PowerA Fusion Pro For Nintendo Switch review
- Mappable Pro Pack - Map buttons to the rear paddles on-the-fly without letting go of the thumb sticks
- Custom protective case - Fits controller, cable, and accessories
- 3.5 millimeter audio jack - Get crystal-clear game audio when paired with any wired headphones
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The PowerA Fusion Pro is a high-end gamepad for Nintendo Switch and one of the best alternatives to a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
It costs $30 more, feels just as well made as a first-party pad, and has a programmable paddle module that can be removed if you want the PowerA Fusion Pro to feel more like a regular controller most of the time.
There are two problems, or at least two important ones are missing features. The PowerA Fusion Pro does not have NFC, which is used to identify Amiibos. And, the part we miss the most, there’s no rumble feedback at all.
This is doubly disappointing considering the older and comparably priced Xbox version of these pad has rumble engines. It’s undoubtedly a matter of cost, but it means you’re missing out in an important experiential sense by not simply taking the predictable route and buying a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller instead.
However, the PowerA Fusion Pro build can compete with much more expensive third-party pads, and what you get in the box is much more generous than the Nintendo pad.
We’re torn, and whether you should buy this pad or Nintendo’s one largely comes down to whether you’ll miss rumble or not. Price and availability
The PowerA Fusion Pro costs $99.99, or £79.99 in the UK. This makes it $30 more expensive than the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
It’s a bold move, especially when the Switch doesn’t have the same following of competitive gamers as the Xbox and PlayStation consoles, for which you can buy much more expensive “pro” controllers. Why does it cost so much more?
This pad is built much better than most PowerA controllers and Nintendo has economies of scale. It’s easier to make gadgets like this more affordable when you know you can produce and sell them by truck. To design button quality
PowerA Fusion Pro
In the language of some accessory companies, “Pro” is synonymous with customization. With the most hardcore pads you can remap buttons, change the sensitivities and dead zones of the analog sticks and triggers.
PowerA offers some of these kinds of customizations, but build quality is the first thing that justifies the “Pro” label here. It’s excellent, much better than the PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller we recently reviewed.
Part of this positive impression is caused by relatively superficial elements. There are almost certainly weights in the PowerA Fusion Pro to give it extra weight, as it doesn’t have vibration motors that add ‘natural’ weight to a pad.
The soft-touch finish of the PowerA Fusion Pro’s faceplates is beautiful and the handles are covered with injection-molded rubber. This pad is strong, grippy and solid. It feels like a first-party pad, and arguably better than the Xbox series gamepad, whose surface is all hard plastic.
However, there is more to the PowerA Fusion Pro’s build. The analog sticks are ALPS parts. The same company supplied parts for the PlayStation DualShock 4. This should help minimize stick drift over time. And if they do break after a while, you can replace them yourself. The sticks are smooth and have a ring of smooth plastic around them to enhance the feel of 360-degree rotating movements.
You can replace the faceplates if you also wear a gloss in the matte finish. They are held in place with magnets. You simply lift the plate off with a fingernail, and both white and black ones are included. That must be worth $7-10 in the aftermarket accessories world, right? Advertisement
You really get the feeling that the PowerA Fusion Pro is built to last, even if some parts naturally start to deteriorate over time.
The magnetic impulse triggers are fantastic, all buttons have a well-defined non-hollow action. Playing with a PowerA Fusion Pro is a joy. And it might look even better than Nintendo’s Pro pad, if you like a reserved look. What’s in the box?
Buy a Nintendo Switch Pro controller and you’ll get the pad itself and a cable in the box. The PowerA Fusion Pro comes with a lot more.
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