Razer Kishi gamepad for Android: analysis and opinion

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Mobile games have always had a reputation for being casual fun, but as the industry has evolved we have found that some of these games are much better enjoyed with a good controller. In some cases, such as cloud gaming platforms, gamepads have become a mandatory element, not just to get a better performance, but simply to be able to play.

In recent years, hardware manufacturers have taken good note of this, evolving from the classic multiplatform bluetooth controllers that work on both Android / iOS and PC, to more professional controls specifically designed for mobile devices.

Razer Kishi: professional gaming controller for Android, universal and ultra-low latency

At the time of this writing, I have been using Razer's Kishi gamepad on my Android mobile for several months now and the truth is that the qualitative leap has been really important. In 2020, I began to give Stadia and Nvidia GeForce NOW a boost, so the situation required a video game controller that was capable of delivering an experience at the level of AAA console video games that can now be played on mobile devices and on those that touch controls are not practical or functional.

Next, I tell you about my experience with the Razer Kishi, reviewing both the positive aspects and those that I did not like so much. Let's go there!

Design and finishes

Regarding the materials and manufacturing finishes, we are faced with a clearly premium accessory. The plastic used is of good quality, very similar to what we can find in a Dual Shock or an Xbox controller, although what really stands out is its design.

The manufacturer has taken into account that it is a gadget that we are going to use with the mobile, so its degree of portability is a key aspect at the design level. The handle can be folded and unfolded on itself thanks to an elastic band that joins the 2 modules that make up the remote. In this way, we can “compact” the remote when we are not using it and carry it in our pocket calmly (I just put it on the scale and it weighs 159 grams).

Unlike other gamepads for Android the Razer Kishi does not require batteries or power of any kind. We just have to connect it to the mobile through the USB type C port to start working. A point in favor that is greatly appreciated on a daily basis.

Buttons

The joysticks and the button panel is another of the essential points in this type of accessories. Here Razer has opted for a layout practically identical to that used by Nintendo Switch: on the left module a joystick and a crosshead, and on the right a set of 4 buttons with a second joystick in the lower area.

Comparison Nintendo Switch vs Razer Kishi with a 6.4 ″ smartphone.

In addition to that, there are 3 buttons (the typical select, options and home) on the front and 2 triggers in the upper area in addition to the classic L1 and R1. On the other hand, the X, Y, A and B buttons have a press with much more travel than the buttons of the Nintendo laptop, having a greater similarity to the buttons of the Sony controls.

The issue of the buttons may be more or less pleasant, although personally I think that the joysticks are the most successful elements of the whole set, not because they have a rubber with a very polished roughness and touch, but because we are talking about some clickable analog joysticks. Being able to click with the joystick is not a very common function in this type of device – and that in many games is essential to be able to run or perform other types of actions. In short, you can see that the manufacturer has taken care of every last detail to deliver a premium gamepad (something that is obviously also evident in the final price of the product).

Usability

At the playable level the command meets a note as might be expected. Thanks to having a physical connection, the gamepad offers ultra-low latency, which makes it perfect for playing cloud services like Stadia, now that Google already allows compatibility with external controllers. In fact, it is the official controller recommended by Nvidia to play with GeForce Now, a system in which it works like silk at all levels.

Of course, not all are advantages. It also has some other drawback, and that is that by connecting the remote to the smartphone we will inevitably be covering the phone's headphone jack. Something that is easily solved with a bluetooth headset, but if we do not have them on hand … either we buy one or we will be forced to use the phone's speakers. In that sense there is not much that can be done.

For the rest, the L2 and R2 triggers are also quite well achieved and it has some other interesting details such as a charging port in the lower area of ​​the gamepad to be able to plug in the battery while we play.

Price and availability

Currently the Razer Kishi remote for Android can be obtained for an approximate price of 89.90 euros in places like Amazon Y PC Components. It is clear that it is not a cheap device, but in this case the price we can say is undoubtedly justified.

If you have a mobile with a good screen, it is a good way to turn your smartphone into a portable console for all purposes. Perfect to get the most out of cloud gaming and squeeze the playability of all those Android games that are compatible with gamepads.

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