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The 7 Best Wireless Controllers for PC

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, Xbox Wireless Controller, and Logitech Gamepad F710 on a multi-colored background
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While a mouse and keyboard is the input method of choice for many PC gamers, it never hurts to have a dedicated controller lying around—even better if it has wireless connectivity for untethered play. Controllers are ideal for third-person and sidescrolling games, and can offer unique advantages in some competitive titles (such as Rocket League and Fortnite). But while there are loads of wireless controllers out there, these are the ones actually worth your money.

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controller configuration settings can take care of all this for you with just a few clicks—it can also get more specialized features like gyro sensors working. This is the method we recommend for most players because you’re likely buying most of your games through Steam anyway, and you can use this in non-Steam games as well.
  • Extra Features: While stuff like input remapping, extra buttons, and swappable joysticks aren’t necessary features for a controller to have, any controller that does feature them is definitely receiving some bonus points.  This usually requires installing software for the controller, which we’ll be sure to mention and link to.
  • Connectivity: When it comes time to connect your new controller to your PC, there are two main methods: Bluetooth or a wireless adapter. Both work fine, just depends on what the controller supports—but adapters, generally speaking, provide more stability and lower response times.
  • Xbox Accessories app.

    The Xbox controller runs off of two AA batteries lasting for around 30 hours, but you can circumvent this with either the official rechargeable battery pack from Microsoft, or third-party offerings such as PowerA’s charging stand. The Wireless controller connects over Bluetooth, but you can pick it up with an additional adapter if you want a more stable connection. It’s also worth noting that Xbox One controllers, which are extremely similar to the Xbox Wireless Controller, can be found for lower prices if you look around—especially if you don’t mind buying used.

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    The default PC controller for a reason—easy connection and a great design elevate this model above most.

    lower prices than the DualSense if you don’t care about the updated design.

    “Profiler” software to customize inputs.

    Unfortunately, there’s no estimated battery life given for the F710, but customers and reviewers report it lasting anywhere from a few weeks to multiple months. While your mileage will vary depending on the batteries you install and how often you play, the battery life seems, at the very least, acceptable.

    software, and make use of the paddles on the back of the controller for extra actions. Throw in an improved design with grippy handles, and a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 40 hours, and you’ve got a great controller on your hands.

    And just like the standard Xbox Wireless Controller, you should have no issues connecting the Elite to a Windows machine through Bluetooth or an adapter (sold separately).

    excellent Sn30+ Pro works on PC as well. The controller looks like a classic SNES controller sprouted handles and joysticks, and it is fantastic for playing sidescrollers and other old-school-styled games.  Through 8Bitdo’s “Ultimate” software, you can customize inputs (great because it, by default, uses Nintendo’s button layout), alter trigger sensitivity, and even configure turbo buttons—which repeat the same input at rapid speeds.

    The Sn30+ Pro connects over Bluetooth and will last around 18 hours on a full charge. It’s also available in a few colors which mimick the style of the SNES, Super Famicom, and a standard black (pictured above).

    Steam’s controller configurator is highly recommended—especially because it gets the gyro controls functioning.

    “Ultimate” software to create macros and remap inputs, but changing the inputs doesn’t just alter it on a software level . Each button has an LED label next to tell you what it does, and that will change accordingly as you remap inputs. While the Arcade Stick is primarily designed for fighting games, it also works fantastically with any classic arcade games or even modern titles which take on similar genres.

    The Arcade Stick connects via Bluetooth or the included wireless adapter and will last 30-40 hours on a full charge. And for those interested in modding, you’ll be happy to hear that 8Bitdo designed this controller to be compatible with any 30mm/24mm arcade buttons and most arcade sticks.

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    The DJI Air 2S Picks Up an Upgraded Digicam, Drops the “Mavic” Moniker

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    A DJI Air 2S drone floating in a farmfield.
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    If a first-particular person look at drone is a small a great deal for you, DJI has yet another new drone on the industry that may well be a small far more helpful to beginners—minus the price tag. The $999 DJI Air 2S is a observe-up to the DJI Mavic Air 2 and residences a greater digicam and upgraded sensors.

    Past year’s Mavic Air 2 started out at $799 before bundle possibilities, and although an enhanced rate is not pleasurable to see, the recently update sensors and camera aid justify the expense. The Air 2S techniques up to a 1-inch 20-megapixel digicam and no for a longer time relies on pixel binning to produce superior-good quality even now shots. It can history movie at 5K 30fps, or 4K 60fps, even though that latter option does make use of a crop.

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    Talking of the crop, the new drone also arrives with a lot more electronic zoom selections, while the additional you zoom, the a lot less resolution you get. But now, you can go all the way up to an 8X zoom if you don’t mind reverting to 1080p 30fps video.

    The drone’s sensors all obtained an upgrade as well, and DJI extra a pair of new impediment cameras. The obstacle cameras help “binocular zooming” to place objects farther absent at quicker speeds. But that led to a pounds raise, 595 grams to the more mature drone’s 570 grams, and a flight time reduce to 31 minutes from 33 minutes.

    A new “MasterShots” feature claims to get the video video clip in any area. You find the subject matter and then the drone flies via a set of pre-recorded flight styles while recording. It’ll preserve the subject matter at the centre of the body to produce a “short cinematic video clip.”

    But in theory, the new DJI Air 2S need to choose better photographs and avoid a lot more crashes, which can help save you money in the extended run. You can acquire the DJI Air 2S now for $999 from the company’s web site. Or you can spend $1,300 on the “Fly More” combo to net the drone, three batteries, a charging dock, ND filters, and a shoulder bag.

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