SCUF Reflex Review

SCUF Reflex Review

SCUF is the brand that comes to mind for most people when it comes to custom gaming controllers. It’s been this way for multiple generations now and that reputation continues on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. This time around, I’m assessing the PS5 options, with SCUF offering its highly customizable Reflect lineup in the form of the standard Reflex, the Reflex Pro, and the Reflex FPS. With prices starting at $199.99, a match for Sony’s own DualSense Edge, can the Reflex hold up? Here is my SCUF Reflex review.

Power to the paddles

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Some things never change and that’s the case with SCUF’s paddle system. While the shape and positions have altered over the years, SCUF still remains top when it comes to paddle feel and, most importantly for those investing triple-figures into a pad, longevity.

Aiding to overall peace of mind is the one year warranty that SCUF introduced at the beginning of 2023. While warranty might be an afterthought for many, having a solid year of coverage is great to see with premium accessory like this.

Beyond paddles

What makes the SCUF Reflex so premium, aside from the paddles? Well, there’s interchangeable thumbsticks of varying heights and shapes, a profile switch, swappable faceplates, and extensive personalization of the controller’s colors using the “Customize Your SCUF” builder.

The Pro variant offers an additional grip and custom designs in-stock and ready-to-ship, while the FPS version has the vibration rumbles removed for an overall lower weight, in addition to instant triggers and bumpers for faster actuations. This is especially useful in first-person shooters where rapidly firing a weapon can mean the difference between getting that final shot on an enemy and them killing you.

Made for FPS

SCUF Reflex Review

I’ve been using the Reflex FPS, which is the most expensive version, but I feel like the triggers and vibration motor removal are worth the extra bit of cash. With that said, if you’re looking to make use of the PS5’s Adaptive Triggers in games, you’ll want to go with a different version. The Reflex FPS is clearly aimed at competitive gamers, who are willing to forgo the Adaptive features for SCUF’s instant triggers and bumpers.

Going back to the paddles for a moment, this is where the SCUF Reflex really shines. Whichever variant you get, you’ll gain access to four well-positioned paddles which users assign functions to for easy access during intense in-game moments. For example, in a gunfight, you might want to jump, aim, and shoot all at the same time. Without paddles, you’d need to adopt an unhealthy “claw grip.” With the paddles, you can simply push a paddle in while maneuvering the analog stick with your freed thumb.

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SCUF Reflex Review

With first parties like Sony and Microsoft having entered the pro controller scene, SCUF is going to have to stay one step ahead. It’s doing well with its color options, but I’d like to see an enhanced D-pad. I recall the “Control Disk” that SCUF came up with for the DualShock 4. It’d be cool to see something like that return. Also, an included case would certainly help match up against the first-party competition.

Final Verdict

Starting at $199.99, the SCUF Reflex goes toe-to-toe with the PlayStation DualSense. While Sony’s pad has its strengths, I’m happy to report that SCUF still offers the top-tier custom controller experience, in both function and form. With the one year warranty, I’m now much more comfortable recommending the pad for enthusiast gamers looking to elevate that gaming performance, especially in first-person shooters.


Disclosure: SCUF Reflex sample provided for review.

Positives and Negatives

  • Best of the best paddle system.
  • Extensive personalization options.
  • One year warranty.
  • Three variants for different needs and budgets.
  • High price point pits it against the official DualSense Edge.

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Best of the best paddle system. Extensive personalization options. One year warranty. Three variants for different needs and budgets. High price point pits it against the official DualSense Edge.
Best of the best paddle system. Extensive personalization options. One year warranty. Three variants for different needs and budgets. High price point pits it against the official DualSense Edge.
Best of the best paddle system. Extensive personalization options. One year warranty. Three variants for different needs and budgets. High price point pits it against the official DualSense Edge.
Best of the best paddle system. Extensive personalization options. One year warranty. Three variants for different needs and budgets. High price point pits it against the official DualSense Edge.

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