Microsoft Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller

from  $198+
86
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Xbox One Elite controller review: A better gamepad at a steep price

The Elite controller is the best Xbox gamepad Microsoft has ever made, but it doesn't come cheap. At $150, your best bet is waiting for a price drop or a bundle deal unless you're dead-set on getting a leg up against folks online.

Pros
  • Feels great in-hand; very grippy finish throughout
  • Loads of customization options
  • Mature, understated design
  • Improves on the standard Xbox One gamepad in every way
  • Bumper buttons are finally, actually usable
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Levers and faceted d-pad don't feel secure
  • Feels heavy at first
  • Clamshell case doesn't keep everything in place
  • Customization options could be overwhelming for some
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Controller / gamepad
Connection
Wireless

General

Type
Controller / gamepad

Controls

Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2) (Concave)
Triggers
2
Customizeable buttons
yes

Connection

Connection
Wireless

Compatibility

Compatibility
Game consoles (Microsoft)