Speed Freek Apex for Xbox One Review

Speed Freek Apex for Xbox One Review

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Amazon Price: $16.99 (as of September 20, 2017 2:43 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 31-08-2017 20:20:01 UTC - Details)

Customer Reviews

More Control. Better Handling.

 on September 8, 2017
By Xinra
I love using these! I’ve been using the KontrolFreek brand for over a year now on both XB1 and PS4, and I’ve been happy with the design, use, and quality of them. With regards to the SpeedFreek, I was a little skeptical – but I’m a racing fan on the Xbox One. I enjoy playing Forza or Project Cars a lot, and the SpeedFreeks made playing easier using these. While a steering wheel peripheral would work best, it’s just too expensive of an option for me. These SpeedFreeks really work, and I noticed the difference right away. The open & contoured thumb stick cover used for steering helped me, since I wasn’t unintentionally jerking the Xbox One controller’s own thumbstick – making constant erratic corrections. With these thumbstick covers it gave me better control, and I was able to steer my in-game vehicles more realistically.

Great concept

One person found this helpful.
 on September 25, 2016
By Taylor and Kaytee
I bought these while my thrustmaster tx was off for repair(second time now), and they make drifting alot better and give you more control, definently takes a few minutes of playing to get the hang of it and you have to be light on the stick or it will pop off the controller, I solved this by dedicating a controller to drifting and super glued it on ! 😛

Another item you dont know you need until you own it!

 on August 30, 2017
By Mark Nicholson
Took a little bit to get used to, but Ive always had a problem in Forza with making left turns. Well No More! This little device has made steering what it should be. Progressive, smaller inputs and easier to correct snap oversteer. This is a must have for people that dont have steering wheel/pedal setups, and want to be that much better using a controller. Easy to install, and withing 2-3 races youll be used to a whole new way to steer with your thumb.

helps me.

 on August 25, 2017
By Mark R,
my first control freeks broke after a year and a half but i loved them so i bought again. A stronger plastic ring that snaps onto the first peice that goes onto the xbox one controler is needed. this one is the same.

Perfect for driving games!

 on April 4, 2016
By WonkaVision
These are amazing for driving games on the XBOX ONE! They definitely help relax your thumbs while playing hours of Forza or whatever your flavor of driving game. Can’t recommend these enough!

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.

Great for hardcore gamers

 on January 2, 2016
By Magicsmurf
Quality made product. Holds up to removing and re-installing as you change game genres. My only complaint is that they “scratch” the analog sticks a little when you use them. I am a fanatic about keeping my games and hardware pristine and these caused little lines on the controller. They are not super noticeable, but they do exist.

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.

Speed Freek Xbox One

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Xbox One Speed Freek Apex

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