8Bitdo SN30 Pro+ Bluetooth Gamepad for Smartphones and Nintendo Switch for $49.99

8Bitdo is known for controllers in the retro design of old Nintendo consoles. The 8Bitdo SN30 Pro+ keeps this tradition, but is more based on the current Pro controller of the Switch.

8Bitdo SN30 Pro+ Controller Colors

Why a Bluetooth Gamepad?

Let’s start with a general part: Is a gamepad like this needed at all? When playing on a smartphone, at least it’s annoying to have to press your big fingers around on the display that’s too small anyway. It’s inaccurate, slower and less intuitive. A Bluetooth controller can make the difference between winning and losing in racing games, shooters and hectic RPGs on a mobile phone.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
The original Switch Pro controller for comparison.

The Nintendo Switch is similar. I probably didn’t buy most of the controllers at the beginning, but used the Joy Cons (and played through Zelda with it). Because they were cheap, I eventually bought two controllers from 8Bitdo, because I liked the design and needed controllers for the multiplayer. The last controller I bought was the original Pro Controller. And as beautiful as the retro models look, and as practical as the Joy Cons may be – the larger Pro Controller is by far the best. It fits better in the hand and allows a more precise control due to the larger sticks. All the more I’m happy to see that there is a similar controller available from 8Bitdo, whose products I’ve mostly liked so far.

The SN30 Pro+

Especially in the black version it looks quite similar to the Pro Controller. In the two grey versions you are closer to the design of the old SNES controllers. Wine-red or light purple buttons as well as the shape of the Start and Select buttons immediately bring back memories. The controller weighs 222 grams and measures 153.6 x 102.7 x 64.3 mm.

8Bitdo SN30 Pro+ Controller on Laptop

The buttons are the same as on the Pro-Controller. Control pad, Start/Select (corresponds to +/-), A, B, X, Y, two additional keys (home and screenshot) and two analog sticks. There are two shoulder buttons on each side. The difference to the Nintendo controllers is the position of the sticks, which are both located in the middle of the Playstation controller.

The SN30 Pro+ is connected with Bluetooth 4.0. It is compatible with Android smartphones, Windows and also macOS, but according to information on the manufacturer side not with iOS and therefore iPhones. The Nintendo Switch is supported, as well as the Switch Lite from firmware version 9.0.0.

With the 8Bitdo Ultimate software, the keys can also be assigned macros. The controller also has a vibration function that can be adjusted in several stages.

Evaluation

I have to admit that I am a little biased in my assessment, because I own a switch myself and play on it regularly. Smartphone gaming, on the other hand, never keeps me in the game for long, and I wouldn’t buy a gamepad for that either. I find the SN30 Pro+ interesting in the sense that it once again has an appealing design and hopefully combines this with the quality that 8Bitdo is used to. But the gamepads of the brand are often not the cheapest. The SN30 Pro+ costs between 40 and 50 dollars – cheaper than the Nintendo version (around $60), but more expensive than many other third-party controllers.

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I love Gadgets destined to ease your everyday life - e.g. smart home gadgets. I own a few Xiaomi Gadgets (Xiaomi Mi A1, Xiaomi Yeelight Bedside Lamp, Xiaomi Wifi Repeater etc.), and would consider myself a fan :) 

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