Review: NES30 (Hardware)
The NES30 is the next product in line from 8Bitdo which has various improvements over their previous product the FC30. The controller looks to attract the nostalgia crowd with its retro redesign who are reminiscent of the good old days of gaming. Some of the upgrades include a MicroUSB port instead of a MiniUSB port and better buttons that stay true to the original controller. Will these upgrades make the the NES30 a truly great bluetooth controller? Continue reading below to find out.
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Packaging and Contents
Setup and Usage
https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Robert Broglia for testing the controller functions.
My Galaxy S3 with an Otterbox Commuter case fit well into the Xtander, it feels secure and doesnt seem it will fall out easily, though either side was the same for me as for the angle went. Obviously this was only made for small phones and devices, tablets are way to heavy to sit in the Xtander without topping over, believe me I have tried. Six inch screen devices would probably be the highest I would put in it but seven inch devices might work such as the Nexus 7. The emulator detected the controller immediately I was able to load up a rom fine which was Super Mario Bros. and play it with the controller. You can also map emulator functions to the the unused buttons such as open menu, navigation, back, enter, save state, load state, and a few other nifty functions that you can access right at your finger tips. I tested a few more roms then moved onto SNES and GBA, now SNES in particular will use all the game keys which required me to map them all first. Once done and started playing a game which was Yoshi's Island I noticed it was a bit difficult to operate the L and R triggers comfortably mainly because of the controller size and shape. You can still play the game but its not as comfortable as I would like say to something like a PS3 controller, an optional controller grip might solve this if one were ever offered. I also tested the USB controller function in windows and was able to map controls in an NES emulator just as if it were a standard USB controller.
The NES30 certainly lives up as an improvement over the FC30 based on my testing. While it might appear as a bit pricey to some people compared to regular bluetooth controllers, you are getting a product jam packed with modes and functions along with 8Bitdo's support for future features and product fixes when compared to simple controllers that have no support. The controller along with all the included extra's make it for a very nice package, there are still a few kinks to work out but its mainly just the gamepad software. What lies ahead for 8Bitdo team as far as their next controller remains to be seen but one could guess its going to be the SNES30 or SF30.
+ Upgradable fiirmware
+ Can emulate other controllers as well as keyboards and touch interface
+ Controller and buttons feel very solid
+ Stays true to the NES controller design
+ Includes a device stand
+ Includes a collectible keychain
- L & R triggers are awkward to use
- 8Bitdo gamepad software is buggy
out of 10