Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad Review
The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad is a Bluetooth controller especially made for Android devices that allows the users to engage in a more console like gaming. Previously we also reviewed the Mad Catz CTRLi Gamepad especially made for iOS devices; and the latest one has been designed specifically for Android including PC and Mac too.
Available for Rs. 3490 in India, the Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad is no different from its iOS sibling CTRLi when it comes to form factor and functionality; only the things that differentiate it from iOS gamepad are the few added functional buttons that missing from the former. It again comes with similar design layout found in Xbox Controllers. This one from Mad Catz looks like another best mobile game peripherals I have encountered with. Let us scroll through the page and know how good CTRLR is, when it comes to performance.
Design and Build
There is not much difference between CTRLi and CTRLR when it comes to design and build. The CTRLR comes in a same solid constriction and has been entirely made of plastic, and as said it is a look-a-like of Xbox 360 game controller.
Read: Mad Catz CTRLi Review
The XYAB Buttons, triggers and D-Pad platform occupies the same spot as on CTRLi. There is again the same attachment for travel clip to hold the Android Devices at the front. But then, there some minor changes made and added in the layout. The LED light indicators found in CTRLi are missing, though you find Back and Start buttons now on CTRLR gamepad. The pause button from CTRLi has been replaced with Bluetooth Toggle.
The power switch at the bottom edge found in CTRLi has been removed in CTRLR and has been replaced with slider that can make the gamepad compatible with Android Devices, turn it into Computer Mode and connect it with PC or Mac. The base houses two AAA batteries and a microUSB port that is used for updating the gamepad’s firmware; it is not meant for using C.T.R.L.i as wired controller.The upper portion holds Pause/Play, Forward/Rewind and Volume Control Buttons.
Setup and Pairing
Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R controller comes with an integrated Bluetooth chip that allows the users connect the Gamepad to their Android Devices wirelessly. Also, you need to download Mad Catz’s proprietary app from the Play Store. The app offers access to Mad Catz dashboard that let the user view key mapping for the gamepad’s controls.
Turn on the Bluetooth on your CTRLR- the Bluetooth Toggle blinks Red & Blue unless and until the gamepad is paired and connected with the Android device. You need to press the Bluetooth Toggle for 3 seconds in order to connect the gamepad to Android device. With most of the devices, the CTRLR got easily connected but we faced hard time connecting the gamepad with LG G Flex 2 and LG G4.
The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R controller can also be connected to PC or Mac via Bluetooth and used as Mouse to browse the pages. Users can download CTRLR Range Software and Driver to use the Gamepad for PC Gaming as well. You can assign key presses to each button through a Mad Catz Windows Taskbar. But it isn’t as simple as it looks; you have to iron out few quirks before making the gamepad functional.
Using the Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad on Modern Combat 5 was quite simple and it made the game much more fun than touch-enabled gameplay. The controls felt more responsive and easy to use. Running, crouching, aiming and jumping were more natural. This is sure to make gamers indulge in extra gaming hours right on their mobile devices.
Just like its iOS sibling, the CTRLR’s buttons and direction pad were equally responsive and even the triggers worked quite well while taking shots and aiming. Regardless of what Android device you use, the CRTLR worked like a perfectly functional gaming controller.
The thing that might hurt you a bit is that CTRLR have a large dead zone time, especially while using its analogue sticks. If you are unaware of Dead Zone; it is the time taken between pushing the analogue stick and the response shown within the gameplay. This might make playing quick-response game like Dead Trigger 2 bit frustrating.
The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad might not be the perfectly engineered gamepad but it is a successful bit of kit that the company envisioned for. Tagged as an extremely capable Mobile Gamepad for Android devices, the C.T.R.L.R gets additional advantage of being used as mouse and functional PC gamepad also. This handheld gaming machine is quite affordable and offers better alternative for mobile gaming. Thanks to its solid plastic casing, the C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad can be carried anywhere without worrying about its getting damage.