PowerA Switch wired controller unboxing & review

I got my hands on a few of PowerA’s Switch wired controllers. They have detachable wires, the analogs are huge, and they’re painted with awesome designs. Here are my full thoughts on the PowerA Switch wired controller.

Disclaimer: These products were provided by PowerA for review purposes.

If you were wanting to know some quick bullet points on the products, I will list my thoughts below.

PowerA Switch wired controller for Nintendo Switch pros/cons


  • The grip and controller mold feels really comfortable in the hands (very similar to the Switch Pro and Xbox One controller
  • Even though it renders the controller useless,I love that the wire is detachable. Makes the controllers a lot easier to store
  • Peach controller is painted beautifully with a lot of attention to detail
  • Face-buttons are nice and clicky
  • Initially, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the big analog stick. However, after a while, they grew on me and I’ve grown to love them
  • Long wire included


  • The D-pad paint is pretty ugly
  • It’s wired only, which speaks for itself
  • No rumble, which is the pretty big letdown
  • I’m not very upset about there being no amiibo functionality but it should be noted in case you were curious
  • ZL and ZR buttons are a bit mushy

Controller specifications (via GameStop)
  • Officially licensed for Nintendo Switch
  • Comfortable shape, and solid lightweight construction
  • Switch System buttons (+, -, Home, Capture)
  • Left/Right shoulder buttons and triggers (L/R/ZL/ZR)
  • 2 analog sticks: precision tuned to eliminate dead zones
  • 8-way plus-shaped Directional Control Pad (D-Pad)
  • Nintendo ABXY button layout (larger than Joy-Con)
  • Detachable 10ft (3m) micro-USB to standard USB-C cable
  • 2-year limited warranty – Register at PowerA.com

That’s my general thoughts on PowerA’s wired controllers for Nintendo Switch — be sure to check out the video above to get my full impressions. Do you plan on picking any of these accessories up? Be sure to leave all of your thoughts in the comments section below, or join the discussion over on our Facebook page.

Buy the PowerA Switch wired controller HERE.

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PowerA wired controller (Switch)


Very good



  • Detachable wires
  • Mold/design
  • Large analog sticks feel great


  • ZL and ZR buttons are a bit mushy
  • Analog sticks may be jarring for you
  • D-pad feels a bit stiff
Brett Medlock
Brett Medlock is Nintendo Enthusiast's Editor-in-chief. He’s obsessed with action-adventure games, platinum trophies, and K-pop. To hear more about how lame he is, follow him on Twitter @brettnll