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With video game controllers seemingly getting more advanced, and far more varied in terms of options, there’s far more choice than ever before when it comes to buying an extra pad for your favourite gaming platform.
That’s especially true of the Nintendo Switch, which is stacked with different controller options both official and third-party, so choosing what to get can be difficult. We can help to make that choice a little easier though, at least when it comes to a traditional controller alternative with a reliable wired connection, with the PowerA Spectra Enhanced Wired Controller.
PowerA has established itself as one of the major sources of genuinely decent third-party video game accessories, with a huge catalogue of licensed gear for the Switch especially – including a heap of stuff themed on brands like Mario, Pokémon and The Legend of Zelda – but the Spectra Enhanced Wired Controller is easily one of its most attractive accessories. Importantly, it also offers incredible bang-for-buck with added features and a premium design that goes far beyond what you’d expect for its affordable $69 asking price at JB Hi-Fi stores.
One of the surprising additions given its price are the two mappable back buttons, which are something typically reserved for pricier pro-level controllers. These rest on the underside of the Spectra’s grips and can be quickly remapped mid-game without having to mess around in extra menus simply by using a dedicated Program button on the back of the controller. You’ll be smashing the competition in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or giving yourself the best possible edge in Mario Kart 8 in no time.
On top of the mappable back buttons, the PowerA Spectra Enhanced Wired Controller’s premium finish, ergonomic design, precision-tuned analog thumb sticks with smooth anti-friction rings and 3-metre braided USB cable all add up to make this more than just an affordable controller – it’s a competitive one.
That thoughtful design combined with the reliability of a USB connection makes this a controller designed to give players more confidence in play than something like the Switch’s included Joy-Cons, and makes it a great controller to use at home. There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack included, something many Switch controllers are still missing – including Nintendo’s own Pro Controller.
Of course, it’s hard to talk about the Spectra without mentioning its biggest selling point and namesake, the gorgeous LED lighting that can be customised with eight different colours or set to play through them in a special Rainbow Phase mode. With the USB connection there’s no risk of the controller’s running out of juice either, so you can light up your play without worry.
All told, if you’re looking for an affordable extra controller for your Nintendo Switch that packs in added features without compromising comfortable and competitive play, the PowerA Spectra Enhanced Controller ticks all the right boxes.
The Spectra Enhanced Controller and many more PowerA video gaming accessories are available now at JB HiFi stores and online at JBHiFi.com.au