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Letters from the Front

My initial review of the Series 2 back in November of 2019 was glowing, praising its battery life amongst many other features like the convenient charge dock, ergonomic design, and extensive customization. While it felt more durable than most gamepads, you can never tell how durable it is without our good friend time.

The previous Elite Controller seemed rock solid, but it came with a hidden failure, which came in the form of its rubber grips, which would fall off over time. I experienced this with my original Elite Controller, so, understandably there would be some concerns going into the Elite Controller V2.

I decided to revisit my initial review as I said like I would and review it again six months later. Turns out, the Series Elite Controller 2 is holding up quite nicely.

Still Functioning like New

The Xbox Elite Controller has a large amount of moving parts and connective pieces, owing to customizable thumbsticks, paddles, and so on that exists within the app on the Xbox One. It also has unique rubber grips that attach at the edges of the controller, mostly around the front and the back, giving it a bit of flair. While these features are nice and premium, they introduce a few points of failure that the regular Xbox One controllers don’t have. Thankfully, though, after six months of good abuse, every corner of the controller still functions like it was out of the box.

Perhaps the most encouraging aspect, is how firmly the grips still feel attached as opposed to what occurred six months after my purchase of the original Elite controller back in 2015. The paddles, triggers, thumbsticks, and the rear bumpers are still in top notch condition. Amazing.

Battery life is holding up

One of my favorite things about the Series 2 is the convenience of its charge dock and its battery life. In testing, over the course of six months, the battery doesn’t seem to have lost any charge, is a positive sign.

My only concern is that you can’t switch the battery out, when, it eventually dies. The quality of the cells used can have a big impact on how long it actually takes for those cells to deplete, and, it seems like Microsoft didn’t give us the middle finger here either which is a major plus. However, it would be nice to replace the battery when it dies in a few years time.

Positive Outlook: Final Thoughts

I’ve seen some reports about controllers shipping with faulty parts and watching videos on Youtube about a potential drift with the thumbsticks, making me concerned that the Series 2 could be suffering from widespread issues that hasn’t been reported on. However, according to NPD, it is the fastest selling gaming accessory. It’s hard to know for sure what the failure rates are, but I doubt Microsoft wants a hefty replacement bill on an very expensive device to develop.

I’m impressed on how well the controller is holding up. I will be checking in again very soon to give an update on this piece of tech.


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