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Build Quality Could Have Been Better
11 December 2018
Edit: I have changed my rating to 2 stars. This is because the L stick is really poor quality. It's made of a cheap rubber material which after only a few hours of gameplay it has started to rub off around the bottom and center. Disappointing especially for it's price tag. Never had any issues with rubber sticks on other controllers before. They should have made the L stick with plastic instead.
I mainly play handheld as I don't have the space for a TV in my room, so playing smash in tabletop mode while using the controller feels really great. My only issue is that my controller came with a rattling noise inside, and the seam on the left side of the controller isn't as smooth as the right side. For its expensive price that's a disappointment. However, when actually playing you can't feel that the seam kinda juts out on the left side. One last thing is that you can feel the vibration of pressing the larger trigger buttons really prominently on the left side, this is barely noticeable on the right hand side. I don't have other controllers to compare it with so I'm not sure if this is normal or not.
Honestly at first I was let down knowing before buying it that there was no internal battery, but actually this means the controller can essentially last for many years as you will only need to replace rechargeable batteries if they stop charging effectively. For example my boyfriend's PS4 controller barely holds 1 hour of charge, so if the internal battery is busted it's an expensive fix or replacement.
The plastic while holding is definitely a different feel to a smooth GC controller, but feels similar to the newer Wii U/Switch versions (Again, I can't do a concise comparison as I don't own these controllers, but I had experienced using them a few days before purchasing this). Being able to use the home button and capture is super convenient for me, and the option of tabletop and docked mode with a GC style controller being possible means I'm happy with my purchase. (p.s I didn't make my purchase from amazon).
I can't comment on motion controls because I haven't used this outside of Smash Ultimate.
Thanks for reading.