Razer Kishi V2 review – A lightweight addition to improve your mobile gaming capabilities

Razer has been a mainstay in cell phone controllers for years, however that house is getting crowded so there’s time to relaxation. With the addition of the Kishi V2 into its vary, Razer has signalled to opponents it’s time to replace or develop into out of date. That is significantly prevalent with telephones turning into extra highly effective and cellular video games turning into extra immersive.

What’s it?

The Razer Kishi V2 is a cellular gaming controller that has been designed to combine nicely along with your telephone, offering a cohesive gaming expertise. It does this via numerous nicely thought out design components and options.

The primary, and probably most vital design determination that has been made is for the Kishi V2, to attach by way of USB-C slightly than Bluetooth. This ends in a couple of very optimistic outcomes:

  • No battery or charging wants for the controller
  • USB-C charging passthrough permits you to cost your telephone whereas gaming
  • While you push a button, the sport responds – there isn’t any noticeable lag

The mechanics of attaching the controller to your telephone is a spring-loaded, clamp connection. Supplied you place it nicely, making certain a very good connection once you put your telephone in it gained’t by accident come unfastened whereas gaming.

As soon as related, whereas it’s clearly “totally different” as a result of telephone being in the midst of the system, the button structure goes to be very acquainted for any console gamer. Twin analogue sticks, d-pad, a, b, x and y buttons as nicely M1, M2, R1, L1 (digital) and R2, L2 (analogue) buttons. Finally, you’ve obtained the identical button choices as an Xbox or PlayStation controller.

The texture and capabilities

Should you’re used to the extra ergonomically comfy console controller, then this takes a little bit of getting used to. It’s not an enormous or horrible adjustment, nevertheless it’s totally different sufficient that it’s going to take a short while. A first-rate instance is racing sims, the place I might usually have to maneuver my proper index finger round 2 cm to hit “full throttle”, on the Kishi V2 it’s noticeably much less which means 100% throttle sooner and that’s a little bit of an issue within the early phases. When you’ve adjusted to the variations, it’s truly a very comfy controller to make use of for prolonged gaming classes.

What aids that adjustment interval is the structure of the buttons and triggers which might be close to sufficient to the structure of a regular console controller to be acquainted. Not solely that, they’re fairly tactile and the digital buttons are “clicky” which provides the Kishi a very nice, arcade really feel to it.

Relying on the sport you’re enjoying and the buttons you’re utilizing, you possibly can customise the operate mapping for each single button. That is via the Razer Nexus app, which can be an interface to hyperlink to appropriate video games, and providers (similar to Sport Move) and to reside stream your gaming to Fb or YouTube.

The buttons are actually surprisingly satisfying with their tactile click on and clean motion on the analogue choices. Initially, I had a gentle concern in regards to the sturdiness of the Kishi V2 as a result of it felt so light-weight. As soon as a telephone was connected, that concern disappeared as a result of it feels stable as soon as your telephone is mounted within the controller.

One other good to have function on a cellular sport controller like that is passthrough charging. As you’d anticipate from a producer like Razer, it’s completely there and does what it’s alleged to.

What that each one does do, is offers a whole lot of capabilities and an important gaming expertise. In my case, I’ve performed a little bit of cellular gaming in addition to hooking up via Steam Hyperlink and enjoying each NBA and Racing simulator video games. Both method, it’s been a cushty and acquainted expertise from the get go. I’ve had a good time doing this assessment, not simply because it meant a little bit of sport time nevertheless it was a very good gaming expertise.

The Nexus App

The Razer Nexus app is a straightforward interface that’s designed to make navigating your video games and system simpler. It has an interface to — as earlier talked about — map the controller buttons to no matter function you want, making the Kishi V2 extremely customisable for any sport.

For players who wish to stream their adventures, that is additionally the place you’re in a position to begin a reside stream of your gaming to Fb or YouTube. It will be good to have the ability to stream to Twitch, however that’s not essentially achievable with the agreements that might should be reached.

The app is practical, however feels prefer it’s not fairly completed and realizing Razer there might be updates sooner or later.

Are there any points?

In fact, there’s all the time one thing that may very well be higher and that is no exception. None of those is explicit deal-breaking points, however they do warrant a point out.

Let’s begin with the charging port talked about only a paragraph in the past, it really works… nevertheless it’s not what I’d contemplate quick. In actual fact, even with Google’s personal charger related neither the Pixel 6 Professional nor Pixel 6a charged significantly rapidly. On extra graphic and processor-intensive video games, having the charger plugged in maintained the battery stage. I suppose that’s a optimistic, nevertheless it’s not an important consequence in case you’re in for a protracted gaming session.

The second factor I’d actually wish to see carried out is a method to suit your telephone with a case nonetheless on it. Even the Pixel 6a (assessment coming this week) with Google’s personal, slightly slick case on it, wanted me to take the case off earlier than connecting the Kishi V2. I really feel prefer it wouldn’t be too laborious so as to add some bumpers behind the telephone to permit instances to stay on a telephone whereas in use, within the controller.

Lastly, significantly given the USB-C passthrough charging, I’d like to see a 3.5mm jack to permit earbuds or headphones to be connected. Because it stands, the setup is clearly geared toward both utilizing the telephone audio system or a Bluetooth headset. Only a tiny addition would cater to a whole lot of further customers’ wants.

Must you purchase one?

Should you’re enjoying video games in your cellular (or planning to) then the quick reply is sure. I’ve tried numerous cell phone controllers and that is probably the most versatile and practical up to now. In my eyes, that is the companion to have for anybody who performs a whole lot of video games on their telephone.

It ticks all the best packing containers for consolation, ease of setup, and ease of use and is — via the Nexus App — customisable to your wants. It feels fairly stable so ought to stand the check of time, and is extensively appropriate throughout Android telephones with a USB-C connection.

It’s a well-designed and thought-out expertise, though the app is missing a little bit of polish, the bundle is value each cent of the $169.95 asking worth.

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