Scuf Intuition Professional PC controller evaluation

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Our Verdict

Our favorite non-Microsoft or Sony controller, with the solidity, ergonomics and elegance we wish from a premium PC gaming pad. However it’s a tricky market dominated by the large bois, and a few tremendous shiny beauty customisation choices cannot fairly make up for the value tag.

For

  • Nice customisation choices
  • Feels reassuringly stable within the hand
  • Responsive and correct

In opposition to

  • Customisation actually prices
  • AA batteries, not rechargeable
  • It is simply not the Elite…

Scuf is likely one of the premium gamers within the third-party controller market, providing players on PC, Xbox, or PlayStation well-built, well designed pads to go along with their platform of alternative. The brand new Scuf Intuition Professional controller is its newest Microsoft-focused pad, however when the Elite Sequence 2 exists on the planet, how does anybody else compete within the fanatic controller house? 

You give folks choices. And many them.

The controller market is a mighty robust place to try to make a residing, and that is true whether or not you are speaking in regards to the PC or console worlds. The most important situation is that, beginning with the unique PlayStation pad, it is the precise console makers themselves which have all however sewn up the market with their very own first-party pads.

The truth that each the most recent Xbox and PlayStation consoles have already got excellent controllers—made by Microsoft and Sony and bundled within the field—makes it onerous to see why you’d go elsewhere. Issue within the $50-or-less pricing for these pads, and whenever you’re after both a second controller or a substitute one, then it is robust to look previous the usual controllers.

However there’s at all times the fanatic market… and Microsoft went and conquered that too, with its second-gen Elite Sequence 2. That is a premium priced pad, with a $179.99 sticker value, and a premium really feel to match. Although it is also been round lengthy sufficient to get common reductions.

The Scuf Intuition Professional, with its personal $200 price ticket, has obtained lots to do if it desires to depose the present finest PC controller from its lofty perch. Scuf’s earlier MO has been to supply an unprecedented quantity of alternative when it comes to the look of its pads, and with the Intuition and Intuition Professional it is supplying you with a complete lot extra alternative about how your explicit controller feels proper out of the field too.

Scuf Instinct Pro controller and Xbox Series X controller on a stone step

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Intuition Professional specs

Compatibility: Home windows 10, Xbox One and Sequence X/S, MacOS Catalina

Connectivity: Xbox Wi-fi, Bluetooth

Ports: USB-C, Extension Port, 3.5mm Stereo Headset Jack

Wi-fi vary: As much as 45 ft / 12m

Thumbstick format: Uneven

Guarantee: 6-month

Weight: 280g

Value: $199.99 (plus customisation choices)

Scuf has not less than acknowledged there’s little level attempting to one-up Microsoft in terms of the general design of the Intuition Professional, as a result of it seems to be bodily similar to an ordinary Xbox Sequence X/S controller. Clearly apart from the faceplate, rings, and mute button on the entrance.

Some producers— you, Min—have chosen to principally comply with the usual design, however with some bigger prospers in order that you already know for certain who truly made the pad in query. Typically making third-party controllers look overblown and over-designed.

So, if you cannot beat them, be part of them and iterate from there. Which is precisely what Scuf has executed in providing an enormous number of completely different beauty and bodily customisation choices from the preliminary retailer web page. The faceplate choices, and the rings across the thumbsticks, are the obvious, however you additionally get to choose your alternative of precise thumbsticks when it comes to size and topper (convex or concave).

There are additionally choices to vary the D-pad, button facades, in addition to the styling of each the bumpers and the triggers. Apparently, there’s additionally the choice to take away the rumble motors from contained in the controller. That is one thing you will typically discover the professionals, not less than those that use pads, will find yourself eradicating from their match controllers in favour of a discount in weight, and to chop down on the inherent distraction of hand-wobble.

Scuf Instinct Pro controller customisation options

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The Scuf Intuition Professional is extra than simply the sum of these largely beauty choices, nonetheless, providing a number of profiles for its button configurations. That is vital due to the 4 built-in ‘paddle’ buttons on the reverse of the pad. They’re nowhere close to as intrusive because the flappy paddles of the Elite Sequence 2, or earlier Scuf controllers, and are simply accessible and have a satisfying click on to them, too. They are often programmed to correspond to any of the usual controller buttons, although sadly are restricted to the pad, so that you could not map a keyboard operate to the controller and add to the inputs already on provide.

