On Xbox, the controller industry is not particularly competitive. This is due to the high quality of the drivers that Microsoft manufactures and that cover most spectra. Wired, wireless, standard or competition controls. All this with the different color versions and more.
The point is that there are always manufacturers who find a place to stand out, and today I want to tell you about one of them. It’s Nacon with its Pro Compact for Microsoft consoles and PCs. An order that stands out precisely for its design.
|Connection type||Cable 3 meters.|
|audio||Jack the 3.5.|
|Programmable buttons||By application.|
|Supported audio||3D audio (Atmos).|
To note: The controller includes a Dolby Atmos license.
Nacon Pro Compact: retro lines and shiny button layout
I have to admit the first time I saw this remote I fell in love. And it is that the Pro Compact is distinguished precisely by a design close to the retro controls of bygone eras. Some lines that personally ended up making me unable to stop looking at her. Perhaps this is where it will stand out the most, as I said before Microsoft doesn’t leave a lot of free space to compete in other areas so design can be a part of very strong differentiation.
Beyond the beauty of the order itself, its design fulfills very specific functions that when it comes to playing, I really appreciate it. First of all, the part of the horns of the controller where the hands rest is small and won’t slip, so I can grip it with confidence. Specifically, the Pro Compact is 15% smaller than the Xbox series controller. The rough feel ensures that your hands don’t sweat (a problem I suffer from a lot) and that in turn the grip is improved.
In addition, the buttons have a special distribution. If you have small hands you will love it. The front buttons A, B, Y, and C are almost a third bigger than those on the original Xbox controller. Continuing with the front, the distribution of the “Guide”, “Menu” and “Share” buttons is undoubtedly a success since they are much closer to the thumbs.
Although if there was anything I needed to point out as negatives, it would be both the crossing and the triggers. The shape of the triggers, although not bad in itself, loses grip by not ending in a curved shape. It’s something I’ve always hated about controllers like the Dualshock. And as far as the crossbar is concerned, it conforms but does not stand out in any way.
But he has a cable …
The downside for many of you might be that the remote works via a cable. A 3 meter braided cable that goes very far. But the cable after all. Like I said at the start the Nacon Pro Compact is an order for a very specific profile and it is in the design and position of the buttons that it has its greatest appeal. So for me the cable is not a problem, in fact today it has become my main order.
Personalization, response and materials
Finally, I would like to highlight some aspects that I consider relevant with regard to the Naco Pro Compact. The first is the customization of buttons through the application available in the Microsoft Store. With it you can play advanced controller parameters such as:
- Programmable buttons.
- The adjustment of the sticks.
- Adjustment of controls.
- Trigger sensitivity adjustment.
You could say he has some features already included in some premium controllers, without actually being. You have to be clear with this because the Pro Compact doesn’t claim to be a premium controller. This is why perhaps the quality of the materials, especially in the triggers, seems of lower quality than in other controls.
Otherwise the response is great, the cable will always make the latency lower than wireless technology, so for heavy gaming where precision is essential this is an ideal controller.