Both are decent joysticks but I personally preferred the newer design (the HRAP N3 SA used for SC V, DOA 5, TTT 2). It’s one of the more solid designs of the past year or two. My main complaints about the HRAP V3/VX have been the art customization issue being more difficult with the screws hidden under the faceplate sticker as well as the cramped interior space that makes button removal difficult.
The main issue with the HRAP N3 SA is the limited space for joystick lever replacement. Oh, the Sanwa JLF and anything smaller fits into the case fine but you’ll definitely find larger and alternate levers like the LS-32 and Crown CW-303FK harder to put in without contortion or cutting interior plastic to fit them in.
All joystick cases have their quirks… No design is perfect; they’re mass market and driven by need to appeal to the largest number of people and some quality gets sacrificed along the way (whether companies admit or not). If you’re half-sane and DON’T mod like a good chunk of people on Tech Talk do, then the issues I highlighted with these Hori joysticks are moot.
They’re both still good but I personally found the N3 case to be just a tiny bit more comfortable…