Quanba looks set to release a new stick, in several variations: PS3, 360, wood, plastic, and all combined. The layout seems to be the standard TE with Sanwa parts but I can’t say I’m impressed with the default artwork – perhaps they are going for a retro look but as a fighting fan who plays modern games, this is lost on me. The previous incarnation QRAF 4 is still doing the rounds and while I had a little go, I was fairly impressed – a cheaper TE (Madcatz Tournament Edition stick) clone with cross platform capability (360/ps3/pc). What I didn’t like was the button layout being too close to the stick – this is the reason why I’ve never jumped for a TE. I use the middle four buttons of an 8 button layout and on the TE, the buttons don’t match the posture of your fingers unless you have your forefinger on the top left. You can adjust, but I don’t have time for that.
Might review this properly later. Until then, don’t forget you stick heads can get the Q4 from Gremlin Solutions for £99 (not including VAT and shipping)
More info (Thx Gharling!)