Mavercade MFS-HW Review

Mavercade Heavyweight Arcade Fight Stick Joystick Steel Metal Enclosure Only MFS-HW
PriceEtsy
ReleaseMarch 28, 2022
CompatibilityPS5 / PS4 / PS3 / PSC / XSX / XB1 / X360 / NS / WU / PC
Dimensions16″ x 10″ x 2.13″
Weight9.2 lbs

Introduction

The Mavercade Heavyweight MFS-HW is an acrylic and cold-rolled steel DIY case. The semi-gloss black frame comes with acrylic and metallic top plates. There is a lever bracket plate, 3D-printed Brook PCB bracket, six 24 mm AUX button holes, and bottom foam padding. There are three Neutrik holes for the passthrough, rocker switches, or wireless atennae etc.

Performance

Because it is compatible with high quality parts like Sanwa, you can expect responsivity, accuracy, and durability after fully building the MFS-HW with such parts. In fact, the MFS-HW seems to have the most button layouts available out of any Mavercade case:

  • Hitstick 24 mm
  • Hitstick Shiokenstar
  • Hitstick WASD Shiokenstar
  • Hitstick Vewlix
  • Hitstick WASD Vewlix
  • Stickless 24 mm
  • Shiokenstar
  • Noir
  • Vewlix shifted
  • Sega 2P ext
  • X-up

There are a couple of hitstick formats available. One format allows you to use your MFS-HW as a fightstick or as a hitbox/mixbox. Another format allows you to use the MFS-HW like a Cross Up, meaning there are extra directional buttons on the right.

Hardware

The weight of the MFS-HW is quite decent. This is what you would need to complete the build:

  • Printed circuit board (PCB)
  • Joystick
  • Sanwa, Seimitsu, or similar buttons
  • Neutrik USB port
  • Printer cable for Neutrik-to-PCB
  • Printer cable for Neutrik-to-console/PC

You can purchase Neutrik covers from Mavercade with antennae, rocker switch plates, or blank plates for the two additional Neutrik holes besides the primary passthrough.

You need a 4-pin connector cable for L3, R3, and touchpad unless you do not want such functionality and would rather opt for 24 mm button holes instead. You need quick connector wiring for the buttons, and you may also need a joystick extension connector if you buy a 20-pin kit.

All in all, the MFS-HW is quite easy to build.

Appearance

The white metal makes the MFS-HW look quite fancy. Upon checkout, you can add an acrylic panel for custom art. If you need custom digital art, we at The Arcade Stick can offer you our custom artwork service. We have made art for a Mavercade on at least one occasion.

Our artist, Felipe Fernandez, made custom art for one of the MFS-HW Hitstick WASD cases and can do the same for you:

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners artwork
Before
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners artwork
After

Conclusion

Whenever it comes to anything Mavercade-related, nothing short of excellence is expected!

  • Quality hardware
  • Easy to build
  • Sanwa & Brook compatibility

Rating

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Links

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