A much cheaper, reasonable alternative to an Elite controller
Avaliado no Reino Unido em 9 de outubro de 2019
I admit to buying this with a bit of trepidation. £30 for a controller with rear programmable buttons, trigger locks and rgb. to be honest, I was expecting to receive something cheaply made.
When it arrived and I opened up the packaging, my first impressions was that it felt extremely solid and with a good weight to it, only slightly lighter than a normal Xbox pad - admittedly I was surprised. The feel of the surface is of the non-slip feel that the actual elite controller has. The analogue sticks were nice and stiff, possibly more so that official branded Xbox pads, but this is by no means a bad thing and the face buttons felt tactile and responsive.
The two programmable buttons at the back actually sit in the same position as the longer paddles located on the Xbox elite controller, so essentially they are perfectly placed with your left and right index fingers and extremely comfortable to use. Programming them was simple too, simply pressing the 'Program' button on the back, along with the button to be programmed then finally pressing the button you want to assign to it - literally takes seconds to do. There is no feedback from the controller to signify the assignment has been made, sadly, but simply pressing the button on the back and testing to see if it should do as expected is good enough. Thinking about it, if the pad vibrated or a single flash of the rgb to signify the assignment has been made, would be a great way to feedback to the user - but I digress. As far as I'm aware, you can only program face, shoulder and bumper buttons to the programmable buttons - but I'm happy to be proven wrong here if that's the case.
We also have 3 levels of trigger locks, which reduces the travel distance the triggers have to cover before the button is 'pressed' - essentially turning them into 'hair triggers' allowing you to fire faster, apparently. Your mileage with this will really depend on the game. Racing games, for example, rely working out how much pressure you apply to the trigger over the distance the button travels and placing locks in the way can actually prevent your car from travelling at top speeds, while some guns in first person shooters have locked fire rates, so doesn';t matter how fast you hammer the trigger, you aren't firing any faster - this also applies to the Elite controller too, so while this isn't a limitation on the Spectra, but more the trigger lock feature as a whole. Still, it's nice to have in games where the trigger locks have definite impact.
The pad isn't wireless, but from my point of view this wasn't an issue - this was going to be connected permanently to my PC anyway. the RGB would just be a constant drain on any battery it would have had anyway. But it comes with a generously long 9ft braided cable which also has a trip connector on the end of it too that will come away if someone does trip over it.
The RGB is decent, with 7 colours to cycle through. You can even turn them off if you want. But there is obvious bright and dull zones around LED areas which is a bit disappointing - however, these seem to be located in areas where the pad would be in your palms so there may be some sense to these dull areas. Don't get me wrong, in low light areas or playing at night, the colours really stand out, but just know that brightness of the LEDs aren't consistent all the way round.
Overall, I'm genuinely surprised at the quality of this pad. While expecting to get something cheap, what I got was a pad that feels robust, well made and with 'premium' features you would expect to get from more well known brands and higher prices. This feels like a good, cheaper alternative to having an Xbox Elite pad. While you might not have 4 programmable buttons, have removable paddles or the ability to reprogram EVERY button on the pad, but for £30 you can easily live with the limited feature set this pad has and is an excellent pad for entry level 'Pro' gaming
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