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(Pocket-lint) - If you just can't get enough gaming goodness, but standard console controllers aren't cutting it for your PC, then you might be considering an upgrade. 

There are a number of decent PC controllers out there that cater to different devices and help up your game. Robust designs, multi-functional capabilities and customisation options abound. 

We've been playing with some of the best, in order to compile a list of the most interesting and capable gaming controllers that money can buy.

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Astro C40 TR gaming controller



  • Customisable and remappable
  • Comfortable


  • Expensive
  • Slightly generic looks

The Astro C40 TR is a wireless controller that's designed for the serious gamer. TR stands for Tournament Ready, so that already gives you a sense of how serious Astro is about the design of this controller. Sure, it might be expensive, but you very much get what you pay for. 

It features a snazzy, well-thought-out and robust design aesthetic. Along with the charging cable and wireless dongle, you get a tool for removing the faceplate, some replacement analogue stick caps and space for more upgrades in the future. It's remappable in the software and an all-round great bit of kit. 

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Scuf Reflex


  • Great custom options
  • Paddles
  • DualSense features


  • Very pricey

Scuf's version of the DualSense (Sony's PS5 controller) took a while coming, but is worth the wait thanks to amazing haptics and trigger tension, married with Scuf's usual excellent custom options.

You can kit your out to look exactly as you want, although things get very expensive the more tweaks you make. It's a brilliant pad, though, with excellent paddles for more control and the option to add grips for a tighter hold on things.

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Scuf Instinct Pro



  • Amazing customisation
  • Premium build
  • Great paddles


  • Gets very expensive

If you prefer Microsoft's ergonomics, the Scuf Instinct Pro is a customisable performance controller that's designed to work with both Xbox Series X and PC. It boasts wireless and wireless connections, swappable thumbsticks, high-trigger switches and customisable profiles too. 

This controller has a removable faceplate so you can easily access and swap the sticks and more. It also has a customisable design so you can personalise the look to your liking. 

Faceplates are available with over 45 colours and you can customise the thumbstick, bumpers, rings, buttons and more too. 

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Razer Raiju Ultimate



  • Great for bigger hands
  • Some customisable parts


  • Will be too bulky for some

Although the Raiju Ultimate isn't quite as customisable as the Astro C40 TR it still has plenty of interesting design features. You can switch the style and height of the analogue stick caps, for example, and the style of the D-pad, but you can't swap their position. 

The Raiju Ultimate also uses Bluetooth instead of 2.4Ghz wireless. Making it easy to pair and sync with other devices. This connectivity also means you can use the smartphone app (for Android or iOS) where you can easily remap buttons, switch between onboard memory profiles, adjust RGB lighting and stick sensitivity too. 

This controller boasts a premium design with masses of multi-function buttons and hair triggers as well. 

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Razer Raion Fightpad



  • Ideal for fighting games
  • Super responsive
  • Mechanical parts


  • Obviously limited uses

The Razer Raion is a bit of a different monkey. It's more affordable than some of the other controllers on this list, but it's also designed for a different undertaking - namely fighting games. 

It also has two more buttons on the top to give your fingers access to more in the middle of a fight. These face-buttons are also built using Razer's Yellow mechanical switches. Meaning they're not only robust (with an 80-million tap lifecycle) but also react quickly and accurately to your strokes. 

It also boasts an 8-way directional pad to help you pull off perfect combos, finishing moves and more. It's a great controller for bashing up baddies. 

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MSI Force GC30



  • Nice pricing
  • Works solidly


  • No USB-C
  • Imperfect ergonomics

If you're looking for something more affordable, but still useful and well designed, then the MSI Force GC30 might well be worth a look. This is a wireless controller that's designed to work with PC and Android smartphones (assuming you have a micro USB connection). 

It comes with two easily swappable D-pad covers with a metal design. They connect via magnets and quickly detach when you need them too, offering slight customisation options but nothing as fancy as the other controllers on this list. 

Design highlights include textured side grips so the controller doesn't slip out of your hand in the middle of a game, a capable wireless dongle with the freedom to play in wired mode too and more.

Writing by Adrian Willings.