Review – Xbox One Spectra Illuminated Controller

March 23rd, 2015

The other day at work I purchased this Xbox One controller. First thing that drew me in was the price + knowing I could get a discount on it from work. Another thing was knowing it was a wired controller!


It’s called the Spectra Illuminated Controller & it sure does look beautiful when it’s on. A friend of mine suggested streaming the unboxing on my stream – When I tried doing that, my green screen made everything look wonky because of the green in the packaging & controller.

I decided to do a simple blog post review instead.


Controller features:

  • 15 different LED colors
  • 4 brightness settings
  • Illumination Modes
  • Separate Lighted Areas
  • Impulse Triggers & Dual Rumble Motors
  • 9.8ft (3m) Cable

I used the controller today for the first time during my stream and play a good amount of Halo with it. I read on other reviews that people had trouble playing with it and needed to break in the controller. None of the buttons felt stuck to me – Maybe it was a small defect on a few, but mine is running quite well.

CONS for controller:

  • There is NO audio plug-in for a headset. I think this is a major downside to this controller. It looks and feels great & would’ve been perfect if it were able to have a headset plugged in for chat.
  • If you play with the controller for TOO long, it can over heat. The insides can get easily damaged.

Just wanted to share a small review on this controller. I am liking it alot so far! I do recommend it if you want a cheaper spare controller. Wireless Xbox Controllers usually run $60 – This is a wired controller & even though it doesn’t have a headset plug, it’s still a useful spare. Currently $44 on Amazon.

Rating: 4/5

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About Lori

Lori Garcia is a graphic/web designer and illustrator from Austin, TX. She loves making illustrations, playing video games & taking her digital camera around. Follow her @GirlHeroLori! If you have any questions/comments, please feel free to contact me!

  • I think I’m in love! Ha… Such a novelty controller but awesome! I think I need it… lol XD

    • It’s a really great controller – Just wished it had the plug for a headset, but other than that, it works flawlessly.