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Review: Razer Onza and Razer Onza: Tournament Edition Xbox 360 Controllers
Post by nachosjustice @ 04:13pm 11/11/11 | Comments
As a PC gamer, my preferred controller is the ever-awesome keyboard/mouse combo, but as far as console controllers go, both Onzas are the best I've used and have replaced my first-party Microsoft option for my Xbox 360.

When it comes to console controller alternatives, gamers are pretty strapped for choice. Take the Xbox 360 for example. Outside of the Microsoft-endorsed wireless controllers (good luck finding wired controllers nowadays), there are third-party options that promote form over function. Different colours, pretty light configurations, themed patterns… and that's about it.

But Razer dares to be different with their Onza controllers for the Xbox 360. There’s a regular version that is still a worthy controller replacement and then there’s the Tournament Edition (TE) that is the ultimate in Xbox 360 gaming comfort and associated awesomeness. First and foremost, these bad boys are wired, so you won't have to worry about losing battery juice just before you top your highest kill streak. Better yet, the respective wires are 15-foot long, which gets you further away from the TV and thus, more importantly, further into the comfort of your couch.


Razer Onza: Tournament Edition


But wait, there's so much more. The Onza Tournament Edition is my preferred controller choice for some other key reasons. Next and foremost, they’re both comfortable to hold (rubberised for the TE, but still comfortable with the regular): well weighted and easy to use during extended gaming sessions. I have used both Onza controllers during dozens of hours of gaming sessions and noticed no controller discomfort.

What should impress PC folks is the controller additions. The triggers are set on a curve (both controller versions), which takes some getting used to, but means that you will learn to naturally roll your trigger fingers up to access the left and right bumpers. Above the standard bumpers are two additional and programmable bumper buttons. Two easy-to-use configuration buttons on the bottom of the respective controllers let you map the additional bumpers to any other button on the controller. While this may sound superfluous, having an additional melee, reload or any other button you normally find your right thumb reaching for is a godsend. These buttons are also the reason the Onza was banned from tournament-level gaming.

While perfecting in-game sensitivity is a given for any PC gamer, the Onza Tournament Edition controller adds an extra level of sensitivity control by letting you manually configure the give of the joysticks. Twisting one way will offer softer joystick control, while a few clicks in the other direction will tighten things up.


Razer Onza: Tournament Edition


Obviously, as a PC gamer, my preferred controller is the ever-awesome keyboard/mouse combo, but as far as console controllers go, both Onzas are the best I've used and have replaced my first-party Microsoft option for my Xbox 360. Put simply, short of purchasing a XIM 3, this is the most accurate controller that offers the most player configuration on a console. If you’ve got the extra coin, go for the Tournament Edition.



Latest Comments
crazymorton
Posted 05:42pm 11/11/11
they look pretty good. i wonder how durability would be with all the twisting of joysticks.
is that the start buttons on the rear?
i'd still prefer wireless, much easier to avoid tripping over when i have to go for my next beer

pics are a bit dark.
Khel
Posted 05:43pm 11/11/11
I might think about getting one if I was still using standard xbox controllers, but I have that limited silver one they released with the transforming d-pad and its awwwwwwwwwesome.
step
Posted 06:13pm 11/11/11
Lets just hope the quality control over at Razer has improved...
shad
Posted 06:36pm 11/11/11
Would consider getting one if my Xbox didn't RROD :(
skythra
Posted 09:38pm 11/11/11
Lets just hope the quality control over at Razer has improved...
I dunno, I started with a razor diamondback and after 6 months of RA3 and 4 months of Q4 CTF (as long has the online community lasted), and the cable broke. Swore never to go back. 6 years later I have a Razer Lachesis, and it's still got the worst cable in history and is finnicky as s***. Only reason it's probably not broken is i play RTS not twitch FPS these days.

This mouse was free, my logitech mx510 or whatever (which replaced the Diamondback) broke a few weeks ago. Which makes the logitech 6 years, to the diamondback <12 months.
step
Posted 09:51pm 11/11/11
Swore never to go back. 6 years later I have a Razer Lachesis, and it's still got the worst cable in history and is finnicky as s***.
I have two lachesis mice, they're solid but the drivers are stuffed. The mouse can stop responding and you either have to unplug it and plug back in or try older drivers. Stupid thing is that it's happened to both generations of the mice.

Though the best s*** is when buy like the Razer Mamba and can't even put it together.
copuis
Posted 10:27pm 11/11/11
not sure why people complain about the quality, my mouse has been to hell and back, and is still rocking hard (1st of the kraits)
shad
Posted 10:30pm 11/11/11
Lachesis here and the mouse pointer would jump all over the screen randomly. Went to a Microsoft X8 and no problems.
Zen Apathy
Posted 11:21pm 11/11/11
I dunno, I started with a razor diamondback and after 6 months of RA3 and 4 months of Q4 CTF (as long has the online community lasted), and the cable broke. Swore never to go back. 6 years later I have a Razer Lachesis, and it's still got the worst cable in history and is finnicky as s***. Only reason it's probably not broken is i play RTS not twitch FPS these days. This mouse was free, my logitech mx510 or whatever (which replaced the Diamondback) broke a few weeks ago. Which makes the logitech 6 years, to the diamondback <12 months.

I have had a Lachesis for 3 years and it has never failed me.
Zakson
Posted 01:39pm 12/11/11
In a lengthy email trail with Razer I managed to prove to them that the Lachesis had actual hardware faults (tested 3 replacements), they've sent me a Death Adder as a final replacement, and it's going strong (the new one has a much better cable by the way).

Razer products can be good, but anything that has a Razer Laser in it, do not touch. From the Copperhead to Lachesis to Imperator, they all have strange hardware problems.

That said, unless you are in demand for absolute precision from your mouse by playing a 'twitch' FPS, you probably won't even notice the difference.
kettels
Posted 04:37pm 12/11/11
Nice review. Unfortunately I just bought another Xbox controller
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