PXN-X8 Review

PXN-X8 Keyboard Arcade Joystick
PriceAmazon / AliExpress
ReleaseAugust 20, 2021
CompatibilityXSX / XB1 / NS / PS4 / PS3 / PC / Android
Dimensions13.2″ x 9.1″ x 1.9″
Cable2.2 m
Weight2.12 lbs

Colors

Black

White

Performance

PXN debuts a mixbox-style controller called the PXN-X8 Keyboard Arcade Joystick with keys on the left for directions and buttons on the right for attacks.

The buttons have the Vewlix layout, and they feel good. The secondary buttons may need more force than usual to register inputs. There is a turbo function for automated rapid button presses.

Here are some of the functions and buttons you can find:

  • Toggle for D-pad and left analog stick
  • Turbo
  • Touchpad button
  • Share
  • Home
  • Options
  • L3/SL and R3/SR buttons for the PlayStation and Nintendo Switch

Although this controller was clearly designed for fighting games, it would have been nice to have a right stick or RS option to play other games in which you can rotate the camera. Also, the touchpad is more of a button, but it should get the job done on the PlayStation.

Moving on, the green axis mechanical keypad boasts:

  • 2.0 mm trigger stroke
  • 70 g press strength
  • 50+ million presses

It feels just fine. It is snappy and responsive.

Hardware

There are four screws for the rubber feet and six screws for the case itself. Luckily, you can just unscrew the six case screws to open the controller. The interior is quite organized. Interestingly, there are small weights inside to make the controller heavier. However, the buttons have been soldered on, which would make modding harder.

Moving on, the cable design is slightly outdated. It simply comes out of the controller with no way to store it, although the added Velcro is a nice touch. By the way, there is a headphone jack, and included in the box as extras are micro USB and USB-C cables.

Appearance

You can get this controller in two artwork options. Besides the black case with colorful artwork complemented by black keys and red buttons, the other option is a white case with white keys and buttons on top of a plain orange background.

If you would like to customize the artwork, check out the work of our artist, Han Gilbert:

Conclusion

The PXN-X8 is a decent budget option for those wanting to get into the mixbox world.

  • Easy unscrewing
  • Spacious and intuitive interior
  • USB cable Velcro
  • Included USB goodies
  • Artwork options
  • Stiff secondary buttons
  • No right stick option
  • Limited touchpad
  • Soldered buttons
  • USB design

Rating

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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