Even though 2020 saw brand new consoles launch from Xbox and PlayStation, the bestselling console of the year was still the Nintendo Switch. Hardware doesn’t come cheap on the Mario platform, however, so affordable alternatives are in high demand.
EasySMX sent us two of their new YS07 Switch Pro Wireless Controllers for review. These come in at half the MSRP of the official Switch Pro controller. We spent two weeks using them to help you decide whether or not they’re right for you.
Zoom In: Specs
- Manufacturer: EasySMX
- Design: Switch Pro
- Connectivity: Wireless
- Battery Life: 6 hours
- Price: $29.99
EasySMX YS07 Controller Video Review
Prefer watching a video instead of reading? Check out the video below from our hardware reviewer Cody Campbell.
Unboxing and Build Quality
The EasySMX YS07 Switch Pro Wireless Controllers come secured in a box with an instruction booklet and a charging cable. The cable is a USB Type-C to USB Type-A. This means the controllers will charge quickly. Unfortunately, it’s only about three feet long, so you’ll need to buy a longer cable separately if you want to use it wired when the battery runs out.
In terms of looks, the transparent colored plastic is stylish and reminds me of the transparent Game Boy Color from the ’90s. It’s retro without looking old. The white accents aren’t my favorite, though. I wish they would have used black or clear instead, but that comes down to personal taste.
Holding the controller feels nice. The buttons and triggers have good action to them. They don’t feel muddy like a lot of cheaper controllers do. The tension on the joysticks is just about perfect as well. The weight is well balanced, and it has some pretty comfortable ergonomics. There are no grips on the handholds — it’s just smooth plastic. This wasn’t an issue for me, but it’s worth mentioning since the official Switch Pro controller has PU leather grips.
Gaming on EasySMX Street
Pairing the controllers to my Switch was simple. Just plug them in, turn on the console, press the home button on the controller, and voila!
I did notice, however, that the EasySMX controllers can’t turn the Switch on from sleep mode, even once they’re paired. You need to use the JoyCons to turn it on, then turn on the SMX controllers for them to connect. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s worth mentioning.
The gameplay on the YS07 was buttery smooth after that. I played lots of Cuphead and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World: The Game — both games that are excellent tests of rapid combos and precision movements. I thought I lost a button push or two at one point, but it never happened again, and it could have easily been user error. There was no noticeable lag, and the controls felt very precise.
You can also adjust both vibration and turbo, which is a nice touch.
Has EasySMX killed the Switch Pro Controller? No. If you have $60 to spend and want the best controller you can get for your Nintendo Switch, then the official Pro from Nintendo is still the way to go.
That said, the EasySMX YS07 Switch Pro Wireless Controllers are half the price, look good, feel good, and perform exceptionally. They may well be the best cheap Switch Pro alternative available.
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Zoom Out: Verdict
Design - 8/10
Functionality - 7/10
Comfort - 8/10
Value - 9/10
EasySMX YS07 Switch Pro Wireless Controllers are an affordable alternative to the Switch Pro Controller. They can’t turn the console on, and the white accents weren’t our favorite choice, but they’re well crafted and functional.
- $30 price point
- Good button actuation
- Comfortable ergonomics
- White accents look cheap
- Can’t turn the Switch on from sleep mode
- Included charging cable is too short for wired use