I used to use Hori Real Arcade Pro 3 for nearly 7 years, and It finally reached it's end. It started to unplug itself every now and then, which I could have probably fixed with a little bit of effort.
So I wasn't sure which stick to buy... Did google like 1 week straight and checked all the reviews.
I loved how Qanba has start button on the front, so I can map it with JoyToKey into load button. Makes practice so much better.
I also read that Qanba Q4RAF has all sanwa buttons and stick. So for the price, I figured I'd give Qanba Q4RAF a try.
Received my package on time, and the package came in a really sexy box that made me drool a bit... but alright to the main part:
Plugged my stick in, PC found drivers Instantly on PS3/PC mode, and off I was to practice. It literally took me like 2 days to completely adapt to Sanwa buttons and stick and the layout of the arcade stick, and I can tell you guys this stick is AMAZING. I have only used 2 arcade sticks in my lifetime, but if I had to compare this to HRAP3 , then there would literally be no contest.
The stick moves really smooth, and is for some reason more loose and easier to move than HRAP3's sanwa stick. The Sanwa buttons feel solid all-around and it really feels like I'm holding a quality product.
The weight of the stick is just perfect. Feels sturdy and doesn't move an inch when I use it on my lap. It also has great padding at the bottom to prevent any sliding, and sticks perfectly in place.
If you are moving from an older stick to new one, Madcatz TE2 or new hori products could be better, or worse. But personally for me, I don't regret spending a penny on this stick.
PS."If you wanna learn plinking for USF4, the button layout is really good for that. I can easily set SELECT button on the black side buttons.
If your still struggling to figure out which arcade stick to buy, then if this one fits your budget perfectly and you like the layout of the stick, then you can't go wrong on this one.
The product, the package and the delivery are perfect ! Thank you !
After a lot of pondering and checking online reviews, I finally settled for this stick.
I'm mainly using it for playing arcade games (fighting games not so much, except for a bout of Mortal Kombat), and it's great.
I'm used to using the keyboard, so I don't have a lot to compare with, but boy does this bring me back to the arcade halls of yesteryear!
Very pleased with the build and construction of this fighting stick. Have tested on both PS3 and Xbox 360 no lag in button presses or response. Tested with Tekken 6 / Vitua Fighter V / Ultra Street Fighter IV. Button layout is perfect after using x-arcade stick for many years. The GT-Y Octagonal gate is perfect for fighting games after playing with a square gate for many years this is very smooth in this stick. Quality parts that will most likely serve my purposes for the next decade and on.
Extremely good stick - Everything you'll ever need.
... and it feels so freaking amazing, everything about! Its very responsive, easy to carry, dual modded and the buttons just feel so good. Also there's lots of space in the cable compartment. The weight seems just perfect for my lap, and it doesn't move at all in surfaces. So imo, its one of the best sticks out there you could have.
I upgraded from a pretty generic $30 fight stick to the Q4 RAF, and while I don't regret the purchase, there are a few things I noticed that might be big issues for some people. So we'll lead with the bad, then get to the good. Again this is from my perspective of using a cheap stick, so this criticism may apply to all high-end sticks, I can't say for certain. Also, these issues may lessen with more use, breaking the parts in and such. Anyway, here goes:
The buttons are insanely sensitive if you're not used to them. The stick feels like it rebounds a bit too hard, and sometimes an enthusiastic QCB turns into QCB-F. The door for the cable compartment feels very flimsy. The felt bottom probably won't last all that long and is liable to leave a sticky residue. This more an assumption than an observation based on how it's glued to the base. The buttons and stick are also a little too close together for my liking, but that's preference. Some people may find the positioning of the Start button annoying. I honestly haven't had a problem with it, but I tend to play with the left 6 buttons, ignoring the right 2.
As for the good side, the buttons and stick feel great to use. They're very responsive, and the optional GT-Y gate was a great choice over the default square gate. I tend to try a variety of characters, so I can appreciate the precision of having defined corners, while still being more rounded than a square for 360 motions. It's a bit on the heavy side, which I view as a plus, because it makes the stick feel really robust, and keeps it firmly on your lap while you're being over-enthusiastically hype. Also if you get an optional octagonal gate but end up hating it, the awesome people at ArcadeWorldUK include the original square gate, and it's easy to swap one for the other.
All in all, it's a great stick, and I don't regret the purchase in the slightest. There's a slight learning curve from the stick I had before, but the more I use it, the better it feels. Now I just need to get some custom art printed to pop under the clear plexi cover I got with it!
excellent arcade i was a pad player before but in three days i can do good combos and super moves.it feels just like playing on a Japanese cab.