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EasySMX KC-8236 Wireless Gamepad Review

/ Nov 9th, 2018 No Comments

EasySMX KC-8236 Wireless Gamepad Review

Not too long ago, it seemed like controllers may be a thing of the past. Mobile gaming had everyone used to tapping and swiping their screens, while the major console makers were experimenting with motion-control technology. However, that phase didn’t last long, and now mobile, PC and console players look for solutions that can work across all their devices.

The EasySMX KC-8236 wireless gamepad is a well-rounded controller at an affordable price. Its USB receiver and strong rechargeable battery make it perfect for anyone who needs a versatile controller that won’t break the bank.

It takes obvious inspirations from the Xbox 360 controller, right down to the circular home button in the middle. The controller adds an ergonomic grip and polished design. It also has strong vibration feedback on both hands. Aside from the sleek finish, one could easily be fooled into thinking they are gripping an official Xbox controller rather than a third-party impersonator.

Setting up the KC-8236 wireless controller is extremely simple. There are no drivers to download or updates to wait on. Simply plug in the USB receiver and you’re ready to play. This means it will work across a number of devices, including PC, Xbox One, Android devices and pretty much anything that has a USB port. Sadly though, there is no support for Apple devices, which could be a deal breaker if you’re looking for a controller to use with your iPhone or iPad.

EasySMX KC-8236 Wireless Gamepad

EasySMX KC-8236 Wireless Gamepad

Like the Xbox 360 controller, buttons are soft, so don’t expect to get the same feel as your mechanical keyboard. However, they are solid enough to give you comfort that you pressed the button. I did not have issues with input lag while using the controller, so you can feel free to use it even in the most intense matches.

The thumbsticks are a bit sticky, especially out of the box. This issue remains, but it becomes less prominent after several hours of use, and you can eliminate the effects of the problem by turning up the controller sensitivity in whatever game you play. The KC-8236 gamepad also lacks any inputs for a headset, which is fairly disappointing for a controller in 2018.

Perhaps its best feature is its rechargeable battery and strong battery life. You will not need any batteries for the KC-8236. It comes packed with a USB cord for charging, and only a few minutes of charge will get you hours of gameplay time. The makers say it will last for up to eight hours on a charge, and the unit I received delivered that easily. It also held a charge for several weeks, which was what impressed me most.

The EasySMX KC-8236 wireless gamepad is certainly not the best performing controller on the market and its design is somewhat outdated. However, its a solid no-frills controller at a price point that won’t break the bank. It’s rechargeable and its battery life is long lasting and holds a charge. Players will find comfort in the familiar button layout and ergonomic grip. Support for more devices and the ability to handle headsets would greatly improve this controller, but it’s under $30 and it gets the job done.


Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Chief Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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