Available now from Amazon for £22.99, this new controller for the Nintendo Switch Game Console has a lot to offer for the relatively modest price.
The device in a simple but attractive branded product box containing the controller, USB-C charging cable, and a well printed if rather a small User Guide. I append a scan of the User Guide to my unboxing video, switch to full screen and pause to read it.
The 10g controller has an ABS construction with a matt black finish throughout, a classy alternative to the often garishly designed rivals. It follows pretty much the standard game controller layout with top facing keys for screenshot, negative, plus, Turbo Burst, Home, A, B, X, and Y. Also on the top are the usual Direction Pad, together with Right and Left Sticks and a row of four discreet blue LEDs. On the front are Left, Right, ZR and ZL buttons along with a USB-C charging port. It features dual internal vibration motors.
To connect the controller first power on the Nintendo Switch and press and hold the Y and Home buttons on the controller for one second, the blue LEDs on the controller will flash and then remain lit when connected. Subsequently, the connection should be automatic when the controller is switched on. The controller will enter sleep mode after five minutes of inactivity. To disconnect from the Switch, press and hold the HOME button for five seconds.
I was pleased to see that charging is done using the USB-C interface favoured by the latest high-end phones. This welcome indeed as too many third-party devices are still using micro or even mini-USB ports. When charging the non-replaceable 600 mAh lithium battery the four blue LEDs illuminate and flash to show the charging status and go off when it is complete. The LEDs flash rapidly to indicate when the battery is low. It is claimed to work for up to twenty hours following a two-hour charge and my limited use of it so far gives me to cause top doubt it.
The controller can be configured using the Nintendo Switch on-screen interface allowing the control sticks to be calibrated and other settings made. Press the Home button during the process to return to the top level system settings screen.
I tested it with my Windows 10 PC and it was detected as a Bluetooth Gaming Controller and should also work over USB 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 which is not found when using a Nintendo or Xbox controller. However, this is something that can be worked around, I daresay, with experience.
This is a fine 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 device should offer all they need.
Works with Windows PC