|Platforms||PS4 / PS3 / NS / PC|
|Size||9.2” x 3.8” x 1.1”|
- This controller was primarily designed and marketed toward rhythm games.
- There are 11 preset key layouts and 8 custom layouts.
- There is a WASD style for fighting games as well as a hitbox style.
- Included is an SOCD cleaner.
Kailh mechanical switches are featured in the K28, and Kailh products are highly prized. However, the 60 grams of actuation force make the keys pretty heavy in this case. Although the real estate is compact, XDA keycaps provide more surface area for easier pressing. Though, the polling and scan rates are poor. An initial test yielded 25-40 ms as the shortest key presses instead of something around 2 ms, and the scan rate was about 40 Hz instead of something around 500 Hz. Double clicking the lock button disables function keys to avoid accidents. Although hardly useful, you can actually increase input delay by millisecond increments.
As advertised, the material is indeed high quality, and the metallic texture adds to the strength and robustness of the product. Besides the 3.5 mm audio port, there are USB type-A and type-C ports.
The most prominent color is deep-space gray oxide. The 6063 aluminum alloy was carved by a high-precision CNC machine and also polished. The different colored buttons provide enough visual separation, and the LED colors can be quite pleasantly vibrant.
The price is average for fightsticks, but it is hit or miss depending on your outlook. Despite the underwhelming performance, this is a bold and innovative controller with undeniably strong hardware. XDA keycaps are usually more expensive than DSA ones, partially justifying the price. However, the performance is simply not there. Given that this controller was designed primarily for rhythm games, you should be better off with the more fighting-game oriented KeyCade.