The Qanba Obsidian is one of our two favorite fightisticks, with our other favorite of ours being the similarly priced Razer Panthera.
It’s an excellent all-around fightstick with all the features you would ever want in a fightstick — good build quality, Sanwa components, and easy modding.
The Obsidian’s minimalist design might be our favorite. The Qanba obsidian is just beautiful and doesn’t have any of the gaudy and ugly design elements that plague a lot of gaming gear. It’s frame is constructed of powder coated aluminum in a hexagonal shape. The top of the fightstick is made of a dark plexiglass panel. On each side of the fightstick is a blue LED ring that imitates a neon tube.
Like other Qanba fightsticks, the Qanba Obsidian is on the large side, measuring 18 by 10 inches — but at under seven pounds, is not especially heavy.
The only crappy design element that the Obsidian has is it’s cable stowage. The cable is stowed inside the fightstick — nothing wrong with that –, but the door is almost impossible to pry open.
Build Features & Quality
Qanba is known for building high quality fightsticks, and the Obsidian is no exception. With a brushed aluminum frame, the Obsidian beats out most other fightsticks in build quality because everything else is basically made of hard plastic.
The Qanba Obsidian is good for modding, but the Razer Panthera still takes the cake for being one of the most mod-friendly fightsticks.
To open the Qanba Obsidian, you’ll need to have a screwdriver and with that, you will be voiding the warranty. Once you do open up the stick, everything should be smooth sailing. The wires are all well labeled and the markings are very clear. Changing parts on the Obsidian is just as good as any other fightstick.
By the way, the fightstick has a headphone jack, an important selling point for the Obsidian that the Razer Panthera lacks.
Unlike Qanba’s lower end fightsticks which come with mediocre proprietary components, the Qanba Obsidian comes stock fitted with 30mm Sanwa OBSF buttons and a Sanwa JFL joystick, both fan favorites.
The command buttons are located on the top right area of the fightstick, placed in a strip. It’s much more convient than the configuration on the Qanba Dragon where all the buttons are crammed into one square patch. The fightstick actually does have a clickable touchpad, but it’s located in a weird location out of sight on the back of the fightstick. However, the rear of the stick is angled up quite a big so it works out pretty well.
There’s nothing to nitpick on the Qanba Obsidian in terms of the gaming experience. Gaming performance is excellent. The Turbo works well. All the buttons are responsive, and the ergonomics are good.
We will definitely recommend the Qanba Obsidian. At $200, it’s a really good fightstick and the only other option that really competes on the same level for the crown as the PS4 king as the Qanba Obsidian is the Razer Panthera.