There is one core reason you will be looking to purchase a Mobile Game Controller, gaming of course, what else? How about Cloud Gaming which comes with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate? That’s the reason I grabbed myself the new Gamesir X2 Mobile Gaming Controller. I have to admit though for years I have said mobile gaming is a joke, however, over time phones have become more powerful and game developers have started to create some amazing games on the platform, and mobile gaming has even entered the eSports Arena.
Even though AAA games have made their way to the platform, the form factor of a mobile phone does not help you enjoy gaming, so what can you do, insteps mobile phone game controllers.
With plenty of variants on the market when it comes to mobile game controllers, even controllers that look and feel like a controller you would use on a PS4 or Xbox One. Why did I opt for the Gamesir X2 Mobile Gaming Controller? Let us find out.
First packaging and what you will get in the form of features if you decide to purchase a Gamesir X2 Mobile Gaming Controller.
On the front, you get a good look at the device and if you have a Nintendo Switch you can see that Gamesir has taken the inspiration directly from the system. The layout of the X, Y, B and A buttons, the D-Pad, and Analog Sticks, all are placed in and around the same position. I guess this helps mobiles gamers, that most likely have a Nintendo Switch feel right at home, I know I am.
When you move to the back, Gamesir pull out the big guns and promote the devices main features;
- Miminized Delay,
- Wired Connection,
- Born for esports,
- Max Angle 51 Degrees,
- Type C Connection,
- 2 mAh Ultra-low-Power Consumption,
- Micro Switch Buttons with 3 Million stroke Life Span,
- Soft Rubber Grips,
- Cozy Handheld Feeling,
- Supports Android Phones max length 167mm.
Your new Gamesir X2 Mobile Gaming Controller is well packed and protected for any delivery, even if it is in the back of your car doing somersaults as you rip around corners.
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First Look, Feel, Design and Use.
My first thought when I saw this was, wow, this looks like a Nintendo Switch without a screen. You have the D-Pad, Analog Sticks, A, B, X and Y and trigger buttons all in the same place. You also have a home button, start buttons and two buttons that are unique to the system. The buttons all feel similar to the switch as well, including the D-Pad, requiring little to no Actuation Force to action a command within a game. These buttons including the trigger buttons offer up to 3million clicks before they start wearing away, this is more than enough usage, but not as much as you would get with mechanical keys.
The analog sticks feel responsive and nice to use, however, I would have liked the thumb grip area to be a little larger in diameter, as they do feel a little on the small size.
The design of the controller might not suit people with giant hands, as you recall people with giant hands found the switch uncomfortable to use, same goes for this. Yes, it’s rounded on both sides, with moulded textured grip sections underneath to help with grip, but the grip sections underneath do not standout that far. As I have small hands I found holding this controller really comfortable for a rather long time, then again I also found holding the switch comfortable, however, even my hands started to hurt over time.
The Gamesir X2 Mobile Gaming Controller is constructed using ABS plastic (Same plastic used to create Lego bricks) with a polycarbonate frame (the same material used in plastic roofing). Thanks to these design choices the Gamesir X2 Mobile Gaming Controller, is ridged, strong, with little to no flex. The colour choices of white, black and accents of Blue and RED, really help the controller stand out, and I must admit being a switch owner, I really do like these colour choices.
Your mobile phone will sit dead centre of the controller, and attach to the USB Type C connection which will power the device while in use. If you are low on power for some reason you can use a USB Type C charger cable to charge your phone while gaming, the connection is on the bottom side of the controller. Not the greatest place to place it, I would have preferred it on the top.
The USB Type C connection on the Gamesir X2 Mobile Gaming Controller is flexible and can be moved up and down, that’s how it fits the majority of android phones rather well.
The device expands to fit a phone up to 167mm which is just over 6inches which is more than enough for any modern size android phone, even the new Samsung S20. There are grips on either side of the device where your phone will sit, so it is safe a secure while you game away.
Just as a heads up the Gamesir X2 Mobile Gaming Controller is only compatible with Android phones.
As we know airflow is required while gaming, and I tested out a number of phones and found there was always space between the phone and the base of the controller, to allow heat to disperse and air to circulate.
There is one button I tend to click a lot on my Switch the screenshot button and this is also present on the Gamesir X2 Mobile Gaming Controller, click away gamer, click away, get those sweet screenshots as you take down the muppet in-game, or defeat that super hard boss.
Now comes the use and my first thought when I added the Gamesir X2 Mobile Gaming Controller to my phone was simple, how long will this last before my phone dies? I am going, to be honest here, as my phone has a number of applications always running, and I was running cloud gaming with box, the phone and controller only lasted for about a 1hr which is impressive when you think about it. On average though without applications running, you will get more game time out of the device, as the device only using up 2mAh of battery life. Of course, this is dependent on your phones battery size.
For gaming, XCloud was my go-to application, Halo, Forza and many more games I touched down on, and the Gamesir X2 Mobile Gaming Controller worked perfectly, I did not see any lag from the time I clicked the button to the on-screen action which is great as we gamers hate LAG. As the controller uses a wired connection over a wireless connection this will allow the device to actuate an action on screen much faster than a wireless connection. Will this improve your skills nope, but if you are playing someone with your same skill level it might give you a slight advantage. I did find over time that my hands started to hurt a little, this is because of its design, even with the Switch I use grip cases to offer better grip, maybe this is something Gamesir could look into.
There is also the lack of a 3.5 audio connection, however, based on the design of the device this would be impossible anyway.
Below is a video that allows you to hear what each button sounds like, understand how you hear this will be based on your headset or speaker system setup.
This controller is not really required for general mobile games as they are easily controlled through the touch screen, but for cloud gaming, this controller is well worth it. The design is almost perfect and grips are well-placed, all the buttons feel exactly as they would feel on the Switch, and its design based on the Switch is a good idea. There are issues, people with bigger hands will find the controller uncomfortable from the get-go and anyone with an iOS Phone, well you can forget using this device. The USB Type C Charger port should have been placed at the top of the device, for ease of access and so the cable does not get in the way of my gaming sessions. One more thing the thumb sticks need to be bigger.
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