The triggers are dual-function, however differently to the Elite. As an alternative of providing completely different depths of analogue motion the Intuition Professional has a flick change that means that you can transfer from a easy analogue set off to a quick-shot button that feels extra like a shallow mouse click on than anything. That is supposedly for fast-paced shooters, the place a hair-trigger is extra fascinating than analogue management.

In any case my very own pre-purchase private customisation decisions, I am left with a gloriously sizzling pink pad that prices $247.92 out of the gate. Fortunately all the choice pricing is apparent, so you may tune down your calls for if issues begin to get somewhat out of hand. Nonetheless, someway, I’ve managed so as to add one other $50 on high of the price of this already premium-priced controller. 

However hell, it is a rattling high-quality trying controller now, and feels pretty much as good in-game as my immediately quite drab black Elite Sequence 2.

The thumbsticks are reassuringly stable and responsive throughout gaming a session. Hammering the sticks with fast switches of path in a twitch recreation have not had an impression on the pad, and so they nonetheless really feel easy and correct whenever you’re in one thing much less fast-paced. The triggers have a delightful motion, too, possibly not fairly so deep because the Elite, however nonetheless simply as correct.

The remainder of the button-feel is strong and reassuringly clicky too, although I might say the hair-trigger mode feels somewhat too shallow for my tastes. However I can see the place some folks would possibly favor it, so I am not going to rely that as something greater than private alternative, not a damaging.

It feels nice within the hand too, with the interchangeable faceplates and high-performance grip which means it by no means seems like it will fly out of your hand. Except you imply it to, clearly. And it is lots like the feel of the Elite’s grip, and the most recent Sequence X/S controllers.

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Scuf Instinct Pro controller under the faceplate

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Scuf Instinct Pro controller in front of a System 76 Launch keyboard

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Scuf Instinct Pro controller rear of the pad

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Scuf Instinct Pro controller on a stone step

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Although this continued comparability with the present Microsoft controllers continues to be the large situation. I may have spent the most effective a part of $250 to get a pad that appears completely different, however feels largely the identical as my absolute favorite controller, which prices considerably much less. It is uncommon that we get to name out the Elite Sequence 2 as the worth possibility, however that is what it’s compared to the Scuf Intuition Professional.

All of it comes again to the truth that Microsoft has already executed such a very good job with the Elite it leaves little room for competitors. An entire lot of the customisation choices Scuf provides whenever you order the Intuition Professional come as commonplace with the Sequence 2, issues like a number of completely different D-pads and thumbsticks. 

And the Elite additionally provides one foremost factor Scuf’s finest would not.

The Intuition Professional nonetheless requires AA batteries, like commonplace Xbox pads, not like the Elite which homes a lithium ion battery and might be charged from its cradle or when wired up. 

Once more, this might merely be about Scuf’s purported esports leanings, with the power to swap in a recent pair of batteries mid-tournament probably being a promoting level. Equally lithium ion batteries have a finite shelf life, so for heavy, heavy customers that might be a problem. Although it is not one thing I’ve ever skilled with my Elite pad prior to now few years of use.

Have been the Elite and the Intuition Professional the identical value, customisation and all, then this may need been a more durable alternative. The Scuf pad is the most effective of all of the alt-controllers I’ve ever used, with a stable, dependable really feel that provides me complete confidence in its longevity. 

However the Elite is the finest controller I’ve used, and comes with the customisation choices that actually matter as commonplace. And it is cheaper too. Which feels a bizarre factor to say about Microsoft’s premium pad. Positive, it might not be as fairly as my private Intuition Professional—and therein lies Scuf’s foremost promoting level—however the Elite Sequence 2 nonetheless will get my vote.

Scuf Intuition Professional

Our favorite non-Microsoft or Sony controller, with the solidity, ergonomics and elegance we wish from a premium PC gaming pad. However it’s a tricky market dominated by the large bois, and a few tremendous shiny beauty customisation choices cannot fairly make up for the value tag.

Dave James

Dave has been gaming because the days of Zaxxon and Girl Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Loss of life Race 2000!). He constructed his first gaming PC on the tender age of 16, and at last completed bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system round a yr later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first began writing for Official PlayStation Journal and Xbox World many a long time in the past, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 amongst others. Now he is again, writing in regards to the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with extra cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the solar, and SSDs extra capacious than a Cybertruck.