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AimControllers Xbox Controller review: Perfect for pro gaming

(Pocket-lint) – If you game on Xbox, whether it’s the last-generation Xbox One or a more recent arrival like the Xbox Series X, you might be on the lookout for a custom controller that lets you eke a little bit more from the pad you’re gaming on.

Microsoft’s default controller is a great one, but many gamers want extra input options, like paddles, and there are plenty of options on the market (such as the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller). AimControllers, though, is a creditable third-party option that has the benefit of offering truly crazy degrees of customisation.

But what are they like to use over an extended period of time? After using the AimControllers PS5 Controller, we’ve been gaming with the company’s Xbox equivalent in order to find out.

If you’re not sure about the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller, or if your top priority is getting an Xbox controller that looks exactly how you imagine it in your mind’s eye, then AimControllers has a superb service that is unlikely to disappoint.

While it can get very expensive if you want every optional extra, the quality of its build is really impressive, and it even comes with a sturdy carrying case for a more protected storage solution.

Design

  • Standard Xbox One silhouette
  • Completely customisable appearance
  • Different finishes and textures

AimControllers’ pad is not a true third-party pad, and that’s important to understand – it’s a customised version of Microsoft’s own controller. This means that the bare bones of the controller are extremely familiar, with its shape mirroring a normal Xbox One version exactly.

This means you still get all the benefits of the Xbox controller’s excellent ergonomics and design, making it comfortable to hold. That said, it will still be quite chunky for those with smaller hands.

Where things get properly different is when it comes to the design process on the AimControllers website. As you choose the components that you want for your controller, you can select different colours and finishes for them as you go.

There are major choices to make, like the colour and texture of the controller’s faceplate and rear grip, but also smaller ones like the colour of the analogue sticks and triggers individually. When you add in the ability to add custom decals and Gamertags, you can basically make a controller that is 100 per cent as you have it in your imagination.

This is refreshing, and will be a dream for content creators that want matching gadgets for their channels, but it’s worth highlighting that every bit of customisation will increase the cost of the controller, to the point where a fully decked out pad can run up a bigger bill than a new Xbox Series S would.

We opted for matte black finishes with the addition of a grippy texture on the back, and both are great to use, making it easier to grip the controller even if we’re getting a little bit clammy (it happens to the best of us).

One big caveat here, though, is that you can’t reprogram the paddles’ allotted buttons once you get the controller – you’ll name their mapping as you build the controller, and that’s final. The PS5 controller that we tested from AIM doesn’t have this restriction, so it appears to be a hangup relating to Xbox’s construction.

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Ajmal Solangi is a Tech writer specializing in the intersection of tech and reviews. He likes tech news, mobile unboxing, reviews, gadgets, and more.

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