I am not gonna try to "fix" the dpad because by know I love the dpad, it's super accurate, fast, and comfy, and durable.
Can weave precisely trough bullets in dondonpachi with ease.
I do HATE how low my buttons are, like one milimetre above plastic, so after three months I am going to try and fix that (if not work, I am just gonna buy new one and sell this one for 50 or 75 euros, the speakers crackle a bit on max volume but for the rest it works 100% perfect and the face buttons DO work fine, most people won?t have a real issue with it, it?s just my autism drive for perfection I guess.)
But the solution I am gonna try is simply stick these on top of the buttons: (something like this)
They are anti scratch, anti-slip, self-adhesive glas pads with the exact same shape and I believe size of the buttons. Stick one of the top and you instantly have a less slippery, and much much higher sitting button. The room between the buttons as they are now and the screen should mean it can still close, and even if it touches it, it's anti-scratch anyway.
100 for 2 euros at the local store. Don't have to open it up or anything either! And they're transparent, so you can still see the markings on the buttons below!
If it doesn?t work, I can remove them in 5 seconds and sell the device (they don't leave any marks or have any capability of causing damage in any way) after I know the replacement works and is better.