Best PC Gamepads & Standard Controllers in 2020



Retro-Bit Official Sega Genesis USB Controller 8-Button Arcade Pad for Sega Genesis Mini, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, Steam, RetroPie, Raspberry Pi - USB Port - Black Review:


For those of us who remember the Sega Genesis, the release of the six-button controller was a literal game-changer. The old three-button controller wasn't designed for advances in fighting games (e.g. Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Eternal Champion), and this controller came to the rescue. I am happy to report that this is a spot-on recreation of the original controller. The feel, the weight, and the balance are almost exactly as they were nearly 25 years ago. Years later this controller is still impressive, and the USB interface means that you can use it to play new PC-based retro-style games like Bloodstained.

Furthermore, unless something changes between now and September, we should be able to use this controller with the upcoming Sega Genesis Mini. The Mini features games that benefit from the six-button controller, but it ships with two three-button controllers instead (the Japanese version of the Mini ships with two six-button controllers--go figure). This controller can help bridge the gap. On one hand, I like the idea of playing older Genesis games with an authentic, launch-issued three-button controller, but it is good to know that I have the option of a six-button if I want it! If you pre-ordered a US Genesis Mini, or if you plan to get one at a later date, this controller is a must.



SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface - Medium Stitched Edge Cloth - Extra Durable - Optimized For Gaming Sensors - Maximum Control Review:


This is not the exact same product that you would receive if you were to purchase it on Steelseries's official website.

My brother ordered his off of steelseries for a total of $38 dollars. We had some suspicion over the differences and quality of Steelseries mousepads sold by Amazon due to previous experiences. So I decided to purchase mine from Amazon for a comparison. There is a difference with the rubber found underneath the mousepad. The one sold by Steelseries seems to be from a newer revision or model. the multiple logos on the back are shiny when held up at a certain angle, when we did this with mine, there is very little shine, and appears to be of an inferior quality. This alone proves that there is manufacturing or product differences between the mousepads sold here and on their official website. My guess is that Amazon is carrying older models of the mousepad but im not sure.

In terms of the actual surface, I cant say that I notice any difference at all. Both mousepads feel the same when using them with a mouse and when feeling them with my hand.

I purchased mine for around $28, so there is a $10 savings when you choose Amazon. I'm still disappointed that we received different products even when they were purchased within a week of each other. But I think the savings was worth it, and I think they are essentially the same product with minor differences.



SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface - Large Stitched Edge Cloth - Extra Durable - Optimized For Gaming Sensors - Maximum Control Review:


This is not the exact same product that you would receive if you were to purchase it on Steelseries's official website.

My brother ordered his off of steelseries for a total of $38 dollars. We had some suspicion over the differences and quality of Steelseries mousepads sold by Amazon due to previous experiences. So I decided to purchase mine from Amazon for a comparison. There is a difference with the rubber found underneath the mousepad. The one sold by Steelseries seems to be from a newer revision or model. the multiple logos on the back are shiny when held up at a certain angle, when we did this with mine, there is very little shine, and appears to be of an inferior quality. This alone proves that there is manufacturing or product differences between the mousepads sold here and on their official website. My guess is that Amazon is carrying older models of the mousepad but im not sure.

In terms of the actual surface, I cant say that I notice any difference at all. Both mousepads feel the same when using them with a mouse and when feeling them with my hand.

I purchased mine for around $28, so there is a $10 savings when you choose Amazon. I'm still disappointed that we received different products even when they were purchased within a week of each other. But I think the savings was worth it, and I think they are essentially the same product with minor differences.



Mobile Game Controller with 4000mAh Power Bank and Cooling Fan, PUBG Mobile Controller Gamepad L1 R1 Aim and Shoot Trigger, Joystick Remote Grip for 4.7-6.5" iPhone Android iOS Phone Accessories Review:


*Update*
The company sent me a replacement. the replacement seems to work much better. The tigers seem to detect much, much better than the first one I received. The replacement is working as expected.

I was expecting this controller to at least work as described, I was wrong. This controller does not work, it is pretty much useless. The phone does fit properly into controller, but it is quite awkward to hold. The triggers rarely detected electricity from my fingers. The triggers on the game were properly aligned yet the controller would rarely trigger the trigger on the phone. Either the rubber pads on the controller triggers are not conductive enough, or the metal on the controller isn't conductive enough. No matter what it does not work. The fan works and I guess it could dissipate a little bit of heat, even though what gets hot is the screen not the back of the phone. I guess the controller could be used to charge the phone, still it is not worth it.



