I finally received my first Zero Delay encoder straight from Hong Kong and I must say that I’m extremely happy with the purchase. In the past I’ve been using IPAC’s which are made in the UK by Ultimarc. The IPAC’s are amazing encoder boards, probably the best, but the price is a bit steep. For a 2 player IPAC you’re looking at $39 and for a 4 player IPAC be ready to give up your left hand at a whopping $65 plus shipping. It was obviously time to look for a less costly alternative.
I found the Zero Delay boards while searching around the usual arcade building forums. I was surprised to see that you can snatch one of these up on Ebay for about $10 including shipping. Too good to be true? Not one bit. One thing I love about it is the fact that it comes with all the wiring along with quick connectors already installed. This makes it a 10 minute wiring job instead of the hours you will spend stripping wires and adding your own terminal connectors which come at an additional cost.
Another great thing about these boards is that they come standard with a joystick hookup along with 12 button inputs as well as additional inputs for a HAT switch, turbo, and auto-fire mode. With the funtioning HAT swith, you could actually use just one of these boards for 2 players if you only had a few buttons each. There truly was Zero delay when I hooked it up and because each board registers as a gamepad the amount of these you could hook up to one machine is virtually endless. If you’re looking for a low-cost IPAC alternative, look no further. I give these encoders my respect and approval.
You can find them on Ebay by searching for Zero Delay Arcade USB Encoders.