If you play your Nintendo Switch in handheld mode a lot, you may want to consider an alternative to the official Joy-Con controllers. Joy-Con have cool feature, but they aren’t the best when it comes to ergonomics. That’s where the Hori Split Pad Compact or Split Pad Pro–two of the best Switch controllers of 2023–comes in. Offering an ergonomic design, back triggers, and ultra-responsive buttons, few gamepads can compete with the Split Pad Compact and Split Pad Pro. You can find the Split Pad Compact discounted at Amazon for just $42, down from $50, during Prime Day 2023. If you’re a Pokemon fan, you can grab the cool Gengar-themed model for $52, down from $60. Meanwhile, the Pokemon Legends: Arceus-themed Split Pad Pro is down to $48.

The back triggers are a particular standout, as they’re perfectly placed for easy access with your middle fingers–making this a solid choice for folks seeking a customizable controller with great ergonomics and a convenient design. And considering the product is down to just $42, now’s a great chance to pick one up.

While our Split Pad Compact review largely sang the controller’s praises, it’s not a perfect device. For one, it lacks rumble and motion controls. It also doesn’t support NFC or the IR camera. But despite those minor complaints, the Split Pad Compact is a stellar handheld gamepad that should fit the bill for almost every Switch owner.

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