Can't say manythings negative about this controller. It's fairly priced saying its not "bulky" as a X Bone controller since by default you need AA batteries for that specific controller. This is pretty much the same price if you have the play and charge addon for the XBone Controller, giving that a rechargeable battery and cable which Switch Pro Controller comes with by default. Infact because the Switch uses Type-C USB which tend to be more expensive to make at the moment, you are probably getting a slightly better deal. Though compared to the DualShock 4 it could be considered a tiny bit more expensive (we're talking about £8 as of this review).
Pros: > Comes with USB Type A to Type C cable (mine was about 1.5m long) > Long battery life > Nice feeling controller all round, infact is one of my favourite controllers > a good D-pad, which compared to the Joycons is very welcomed > larger Face Buttons (compared to Joy-cons) > no weird + and - shaped buttons (compared to Joy-cons) > larger shoulder (L+R) buttons (compared to Joy-cons) > analogue sticks in a way better position, especially for the right side (compared to Joy-cons) > great to use in tabletop and docked modes > makes the use of the "puppy-dog" controller grip with the joy-cons a good Player 2 option compared to a limited single Joy-con, or allows for a Player 3 if the Joy-cons are separated > works great as just a Bluetooth controller for other platforms too, like on a PC (With bluetooth dongle/built-in etc), most Phones (with Bluetooth support in apps and on the phone) > no need for AA batteries, has its own built in battery, which is a probable reason why its more expensive to a XBone Controller alone
Pro-Cons: > Weighty? Some people would see this as a Pro and some might see it as a Con > Cable supplied may be too short for some, especially if you plan to use it's wired (NFC-less) mode when connected to a switch and enabled in Controller Options, though if you are happy using it wirelessly this won't be much of a problem with its large battery life > Yes its is a little pricy at £50-£60 BUT, don't forget it has an NFC reader, and "HD Rumble" built in, plus it feels deluxe, and compared to an Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller, which at the time of this review, was £120 (double this!), a DualShock 4 was about £52, and a normal wireless XBone is £40 so it really isn't too bad. > It can be charged via regular 5V USB outputs but be careful, it isn't Nintendo's fault if your USB charger/device damages the controller, best plug it into your switch if you need it charging via USB, the Switch Adapter works well for this controller too > Could do with a Audio Jack but since not many Switch Games yet support audio chat, and seeing Nintendo seem to plan on using your mobile device (for Splatoon atm) for voice chat anyway via their app, this could be added with a USB-C add on (since it does send data via usb and not just accept charge) in the future
Cons: > After 100%'ing Mario Odyssey (999 stars etc) and using the cappy-spin flick motion control with this controller, I noticed over time, the right handle felt minorly twisted out of position, maybe that was more me since I used that move often in game but I could just hand tighten it back on, so be careful flicking it alot > Sadly ZL and ZR on Nintendo Switch (including the Joycons) doesn't seem to support analog triggers, since it is digital so no "precise" triggers, havent seen this been much of an issue for me, but if a game requires a light trigger squeeze or a hard one (or a range), there isn't any difference with this controller
The Switch Pro controller is surely Nintendo's most comfortable controller in it's history. It's sleek, soft and not too bulky. It contains the NFC reader, HD rumble and integrated rechargeable battery pack.
It doesn't have analogue triggers but that probably isn't a surprise due to the joycons not having them either, meaning that the input is either on or off rather than having any variation. The face buttons are very wide and solid, they're perhaps a tad too stiff and don't allow rapid presses as much as say an Xbox One controller. The thumbsticks are fine, nothing especially good or bad to say there. The D pad is also a bit stiff and makes it difficult to use fast inputs such as those required on Street Fighter 2 - which is probably the main drawback of this controller in my opinion.
Overall a good controller. Comfortable, but with a few drawbacks and a heavy price tag.
