This controller was primarily designed and marketed toward rhythm games, but it also advertises itself as fighting-game compatible. There is a WASD style for fighting games in addition to a hitbox style. There are 11 preset key layouts as well as eight custom layouts. Included is SOCD cleaning. Kailh mechanical switches are featured. Although the real estate is compact, XDA keycaps provide more surface area for an easier time pressing. Double clicking the lock button disables function keys to avoid unwanted accidents. The material of the controller is high quality, and the metallic texture adds to the strength and robustness. Besides the 3.5 mm audio port, there are USB type-A and type-C ports as well. The LED colors can be pleasantly vibrant.
Yet another all-keys controller, this one packs an interesting layout in which the rightmost keys are aligned in a skewed fashion. Also, there are two analog sticks with L3 and R3 buttons. Additionally, you can choose the switches, which include Cherry MX and Kailh Choc, and you can even omit the analog sticks. If you choose a Brook printed circuit board (PCB), there is a switch to change the SOCD type between neutral and last command. SOCD avoids registering opposite directions simultaneously. Finally, you can upload your own custom artwork, and there is a custom layout building service.
The Smolbox is a highly portable all-keys controller that utilizes the pinky for the second jump button. It is equipped with the Brook Wireless Fighting Board and utilizes a 1000 mAh battery. The Kailh Choc switches are hot swappable and also low profile. The USB port is the C type. The body is made of 3 mm black matte acrylic, and the rubber feet add 1 mm to the height. The keys add to the height too. The bottom plate is 1 mm brushed stainless steel.
This is a variation of the MakeStick Pro. There was no noticeable input delay on any platform tested. The bottom panel is comprised of acrylic. The MakeStick Pro Mixbox itself has keys on the left and buttons on the right. It is highly customizable when you order.
Included in the controller is an SOCD cleaner. Secondary buttons can be found on the right side. The casing is made of hard plastic that is quite durable. The controller itself is moderately sized, and the bottom suction cups help provide stability. This is a lighter controller.
This is another all-keys controller that aims to be smaller, slimmer, and more customizable than the average arcade stick. Featuring programmable buttons, most are Cherry MX compatible, and the rest are menu/auxiliary tactile buttons. Quantum mechanical keyboard (QMK) support is available as well. The top plate is clear acrylic, and it supports sandwiched artwork. Regarding the base, it is also acrylic and has anti-slip foam. The open source firmware runs the low latency DaemonBite.
4. KeyCade KKL
The KeyCade is available in numerous editions, with this variation having all keys, and the keys are very responsive. The build is quite solid, so the panel won’t flex if you apply pressure on it. You can get a custom acrylic plate onto which an image of your choice can be printed. Check out all of the other editions that include joysticks, all buttons, southpaw layouts, less compatible editions, and more.
3. KeyCade KBL
This KeyCade variation sports the classic mixbox layout of keys plus buttons. Again, you can get a custom acrylic plate onto which an image of your choice can be printed. Remember to check out the other editions.
The Fightboard is more like an all-buttons controller, although the inspiration is clearly from keyboards, especially judging by the leftmost buttons. There is an arrow/WASD cluster at a 15° angle, and to its right is an array of square buttons. The Kailh Choc switches have an impressive actuation point, and they can be pulled out and swapped with any other alternative without soldering. When not pressed, RGB LED indicates the function of each button, and you can change colors to your liking, excluding the D-pad. The LED turns off after a minute of inactivity. The weight and size of the controller make it possible to hold like an NES controller when navigating menus, which is convenient. It is lightweight, and it fits bigger pockets.
This trendsetter has historical influence and also excellence. The most complex inputs, such as 360 motions, can be easily pulled off with the star feature that was revolutionary back then, which is having WASD keys for directions instead of buttons or the traditional joystick. State-of-the-art aspects are included: Sanwa buttons, the Vewlix layout, turbo mode, dual SOCD, and more. This weighty unit features visually appealing plexiglass that is easily removable if desired.