Review: WILLGOO Wireless Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (Hardware)
BittBoy is actually behind the WILLGOO-branded version of a Pro Switch controller. The newcomer in the Nintendo Switch accessory scene came up with an impressive product with its first controller which I reviewed earlier, being very affordable and packing a lot of features while being very light. This new version might look generic, heck, it might even just be a rebranded product already out there in the market. But at the time of writing, it has a price tag of $27.95 on Amazon, and is worth taking a look at given all the features it promises and especially if you have a limited budget, are looking for a Player 2 controller or are looking for a versatile controller.
Indeed, this gamepad not only works with the Nintendo Switch but it is also compatible wirelessly with PCs and Android! While you are most likely to purchase this controller for your Nintendo Switch, the PC and Android compatibility is a nice-to-have feature and makes for an adequate affordable spare controller for those platforms. However, do note that gyro and rumble features don’t work when paired to an Android device for some reason.
Other than being quite versatile, the WILLGOO Pro controller boasts the following:
- Support for firmware 6.1.0. and up (upgradeable to support future firmwares)
- Gyro support
- Rumble feature
- Light weight at 202 grams
- Up to 4 WILLGOO wireless Pro controllers can be connected to a Switch console simultaneously
Comparing it to its predecessor, the BittBoy Pro controller, the WILLGOO controller is very much alike save for its transparent shell design. It is similarly light at 202g, packs a 380mAh battery which takes 2-3 hours to charge up and also comes with a rather short 75 cm USB Charging Cable. They have also improved with placing the screenshot button on the face of the controller rather than awkwardly on the top like with the previous iteration. This and the PC/Android wireless compatibility are the biggest improvements with this version, while keeping the controller at an affordable price.
Of course, given the price, WILLGOO has had to cut corners. The build quality is flagrant for one, made of cheap plastic and even its integrated palm grip is just a matte piece of plastic offering no added grip whatsoever. But overall, it fits snugly in the hands, especially when weighing 202 grams. The USB cable could have been longer, allowing you to charge the device and use it at the same time in docked mode.
This might sound nitpicky but as an upgrade, the company might have upgraded more relevant features to the Switch like including NFC support and packing the controller with HD rumble. However, this might bump the price a little and swayed the company away from its affordability philosophy. Nevertheless, these are aspects which can be improved and hopefully integrated in future revisions and I had to put it out there for the company to consider. I will be including these in my "Cons" list but that does not mean the controller is bad per se. It's just that being an upgrade, there is still room for improvements.
+ Feature rich
+ Versatile compatibility (PC and Android)
- Battery life
- Build quality
- No NFC support
- No HD rumble
- Shot length of included USB cable
out of 10
This revamped version of the BittBoy Pro controller adds some new features, a new design while keeping a budget price point. However, there are more features to be desired in a Pro controller, like better battery life, HD rumble and NFC support but BittBoy seems to be heading in the right direction. Hopefully, future iterations will include such features while keeping its trademark affordability.