DELAM Mobile Game Controller with L1R1 L2R2 Triggers, PUBG Mobile Controller 6 Fingers Operation, Joystick Remote Grip Shooting Aim Keys for 4.7-6.5" iPhone Android iOS Cellphone Gamepad Accessories Review:


Get out your evil laughs, because if you’re after chicken dinners you’re going to get some. I’m partial to PUBG mobile myself, but on an iPhone 7 using a three fingered claw just isn’t possible. With this? All four, baby. Headshot central, I’m coming for you!

I’ve included my setup as an attached image. NOTE in PUBG you MUST turn off emotes or else they will interfere with the rightmost trigger!

I’m removing one star because the main left and right triggers are a bit too close to the edge, while the center two triggers hang over the screen a bit more than I would like.



Logitech Gamepad F310 Review:


This game controller works perfectly on my Windows 10 system without any additional software driver/config download required. I just plugged it into a powered USB port and the OS detected and installed the device in less than a minute. Make sure the USB port the device is plugged into is powered for best results and least amount of hassle.

I've tested it with nearly all types of gaming software. There is a switch on the underside to choose the controller's input method: X for Xarcade, and D for DirectInput. I left it in the default X as the instructions recommended for my 'modern' system. Older Windows OSes like Win98 or WinXP may need to use the 'D' DirectInput setting and have the Logitech config software downloaded and installed. However, if you are using Windows 7/8/10, the 'X' Xarcade setting seems to be best and the Logitech software is not needed. At least I didn't need it.

The controller works great with my Steam games, although I mostly play FPS games and typically use a keyboard/mouse combo for those.

It is also fully compatible with all my emulators: MAME, DosBOX, WinVICE, WinUAE, Fusion, ZSNESW, Higan, Project 64, DeMul, Stella, and AppleWin.

I could even use the two analog sticks as two separate joysticks, allowing great use in MAME games like Atari's BattleZone or Williams' Robotron:2084.

I just had to make sure that the joystick support was enabled and configured properly in those various emulators. On some emulators the various 'buttons' would show up as "JOY D1 UP' and 'JOY X' 'JOY Y' 'JOY A' while on another they would show up as 'BUTTON 1' 'BUTTON2' through 'BUTTON 16'. Nevertheless, once I configured them the way I wanted and saved the configuration in the emulator, the controller worked fine.

As for use on a PlayStation or Xbox console, I don't know because I don't have those.

I'll be buying another one of these for use in two-player games.



COOBILE Mobile Game Controller for PUBG Mobile Controller L1R1 Mobile Game Trigger Joystick Gamepad for 4-6.5" iOS & Android Phone(W10 Update) Review:


The controller I purchased did not have a fan so battery life didnt really apply.

This controller is definitely one of my favorites! First it is EVERYTHING I wanted in a controller. It's like it was designed for the note 8! I can use it both with my case, without pushing my side buttons and with my screen protector with 100% reliability that when I pull the trigger it does what its suppose to without delay. My screen is the gadget guard 2.0 and the case is the UAG.

Durability is definitely better than most I've seen. I'm a pretty consistantly daily gamer and its held up during the abuse of matches not going my way, I'd say that's a win. However I do see how extreme abuse may cause breakage like anything else. The build of this is not held together with thin wires like past controllers I've tried so I believe its save to say with normal use and a little care this could last quite some time

Price it's cheaper than some I've tried and better quality definitely worth the purchase

Comfort over all it is great. Personally I'd like a bit more to grip on to and using it as a kick stand is pointless but neither of those are enough to turn me off this product.

This product is worth the money. You get what you pay for with a little more durability than expected.



ZD-V+ USB Wired Gaming Controller Gamepad for PC/Laptop Computer(Windows XP/7/8/10) & PS3 & Android & Steam - [Black] Review:


Let me list positive and and negatives first. Then I'll go into detail
Positives: despite the lower price, this controller is great quality.
It came in an aesthetically pleasing box. And used foam to keep it safe during shipping. Plug and play. The size is good. Fits just right into my hands. Comfortable analogs. And feels well made.