There is a reason to buy extra joycons, not only do the red/blue get reversed allowing for more color combos but 4 player coop is now available. However on your own they have no use as they as no more comfortable, meaning they get minimal attention, use and affection. The pro controller fixes this, by buying it you can play 3 player, which is still pretty darn good, but it also has use when you are on your own, it is so comfortable. The A B X Y buttons are huge and thus easy to press, with ridges on the joystick circles allowing better grip. Nice ridges on the shoulder buttons letting fingers wrap around them with the best grip. And the d-pad returns, however to be honest it is not perfect. But it is not a deal breaker either. This is the most comfortable controller i have, and as i got it with the switch in a prime day bundle (thanks amazon) i would remove the joy con's when going out and just use the pro controller with the switch in my lap in the car. That Is how much more comfy it is. Its an investment sure, but im happy i have it
The title sums it up really. I've been using it for several months now, for lots of different devices. I've tried it on my switch, PC, android device and raspberry pi, all working flawlessly. The texture on the grips are just right, having enough ridges to stop my palms from sweating but at the same time enough to make it feel really good and match the overall look of the controller. The buttons have a nice amount of travel to them, far more than the joycons, this makes for a nice amount of control over what you are pressing and when. The motion controls are accurate and the HD rumble is almost the same as the joycons. The D-Pad doesn't feel as good as Nintendos previous attempts but that does not mean that the D-Pad is uncomfortable or bad, perfectly usable for Retro titles. The control sticks are fantastic, having nice ridges by the edges and can move a lot more than the joycon sticks. The sticks feel so much more solid and durable here, so much so I use it exclusively for super smash brothers. Finally, the triggers are awesome! They don't make too much noise and they feel great. Overall, the controller melts into your hands and looks so good that it doesn't even feel like you are using a controller.
Obviously this is an expensive controller. Is it worth it’s price though?... that depends. If you’re like me and have been itching to use something that isn’t the cramped joy cons, this controller is by far the best controller you can ever find to fulfil that propose. Firstly- it’s build quality is fantastic, it feels so sturdy and perfect in your hands. Secondly- it’s features are unmatched when it comes to the third party controllers. You’ve got, motion controlls, Amiibo function, vibration... oh and a lovely usb-c charging port (thank you Nintendo) Thirdly- it’s extreamly comfortable as mentioned before, it feels like a Xbox controller but with bigger buttons.
Tl;dr- This is an amazing controller... worth the price? Probably not for many people. For me it was by far the most rewarding gamble I made on overpriced tech.
Supremely comfortable controller, much better than the default joycon option on the Switch, and as someone who often switches between portable and TV mode, it is far more convenient to simply slot in the console in the dock and pick up this controller then faff around with removing joy cons. I would recommend this to all Switch owners who play a considerable amount on their TV.
We bought this controller as part of a Prime day package along with a Switch and Mario Odyssey. It's not something I would ordinarily buy separately, but it represented good value when combined as a package. I have to say, I'm very pleased we got it!
When docked the joycons feel far too small and awkward in my hands (I have very large hands), even when connected to the connecting section. Whereas the Pro Controller is excellent. The touch and feel of the controller is very premium. The buttons have a satisfying level of travel and feel very accurate. I would say the quality is on par with an Xbox controller, easily superior to a PS controller. My wife and children also find it ideal to use with the Switch.
Battery life on the controller is excellent, we usually leave it plugged in nut even after extended gaming sessions we have never come close to running out.
The overall price tag is hefty and I would say it's probably too much, but if you can get it as a discount, or bundled with other stuff I think it starts to represent good value for money. Also keep in mind that if you want to play any serious co-op locally you are going to need at least one other controller, a joycon each isn't going to cut it. Getting one of these will satisfy co-op requirements and also offer a superior experience when playing solo.
Once Diablo comes out in November the Pro controller will probably get worn out until there's nothing left of it.
I bought this after hearing everyone seem to rave about how this is the most comfortable controller ever designed. I usually use a PS4 controller and this felt relatively similar, maybe a little smaller. The grips on the sides are thinner so it feels as though there's less to hold on to if you have larger hands. However, it's 100 times better than using the grip that comes with the switch for the joycons. I haven't found much use for this, since I still prefer using the joycons separately to play most games. To be honest, the only game I would suggest this being essential for is Splatoon. Other than that, you can probably wait for it to be on sale.
It's a bit expensive, but it has solved the issue I had with my Switch- Simply sitting 1-2 metres away from the TV I was losing connection when using the Joycons - even in dual mode. I had to bring the switch closer to me, which was simply ridiculous for "Wireless" controllers. The Pro Controller has none of these issues, and I can now comfortably play without interference from a distance. Comes with a USB-C cable and can be charged from the Switch's own dock.