Currently available on Amazon for £17.99, this is one of a range of new gaming devices from EasySMX. This considerably less expensive than the high-end rivals and less than half the price of the Microsoft Xbox 360 controller which it closely resembles.
The device in a simple but attractive branded product box containing the controller, USB stick, a short USB to micro-USB charging cable and a well printed if rather small User Guide. I append a scan of the User Guide to my unboxing video.
The USB stick is as you would expect and seems well made, robust and sports a bright red status LED to confirm power connection. The controller has a glass piano black finish and sports all the usual buttons in the standard configuration: A, B, X, Y buttons, LB, RB buttons, left and right triggers, Start and Back buttons, two clickable mini-joysticks, an 8-way D-pad, and Home button. It has a micro USB charging port on the front and four blue LEDs incorporated into the Home Button. It incorporates a simple dual-mode vibration motor for alerts and in-game use. It promises and I found delivers about eight hours of gaming use from a single charge of the non-removable lithium battery. I was pleased to see a standard non proprietary charging cable has been used. This allows the device to work in non-wifi mode using the cable for suitably equipped devices.
The device should work with almost any gaming device that uses USB, including Xbox 360, Fire Stick, PS3, Android etc. I tested it with my Windows 10 PC and it worked perfectly as soon as the USB stick was inserted with no need for additional drivers or software. The construction feels reassuringly robust and ergonomically friendly in the hand. The buttons and controls are all easy to use and resistance free. I must say I noticed a slight latency with the two analogue sticks caused by the distance they need to be pushed before becoming active. However, this is something that can be worked around, I daresay, with experience.
This is an excellent product for the money. High-level gamers may be prepared to pay out much more for the slightly smoother gaming experience and reduced latency of a pro level controller but for most gamers, this new controller should answer all their needs.
Standard micro-USB interface
No Storage Case