Negatives. It takes some getting used to not having pressurized triggers. It uses click triggers instead of the common pressured triggars.
The LED light in the middle is annoying in a darkened room. (Just taped over it with some cut duct tape)
Neutral(not good or bad) cord length is what you expect for a pc based product.
It is about half as long as a xbox 360 cord. So if you are looking for something for console. This may not be for you. I'm using it for laptop/pc so cord length is not something I care about.

Now for a detailed review.

This controller preforms and feels just as mainstream and name brand as sony duelshock and Microsoft xbox controllers. As with any controller just plug it in and drivers will install.
Let me start off by saying that I came to this controller because duelshock Sony controller analogs always became loose after use. And Microsoft xbox controller analogs squwaked all the time. (And Microsoft analogs use rubber which can make your fingertips feel uncomfortable with constant rubbing) I have not had any of the issues listed with this controller.
It came in perfect condition. As I said it takes getting used to the trigger buttons because they are essentially the same as "bumper" buttons.
None of my buttons stick or get stuck, and they all work fine. The controller does not have rubber grips, which makes it a bonus to me because rubber tends to wear and eventually feel rough on the skin. The controller seems as durable as name brand console controllers, I've never abused my electronics so I'm not an expert.
( I wouldn't go throwing it at the floor or walls)
The plastic does not seem cheap at all. It definitely doesn't feel like some crappy third partY knockoff you would expect for a low price like this.
I've had no connection issues at all. Through and through I feel this controller is definitely worth getting if you're sick of Microsoft or Sony extorting your money for less than satisfactory quality work.



SteelSeries Nimbus Bluetooth Mobile Gaming Controller - Iphone, iPad, Apple TV - 40+ Hour Battery Life - Mfi Certified - Supports Fortnite Mobile Review:


This fix method originally comes from reddit, and it is a universal fix which will guarantee the controller would work.
When you get the item, the item does not come with a micro usb cable, you will want to get one with the ability to transport data (this is very important, because some micro usb cable only provides power not able to transport data)

First, try with the usual method, just follow the instructions come with the item (bluetooth connection and etc to see if the usual way works or not, if it works, great! Enjoy!)

If not, clean the memory of the controller (hold down the pairing button for 5-10 s), then I believe my review here would help.
1. download the steelseries engine from steelseries official website, as of I'm writing this review, the version is 3.13.0, but I believe the fix came around version 3.11.0, this software is vital because it will update the drivers on the controller so that it would pair properly with your pc. Once installed, open the engine and do step 2.
2. See the attached image, on where the red arrow points, you will see a micro usb port which allows you to connect the controller to your pc via cable and without batteries. You want to make sure the cable you use is able to transport data otherwise you will end up with only four indicators blinking and no response.
3. After connection, the steelseries engine should instantly recognize the controller as "stratus xl" and will show that the controller needs update (in the steelseries engine interface), click update and wait for it to finish.
4. After update, the steelseries engine will show a msg telling you what you need to do after the update. Disconnect the cable after the update (you won't need it anymore), put in the batteries, turn on the controller, and pair the controller to your pc via bluetooth. At this time, in your "Bluetooth and other devices" interface should appear a device called "Steelseries Bluetooth HID device"
5. Once paired, turn off the power of the controller, then turn on again. Now the controller will automatically pair with pc, at this time, in your "Bluetooth and other devices" interface should appear both "Steelseries Bluetooth HID device" and "HID-compliant game controller", also in your steelseries engine, the controller would appear through your bluetooth. As of now, the controller is setup and ready.

I hope this review would help anybody who had or is having connectivity issue, this controller feels firm and looks well-designed, I would hate to see people consider their money wasted just because of some software issue.



EMISH Mobile Game Controller for PUBG/Fornite/Knives Out/Rules of Survival Gamepad Trigger Aim Button L1R1 L2 R2 Shooter Joystick for iPhone Android iPad Mini 5 Phone Game Pad Accesorios Review:


 For how cheaply made this controller is I am amazed at how convenient and comfortable it is. I can have my headphones and charger plugged in and they don't get in the way of my hands. It took a few games to get used to the now unnoticeable hammer fall lag as I have place in my video. The controller is loud and I would not pocket it as the little hammers are made of metal but the moving parts are hard plastic. If I lost this today would I get it again? Most definitely.

Week after update.
I'm noticing sometimes the triggers don't register unless I press hard. And I had to place a little anti slip mat u see the phone so I would not glide or shift left or right while gaming.