MGT Mobile Gaming Controllers The iPega Red Knight (PG-9087s) Review – Still Good In 2020?

The iPega Red Knight (PG-9087s) Review – Still Good In 2020?

iPega 9087 review

It’s crazy to think about just how far mobile gaming has progressed over the last few years. While it may have started out as a casual experience, with games like Angry Birds and Candy Krush, it has transformed into a viable option for some of the most dedicated gaming enthusiasts.

First-person shooters, like Call of Duty: Mobile, have dominated the mobile scene in the last few years, and even racing titles, like Need for Speed: No Limits and Asphalt 9: Legends, have delivered an authentic gaming experience that rivals what you get when playing on a console or PC.

What truly stands out for me is the ability to connect a mobile gaming controller to your smartphone or tablet. There’s no better way to take your mobile gaming experience to the next level and there’s no better way to get started than with the iPega 9087s.

It’s a controller that’s been around for a while but recently got upgraded to function better with the latest devices and software. I’ve been using my own iPega Ninja for quite some time but felt the need to get something a little more portable and accessible to suit my gaming needs.

It’s been a ton of fun getting familiar with this controller so let me tell you all about it in my review of the iPega 9087s as we ask the question…is it still good in 2020?


iPega Red Knight (PG-9087s)

Model: PG-9087s

Brand: iPega

Price: $29.99

Operating System: Android 6.0 or above, iOS 11.0 or above

Best Place To Buy: Amazon



Unboxing and Description

One of the first things that immediately caught my eye was just how small the box is and it made me a bit anxious as to how small this controller actually is. Thankfully, once I opened the box, it became clear that 90% of the space inside is taken up by the controller itself and not really a reflection of its size.

Just like its Ninja cousin, the Red Knight is incredibly light and is clearly designed with only the necessities in mind. The plastic feels like it’s pretty strong although I don’t think it will survive if it hits the floor a couple of times. In fact, I’d suggest using the wrist strap that comes with it at all times just to be safe.

I just gotta say, I really like this design and overall color scheme. The red and black looks really sleek and professional and I’m a really big fan of the red backlight that you can see when you turn the controller on. It looks especially good in the dark and adds a lot of character.

I was worried about the beating my phone would take as it rested in the controller but I was pleased to see some decent rubber protection that also helps a lot to prevent the phone from slipping and sliding once inserted. At first glance, it looks like a really great controller but there are a few flaws when you take a closer look.

There are some noticeable gaps between different pieces of plastic which bring the quality down quite a bit. Not to mention the telescopic function that is this controllers gimmick. It’s sturdy for now but feels like I probably want to spend as little time as possible opening and closing the controller to insert my phone.


How To Set It Up

Traditionally, most controllers can be turned on and off by the Home button that’s usually located in the center of the controller. So for me, one of the strangest things about this controller is the fact that it has an on/off switch that’s completely independent of the Home button.

I mean, it’s not a disadvantage in any way, it just seems very redundant. I have to press 2 buttons to turn it on (3 if you consider the button combo needed to pair the Bluetooth) and it just seems so weird because wireless controllers have just never been designed this way.

For android devices, you have 2 options when it comes to Bluetooth pairing. The Direct Play Mode and the Android Standard Mode. Like most iPega controllers, it functioned a lot better in the Standard Mode as I was easily able to navigate through the phone’s app menu from the word “go”.

Direct Play Mode is only useful if you plan to do all of the button mappings yourself. A lot of mobile games don’t come with official controller support and might need you to map the button functionality out yourself using applications like ShootingPlus V3, which is freely available from the app store.


So What’s Good?

Like I said in the beginning, I was focusing mainly on portability when I picked up this controller. I love using my Xbox one controller to do some mobile gaming but I needed something that I could take with me to work for those quiet moments when there isn’t much to do.

Without a doubt, this is currently the most portable controller I have in my arsenal. It’s so compact that I had no problem slipping it into my backpack or even my back pocket on some days. Like seriously, it’s almost the same size as my wallet and I felt comfortable with this controller in my jeans, waiting to be whipped out for some gaming.

The buttons are incredibly responsive and the movement/reactions on screen were fairly accurate. Despite the flimsy feel of the analog sticks, there were surprisingly very few dead zones that I could see although I did find a few when I ran the controller through an external app for testing.

All of my retro emulators were able to detect the controller with ease and it made my smartphone feel like a proper PlayStation Portable or at least a low budget version of the Nintendo Switch. It was best for playing some Gameboy Advanced and I had way too much fun using this controller to play Pokémon Emerald.



Then What’s Bad?

It pains me to say it but this controller is just way too small. Fair enough, I’m just over 6 feet tall, so my hands are kinda big, but they just did not enjoy using this controller as much as I thought they would. Ergonomics definitely got thrown out the window when it came to this design.

This was a huge problem when I played games that required me to use both analog sticks. The A-symmetric design makes it almost unreachable without contorting my thumb into a weird position or learning how to control it with the joint that connects my thumb to my hand.

That meant that games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was just no good since I could barely play for more than an hour before my hand would cramp and start begging me to reconnect my Xbox One controller. That’s why I stuck to more retro titles and PPSSPP games because those games don’t make use of the right analog at all.

Plus, I know this may be a controversial opinion but I would’ve preferred to just have a single bumper button on the left and right instead of them trying to squeeze in a tiny little Trigger/R2. On more than one occasion I’ve needed to press the R1 and R2 buttons at the same time and my fingers basically had to fight for real estate.

Should You Get It?

If this is your first mobile gaming controller, or you’re buying something meant for a child, then this is definitely the right controller for you. It comes in at an extremely accessible price and, if portability is what you need the most, then this controller knocks it out of the park.

