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PowerA Nano Enhanced Wired Controller for Xbox Series X|S – Black PowerA Nano Enhanced Wired Controller for Xbox Series X|S – Black
PowerA Nano Enhanced Wired Controller for Xbox Series X|S – Black 3.5

It’s a rare thing these days to actually see or have a wired controller. Wireless ones are so much more reliable now, especially when you have rechargeable battery units. So, why the wire on this controller designed for the latest X-Box? Well, the idea here is that it’s meant to be smaller and lighter than your normal controller (just over half an inch shorter from the bottom to the top) and so brings all sorts of advantages such as less stretching with your fingers, less weight to carry about (about 166 grams as opposed to standard controllers at 280 grams) and still has all the normal functions you would associate with a regular-sized controller. Somehow they’ve fit in rumble pads to the handles too whilst keeping it light, a pleasant surprise.

It’s good for longer gaming sessions as your hands don’t have to stretch to reach all the buttons, reducing those aches that tend to creep in when playing a marathon sesh, something I personally appreciate. However, it does take a little adjusting for those of us that have got used to the standard controller size – I made a few crucial mistakes when stretching too far for buttons that were much closer than I thought! This is something that can be overcome with a little use though, so it’s only a minor complaint really. The wire itself is 10ft long so most people should be able to play comfortably without having to hunch forward in your seat.

There are two mappable buttons on the underside of each handle, allowing you to tailor the controller to your usual playing style and they felt quite intuitive with their placing and easy to use. Finally, there is the standard 3.5mm headset jack. Not sure I would replace my wireless controller for it, but a good little controller none-the-less.
RRP: £24.99

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A cost effective Xbox controller
  • Smaller
  • Lighter
  • Pretty cheap
  • Rumblepads
  • Takes some getting used to
  • It’s still wired, not a fan of this.