Espada Review

Espada
PriceJxKDesigns
ReleaseSeptember 11, 2020
CompatibilityPS5 / PS4 / PS3 / PSC / XSX / XB1 / X360 / NS / WU / PC
Dimensions18” x 9.5” x 2.5”
Weight6.5 lbs

Quick Facts

  • The Espada can be ordered as a case or fully assembled.
  • Its wide shape was inspired by traditional Filipino weapons.
  • It is made of a wood supporting frame along with wrap-around acrylic covers.

Performance

You can choose your own build, so here is a sample:

The joystick can be the Sanwa JLF supported by the OTTO DIY V5, Bit Bang Gaming Shuriken JLF printed circuit board (PCB), and Phreakmods: The Link EX Groove Edition. The primary buttons in the Noir layout can be the Crown/Samducksa SBD-202, and the secondary buttons can be the Sanwa OBSF.

Otherwise, if you opt for the preassembled edition, the Espada comes with Sanwa or Seimitsu parts, which are state-of-the-art. You can also opt for a microswitch buttons swap for the buttons, namely Qanba Gravity or Crown 202B. The plexiglass edges are sharp, but you can smooth them out yourself.

Hardware

The frame is heavy duty black melamine MDF (medium-density fiberboard), and the 0.12” acrylic artwork covers the top, sides, and bottom. Mounting hardware and rubber feet are included. You can order foam grip bottom pads as well.

Acceptable are Japanese joysticks with flat mounting plates and Korean joysticks with short collars as well as 30 mm Japanese buttons and 30 mm snap-in buttons, with the latter being for the sides. Also acceptable is a 24 mm Neutrik A-to-B USB port.

The PCB is a basic one by Brook. You can upgrade it to the Brook Universal Fighting Board (UFB) and even add the Brook UFB-UP5 to it for maximal compatibility that includes the PlayStation 5.

Appearance

You can opt for an LED upgrade for the buttons that comes with a remote. You can also download Espada artwork templates, create your own artwork, or order your prints. Otherwise, JxKDesigns is offering its own stock Espada artwork as a free download, which is marvelous to look at.

If you would like custom artwork for your Espada, our artist, Felipe Fernandez, can make it for you. Check out the complete makeover he gave a client’s Espada:

Sigurd artwork
Before
Sigurd artwork
After
Orie artwork
Before
Orie artwork
After

Conclusion

The Espada deserves to go down in the hall of fame when it comes to custom cases with considerable innovation.

  • DIY or preassembled options
  • Beautiful shape
  • Sanwa/Seimitsu parts etc.
  • Korean joystick compatible
  • Microswitch buttons swap option
  • Preferred Noir layout
  • LED available
  • Brook PCB
  • Rubber feet
  • Custom art

Rating

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

See Also

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