Mad Catz CTRLi Review
• Solid Built
• Impressive Tactile Feedback
• Travel Clip holds the device Perfectly
• Offers Home Console Experience
• Bit Expensive
• Lacks in-built rechargeable batteries
Exclusively made for iOS 7 devices, Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i Wireless Gamepad transforms the iDevices into a unique Portable Gaming Console. The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i let you experience the competitive gaming elements right in your favorite race tracks, offers an immersive action adventure world gameplay and let the players indulge in other fun games.
Available with Apple-approved Bluetooth chip, this 3990 bucks gaming pad is compatible with all the iOS 7 based devices and meets Apple’s comprehensive performance standards. This full size Wireless Gamepad comes with the similar layout and design build that we have seen in Xbox Controllers. It is so far one of the best mobile game peripherals I have seen; and let us scroll through the review to juice out more information on this beautiful product.
Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i Wireless Gamepad comes in a solid construction and offers a comfortable feel; and unmistakably it looks similar to Xbox 360 game controller when it comes to design factor.
The C.T.R.L.i has the same asymmetrically-placed controlling joysticks along with a D-Pad platform and XYAB Buttons. It also includes four pressure-sensitive signal triggers at the front edge (L1/L2 and R1/R2) just like Xbox 360 Game Pad. Also, there is an attachment for travel clip to hold the iDevices. Then there is Pause/Start Button at the center; this button can also direct the users to game menu.
You can find the C.T.R.L.i Bluetooth Toggle just above the Pause/Start Button, while the LED light indicators lie below it. The Power Switch at the bottom edge springs back to its position when you switch it on or off. Then there is a slot at the base that houses two AAA batteries and a microUSB port (used for updating the gamepad’s firmware, not for using C.T.R.L.i as wired controller); though I wish Mad Catz should have provided in-built rechargeable battery in its Controller.
This two sided wings gamepad has a glossy upper structure and matte look underside. It is also prone to lots of smudges and dust. You can see the Mad Catz red claw swipe trademark printed on the right wing. The best part about C.T.R.L.i controller is that you will hardly feel any issue while handling it, and the perfect button and trigger response are surely a charm.
Setup and Pairing
Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i controller is highly efficient and thanks to the inclusion of integrated Bluetooth chip that let the users connect the Gamepad to their iDevices wirelessly. The users need to download Mad Catz’s proprietary iOS app from the Store once before its first use. Once download, the app offers a dashboard to view key mapping for the gamepad’s controls.
No when the app is installed, you need to switch on the controller, turn-on the Bluetooth from your iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus and other iOS 7 based iDevices; and now press the Bluetooth button for 3 seconds in order pair the C.T.R.L.i controller with your device.
Sounds easy, but pairing the controller with iDevice might make you feel irritating at times. Also, it happened several times that the Bluetooth connection got cut out mid-game. This in turn will require you to reset the Bluetooth connection pair the device again.
To check the proper functioning of button and joystick response, users can toggle through Gamepad tab on the installed software. Also, to download supported titles for the handset, you can access “Gamesmart” section.
Regardless of what iOS 7 device you use, Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i Wireless Gamepad works like a perfectly functional console gamepad. The controller is slavishly devoted to functionalities found on Xbox 360. Without doubt, this Wireless Gamepad will make the console gamers right at home when playing games on their iPhones and iPads.
All the buttons and direction pad felt responsive; even the analog sticks worked quite well without being twitchy. The triggers felt solid and responded quite well, especially in the shooting games. But at times, the awkward camera angles might cause distraction in racing games.
Everything seems perfect on Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i Wireless Gamepad; and it delivers the same performance as your favorite Console Gamepad.
The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i Wireless Gamepad is worth every penny you spend. It delivers exactly what you expect from a gamepad; enhancing your mobile gaming experience. You might face pairing issues once or twice, but I am sure that can be fixed with a simple firmware update. If you are a regular mobile gaming freak, Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i is certainly worth a purchase. The size might also be a bit issue for people travelling with minimal space, but WHO CARES- when you have a chance to appoint a cool gadget into your existing tech arsenal.