Speedlink Quinox Pro USB Gamepad Review
Playing Games with a Keyboard and Mouse we all know is the way to play Games, but sometimes, albeit rarely we (PC Gamers) are forced to reach for that other peripheral, you know the one we don’t mention too often. That’s right it’s the gamepad/controller, we all use them from time to time but shhh don’t tell anyone…
With this in mind it’s time to take look at our first ever controller here at pcG, enter the Speedlink Quinox Pro. The Quinox Pro is a wired USB controller and is specifically designed for PC and Windows and rather unusually it’s also programmable. The Quinox Pro features and OLED display as well as force feedback, there are two analogue sticks two analogue triggers and 6 additional (programmable) buttons.
The Speedlink Quinox arrived at pcG in a small unassuming box, with a large image of the Quinox Pro on the front. The front of the box shows that the Quinox Pro is designed for PC and Windows. In addition to the product brand and name Speedlink also highlights the following:
FORCE VIBRATION (INTEGRATED)
2 ANALOG STICKS
2 ANALOG TRIGGERS
6 PROGRAMMABLE BUTTONS
The sides of the box also go on to further highlight certain aspects of the Quinox Pro’s design; with the left side of the box highlighting the six additional programmable buttons and the right side of the box highlighting the ability to program and modify the gamepad on the fly, without the use of software.
On opening the Speedlink Quinox Pro we see that the product is adequately packaged in a simple plastic tray but somewhat poorly presented. In the box other than the gamepad itself we find the detachable cable and a handful of guides and leaflets in various languages.
At the time of review the Speedlink Quinox Pro is not yet available, but it has a RRP of £59.99 and comes with a 1 year warranty.
courtesy of Speedlink
First impressions of the Speedlink Quinox Pro are pretty good, it looks good as far as gamepads go and it feels comfortable in the hands. In fact it’s very similar in design and shape to a regular Xbox controller and that’s no bad thing. But it’s what lies beneath that’s interesting. Let’s take a closer look shall we…
Looking at the Speedlink Quinox Pro from above we can clearly see that it’s very similar to a regular Xbox gamepad. The only real difference is the dedicated buttons for the left thumb (D-pad) and the slightly different position of the Xbox button, now a Speedlink button. What is worth noting though is that the Speedlink Quinoix Pro does also feature illumination, with the main Speedlink button, the two sticks and the main (X,Y,A,B) buttons illuminating red when on. Also that little black section at the base of the controller is actually the OLED screen. Not quite as big as I was expecting… 😮
It’s when you flip the Quinox Pro over that things get a little more interesting as the bottom of the pad is awash with additional buttons, four (K3, K4, K5 & K6) in fact. These four central buttons are extremely well placed and can be simply operated (pulled) by your fingers that naturally hang just below the buttons. The two additional switches that have been left in their original position, are not mentioned anywhere in the Quick Start Guide. But the On/Off switch turns the vibration on and off while the X/D switch allows you to switch between DirectInput and XInput Modes.
Looking at the Speedlink Quinox Pro from the front we can see that it features a detachable cable, that connects centrally to the two additional buttons found at the front (K1 & K2). The other regular buttons are again similar to those found an a regular Xbox style controller.
From the other side we can see the unique position of the other buttons or paddles beneath the controller and the two additional controllers (above centre) that are used for programming the device. These two controllers feature both push and rotary controls are can be used to program the various Profiles supported by the Quinox Pro. All of the features that can be modified are listed (although it’s quite the read) in the Quick Start Guide in various languages.
The following Games were used during testing:
Before plugging in the Quinox Pro the Speedlink software should be installed, it can be found here. With the software installed and the Quinox Pro plugged in the gamepad comes to life. The illumination is a nice touch, although it’s best described as subtle. It can also be turned off should you wish.
In Game the Speedlink Quinox Pro feels very similar to a regular Xbox controller and works just as well too. Overall control in Games like Forza felt really good with all of the analog sticks and buttons working well with good feedback. Vibration was also found to be good, in fact in Forza it seemed more consistent than my regular Xbox controller, but maybe it could be a little stronger. The rear paddles are perfectly positioned too and are surprisingly easy to use and the fact that these can be programmed is simply brilliant.
Programming the Quinox Pro is also pretty simple, well after reading all of the instructions it is. Simply press one of the front controller buttons, the left enters you into Profile selection, while the right allows control over the Illumination. Simply moving the button left or right allows you to adjust stick sensitivity, although when Gaming I found no real reason not to leave it at 100%.
The five built in Profiles (Normal, Profile 1, Profile 2, Macro 1 & Macro 2) allow varying degrees of control over the gamepad. Normal is effectively a regular controller with all additional buttons disabled, Profile 1 & 2 allow you to program buttons assignments to any of the six additional buttons aboard the Quinox Pro. While the Macro profiles allow for the same but with Macros being bound to any of the six additional buttons. You can record up to ten buttons presses, but there’s no timing control. As you can see it’s all pretty comprehensive.
After using the Speedlink Quinox Pro for the last week or so I can confirm that not only have Speedlink produced a damn good PC gamepad, they’ve also produced one with real advantages. The additional paddle buttons are beautifully positioned and easy to use and the additional six buttons are fully programmable too. Then there’s the illumination, detachable cable and Profile support…
The Speedlink Quinox Pro arrived at pcG in a small somewhat unassuming box. Packaging and presentation is best described as fair. Once out of the box it was soon apparent that the Quinox Pro is very similar to a regular Xbox controller. Design and shape are almost identical, but turn the Quinox Pro over and it’s immediately apparent that there’s more to the Quinox Pro.
The gamepad features six additional buttons; two at the front in the centre of the two trigger buttons and four underneath. Now we’ve seen these ‘paddle style’ buttons before on controllers such as Microsoft’s own Xbox One Elite Controller, but these seem to be beautifully positioned and more importantly they’re programmable too. In fact there’s Profiles and Macro recording also but this is limited to the Gamepad itself and no keyboard controls can be mapped; now that would be cool! It’s worth noting that this ability to program the Quinox Pro is not done via software but via the two controller buttons on the front of the pad and in conjunction with the small OLED screen.
In addition to those extra buttons and the impressive programmability, there’s also red illumination of the main buttons and the two analogue sticks as well as a detachable 2.4m braided cable.
In Game the Speedlink Quinox Pro performed as good as any controller that I’ve used before it. In fact in Forza 3 Horizon I’d have to say that the analogue sticks aboard the Quinox Pro seemed to allow for better control over my car. From a pure comfort and performance point of view there’s really very little (well nothing) to complain about really.
Overall the Speedlink Quinox Pro is a damn fine PC Gamepad and the very fact that it’s specifically for PC is a good thing in my opinion. The only thing that really holds it back is that cable; at approximately £60 at the time of review, the Quinox Pro seems a lot of money for a wired controller…
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Many thanks to Speedlink for providing this sample for review