My biggest complaint with the regular Xbox 360 controller, like pretty much everyone else in the world, was the D-pad. Its just, not good, for lack of a better word. I have tried some other 3rd party controller, one of my old favorites being the Street Fighter IV pads, as well as the recent Xbox 360 Special Edition Controller. And while were all good, they still has some sort of caveat which left me unsatisfied with their overall performance. Enter the Razer Onza Tournament Edition Xbox 360 controller.
The first thing I noticed as soon as I took it out of the packaging was the trademark Razer motif on the bottom right. The second thing I noticed was the nice rubberized grip on the entire pad, which was pretty light and comfortable to hold. The lightness comes from the fact that the Onza has a 15ft. braided cable; it’s not wireless. Given that this is a professional gaming controller, having a cable makes sense, although some people may not like this.
Immediately you’ll also notice the two bumper buttons on either side, as well as the long trigger buttons. The Right and Left Multi-Function Buttons (MFB) can be assigned to function as any key on the controller. This immediately brings of a level of customization to those people looking to reassign the right/left analogue clicks, as well as any face buttons that may give out a competitive advantage. These buttons can be assigned from the back panel of the controller through depressed buttons for either Function Button.
One of the most peculiar changes to the controller is the Start & Select buttons, which have been moved to the bottom of the controller, while the main Xbox Guide button remains on top. This can be very disorienting for the first couple of hours of use, but later on it becomes a non-issue.
I have two simple complains with the Razer Onza, both of which are cosmetic in nature. Unlike a regular Xbox 360 controller that has the Guide button in a nice metal finish and glowing green plastic underneath, the Razer Onza simply has a plastic cover under which there seems to be a paper print of the Guide button. This gives it an incredibly cheap look. The second is the fact that once the controller is plugged in, the light coming from the face buttons also gives them a rather hollow, fake kind of look.