Gamesir X3 Controller overview


What do you consider when somebody makes use of the time period “cellular gaming”? Does you thoughts go to informal timewasters like Sweet Crush Saga, Indignant Birds, Tetris, and Wordle? Or, do you conjure up imagery of a devoted cellphone designed for first-person shooters like Name of Responsibility or Fortnite?

Cell gaming is available in all sizes and styles, and everybody’s definition is a bit bit completely different. I’m not an enormous fan of the larger graphics-intense stuff that’s typically cellular variants of console titles. Why? It’s not as a result of I don’t have a cellphone highly effective sufficient to deal with the duty. No, it’s as a result of I don’t like having to make use of a flat display screen when a number of buttons and directional pads are so as.

Gamesir, a participant (see what I did there?) within the gaming area, is again with one other cellular gaming controller. The brand new X3 Sort-C controller, priced round $100, builds on the X2 which we reviewed earlier within the yr. Having began out as a prototype for crowdfunding, it blew by means of its aim and hit the quick monitor for public launch.

Briefly, the Gamesir X3 is an adjunct that you simply hook up with your cellphone through its USB Sort-C port. As soon as in place, it turns your handset right into a Nintendo Swap-like expertise. It’s solely out there in a single colour, white, with crimson and blue accents that solely additional the Nintendo comparability.

One of many greatest variations within the new mannequin is the addition of a cooling fan on the again of the gadget. It’s centrally situated and doesn’t have an effect on the best way it’s important to maintain or function the controller. It’s additionally very quiet, and doesn’t distract out of your gaming classes. Oh, it additionally appears fairly cool when it lights up, too.

The trade-off, although, is that the fan solely works when the Gamesir X3 is plugged in to an exterior energy supply. This could impression the place avid gamers can reap the benefits of the cooling characteristic so maintain that in thoughts for those who plan to play for prolonged durations.

The X3 employs a spring-loaded mechanism that pulls aside on each side so you possibly can drop your handset in rapidly and with out problem. In accordance with Gamesir, it will possibly deal with most telephones between 110mm -179mm in top. That’s to say, it labored on every thing we had right here within the workplace.

While you put your cellphone in you’ll discover there’s a little bit of play with the USB Sort-C connector which kind of pivots a bit. That is intentional and helps make sure you don’t snap something off.

So far as buttons are involved, I actually like what the Gamesir X3 has on provide. They’re very tactile and clicky with the correct amount of journey and noise.

The D-pad has been adjusted to higher work in eight instructions; there are two choices for its button within the field. You may change them out immediately primarily based on whether or not you desire a conventional directional pad or one thing with a diamond-like sample that breaks over the eight instructions. Assume Nintendo Swap and Xbox and also you’ll get it.

Along with the additional D-pad button you’ll additionally discover additional thumbsticks. They’re barely taller than what’s already in place and could also be noticeably higher (or worse) on your gaming. Need all crimson or all blue? Combine and match? Do it nonetheless you’d like. Magnets make altering issues up an actual breeze.

Additionally included within the field are 4 rubber covers which add a level of texture and grip. Do you have to not like the best way your thumbs slide over the sticks you possibly can slide the covers on and get extra traction.

The Gamesir X3 has texture on the again the place your palms would possibly relaxation. It’s delicate stuff however makes a distinction over the lengthy haul. Palms get sweaty while you’re one of many final remaining gamers in a battle royale sport.

Alongside these strains, I’d have favored it if the fan labored with out having to be plugged in. Gaming on the go doesn’t at all times enable for an exterior energy supply, or an outlet that’s shut sufficient. Be sure you’ve obtained a pleasant lengthy cable readily available; there’s a reasonably good one included within the field.

It’s value reminding right here that the Gamesir X3 connects on to your cellphone through the USB Sort-C port and doesn’t enable for Bluetooth. It’s not an excessive amount of of a problem now that almost all telephones have the USB C port plus there’s no latency to fret about.