|The wee box was a bit crumpled, note the SEGA branding on the box itself.|
|Looks a bit like an official Sega pad, a bit.|
|Pressing on the D-pad with firm but not unreasonable force....|
Thats enough of that anyway, so lets bravely remove the 5 screws and open it up, who knows what lurks within....
|There's like a green thing with wires, and some funny looking rubber stuff...|
It has some halfway decent silicone parts (its seemingly difficult to get this aspect wrong for even the most penny pinching manufacturer) but check out the worlds cheapest PCB - its that kind of material that feels more like compressed cardboard than fiberglass or whatever.
Note the black dot in the middle of the PCB, this is the multiplexer chip, packaged directly on the PCB as cheaply as possible, so this is not good for spares for a real pad, but @ less than £1.50 delivered from halfway around the planet, you knew that anyway.
Since carbon coating would be an additional expense, there's none of that, so the pad will become less responsive, probably very quickly, due to oxidation of the bare copper and a relatively small contact area on the zig-zag copper contact strips.
In the above picture you can probably also make out the very fine & flimsy registration tabs on the buttons, to hold them in alignment with the fascia, not all of these are present and its easy to fit the buttons the wrong way.
So, worth buying? At £1.50 delivered, its an OK spare pad, its basically so cheap as to be disposable, but I really don't think items like this should be disposable, most of this one will be discarded / recycled as I just want the board, and no doubt many broken Fighting Putt's will go on to form a significant fraction of retro gaming e-waste in future, no doubt the assembly line workers are paid next to nothing and what's up with that name, really.