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8BitDo Ultimate Bluetooth VS Gulikit Kingkong Pro 2

There are two legacy PC controllers with Hall Effect Sensors in the market: 8BitDo Ultimate Bluetooth and Gulikit Kingkong Pro 2 (KK2 Pro).

Gulikit released their KK3 Max in 2024 and 8bitdo also refreshed its Ultimate with Wired edition, but these previously mentioned are still great gamepads. I’ve tried them both so let me talk about them a little bit.

  1. 8BitDo Ultimate Bluetooth
  2. Gulikit Kingkong Pro 2 (KK2 Pro)

Comfort and Design

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8Bitdo Ultimate Bluetooth Controller with Charging Dock, Wireless Pro Controller with Hall Effect Sensing Joystick, Compatible with Switch, Windows and Steam Deck (Black)
  • Compatible with Switch and Steam Deck via Bluetooth/2.4g adapter/USB Cable, Windows with a 2.4g adapter/USB Cable.
  • Multifunctional Charging Dock – Stable connection and controller will be automatically switching ON/OFF while it is undocked/docked.
  • Hall Effect Sensing Joystick
  • Ultimate Software on PC and mobile (Android/iOS)
  • 2 Pro back paddle buttons, Custom Profile Switch Button, Player indicators & 2-way Mode Switching button.
8BitDo Ultimate BluetoothGulikit Kingkong Pro 2
ErgonomicsNot ideal for large hands due to its straight handle design.Superior ergonomics, closely resembling the design of Xbox controllers. Great for long play sessions.
DesignSlightly more aesthetic, but that’s subjective.An impressive quality build, especially the latest white version. Buttons, triggers, and vibrations are all top-notch.
JoystickStandard designFlat design, might require additional thumb grip for enhanced comfort.

Connectivity and Features

GuliKit No Stick Drift KingKong 2 Pro Wireless Controller for Switch/Switch OLED, First Bluetooth Controller with Hall Effect Sensing Joystick, No Deadzone, Auto Pilot Gaming, Motion Sense[New Patent]
  • [New Patented Stick-No Drifting Ever] GuliKit is the first wireless controller with hall sensor joystick. New Patented Electromagnetic Stick without any drift. Exclusive FPS mode, 100% No Dead Zone. Solving the general painpoint of joystick, and is comprehensively ahead of other mainstream gamepad. Very sensitive and smooth thumbsticks, supported stick sensitivity adjustment. The best alternative switch controller compatible with Switch/ Rog Ally/ Switch OLED, PC, Android IOS and macOS.
  • [New Patented Button] Kingkong Pro 2 controller with new patented button, Excellent Conductive Rubber Feel, 50 million Times of Ultra-Long Life, Anti-Stuck, Anti-Disconnection. With special Al Key, this wireless controller allows to learn and record your operations (Max.10 minutes) and then it will auto run with hands free. This is perfect for any time consuming repeated or quick actions. One-keys setup for unique gaming skills and more playing ways.
8BitDo Ultimate BluetoothGulikit Kingkong Pro 2
ConnectivityExcellent connectivity with PC and Switch, thanks to the included dongle.Able to switch modes on-the-go. Quick disconnection from PC and instant connection to Switch or Android. Some input latency on PC, but can be resolved with reWASD emulation.
Additional FeaturesComes with a superb charging dock. An excellent app guides you through the controller’s features.Features are cataloged instead of being in an app. Able to switch to no dead zone for FPS games, update firmware easily, and switch button layout and triggers.

Performance and Durability

8BitDo Ultimate BluetoothGulikit Kingkong Pro 2
PerformanceDecent performance but ergonomics could impact long gaming sessions.Excellent performance, tactile buttons, good vibrations, and an ideal choice for long gaming sessions.
DurabilityGood build quality with textured grip.Superb build quality, no issues with buttons, vibrations, or triggers.

What’s Missing

8BitDo Ultimate BluetoothGulikit Kingkong Pro 2
Desired FeaturesImprovement in ergonomics for larger hands.Addition of back paddles and 2.4 hz dongles for reducing latency.

So, which controller is better?

While both controllers have their strengths and weaknesses, my personal favorite turned out to be the Gulikit Kingkong Pro 2. Its ergonomic design, excellent build quality, and tons of features with the ability to switch modes on-the-go.

However, the 8BitDo Ultimate Bluetooth, with its great connectivity, solid build quality, and helpful app is also a great choice at its price.

Remember, what works best for you may depend on your personal preferences, gaming style, and even hand size!

Also, my apologies for any grammatical errors as English is not my first language.