When you want a gamepad with a removable USB-C cable, two rear buttons, in a regular Xbox kind issue, and solely need to spend about 40 bucks, you must contemplate the Turtle Seaside React-R.
The React-R is a little bit hole feeling and lightweight, which makes it really feel like probably the most “funds” of “funds” units right here. It additionally means this controller is somewhat loud. Button presses and thumbstick actions reverberate at a really audible stage. The USB-C jack may additionally give bigger cables an issue as they threat not becoming into the housing. Both use the offered cable (not pictured) or keep on with slim USB-C cables. However don’t dismiss this one simply but.
The buttons and triggers all really feel responsive sufficient, if not as fast and snappy as dearer controllers (and even some which might be on this listing, the truth is). They roughly have the identical really feel and sound comparable to one another when being pressed. Vibration might be hit and miss on PC although, because it wouldn’t all the time work with some video games. When it did although, this factor positively rumbles.
The 2 assignable rear buttons are type of formed like extensive, the other way up Ls, that means you’ll be able to press them by squeezing the grip in your center finger towards your palms, or you’ll be able to push your fingers up into the controller to actuate them.
The d-pad “satellite tv for pc dish” that’s customary on trendy Xbox controllers is a bit spongy, however it doesn’t float round in its slot or something. The gamepad additionally has a variety of textured surfaces that really feel a little bit prickly at first, however these will seemingly put on down over time. Given its additional options, significantly the rear buttons, it is a good worth if you happen to simply need that straightforward backup controller, one thing you fish out of a drawer just a few occasions a month. It additionally makes use of a USB-C cable, so that you gained’t must hold monitor of a distinct or proprietary cable if most of your peripherals have moved on to the newer customary.
However actually the most effective a part of this controller is the low-cost of entry to start out getting used to professional setups with assignable rear buttons. Rear buttons should not for everybody, and arguably they largely profit aggressive video games (significantly shooters). However contemplate the Turtle Seaside React-R (and even a number of the different controllers on this listing) as an inexpensive manner to do that function out if you happen to haven’t but. Consider it as a “coach” and develop a little bit of muscle reminiscence for rear buttons earlier than spending two or thrice on an Xbox Elite or Scuf controller. You may discover you don’t use them, after which can both cling on to this controller or improve to one thing like a daily Xbox Core gamepad down the road, and save your self the cash of getting a tricked out professional controller while you perhaps don’t want or don’t use these options.
Happily, mapping the rear buttons on this controller is a breeze. Double faucet the middle button, then faucet the rear button you need to assign, adopted by the button you need to assign to it and there you go. Fast sufficient even to reset it throughout a respawn counter if you wish to check out some completely different setups.
Determining the right way to benefit from rear buttons may contain some trial and error if you happen to’re new. That’s why it’s typically higher to clock these coaching hours in on one thing extra inexpensive, than it’s to place mileage on a dearer machine while you’re simply studying the ropes. Mainly, while you’re prepared to maneuver on from this controller as a result of it runs its course otherwise you’re fascinated by a extra premium machine, the React-R goes to let you know whether or not you need to prioritize rear-assignable buttons or not. For that, I believe it is a stable worth.
The React-R additionally has a singular function known as “Superhuman Listening to.” You hit a button within the middle space and, if in case you have headphones related to the three.5mm braveness jack on the underside, the audio of the sport will probably be processed otherwise. I’m hesitant to name this a gimmick, however I actually can’t consider a state of affairs the place this might actually be helpful to me, even in a sport the place extra perceptive listening to is important like, say, Siege (and I wouldn’t be caught useless enjoying that sport on a controller anyway). So, yeah, I believe it’s type of a gimmick.
However what does this even do? Effectively, I ran a fast EQ check on the output of the audio when this mode is turned on, and I’ve deduced that it have to be operating the sport’s audio via some type of light low-pass filter and/or it’s most likely boosting some mids and highs on the EQ spectrum. In lay phrases, it principally means the controller juices the sport quantity and better frequencies, so clicky, clacky, sharp seems like reloading, and footsteps, are theoretically louder. It’s remixing the sport audio to intensify the areas the place these sounds are most clearly outlined. That does make a type of sense, however I don’t see this catching on the way in which assignable rear buttons have.
Listening to this mode at full quantity over a major time period is prone to get exhausting, if not doubtlessly damaging to your listening to. Turtle Seaside intends for this to be a fast factor you activate within the second to get a sonic edge on sneaky opposition, however I’m both not enjoying the precise video games or am not satisfied of this. It’s a neat function, however I by no means used it outdoors of operating some audio assessments on it to determine what it’s doing.
The Turtle Seaside React-R additionally has a barely dearer sibling which can typically come up in search outcomes while you’re searching for this one: The Recon. Although it’s typically on sale for beneath its $60 price ticket, its listing worth does put it in competitors with the Xbox Core controller greater than anything on this listing. For that motive, the Recon will probably be a subject for an additional day…however if you happen to can snag one on sale for about the identical worth because the React-R, it’s a extra premium machine and has the identical options—together with the foolish listening to mode one.