Taking mobile gaming to a whole new level.
Mobile games have evolved to a whole new category of gaming, even becoming full-pledged competitions that offer big cash prizes. With smartphones getting more powerful with faster graphics and larger screens, it has somehow introduced a new portable way of gaming that paved the way for games that at times work best with a mobile device.
Since AAA games like Fortnite, PUBG, and other similar titles have all made their way to smartphones, having a gaming controller is usually recommended. You’ve seen multiple controllers made for smartphones and even console controllers from Xbox and PlayStation can now be used on mobile devices as well.
But if you really want a dedicated controller that’s made for your smartphone, have a look at the GameSir X2 Type-C mobile gaming controller. Powered through the USB-C port on your smartphone, this controller brings a full array of buttons and triggers along with analog sticks that should give you more control over the game you are playing.
The X2 attaches to your smartphone and when it is locked in you’re getting two controllers on the left and right side, mimicking the look of the Nintendo Switch. The X2 can extend to accommodate small and large devices and we’ve tested nearly all the smartphones we know, including an OnePlus 8 Pro, and a Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra. Since it uses USB-C, iPhones are automatically out of the compatibility list. Hopefully, GameSir introduces an iPhone version soon.
The buttons are all comfortable to touch, and when gaming they’ve registered each press accurately. GameSir says that buttons have been rated to remain stable after 3 million presses, which means that it can even last longer than your current smartphone. There’s also a dedicated screenshot button and while I didn’t have much use for it, it is a nice addition and mimics the functions that you find on a console controller. The X2 uses your smartphone’s battery to operate – but don’t worry since it uses minimal power and won’t impact battery life when playing.
Since it is connected directly to your smartphone (and not wirelessly through Bluetooth), we’re now getting little to no lag on the games we’ve played. This should work well for serious gamers where lag on game controllers is always a problem.
The GameSir X2 does the job well of providing you with a mobile game controller that actually works. The unique design allows you to transform your smartphone into a Switch-like handheld, and with the wired connection, you’re getting accurate button presses needed for those intense mobile games.
+ Great button layout
+ Fits small and large Android devices
– No Lightning port support for iPhones
Final Rating: 4/5
GameSir F4 Falcon
Here’s another game controller from GameSir, but instead of a large snap-on case, we have a rather small attachment that you can put on your smartphone. Most gaming controllers typically use Bluetooth, but the F4 Falcon can literally press on the screen so it eliminates the need for a wireless connection.
The F4 Falcon comes in a compact and portable design that should be easy to carry around. Unfold it and you’ll immediately see the attachments that go into your smartphone which hold its horizontally. The top houses the USB-C port for charging the controller, along with the sliding holder to properly hold your smartphone when it is attached. It also acts as a power switch that turns on the unit when the sliding holder is pulled out.
There are also clip-on handles along with plastic L/R tabs on top along with one Turbo button. The fully mechanical design of the F4 Falcon means that’s virtually no lag, so you don’t have to worry about the connection being cut off especially if you’re in the middle of an intense gaming session.
The L/R buttons control a flange that touches your smartphone screen, and pressing this will also trigger a tap on the screen similar to what your fingers can do. The Turbo button triggers how much shots are fired when it is pressed. You’d normally start with one shot on a single press, but it can go up to nine shots on a single press.
The F4 Falcon also didn’t have any problem handling any smartphone no matter the size. For testing, I hooked up the controller using my Samsung Galaxy S20 FE that fits perfectly. Games like PUBG was easier to play with the F4 Falcon attached, and don’t worry about the buttons wearing out since the buttons have been rated for 5 million presses.
This controller is clearly designed for shooters, and GameSir made sure that it is built to eSports standards. This easily makes it one of the best accessories to have on a smartphone especially for first-person shooter games.
You charge the F4 Falcon using the USB port for about an hour and a half, but in return done you’re getting more than 40 hours of usage, with standby times of up to 200 days.
The GameSir F4 Falcon is simple, compact, and definitely impressive. This compact game controller brings a mechanical design that is easy to use, with a battery life that lasts longer than you can imagine.
+ Great simple design
+ Compatible with any smartphone
+ Great battery life
– None to mention
Final Rating: 4.5/5