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Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.i Mobile Gamepad
Another dubious controller, the Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.i costs about as much as the SteelSeries Nimbus, yet has some minor flaws. First and foremost, it does not have a rechargeable battery. Any controller that costs $50 should be rechargeable. The Mad Catz controller does come with AAA batteries, but after 40 hours of use, they must be replaced by the customer. This adds up over time.
Customer reviews vary a lot, but reveal a few minor flaws. Some customers report high-latency with more complex, first-person shooter games. It is more responsive with simpler, low resolution games such as Minecraft. The overall build quality of the device is problematic. The iPhone holder tends to break easily. If you’re just going to use this controller with Apple TV, that’s not much of a problem. Users also report that the triggers can stop working. Although this can be easily fixed, it can really ruin the gaming experience if it happens. Bluetooth connectivity isn’t as robust as it should be for a $50 controller.
If this controller were half the price, it may be worth buying. Shop around, and you might find a better deal. I would personally avoid this one. The high price and negative reviews are simply unappealing.
Megadream iOS Game Controller
Many gamers want more flexibility out of their controllers. For those who game on Apple TV and the iPhone, the Megadream iOS Game Controller may be a good option. Unlike the SteelSeries controllers, the Megadream features a flexible iPhone dock, making it essential for on-the-go gaming. While every controller featured in this article will work with an iPhone, the dock sets this one apart. The Megadream controller also features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
The main problem with this controller is that it employs outdated Bluetooth 3.0 technology. This limits the range of the controller to 6-8 meters. This may be fine for the iPhone, but it may cause problems with some Apple TV setups. You can also expect less responsive gameplay with this older Bluetooth technology.
There aren’t a lot of reviews for the Megadream controller. Overall, people seem to like it and claim it is well made. There are also claims that it is flimsy. At over $60 and with outdated Bluetooth technology, you probably want to go for a different controller. It seems like a good purchase if you intend to do most of your gaming on an iPhone.
Horipad Ultimate Wireless Game Controller
If you have no budgetary limitations, the Horipad Ultimate wireless game controller is a compelling option. This controller has gone through an exhaustive design process to ensure a balanced weight and grip and excellent sensitivity. It also boasts a rechargeable battery with 80 hour capacity and Bluetooth 4.1 capabilities. At around $65, it is more expensive than the SteelSeries Nimbus, however, in this case, you may get what you pay for. (continue…)