Available now from Amazon for £22.99, this new wireless game controller from EasySMX has plenty lot to offer for a relatively modest price. It is marketed for use with the Nintendo Switch but will work with a Windows PC or any other compatible device.
The device arrived nin a simple but attractive branded product box containing the controller, USB-C charging cable, and a well printed and easy to read User Guide. I append a scan of the User Guide to my unboxing video, switch to full screen and pause to read it.
The 205g controller has an ABS construction with a semi-matt blue/black/red finish throughout, a relatively 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 LEDs. On the front are Left 1, Right, Left 2, Right 2, and power buttons along with a USB-C charging port. It features dual internal vibration motors.
To connect the controller first power on the Nintendo Switch or PC and set to pairing mode. Press and hold the Home button on the controller the 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 again.
I was pleased to see that charging is done using the USB-C interface favoured by the latest high-end devices. When charging the non-replaceable 500 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 and scroll when in pairing mode. . It is claimed to work for up to five hours following a two-hour charge with up to a month on standby and my limited use of it so far gives me to cause top doubt it. The controller will operate normally when charging and is designed for both wired and wireless use.
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.
With a Windows 10 PC it 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.
Good Build Quality
Built-in Rechargeable Battery
Good User Guide
Standard Button Configuration
Works with Windows PC
No Carry case