This arcade stick comes with Sanwa parts. Just like the predecessor, it is weighty and firm. The joystick feels sturdy, and there is less travel distance to register an input, so there are no dead zones. Those wanting to spice up the minimalistic look can print out an artwork sticker to stick right onto the surface.
9. Qanba Drone
Despite being a mini arcade stick, this masterpiece packs a punch. The arcade stick has a tournament lock switch and LED indicators. In addition, there is an anti-slip bottom pad. The buttons and joystick are spread apart comfortably, and they are flexible. Instead of a USB compartment, there is room under where the wrist space is. You can stick artwork vinyl up top if you like.
Professional players provided feedback to reduce the input delay, increase the accuracy, and extend the durability of this arcade stick. The buttons have a matte finish, slimmer profile, and rounded edges. They are firm. The activation distance is short, which is a good thing. The sound is not loud nor is it silent. There is turbo functionality. The large surface area allows for easy hand movement. There are convenient grips on both sides of the arcade stick. Its weight is average, making the unit comfortable to place on a lap or table. Half the base has stability-promoting rubber pads. Modders should be glad to know that the connectors in the interior come off quite easily.
The aluminum in this arcade stick is allegedly aircraft grade. Thanks to the Sanwa parts, the gameplay feels crisp and responsive. The slope of the arcade stick provides maximal comfort, and the unit’s weight and thickness are next to perfect. It is easy to open up the case. Wire connectors for buttons are colored the same. To remove the joystick, simply pull up on the unit while holding the joystick in place. Most of the cable lies within the unit.
The arcade stick features a top panel that is brushed aluminum. The Hayabusa joystick reduces the input load by 15%. The stock bracket makes the joystick easy to replace regardless. The buttons have lower than average clearance, resulting in inputs that are faster. There is almost no learning curve required for the buttons’ Noir layout. The rubber pads on the bottom prevent the unit from sliding whether on a lap or a table. This is quite the weighty arcade stick.
5. Razer Atrox
The performance of the Atrox is next to spotless. It comes with a detachable screw-lock USB cable, additional bat top, and screwdriver, all of which can be stored within the unit. One touch provides access to internal storage. Fortunately, the top plate is interchangeable. The honeycomb structure enables easy mounting, and wires can be quickly swapped. Changing the artwork is easy since it is under clear plastic.
The joystick is quite responsive, there is plenty of wrist space, and the arcade stick fits comfortably on one’s lap. Although the layout of the buttons is Noir, there is no learning curve involved. In fact, you may even like it more than the standard Vewlix layout. The buttons themselves are pleasing to the touch. The touchpad being in the back of the unit avoids accidental presses. The hardware is solid, and the build is very sturdy.
Sanwa parts make this a quality arcade stick. There is non-slip foam padding that secures the unit on a player’s lap. There is also a compartment to store the cable. All that is needed to open the arcade stick is just a single button press. The chassis hinges are open, which makes modding easy. There is plenty of wrist space to be comfortable. The weight of the unit makes it optimal for lap and table placement.
This LED-infused arcade stick has its joystick and buttons closer than average, which makes it stand out from the rest. The joystick and buttons are quite responsive. The anti-slip rubber pads at the bottom provide stability. Add to that the decent weight of the arcade stick. It is quite comfortable to place on one’s lap. You can carry it using the sides. The LED can be customized to be on all the time or only when a button is pressed.
Runner Up: etokki Omni
This multiplatform phenomenon is simply a class act. The layout of the buttons is in the Namco Noir Tekken style. The size and weight of the arcade stick are moderate, and there are smoothly curved edges for your comfort. PVC rubber feet enhance the arcade stick’s stability. Heavy duty steel composes the structure, and the arcade stick is smooth-powder coated. Stainless Torx screws help enhance durability. Wires have quick disconnects for the player’s convenience. The clear cover is quite easily removable for stylistic changes.
This arcade stick has Sanwa parts. There is also ample wrist space. The metallic cover and base enhance the weight and stability. An octagonal joystick gate is an included accessory. Replacing the gate and buttons is quite easy. There are screws at the bottom that are easy to see for interior access. Also, the arcade stick features an acrylic panel on top that is easy to detach. You can use wired headphones with this arcade stick.