This controller is a mixed bag. It didn't deliver on aspects that it promised, yet excelled in others that I didn't even expect.
The D-pad, while it can transform, and is admittedly more responsive, it's only by so much. It still floats on a disc just like the original controller, so you will not be getting the clicky/rigid D-pad that you were looking for. It's an improvement, but that may not be enough.
Thankfully, I still highly enjoy this controller. It looks sleek, feels good with a matte silver plastic finish, and best of all has a different thumbstick analogue design. Instead of 4 little bumps on each analogue, there is a circular edge that is both more comfortable, and does a better job at stopping your thumbs from accidentally sliding off the stick. Instead of getting sore thumbs after an hour or two of intense matchmaking playing, I find myself able to play for as long as I want. Whether that's a good or a bad thing is up to your opinion.
4 stars, because while this controller gets most of it right, the D-pad wasn't the improvement we were all looking for.