Razer Raiju Mobile
Mobile Controller (Bluetooth and PC Compatible)
Out Now (Online)
A premium controller for Android devices, namely smart phones (like Razer’s own mobile offering
), is one of those bits of tech that targets a specific sector of the market. It’s also one of those devices that takes one thing and then doesn’t quite successfully transform it to become another thing. With that other thing being a portable handheld console in the form of an Android phone and premium controller becoming one – Voltron style. No doubt a well-built controller, based on Razer’s premium Raiju line, it’s hard not to feel like there’s a fundamental flaw with the overall design.
It’s simply too heavy.
Look and Feel
In that once you add a smartphone to the already heavy-for-a-controller Razer Raiju, you’re left with a Frankenstein’s monster that quickly becomes uncomfortable to use for an extended period. Being able to adjust the angle helps, but there’s no situation where the 300-plus grams of the Raiju Mobile paired with a gaming phone like the 200-plus grams of the Razer Phone 2 doesn’t feel, well, heavy. Also, the overall top-heavy design (once the phone is added) means you’ll need to hold the controller as opposed to resting it on a flat surface – which adds to the frustration.
After our own extensive time with the Razer Raiju Mobile, the only comfortable position that we could find was resting it on our laps. As people who tend to hold the screen (across both mobile and devices like the Nintendo Switch) higher than that, you might say that the using the Razer Raiju Mobile in this way was not ideal.
As per the intro, no doubt this is a device that targets a specific market. And the Raiju Mobile is most certainly a premium controller. The build quality is uniformly excellent – with tactile buttons, grips, customisation, and so much more. In fact, when it comes to this side of the controller, it’s safe to assume that it’s the most feature-packed and well-built Android peripheral on the market. And on the plus side of its overall weight, the size of the controller is quite generous and ideal for larger hands that might have struggled with mobile gaming in the past.
Adjustable phone mount
Wireless and wired control
Mobile app control
Up to 23 hours battery life on a single charge
Size: 125 mm / 4.92 in (Length) x 159.4 mm / 6.27 in (Width) x 66 mm / 2.60 in (Height)
Weight (without cable): 306 g
Like with all of Razer’s premium controllers there’s a click-y mechanical feel to the buttons, and a durability that outshines the competition. By a huge margin. Supporting multiple Bluetooth connections and wired (via USB), the Raiju Mobile can easily switch between multiple Android devices for those that say have both an Android phone and tablet. The rubber grips and analogue sticks are both excellent in feel and execution, offering precision that often outshines the source material.
In that the Raiju Mobile works best with more traditional games.
The list of supported games
is quite long, with several high-profile Android releases offering seamless controller integration. From typical mobile offerings like Asphalt 9: Legends through to faithful and recognisable ports like Portal Knights, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Metal Slug. Using the Raiju Mobile across several titles there was an almost instant feeling of controller comfort and a sense that this was how many of the games tested were meant to be played. Touch controls work great across several fantastic mobile games but isn’t something that has translated all that well to what one might consider more traditional fare. Racing games, platformers, third-person action, or action shooters – the controller reigns supreme.
With the recent addition of Steam Link to Android, the ability to stream your PC library to an Android device adds value to the Raiju Mobile. But after a while, that being after you've slotted in a phone into the holder (which isn’t always easy on the go), the Razer Raiju Mobile begins to feel underwhelming. Great build and solid performance no doubt, but in a shell that is simply too heavy and too clunky compared to other Raiju devices.