Do You Have Kontrol?
Though I have been gaming for the better part of 20+ years, it was only in the last few years that I found myself interested in PvP gaming. Recently it was recommended I pick up some analog extenders to help in some of the areas I found myself falling short, specifically a set of KontrolFreeks. So off to the interwebs I went and found myself a set of the FPS Freek Bombshell Limited Edition, which are sadly not available from KontrolFreek directly anymore since they are, as stated, limited edition (from 2013!).
The first thing you’ll notice about these is that they are immensely easy to install. Like a monkey rolling on acid could install these blindfolded, with one hand. That being said, I do have to point out that these will not replace the grips on your controllers. If you have worn through the standard analog rubber, like I had, applying pressure for say sprinting, will cause the extender to pop right off. They do need that rubber to help secure them in place. After switching these to a new controller I had zero issue with them staying in place perfectly.
Some of the things KontrolFreek boasts with their brand are comfort, better control, and accuracy improvements. In game I immediately noticed the comfort, my grip on the controller felt much more relaxed than it previously had. My movements also felt more controlled and intentional. I was able to react better to surprise situations (i.e. unexpectedly running into someone around a corner) and usually come out on top, where as before we would trade, or I’d end up dead. Overall my average K/D has remained the same, but I can definitely see the benefits of extenders.
In addition to personally trying KontrolFreek, I also wanted to speak to some one with higher K/D and overall performance than I can boast myself. Always willing to answer any questions I may have, Digitalhoax was happy to give his opinion. I asked him 4 basic questions I thought gamers looking into KontrolFreeks might have:
Q: In your opinion, what are the top improvements KontrolFreeks can make for everyday gamers?
A: 1. Reduced thumb fatigue, making longer hours of play more enjoyable.
2. Higher sensitivity settings will feel smoother, and more controllable, giving you better target acquisition, and precise movements.
3. Compared to the standard analog, you’ll find you have a much better grip with KontrolFreek material, regardless of sweat.
Q: Some people use extenders with different heights, do you think it’s better to have one analog higher than the other?
A: That depends on your personal preference. Some players prefer their movement be shorter due to the frequency you will be pressing down on it, opposed to a taller extension, which allows for finer aiming.
Q: Are there any major downfalls to speak of?
A: The time it takes to get used to them may vary from person to person, which can become frustrating. The only other downfall that comes to mind is the cost of shipping, you may find that if you are outside of the United States it can be a bit expensive.
Q: Would you recommend KontrolFreeks to all gamers?
A: Yes, casual, hardcore, professional, and all other levels of gamers. They simply help to make aiming less frustrating, and more precise. Another big bonus is their longevity. This is a solid product made with reliable materials that will withstand the test of time when compared with similar products.
So there you have it friends, not one, but two thumbs up for KontrolFreek. A great company that has clearly invested their time to make a product you can be happy to spend your money on. Stop by their website, kontrolfreek.com, and grab a set for yourself!
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