However, if you do a lot of gaming at home and don’t really need a controller for on-the-go gaming, then I would highly recommend the iPega Ninja (PG-9157). It has a more traditional design that most players would already be used to and is a great beginner controller that I personally used for many months.

Have you used the iPega Red Knight before? What do you think of this controller? Let me know in the comments section below.

-Stevius Maximus

24 thoughts on “The iPega Red Knight (PG-9087s) Review – Still Good In 2020?”

  1. DarmiMaddie says:

    This review is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve been looking for a way to get the best out of mobile gaming and now I see how I can do that. I’ve been playing Asphalt 9 for a long time and I couldn’t believe that it has controller support as well. Thanks again for this review.

    1. StevieMAX says:

      Thanks for stopping by, glad I could be of assistance.

  2. Jbryce says:

    It’s sad to say that many people are not really aware of these amazing game controller and reading about them and it’s about time that more people are made aware. IPega would have been a very good game controller but I don’t like that size, it’s really small and just like you, im blessed with height, lol.

    1. StevieMAX says:

      So you know my struggles lol. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. philebur says:

    I’ve seen my friends using mobile gaming controllers for a while now and I’ve been looking for one that could keep me on their level. I love how portable it is and the price is really affordable. I’m sure all my fiends are going to want a controller like this too! lol

    1. StevieMAX says:

      That’s so true, man. Hopefully they’ll still be your friend when they see you with this great controller.

  4. Aluko kolawole says:


    From my online findings about the ipega red knight pg-9087s, it is definitely the way to go if this is your first time buying a mobile gaming controller. I just put in my order and can’t wait to start playing my favourite childhood games using a retro emulator.

    Thank you.


    1. StevieMAX says:

      Good luck with your future gaming, Aluko.

  5. Joshua says:

    Hello there. Well thanks for this resourceful information about this Ipega Red Knight PG-9087s. I would say that i really love this gadgets right from the first time my colleague at work brought it. Honestly i am really glad seeing it being reviewed in this article as I could grasp well the model, brand, price and the functionalities too. I can say actually this is great and the fact that i can also enjoy playing this game with my colleagues at work is something worthwhile Thank you for sharing here with us

    1. StevieMAX says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Joshua. Hope you have fun with your controller.

  6. Tom Oswald says:

    Wow, I had no idea that controllers like this were available for mobile phones. I always thought that a person would have to use a touch screen but this is certainly a game-changer, to say the least.

    I seldom play mobile games when I have free time. But definitely, I share this post with my gamer friends. You are an expert in this field. Keep it up!

    1. StevieMAX says:

      It really does take your mobile gaming experience to the next level.

      Thanks for reading, Tom.

  7. Aly says:

    Thanks for sharing your feedback and experiences with the iPega Red Knight (PG-9087S). Portability is important for me and a lot of people, so I do appreciate your notes on this feature. However, the portable size sounds like it could also cause it to feel a bit too small to score a perfect 10. I don’t like controllers that make my hands feel fatigued, so this could be a dealbreaker for me despite the great portability.

    1. StevieMAX says:

      Thank you, Aly.

      Glad you found this article helpful.

  8. Mike says:

    Hi there! Oh wow, I didn’t realize these things were available. That’s really cool how you can turn your phone practically into a handheld gaming device. I think this will provide mobile gamers a slightly higher advantage than those who are using just their phone alone which is a cool thing. Thank you for providing information on the good and the bad so that the customers can be aware of everything that this product has to offer prior to purchasing!

    1. StevieMAX says:

      No problem, Mike. It really is a game-changer and highly recommended for all those that want to get the best of their mobile gaming experience. ‘m glad you found this article helpful.

  9. Sunny says:

    Wow incredible! I got a homework from my nephews to find a game controller for them as Amazon and online shopping through Amazon doesn’t really work in my country. Thanks for sharing and taking so much care about the details as I am aunty who just follows advices 🙂 
    I am going to check out those controllers you recommend and then ask them what they think. THANK YOU!!! 

    1. StevieMAX says:

      No problem, Sunny. I hope my review has given you enough information to make a good decision!

  10. Geoff says:

    Thanks for bringing us this fair and balanced post.

    I think what I take from this is that it works well.  As you say that the buttons are very responsive, but it is very small.

    So for portability, or children then this would appear to be an excellent choice.  However, if children were using it, then it has a bigger chance of being treated roughly and you don’t think that It would stand too many drops.

    It might be better to give this one a miss and go for something that has a bit more quality to it.

    1. StevieMAX says:

      Hi, Geoff.

      I’m glad that this article helped you make an informed decision. Why not take a look at the Razer Kishi which might be a great fit for you.

  11. Trent523 says:

    It’s amazing how far gaming has come over the past few years. I can’t believe that I can get the same console experience with a device that can fit into my pocket. It’s enough to get me back into gaming since I have a pretty busy schedule and this controller seems like the perfect place to strat for me.

    You explained the device exclusively for the end-gamer who would benefit from your knowledge of this controller.  Great job.


    1. StevieMAX says:

      Thanks, Trent. i;m glad you found this article to be of some use. Let us know how your journey back into gaming goes.

  12. Lily says:

    I found this fascinating as I’m such a newbie to gaming. I guess my hands would be small enough to enjoy using this and it’s a terrific price. I’ve always had the thought of playing games on my TV using the controllers but this would be great when I’m away from home. Everyone seems to be talking about being part of a community these days and I’m ready to explore this exciting new world. 

    Thanks for the review.

    1. StevieMAX says:

      hi, Lily.

      Yes, mobile gaming is fast becoming a common trend. Hope you have fun joining the community!

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