Horipad in Stock at the Apple Store

Apple added a few new products to their store shelves yesterday. While most of the focus was on new iMacs and new MacBooks, the Horipad MFi controller was snuck onto store shelves at the same time.

The Horipad isn’t a new controller; it was originally released December of last year. But this marks the first time you’ve been able to get one in the United States outside of Amazon Store distribution.

In fact, for the past several months, Apple Stores have only carried the SteelSeries Stratus and SteelSeries Stratus XL controllers. While there is nothing particularly horrible about those controllers, they are inferior to the Horipad1.

The Horipad

In the time since writing my (very positive) review of the Horipad, my opinion of this controller has continued to grow. Its my personal favorite of the Bluetooth MFi controllers, and my second favorite overall controller, behind only the Gamevice.

If the Horipad included an iPhone grip, it would be my definitive recommendation. As it stands, this is still an incredible controller. The traditional-style analog layout and killer d-pad make it the best option for retro gamers.

If the reason you’ve been holding off on the Horipad is because you wanted to buy one in person, rather than ordering through Amazon, now’s your chance. If you don’t need an iPhone grip and love the PlayStation button layout, I give the Horipad my strongest recommendation.

  1. The SteelSeries controllers are also inferior to the Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i range, which is still not carried by the Apple Store. ↩