Speed Freek Apex for Xbox One Review

Speed Freek Apex for Xbox One Review

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Amazon Price: $16.99 (as of July 24, 2017 8:33 pm – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

The Xbox One Speed Freek Apex Thumbsticks by Kontrol Freek give you an edge in cornering when playing racing games with a controller. With the concave design it gives you great control over your left thumbstick so you can just lean your thumb on the sides to get a smooth corner and hold your racing line.

This inexpensive little Xbox accessory can shave seconds off your lap times because it makes your turning about 50% more efficient. It basically eliminates you having to tap your thumbstick to keep your car on the line especially through a long sweeping turn.

Lap Times Reduced on Forza and Other Racing Games

Speed Freek Review

I checked out The Xbox One Speed Freek Apex Thumbsticks with Forza 6, Project Cars, and Need For Speed. I raced a variety of tracks and cars both with with and without the Speed Freeks attached. On average I was knocking about 1 to 1.5 seconds off my lap times when adding the thumb sticks.

Three things I noticed immediately:
First, My turning with the Speed Freek’s felt more seemless and the cars weren’t so herky jerky through the turns. I could hold the line much better and even apply a bit more throttle because the cars had better balance.

Second thing I noticed was that my range of motion of my left thumb stick had increased giving me a lot more control of my fine tuning adjustments.I was recording much cleaner laps and even doing a better job of keeping out of collisions with other cars as I made my way through traffic.

Third, I found the Speed Freeks to have more of an impact on the sim racing games (Forza and PCars), then on the arcade style racer Need For Speed. Because Need For Speed has arcade style driving physics you don’t need to rely on fine tuning adjustments with your left thumb stick through turns.

Who Should Buy These Xbox One ThumbSticks for Racing

Speed Freek Thumb gripsI would recommend these for anyone playing Xbox One sim racing games like Forza, PCars, F1 2015, Dirt Rally etc. Because of the driving physics of these games more accurate steering inputs are required. You will notice a difference in your turning capabilities right away. Your also not limited to just the Xbox One, since you can use an Xbox controller on the PC, the Speed Freeks will improve your performance there as well.

If you are playing Need for Speed or Horizon 2 style games then you may not see the benefit from these as much. These games focus a bit more on drifting and the cars handle much looser. On the whole though I tend to like thumbstick extenders and they do a solid job of improving gaming performance.

Speed Freek Xbox One Thumbsticks

Pros vs Cons


    Turning is super smooth
    Increased range of motion
    Reduced lap times
    Inexpensive and easy to snap on and off your thumbsticks


    If you press to hard they can snap off

Speed Freek Review Xbox One Conclusion

I didn’t have any issues with the thumbsticks snapping off the way some people described in their Amazon reviews. Even if I did for such an inexpensive solution to smoother turns I still think they would be worth giving them a try. If you use a lite to medium touch on your left thumbstick through the turns you will definitely see the impact these can have on your laps.

I am not saying that the Speed Freek’s will propel you onto the leaderboards, but I am saying that they work as advertised and will help you get smoother, cleaner, and faster laps!

While I don’t race with an Xbox controller very much because I use a wheel, these certainly made a big difference in my sim racing experience with a controller. Considering the price and the performance I feel pretty good about these bad boys and I would recommend giving them a try.

Official XRP Rating 4.0
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(as of 23-01-2017 21:20:54 UTC - Details)

Customer Reviews

It’s going to catch on

 on March 3, 2017
By Ronald Nauceder
It’s an amazing experience that feels more like steering an actual car.

Five Stars

 on March 17, 2017
By David Amburn
Love it

Helped me make much smoother corners.

3 people found this helpful.
 on December 7, 2016
By JekiTheRogue
I never had these on the 360, so I can’t respond to people comparing them, but for my first time using something like this, I absolutely love them. I was complaining to my friend the other day about how in Forza 6 I have the hardest time making smooth turns, and courses like Daytona were very hard with the sloped track to keep a smooth line. He told me his roommate uses extenders like these for Destiny and suggested I try them. I’m very glad I did. I normally have a very hard time not going to extremes with the left thumbstick, but these allow me to be much more precise. I can do Daytona now and keep a smooth line on the slopes without too much problem.

Improves racing games on many levels

5 people found this helpful.
 on August 6, 2015
By Mark G.
This has definitely improved my experience with games like Forza and now F1 2015. I see a few reviews where they have said the extension piece will come off if you press it too hard; this is actually a symptom of a problem. The problem being is you are pushing too hard on the stick expecting that by sheer strength you will somehow find extra range from you controller that does not exist. This product is the solution in that it will allow you realize you need a lighter touch and therefore a better understanding of how the game you a playing is meant to be played.

I’m so glad that i found out about speed freek apex for …

 on January 19, 2017
By alken2626
I’m so glad that i found out about speed freek apex for xbox one my driving in forza horizon 3, dirty rally, forza 6 has improved immensely,very happy with product, will recommend to other gamers thank you.

If you want CONFIDENCE in DiRT Rally, these a great.

 on June 20, 2016
By Randy Magruder
Got these as part of my Father’s Day gifts for helping me out with DiRT Rally. I haven’t yet tried it with other racing sims, but this definitely helped a LOT with smoothness and control in a sim where the car is usually trying to kill you. I finally felt like I was able to focus more on the rally stage than worrying about small corrections turning into crash-inducing oscillations. The number one thing I got from this enhancement is CONFIDENCE. And you NEED confidence in DiRT Rally. Highly recommended.

Speed Freek Xbox One

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