Contender

Wireless Controller for Switch & PC

by: Rival Lab Gaming

$29.99

Rival Lab Gaming has been working hard in the lab and has concocted the perfect formula for the Switch gamer. Introducing the Contender gamepad! The Contender features the latest in Bluetooth technology, connecting with ease to your Switch or PC! Supports NFC, motion controls, vibration feedback and also features an awaken feature so you can get back to gaming without delay! The Contender showcases an ergonomic design with added rubberized grips and is accented by atmospheric lights. The Contender is the perfect way to show off your gaming skills!

Warranty: 12 Months

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Contender
Contender
Bluetooth Controller for Switch & PC

Rival Lab Gaming has been working hard in the lab and has concocted the perfect formula for the Switch gamer. Introducing the Contender gamepad! The Contender features the latest in Bluetooth technology, connecting with ease to your Switch or PC! Supports NFC, motion controls, vibration feedback and also features an awaken feature so you can get back to gaming without delay! The Contender showcases an ergonomic design with added rubberized grips and is accented by atmospheric lights. The Contender is the perfect way to show off your gaming skills!

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7 reviews for Contender

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  1. Christopher D

    Christopher D (verified owner)

    Verified reviewVerified review - view originalExternal link | usCalifornia, United States

    Sometimes we just have to admit to ourselves that getting official controllers for our modern consoles is not as affordable as it used to be. To make matters worse many 3rd party offerings, while more affordable, often have a nasty history of build issues and cutting corners that hamper down the gaming experience. The former could not be more true when it comes to the Nintendo Switch but fortunately the latter can not be said about the Contender. Not only is it affordable but it has almost no flaws when put up against its 1st party offerings. Everything about this controller feels good in the hands and has a great build quality to it. The Contender also sports all of the features you can find on the original Pro controller including Amibo support and the ability to “wake up” your Switch. It even has turbo function baked in which can be very useful for many different types of games. It’s only shortcoming is that the ZR and ZL triggers are both far too sensitive and will activate at the smallest press. I tested this on a controller test program on my PC and saw that the triggers will register a full digital press from a value of 0% all the way to 100% at even the slightest touch. I suspect the reason for this is because, in order to have true PC support, ZR and ZL are designed to feel and function as analogue triggers when used on a PC. As we all know, ZR and ZL for any game played on the Switch are treated as digital presses, no analogue function is supported for those games. By designing the triggers to be analogue in nature that may explain the oversensitivity so keep that in mind as you may need to change the way you hold the controller in order to avoid pressing the triggers by accident. Everything else is absolutely fantastic. The Contender is an extremely solid option for getting an affordable controller for your Nintendo Switch, as long as the trigger sensitivity can be worked around for you it is highly recommended.

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  2. Joseph C

    Joseph C (verified owner)

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    Really great controller! My only gripe is that the ZL button is extra-sensitive compared to the ZR and causes the input to press a lot when I barely touch it. I’ve been able to avoid it causing problems yet though. Still a great controller!

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  3. Kenneth T

    Kenneth T (verified owner)

    Verified reviewVerified review - view originalExternal link | usColorado, United States

    An excellent controller preferred over the Pro Controller Nintendo manufacturers. Controller is way better to hold way better button comfortability just all around better I don’t know why anybody would prefer a Pro Controller over this controller.

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  4. Morgan T

    Morgan T (verified owner)

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    The controller is gorgeous, works perfectly, and has great responsiveness. The only thing I’d complain about is that the triggers are incredibly sensitive, so keep that in mind, but other than that, it’s excellent!

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  5. Reeve S

    Reeve S (verified owner)

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    Everything is very good overall as far as I can tell, but the D-Pad is not ideal for classic games because it is squishy and does not have the seesaw motion that defines classic controllers. But that is a problem with a lot of modern pro controllers, all of them much more expensive.

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