You don’t have to be a console enthusiast to love gamepads. They are amazing in fighting games, and the buttons deliver a satisfying feeling when you are mashing them in your favourite hack and slash game. The analog on the controller is also great for many third-person and racing games where keyboards’ all-or-nothing binary controls don’t do much good. Regardless, a gamepad is a must-have for many gamers to enjoy a large variety of games where keyboard and mouse won’t deliver the same experience. So here we round up the best controllers and briefly describe them so you can choose if they are the perfect fit for you. All of them are also under a very affordable price tag.
The Xbox 360 wired controller will always be one of the best choices in this budget. It has an ergonomic design which most third-party controllers copy and is by far the top choice under Rs 5000. The controller is comfortable even after long gaming sessions. The controller works with the Xbox 360, and when it comes to PC, you will have almost no troubles to make it work with the latest games. The Xbox 360 wired gamepad even has custom housings you can choose from. Overall this controller is a very nice budget option and delivers everything a gamer wants.
The Logitech F310 is the next go-to for many gamers after the Xbox 360 controller. This controller delivers quality under a reasonable price tag. One immediate thing you might notice is how the controller sports a PS3 type button layout which can cause problems for some who love to play shooter games. However, despite the Playstation type layout, Logitech has decided to go for buttons that you’ll find on the Xbox controller which are: A, B, X and Y. The controller feels comfortable when held and is pretty responsive. The only noticeable downside is that the design of the controller can cause pain in your middle finger after prolonged gaming sessions.
Before frowning on the Playstation type controller layout, Xbox fans can also find an Xbox variant of the ZD-V+ USB Wired gamepad which comes with triggers instead of buttons, making it more ergonomically friendly. There are vibration features in this controller, but when it does vibrate, the vibration feels cheap. However, after giving the controller some time, you’ll probably not notice the vibration issue anymore. The body is made from glossy plastic, and although it feels pretty comfortable when held and played on for long gaming sessions, the plastic is not as good as plastics you’ll find on other controllers in this range. The ZD-V+ USB Wired gamepad is also pretty responsive, but the wire is quite short.
Redragon is a name that has always been quite famous among gamers looking to buy PC components under an affordable price tag. The Redragon Harrow G808 is no different. It’s a controller with a decent body and a finish on the front which doesn’t let fingerprints to form. The plastic on the back feels cheap, but the one used on the front of the controller is good. Moreover, the Redragon Harrow G808 is comfortable enough to use for longer periods, although people with larger fingers can take a little time adjusting. The buttons have a long travel distance which can cause some issues in fighting games. Overall it’s a good pick under the price range.
However, if you got more cash to spend and would go for better quality, then check our list of best controllers under 10k.