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Overall, customer reviews are favorable, but it is not a slam dunk. The SteelSeries Nimbus gets 3.5 stars on the Apple Store and 4.5 stars on Amazon. Customers like the responsive, low-latency controls, however, there are a few small flaws. The power button is labelled as “hold”. The controller does not come with a lightning cable or charger. If you don’t already own a lightning-charged Apple device, you will need to supply your own lightning cable and charger. You can use a lightning to USB cable to charge the controller with your computer. Also, a few customers have complained about joystick reliability. These complaints are common amongst all controllers. Some controllers seem to have more problems with reliability than others.
It’s important to note that this controller only works with Apple devices. This is true of every controller featured in this article. If you’re looking for a controller that works with an Xbox and Apple devices, they simply don’t exist. You can use the SteelSeries Nimbus with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and, in some cases, a Mac.
Although you can’t really go wrong by buying this controller, at around $50, it’s not cheap. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery is a huge cost saver in the long run. Also, make sure to shop around to find the best deal. There are some refurbished controllers available, if you really want to save money. The casual gamer might want to investigate less expensive options.
SteelSeries Stratus XL
If the SteelSeries Nimbus is too expensive, the Stratus XL may be sufficient for your gaming needs. This model uses two AA batteries instead of a lithium-ion cell. It also has a slightly less responsive directional pad, however, the thumb joysticks are often preferable controls.
Make sure to buy the iOS compatible version of this controller. Also, shop around for the best deal. Overall, this is much more affordable than its Nimbus sibling. That said, if you play a lot of games, battery costs can add up. I highly recommend this controller for the more casual gamer. Just remember to remove the batteries if you don’t use the device often, to prevent leakage. This isn’t a product flaw, but a good practice for any infrequently used battery-powered device.
PXN-6603 Speedy Wireless Bluetooth Gamepad
You don’t always get what you pay for, and the PXN-6603 is a good example of a bad value. The controller costs more than a SteelSeries Nimbus, yet has garnered quite a few negative reviews.
The main complaint with this controller is that it seems to be poorly made. At first, the controller is responsive, however, with time, the joysticks tend to become less responsive. Attempt to calibrate the controls don’t fix the problem. Users also complain that Bluetooth loses connectivity during gameplay.
Although this controller does offer a rechargeable battery, it simply has too many negative reviews. It’s actually more expensive than the SteelSeries Nimbus. If you are considering this controller, make sure to do extensive research. If you can find a great price, it may be worth buying. A casual gamer might not put it through the rigors which seem to reduce its sensitivity. (continue…)