Hori Wireless Gamepad – good (and cheaper) alternative to the Switch control

Tested product: Hori Wireless Gamepad
Award: SEK 420 at Amazon.se

As Switch’s popularity grows, so does the number of third-party controllers and accessories. Japanese Hori, one of the more experienced manufacturers, has already had time to release a handful of hand-held controllers, as well as other joycon options. But it is their wireless Wireless Gamepad that comes closest to the comfort found in Nintendo’s official controller.

Rating 4 out of 5

Opinion

Hori Wireless Gamepad does almost everything that Nintendo’s own Pro control does, at a cheaper price. It is really comfortable to use during long gaming sessions and has two proper triggers for Z buttons. Do not let the plastic surface fool you – the control is one of the better cordless alternatives to the Switch.

Positively

  • Lightweight and comfortable.
  • Large Z-trigger.
  • Cheaper than Nintendo’s original.

Negative

  • Lacks shake and Amiibo functions.
  • Something plastic.
  • Not recognized in Steam.

Design and comfort

With that said, Horis accessories are also licensed by the big N and thus their hand control also has a guarantee stamp that they are at least of good quality. But at the first test we become skeptical. The control is feather-light compared to the Pro control and also feels more plastic. The buttons are all the bigger, as is the handlebar cross. The latter is an advantage for control in 2d games, especially if you compare with the joystick-free joycon controls that come with the Switch.

Hori Wireless Gamepad

Another detail that stands out are the ZL and ZR buttons. And that literally, since these are narrower and longer than Nintendo’s ditto. In more action-packed games, such as Fortnite or the newly released Switch version of Apex Legends, that set is preferable. The bulging top in each Z-button also means that the index fingers “rest” better. All in all, the control is really comfortable during longer sessions and hardly feels clean in terms of weight.

Features

One reason why the Horis control weighs significantly less than Nintendo’s is that it lacks certain features. Specifically the hd-rumble and nfc reader where we usually scan Amiibo cards and figures. The latter is not vital and can be quickly resolved by temporarily switching to a joycon. Shaking, on the other hand, had not hurt, but on the other hand it had probably resulted in a heavier control.

Hori Switch controller

As a petitess, it can also be mentioned that the control is not recognized in the Steam client on the PC, unlike Nintendo’s control. For computer gaming, however, there is a larger selection of options in terms of controls. However, something that remains in the Horis Switch control is the gyro function. We hard tested it in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, which has a lot of “point” elements. Here we noticed no differences at all compared to Nintendo’s own controls.

Hori vs Nintendo controller

In other words, you do not have to worry about the control not being compatible with certain titles. The control even feels like the “real” Pro control in most games we tested. It is also synced in exactly the same way. If you can live without easily accessible Amiibo functions and do not mind the lack of shaking functions, the Hori Wireless Gamepad is a really good alternative. Which is also significantly cheaper than the original.


Specifications

Product name: Hori Wireless Gamepad
Manufacturer: Hori
Tested: February / March 2021
Format: Switch
Range: Up to 10 meters
Battery life: Up to 15 hours
Connection: Charging via usb-c
Shake function: No
Gyro: Yes
Weight: 179 grams
Award: SEK 420 at Amazon.se