticks are very far from giving any accuracy. It's like they're stuck in sticky glue at the base. The buttons don't respond as swiftly and the controller plastic itself and the joined parts as well as the whole contruction is several grades lower than my first controller, model number above). This is quite hard to explain, but i tried to play Killzone2 and the thumbsticks are simply a complete struggle. They won't show any responsiveness, unless i tilt them beyond a certain degree, which makes precision aiming impossible. I tucked that ill-fated controller away and the moment i turned on my old controller, i realised the huge difference in the quality of these two controllers.

 

3. CECHZC2H - I just used Google to find some other model and this one came up. I have no idea how good or bad this controller is, but it seems to originate from Hong Kong. I could be wrong. If anyone can confirm on this, it would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

To conclude on my findings, i have to say that i'm so disappointed with my new controller purchase that i shoved it back inside its box and threw it at the back of my desk drawer. I'm going to buy a new controller (one that actually responds as it should!), but this time, it's going to the same model number as the one i got with my PS3, unless someone can confirm on a better model with better quality.

 

Please Help!!

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I have CECHZC2E and i bought my PS3 about 2-3 months ago from the UK so no not dubai only
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I have a 60gb PS3 launch system, which came with the standard sixaxis (non vibrate) When the DS3 was finally released in Europe i ordered mine from GAME.co.uk for £25.99 and the model number is like yours, CECHZC2E, it works great, although battery is running out quicker than expected, 20 hours tops. You probably do have a point though, most non vibrating launch controllers had a see through black casing, and these controllers were not as durable as the controllers that had non see through casing. It was found they were made in completely different countries and obviously factories.
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I have a Silver and a White controller I got from Hong Kong with id CECHZC2H, very good quality. I also have a black one with id CECHZC1E and it was not so good, developing a problem with the right analogue stick. I think that could have been caused by excessive use of the run command in Resistance 1 though.
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A controller is a controller TBH :|
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A controller is a controller TBH :|

not really, the controller that came with my unit is awful. L3 is a nitemare, you really have to push hard to make it click and after a while its pretty sore on me thumb. however, my white ds3 from hong kong is perfect, no forced pushing, just a nice smooth click......

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mines from Canada (DS3) and is a CHECHZC2U works fine personally my sixaxis that came with the PS3 is worse to be honest
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Doubt this'll help but I'll throw it out there anyway.

CECHZC2U = DS3 from Las Vegas

Forgot to mention it works perfectly and has done for the past year.
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The SIXAXIS controller that came with my launch (AUS) PS3 is: CECHZ1A. I still use it every day, however the right analogue stick is a bit sticky sometimes. I also have a DS: CECHZ2A which "feels" like it's better quality - sturdier with better feeling buttons, triggers.
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it just sounds like you got a dodgy one
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I have a black and also a white DS3 ordered from Hong Kong and both have the code CECHZC2H - no issues with either, unlike the little used original sixaxis that came with my 60gb PS3 and has several jammed buttons on it.

The two DS3's are used heaps and I would happily recommend these.
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Though i still have no idea where the CECHZC2U model controller is manufactured, there is one thing to keep in mind on your PS3 controller purchases - do yourself a favor and stay away from this model! I can confirm (along with most of the replies here) that you will not regret getting a CECHZC2E model of the dualshock3 PS3 controller. The CECHZC2E model appears to be made and sold in Europe only. I already knew that the quality of the consoles' hardware vary based on where they are manufactured... but i never had to experience it myself until i bought that cheaply pieced-together CECHZC2U controller model.

 

At first look, even on close inspection inside its plastic case, it is quite hard to tell the difference between a good or bad quality controller. But the controller model number is indicated clearly on the side of the boxed controller, so no need to open it to inquire about its quality. I wish i knew that before i bought mine yesterday. :-(

Anyways, thanks to the community for the feedback and i hope people keep this thread alive, as i'm quite sure this is going to help others from making disappointing PS3 controller purchases.

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I have number 3, in white. It's from Asia and it's the best controller I have had yet.
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Has anyone notice the CECHZC2H version is slightly heavier than the CECHZC2E?
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Coolcole93) where did u buy your controller from? Website?
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I bought the dodgy one too. I think it's fair to say its a copy. Just bought an original from play.com
To the div that says a controller is a controller. Yeah they are but the genuine ones are better quality .
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shaksnet wrote:

 The CECHZC2E model appears to be made and sold in Europe only.


my CECHZC2E controller(that i bought from HMV)was made in China

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My white DS3 is a CECHZC2J, and the build quality is excellent.

 

Japanese products always seem to be superior to chinese or europe products. Now if only my PS3 was built in Japan :(

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mattyg89 wrote:

My white DS3 is a CECHZC2J, and the build quality is excellent.

 

Japanese products always seem to be superior to chinese or europe products. Now if only my PS3 was built in Japan :(


I have the same model number (mine is from HK though) ceramic white and the build quality is the best of the 3 DS3's I own.

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I have a ZC2H and is ummm, controller like...

 

Imported from Hong Kong or somewhere in that area =/

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fski wrote:

mattyg89 wrote:

My white DS3 is a CECHZC2J, and the build quality is excellent.

 

Japanese products always seem to be superior to chinese or europe products. Now if only my PS3 was built in Japan :(


I have the same model number (mine is from HK though) ceramic white and the build quality is the best of the 3 DS3's I own.

Message Edited by fski on 01-07-2009 10:33 AM

I assumed all official ps3 controllers were built exactly the same....
If you open one up, you can see how all the pieces of electronics fit in perfectly with each other, leaving no room for error?

 

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