Welcome to our Gioteck WX4 review. The WX4 is a third party controller designed for use with the Nintendo Switch, but it also works with PS3 systems and PCs. The WX4 is available in both a wired and wireless option, the latter of which is the subject of this review.
- Gioteck WX4
- System: Nintendo Switch, PC, PS3
- Model: WX4NSW-21-MU
- Colors: Red, Blue, Silver, Black
- Available: From September 2019
- Price £24.99
- Review Sample Provided
I’ll start with the packaging, which in this case is a rather cool looking box which is hard to explain. However, this box gives this otherwise affordable controller a much more premium-like alure that is a positive sign of things to come.
Similar in appearance to an Xbox One controller, the WX4 is really quite easy to pick up and get used to. It’s also the same size as an Xbox One controller although it’s slightly skinnier and a hell of a lot lighter, which in turn makes quite a comfortable little controller and surprisingly it’s much more comfortable than the square factor of the Switch Joy-Cons whilst used in the controller grip.
The overall styling of the WX4 is rather neat with a lot of attention paid to the button layout in order to ensure a comfortable experience. There’s nothing about this controller that screams ugly at all, instead, it looks brilliant.
When it comes to buttons the WX4 features all of the same ones found across the Joy-Cons. This means you get the minus and plus buttons, the X, A, B, Y buttons, the d-pad, the asymmetrical thumbsticks, the screenshot button, the home button, and the bumper/trigger buttons. For the most part, these buttons are all very responsive although the trigger buttons do feel a bit stiff as if they’re on tight springs.
A lot of third party controllers do suffer from the use of cheaper materials for their production and that can be said about the WX4, which whilst comfortable to hold and nice to look at does use what feels like a rather cheap plastic which when tapped gives a slightly hollow noise off.
A battery capable of delivering up to 10 hours of use per charge is what powers the WX4. So far I’ve charged the battery once and that was after roughly 10 hours of use across a few different Switch games. Charging the battery is done via a microUSB cable that can be plugged into the USB ports on your Switch dock or any other USB port for that matter and it’s easy to tell when its fully charged thanks to the LED lights on the front of the controller.
What I love most about the WX4 as a third party controller is that it doesn’t force you to make compromises and lose features such as motion controls. The WX4 keeps the motion control system and whilst not quite as smooth as Nintendo’s own system, it works really well as I have learned from testing it on a few different games. As well as the motion system the WX4 also features vibration motors as you’d expect from any modern controller.
Connecting the WX4 to the Switch is a rather simple process that is done over Bluetooth which means there’s no dongle required and you can use the controller with the Switch no matter if it’s docked or in tabletop mode.
In conclusion, the WX4 is a solid little controller that’s perfect for your Switch needs. It’s comfortable, has a familiar layout, and is very affordable. I usually find it quite hard to get into cheap third party controllers but the WX4 just feels different and so much better than the typical standard of third party controllers.
That concludes our WX4 review. For more information about the controller, check out this website.