The Razer brand continues to cement its place as the go-to source for all your peripheral needs and it’s fact made even more obvious when you look at the strides they’ve been making in the mobile gaming scene and it’s only a matter of time before we’re all using their controllers on-the-go.
But mobile gaming controllers come in all shapes and sizes and it can be tough trying to decide which is the best fit for all your gaming needs, especially when two of their controllers seem so similar in design and functionality but are very different in regards to their performance and above all else, their size.
The main aim is to fully replicate that authentic console-quality feeling wherever you are and whenever you want to and the Razer Kishi and Razer JungleCat can help you to do just that and both feature a telescopic design that will wrap around your Android or iOS smartphone.
So today, we’re going to take a look at these two controllers from the Razer line-up to see which of these is going to be the best fit for today’s gamers whether they call themselves casual players or one of those that like it a little more hardcore. Without further ado, here’s the razer Kishi vs the Razer JungleCat
Connectivity is one of the most important factors when it comes to Bluetooth controllers since input latency is a major concern when gaming on the go since you’ll also be dealing with the natural lag that occurs when streaming games from platforms such as Xbox Cloud Gaming.
The Razer Kishi connects directly to any suitable Android device via a USB Type-C connection and to any suitable iOS device via a lightning port connection. Without a wireless connection, the input is infinitely more reliable and drastically reduces regular input lag from the controller.
The JungleCat connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth so the same model can be used across multiple platforms, including PC, which is a huge bonus but having a wireless connection means being prone to some minor input lag which can be an issue when playing games that require some precise movements like first-person shooters and racing games.
A problem that often faces controller users is making sure that you’ve got the right smartphone to fit into your controller since neither of these controllers comes in a one size fits all kind of variation and will need to be something you’re fully aware of before you pick the controller that’s right for you.
While the Razer Kishi has the ability to stretch and accommodate a wide variety of lengths, the width of your phone may be a factor to consider since it features rounded edges that are meant to curve around your device and will hinder any smartphone that is wider than normal.
But, that range of devices becomes much smaller when we move over to the razer JungleCat. It has a unique docking feature, similar to the Nintendo Switch but only if you have the right phone case to match the controller, and those are only available for the Razer Phone 2, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and Galaxy S10+, the Huawei P30 Pro.
Analog Sticks and Triggers
No matter how portable your controller may be, it’s nothing if it can’t recreate that authentic console quality we’ve come to know and love. This can easily be achieved if you’ve got a good set of analog sticks and the triggers backing you up since these are the most used aspects of the controller.
The Razer Kishi has Analog sticks that feel like they were ripped straight out of the original Xbox One controller and it features Analog triggers as well, making this controller perfect for games that require a more sensitive touch with an actuated trigger, like racing games.
The same can’t be said for the Razer JungleCat since it features a design that resembles more of a Nintendo Switch but without the advantage of size. The Analog sticks are very small and thin and the triggers only come in a digital layout. Ideal for first-person shooters but not the experience you’re looking for overall.
Since these are devices that you’ll be using whenever you’re on the go, they need to be as portable as they can be and that is what tests these two controllers apart. It’s all about ease and convenience that can be carried around with you wherever while still giving you the performance you’re used to.
When the Razer Kishi isn’t wrapped around your phone, it compresses down into a pocket-sized form that makes for easy transport. Unfortunately, since the Kishi requires a direct connection for input and power as well, you can’t use it when it’s not attached and just resting in your hand.
This is where the JungleCat shines through. Its small size makes it the most portable controller Razer has and since it connects wirelessly through Bluetooth, it can still be used as a regular controller when it’s separated from your phone. And, as an added bonus, it can also be used on a PC.
Any mobile gaming controller worth being on the market needs to be as portable as possible while still delivering a premium gaming experience whenever and wherever you are. While the JungleCat’s small size might give it an advantage head-to-head, it can often hinder the experience if you’re used to the larger controllers we’re all familiar with when playing on a console.
With all these factors taken into consideration, I’d have to give the title to the Razer Kishi as the best choice when it comes to telescopic controllers within the Razer line-up of mobile handheld peripherals. While you may not be able to use it separately from your phone, it more than makes up for it with premium functionality and a design that fits comfortably around your device and in your hands.
Have you tried using a Razer mobile gaming controller? Do you think their mobile peripherals hold up to the industry standard Razer has become famous for? Let me know in the comments section below.