10. Ipega Gladiator
This is one of the smallest arcade sticks that you can find. It is even smaller than the average mini arcade stick. Yet, it packs home and turbo buttons. Its buttons are responsive, and the joystick is not bad. In addition, the arcade stick is durable and also anti-slip due to rubber feet at the bottom. For maximum comfort, you can place the arcade stick on a desk. The arcade stick is light, but it does not feel cheap, and it is easy to set up.
The decent joystick has a toggle for D-pad and analog. The arcade stick as a whole seems refreshingly quiet, which can avoid giving away your inputs when playing offline multiplayer. The arcade stick is light to the point that you can carry it using only the joystick. Players should be able to function well while playing with this arcade stick on a lap or table, thanks to the firm rubber feet. The buttons can be easily replaced if there is a need.
8. Mad Catz Ego
The joystick and buttons are Sanwa. Besides turbo support, the secondary buttons can be locked to avoid accidents. The well designed top panel provides plenty of space for convenience. The heavy weight and rubber feet help stabilize the arcade stick. The arcade stick is noticeably heavy. The aesthetics look sophisticated due to the geometric shapes in warm colors. Fans of Mad Catz and newcomers should like this stylish arcade stick.
This is an arcade stick that allows you to play your way, whether you like playing wireless through Bluetooth or a USB cable. The two included AA alkaline batteries can last up to 30 hours. There is a front storage area that can be opened to plug the cable. When wired, battery life does not deplete.
This is quite the interesting mini arcade stick. Those who enjoy the feedback from joystick clicking sounds should enjoy this arcade stick. There are no latency or dead zone issues to concern you. The wrist space is focused on the right side to avoid making the unit too big. For stability, there are suction cups that will not detach mid-battle.
The buttons are smaller than average, but getting used to them should be quick. The closer proximity of the parts requires less energy from the player. Most of the features of a regular sized arcade stick are present, including muti-speed turbo.
4. 8BitDo N30
This arcade stick can be comfortably sat on a lap or desk with full stability. Besides the weight, the sturdy metal plate on the bottom in addition to the rubber feet on each corner increase stability. The arcade stick is of moderate weight.
The joystick is easy to maneuver, and the buttons are quite snappy. The more common Vewlix layout is present for the buttons instead of Hori’s own layout. The friction pads in the base make placing the arcade stick on one’s lap or a table comfortable. There is sloping on the front of the case to rest one’s wrists. The arcade stick is easier to mod than average.
The joystick feels good. The buttons have quick disconnects for modding. No latency issues were detected when testing this arcade stick across four platforms. The plastic top panel is not malleable. The weight has been artificially boosted by a thick metal plate inside, which is not bad. The 1000 mAh lithium ion battery can last you up to 30 hours of play through Bluetooth and 40 hours through 2.4G, with the charging time being four hours.
Runner Up: etokki Omni
This multiplatform beauty is simply a class act. The layout of the buttons is Namco’s Noir Tekken style. The size and weight of the arcade stick are both moderate, and there are smooth curved edges for your comfort. PVC rubber feet enhance the stability. Heavy duty steel makes up the structure, and the arcade stick is smooth-powder coated. Stainless Torx screws help with durability. Wires have quick disconnects for your convenience. The cover is quite easily removable for stylistic changes.
This arcade stick sports Sanwa parts. There is an abundance of wrist space. The metal cover and base enhance the weight and stability. An octagonal joystick gate is an included extra. Replacing the gate and buttons can be quite easy. There are screws at the bottom for interior access. Featured is an acrylic panel on top that can be removed easily. You can use wired headphones when using this arcade stick.