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Review: PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller

Tina Tina's Wonderlands for Xbox Series X/S


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As highly anticipated games come to the market, we start to see official merchandise where ever we look. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands from developer Gearbox Software is released at the end of the month. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that hardware companies are releasing their peripherals. PowerA is the first to blink as they release another striking PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller.

Previously, I’ve reviewed the Spectra Infinity and Cuphead: Mugman pads. Today we’re looking at the stunningly beautiful Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands-inspired creation. It is designed for the Xbox Series X/S and has the benefit of a capture button, mic mute, and two mappable rear triggers. Furthermore, it is comfortable in your hands and is sturdy and well built.

The PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller is striking to look at. Thanks to its purple Borderlands-esque imagery.
Such a striking pad!

What do you get?

  • The controller comes in a striking box. It’s adorned with official imagery as well as an Xbox official merchandise sticker. Subsequently, you know you are getting a well-made controller that meets Microsoft’s high standards. The accessory is nestled between two transparent plastic sleeves. Fortunately, there is no risk to the pad in transit. However, I can’t say that the outer packaging will fare so well. Sadly, mine arrived a little battered but, what are you going to do?
  • The pad matches the official accessory for both weight and size. Unlike its peers, this one cannot be connected wirelessly. Therefore, you must use a USB cable with a micro B connection.
  • Rubberised 10 foot USB cable with a micro B connection.
  • User manual with care instructions. 

How does the PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller compare?

PowerA Enhanced Wired Controllers are a well-established rival to Microsoft’s official controllers. Thanks to their convenient wired system, excellent quality, and vivid themes, they are a great alternative. At less than £40, they are also much better for your bank balance. However, these aren’t the only advantages to buying this accessory.

First, you get all the expected next-generation enhancements. There is the excellent record feature button, smooth D-pad, and responsive analogue sticks. Second, the 3.5mm audio jack is sturdy, and I had no issues with my Razer headset. Finally, the mappable buttons on the rear are easy to use. You can change them on the fly and this gives you that pro gamer feeling. They are well-positioned and, with a little practice, become second nature to newcomers and veterans alike.

No issues and excellent build quality. 

I experienced zero issues with latency or stick drift. The PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller was excellent from the first minute to the last. Consequently, I could game with it for hours without a problem. On top of this, the wired approach ensures that you never have to worry about charging batteries. I appreciate that this won’t be for everyone, but I loved the convenience of never running out of juice.

Whenever you look at an alternative to Microsoft’s excellent controllers, you want quality. Luckily, the PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller is well built. It feels sturdy, comfortable, and robust, while not weighing too much. Furthermore, I’d be happy for younger gamers to use it without concern.

The PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller is a worthy alternative.

Buying accessories for your console can be stressful. Yet, you needn’t worry anymore. The PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller is a worthy alternative and great value for money. Not only will the Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands pad be good for your bank account, but it’ll also look fantastic in your hands. It’s striking, beautiful, and a real head-turner. I loved it and I recommend you to buy it here

Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email:

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