Razer Products: a tale of fightsticks?


Well…that’s pretty conclusive polling. Thanks folks. Since the RAP4 just looks too small for man paws I think I might have to wait for the Qanba. Bummer, since I’d like a stick sooner than later.

@jpinard, never tried to fly a plane with dragon punches, but based on the absurd Street Fighter lore I wouldn’t put it past em.


If you’re handy at all, potential issues with a Mad Catz stick can be easily serviced in most cases – one of the major reasons the Mad Catz sticks are so popular is that they use standard arcade parts and are easy to tear open which set them apart quality-wise when they got into the market. They’re generally well-built though and I wouldn’t go in expecting a problem.


Yeah, if I saw a decent sale I might scoop up a TE2+ despite my Madcatz misgivings, but for full retail I’d rather wait for the Qanba I think.


As a counterpoint, I use Razer products (keyboards and mice) and never had a problem at all. I love my Black Widow keyboard. So I guess your mileage can vary?


Mark me down as dubious on Madcatz, though perhaps they’re better now, and not a fan of Razor. Logitech, however, I’ve been a long time customer due to having always been satisfied with their quality.


They have been pretty reliable for me as well.


Whenever I’ve ever been tempted to stray from Logitech over the last 20 years, I’ve always regretted it. I’ve dallied with weird Microsoft and Razer mice and keyboards and from Other Vendors, but Logitech has never let me down. As I’m writing, I have a modern G910 keyboard and the frankly offensive Proteus mouse and they’re both amazing. I’ve also been using my Logitech Z680 5.1 speaker system from 2002 every day since then. No joke.


I’m a pretty big Logitech fan as well, but as far as I know they don’t make fightsticks.


Haha. I’ve been a bloody fool (apart from buying Logitech stuff). I blame my tired eyes.


Nope. Saitek never did “fight sticks” They did “Flight Sticks”, Farm Equipment and other weird doodads. Madcatz owns all the fight stick stuff still.


We all are: I fall in the “fLight sitck” category of mistake, coming on this topic…


Good news! Checked Qanba USA and they had preorders for the next wave of Obsidians up. Ordered. :)


Yeah, I wish Logitech had bought out the fightsticks too. Ah well.


I’ve been very happy with my MadCatz stick, granted the first thing I did when I got it was replace all the button switches with custom. Was easier than I could have imagined though. They built it specifically for ease of modification and the insides look superb


Yeah, I think the MadCatz sticks are pretty well designed, I just don’t want to buy from a company that is likely on the verge of collapse. I worry about both corner cuts at manufacture due to lack of working capital as well as support down the road.

Plus the retail on the Qanba was $30 less than the TE2+. But yeah, that ease of modding the TE2 looks pretty nice.

Also this thing looks like a spaceship! :)


Under no circumstance should you buy any Razer product that has any rubber surfaces glued to the main body. They use cheap glue that will eventually break down.


I’ve found that true of MS mice as well. The little pads just disappear. My Logitech G502 has large pads that don’t get clogged with crap. Logitech FTW.


Just thought I’d throw my support behind Razer - have been using an Arctosa keyboard for 7 years now with no issues and a Death Adder mouse for 8 years (though I did need to get something minor fixed on that one about 2 years ago).

No idea how their fightsticks are though!


Personally, I get whatever is cheaper between the Razer and the Qanba.

I use a last-gen Razor stick for my home stick- I got it on woot for like $50 because I wanted a stick that would do SF5 without 3rd-party input needed and would also play KI. It’s really good, but I used a Qanba before that and it was really good also. I’ve also used a HRAP, and it’s ok, but not as good as the other 2.

The only issue with Razors was constant plugging in and out caused some spectacular failures including EVO grand final sets in 2015, no idea if the new Razors have this issue- but I think the issue only pops up for offline tournament players.

The one thing you’d want to research is input delay on the sticks- a google search should handle that.

If you’re sticking to home play- a last-gen stick would suffice.

From the sounds of others not recommending Razer, I’d go with Qanba.


Yeah, I decided to pre order the Qanba. Both have pros and cons, but it seems like Razer can be a bit hit or miss with their stuff. I’m sure both would probably be great, but I needed to decide somehow.

I do like that the Razer can be modded without voiding the warranty though.