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Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition Controller Review
Review By @ 05:03pm 06/12/17

Product: Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition
Type: Xbox One and Windows 10 Controller
Price: $179.95 RRP
Availability: Out Now
Link: razerzone.com/au-en/gaming-controllers/razer-wolverine-tournament-edition

There was a time when the concept of a wireless gaming controller was very much just that – an idea. Or something that wasn’t exactly the norm. Today, the opposite is true. Which makes the Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition premium controller for Xbox One and Windows 10 a bit of an oddity. In that it’s wired. Or, to put into plain speak - needs the cable to be plugged in to function. Yeah, it didn’t take us long to get to this point, but the idea of a wired-only controller feels strange. Especially for the Razer Wolverine, which ticks all the right boxes and includes some great features of its own. A shame, because it could have been a direct competitor to Microsoft’s own Elite controller.

Look and Feel



Ergonomically the Wolverine falls into the Xbox One family of peripherals quite nicely with the same comfortable and familiar shape. One that only begins to reveal its variations and subtleties once held. Perhaps one aspect of going the wired route, and really the only plus for this decision, comes down to the exceptional weight and balance of this controller. And really, compared to the standard Xbox One controller the Wolverine feels more natural. Lighter, better balanced, sturdier. Throw in the grips and great quality analogue sticks and you can see why it fetches a premium price. Even without the whole wireless thing.

As a razer product in the year 2017 of course you get full RGB and programmable Chroma lighting, which is a nice touch. Replacing the white glow of the guide button of the standard Xbox One controller offers a more visually appealing look, that thankfully can also be adjusted for brightness, pattern, and so forth.

Features



  • Configurable Buttons: 4 multi-function buttons
  • Front-facing Buttons: 4 Mecha-Tactile ABXY action buttons
  • Lighting: Multi-color Razer Chroma Lighting strip
  • Connections: 3.5 mm audio port
  • Cable: Detachable 3 m braided fiber cable with Micro-USB connector
  • Dimensions: 106 mm (Length) x 155 (Width) x 66 mm (Height)
  • Weight (without cable): 256

Another great feature that we believe is exclusive to the Wolverine when it comes to Xbox One controllers, is the mechanical click and responsiveness of the ABXY buttons. It really sets the Wolverine apart from both the standard controller and others on the market, and is the sort of feature that you’ll miss immediately when changing to an alternate input device. Mechanical buttons on controllers, we can definitely get behind that.

Of course, as a premium controller designed for serious gamers you also get four programmable buttons – two underneath and two more next the triggers. Both placements are faultless and if we had to choose we’d say the panel-like buttons underneath the Wolverine feel more natural than those on the Elite controller. And the trigger locks, which mean you only need to tap either the R or L button to get a response. Dubbed ‘Hair Trigger Mode’ the reality is that for shooters it’s an awesome addition.

Performance



Now, as a wired controller setting up the Wolverine to function as an Xbox One pad on either the console or Windows 10 is really a matter of plug-and-play. And in the case of gaming on Windows 10 the wired nature of the Wolverine isn’t really an issue. But in a post tripping over controller cables world, the wired nature of the Wolverine does feel like a step backwards when connected to an Xbox One. Ultimately, this criticism might be a bit harsh but it’s worth noting again. In terms of accessing the features of the controller a separate Windows 10 or Xbox One Store version of the Razer Synapse software is required – which acts as a dedicated app for accessing the Wolverine’s customisable buttons and Chroma lighting.

In execution it’s a great little piece of software that like the controller works flawlessly. And really, as fans of the look, feel, and build quality found across a wide range of Razer products it’s the lack of wireless that drops the score for the Wolverine. That and the decision to go the four-separate directional d-pad button route. Recommended sure, but room for improvement.
What we liked
Exceptional build quality
Weight and balance that’s best in class
Mechanical-style buttons
Programmable buttons and trigger-lock feature
Chroma lighting so much better than the bright white guide button of the standard controller
What we didn't like
Wired only
Which in 2017 feels like an oversight
D-pad is of the four-separate variety which we don’t particularly like
We gave it:
8.0
OUT OF 10