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Razer Kishi Gaming Controller for iPhone

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Product Overview

Razer Kishi is a universale gaming controller for iPhone. It features clickable analog thumbsticks, an array of face and multi-function buttons, and an 8-way D-pad. Via a Lightning port connection, the Kishi offers iPhone users console-level control in iOS games.
The ergonomic design of the Kishi is intended for long gaming sessions, with a handheld grip and optimized button placements for intuitive gameplay. Pass-through charging makes certain that gaming sessions are not cut short, as the iPhone can be charged by hooking up the charging cable directly to the controller.

Ratings

What we found

Pros
  • Compact, portable design
  • Supports a wide variety of games
  • Works with Project xCloud
Cons
  • Only works with a select number of games

What external reviewers found

External score 70%
Pros
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Sleek design
  • Sturdy design
  • Supports USB-C charging
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Supports Android phones
Cons
  • Lack of multi-device connectivity
  • Not as good as other controllers
  • No headphone jack
  • Some interface elements can be uncomfortable to read on a phone screen
  • Some issues with gaming

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Specifications

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External Reviews

androidauthority[1]

Reviewer score 79% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from androidauthority have found:
Both casual and avid gamers alike will find a lot to like in the Razer Kishi. It's relatively compact, but it's also larger than Nintendo's Joy-Cons or the Razer Junglecat. The only downside is a slightly mushy D-pad, so fighting game aficionados might want to look elsewhere.
Pros
  • Lightweight, portable design
  • Compatible with a wide variety of phones
  • Supports USB-C charging
Cons
  • No headphone jack

cnet[2]

Reviewer score 73% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from cnet have found:
The Razer Kishi is a more substantial version of the company's Junglecat controller. The Kishi's pads use tension to attach to the phone and connect via USB-C. It's not a perfect emulation -- the controls are differently spaced from each other. But it's one of the most elegant, usable controllers for mobile gaming I've tried.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Easy to use
  • Comfortable to hold
Cons
  • Mushy triggers
  • Laggy D-pad

pcmag[3]

Reviewer score 59% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from pcmag have found:
The Xbox version of the Razer Kishi consists of two halves connected by a plastic-and-rubber strap. Each half is a chunky, curved black plastic shell with an analog stick and two triggers. It's a compact package when folded up, measuring approximately 3.5 by 5.4 inches by 1.2 inches.
Pros
  • Compact design
  • Works with Project xCloud
  • Supports Android phones
  • USB-C charging
Cons
  • Some interface elements can be uncomfortable to read on a phone screen

techradar[4]

Reviewer score 69% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from techradar have found:
-C connector that you plug into phones to connect the gamepad, and a USB-C port so you can charge your phone while you're gaming. The joysticks are clickable, for even more controller functionality. The list of compatible games can be found by downloading Razer's ‘Gamepad' app, and includes top games like ARK: Survival Evolved, Asphalt 9 Legends, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Goat Simulator and many more games. It's a real shame that Kishi only works on certain games and not others, since if you're a fan of the incompatible games (as you likely are) you just can't use Kishi.
Pros
  • Sturdy design
  • Easy to use
  • Works with many game streaming services
Cons
  • No tutorial or guide
  • Some games aren't compatible with Kishi

theverge[5]

Reviewer score 68% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from theverge have found:
The Kishi connects to your phone's USB-C port directly, so there's no pairing required. The face and shoulder buttons function perfectly, though the button travel ranges from feeling either too clicky or spongy. Playing audio from your phone can be a struggle, too. The controller is compatible with games like Fortnite, Nvidia GeForce Now, and Microsoft xCloud.
Pros
  • Compatible with a bunch of games
  • USB-C passthrough charging
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Not as good as other controllers
  • No headphone jack

trustedreviews[6]

Reviewer score 68% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found:
The Razer Kishi is designed to act like an Xbox controller. It works with Razer Phone 2, Galaxy S20 Plus, Black Shark 3 and OnePlus 7T Pro. The thumbstick layout has been switched to mirror a traditional Xbox controller with the left input being on the top side and the right on the bottom. The device has also been upgraded to feature a USB-C passthrough charging port.
Pros
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Easy setup
Cons
  • Lack of multi-device connectivity
  • Some issues with gaming

References

  1. ^ Razer Kishi review: The ultimate smartphone controller. [androidauthority].
  2. ^ Razer Kishi review: A smooth play for mobile gaming. [cnet].
  3. ^ Razer Kishi for Android (Xbox) Review. [pcmag].
  4. ^ Razer Kishi review. [techradar].
  5. ^ Razer’s Kishi turns your phone into a Nintendo Switch that can play Google Stadia . [theverge].
  6. ^ Razer Kishi Review. [trustedreviews].

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