The Freedom V
performs as well as the stock controller, though it is not without its own unique learning curve.
The controller is about the same size as the stock guitar, though its slightly elongated body style makes it appear a little bigger. The elongated body actually helps to make the controller a little more ergonomic than the squat stock controller. The neck isnít much longer, but the subtle length addition actually feels better since your arm doesnít feel as cramped. After marathon sessions of Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero II using both guitars, my arm felt slightly better after using the Freedom V. The added weight of the battery pack (and wireless device) also gives the controller a nice heft.
One of the more useful additions the Freedom V brings to the table is an extra strap peg, which makes playing the controller easier for both lefties and righties. The peg placement also allows the guitar to sling a little lower, adding to the comfort factor.
The Freedom Vís button layout is exactly the same as the stock controller, though it does feature a few tweaks. The whammy bars feels and responds as well as the stock controller; however, the strum-bar and fret buttons feel much, much different. Rather than having the solid click of the stock controller, the buttons and strum bar are a little looser. While it isnít as noticeable on the strum bar, the spongy feel of the fret buttons are something youíll either love or hate.
The spongy feel means that you donít have to press as hard to get a response, which can result in quicker chord switches, but only if you can break yourself of the habit of having to press the buttons hard. If youíre able to do this, youíll probably like what the Freedom V has to offer; if not, you will dislike it.