My Madcatz SE stick is just completely breaking at all of the seams. The joystick is getting really bad (loose and less responsive), the buttons are getting unresponsive, and there is a short on the PCB which causes RB (right bumper) to not work, so I needed to rewire the insides of the stick to make it usable (though it is still annoying as heck in menus, and unusable for some games).
For this reason, I am looking into buying a new stick. I could buy a Madcatz TE xbox 360 stick for 135$ new right now, or I could buy a HRAP EX for the xbox 360 for 130$, plus sanwa buttons for ~25-30$.
I like the Vewlix button scheme better, I like the dimensions of the TE stick better, and the TE stick is cheaper, plus I don’t have to wait a month for lizardlick to ship the buttons.
The only thing bugging me is the fact that my SE stick PCB got a short circuit after only 100 hours of play (as of now I have maybe 500 hours of play on the stick, so the fact that the Madcatz joystick and buttons have lasted me even this long is surprising).
So, basically, my questions are:
How reliable is the PCB of the TE stick? Is it the same PCB as the one in the SE stick (because I would obviously then doubt its reliability)?
How reliable is the TE stick in general in comparison to the HRAP EX?
Is opening the HRAP EX difficult at all? Is there a guide/video anywhere for me to look at?
How good is Madcatz customer support, and how good is Hori customer support (bear in mind that I live in New Jersey, in the USA)?
Have they made any improvements since the launch of the TE stick?
What do you guys personally suggest?
I greatly appreciate any advice/info you guys can give me. Thanks in advance.