Razer Junglecat Dual-Sided Mobile Game Controller for Android: Modular Design - 100 Hr Battery Life - Bluetooth Low-Latency - Compatible w/ Razer Phone 2, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S10+
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- Portable dual-sided controller for enhanced mobile gaming precision
- Modular design for total flexibility and personalization
- Razer Gamepad app for integrated game support and custom button mapping
- Low latency connection for seamless button response
- Bluetooth low energy for longer battery life
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Portable Dual-Sided Controller
Enjoy the accuracy and advantage of having twin analog thumb sticks and bumper buttons, all in a compact, ergonomic form that delivers comfortable handheld gaming.
The custom cases for Razer Phone 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Samsung Galaxy GS10+ included allow you to attach the left, right, or both sides of the Razer Junglecat to your phone, while an adapter turns it into a standalone controller that works with other Android devices.
Razer Gamepad App
Designed to pair the Razer Junglecat to your phone, the app lets you jump straight into the hottest games with a preset profile, or create your own button layout for hundreds of other supported titles.
Be quick on the draw and unleash your moves instantaneously, with a reliable connection that has less than 14ms latency to your smartphone.
Bluetooth Low Energy
Efficient power consumption ensures that even if you’re out and about, you’ll be able to put in over 100 hours of gaming before it needs a charge.
Sensitivity Adjustment Function
Mapped via the Razer Gamepad app, allowing for more precise aiming when the need arises—crucial for FPS games.
|Razer Phone 2||Arctech Pro||Junglecat Mobile Controller||Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds|
|Description||A mobile gaming phone featuring a 120Hz screen with zero lag & advanced heat dissipation||Heavy duty protective case that’ll survive any drops up to 10ft/3m with Thermaphene performance layers & vented channels for improved cooling||Dual-sided mobile game controller for Android with minimal input delay & Bluetooth low energy pairing for longer battery life||Ultra-low latency Bluetooth gaming earbuds with IPX4 water-resistance & custom-tuned 13mm drivers|
|Color Options||Satin Black, Mirror Black||Classic Black||Classic Black||Classic Black|
|Charger Type||USB-C, Wireless||N/A||USB-C||USB-C|
Enjoy the accuracy and advantage of having twin analog thumbsticks and bumper buttons, all in a compact, ergonomic form that delivers comfortable handheld gaming. Adjusted via the Razer Gamepad app, allowing for more precise aiming when the need arises—crucial for FPS games.
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-Build quality for both controllers and the included cases seems good; I own a Note 9, and the case is acceptable enough that I think I'll be using it as my regular case from now on.
-Setup and pairing are super easy.
-Worked with every emulator I tried.
-Subjectively, comfortable to hold and use.
-Clicky buttons, triggers included.
-No included charging cable; a Y-split should have been included given the price tag. Each controller needs to be charged by USB-C.
-Gamepad app is pointless at the moment. If you were expecting something similar to Octopus or any other actual remapper, you're going to be let down. At most, you can adjust stick sensitivity and remap buttons within games that *already* have controller support. It's pretty much just a launcher and browser for games.
-Price. For 2-4x the cost of other gamepads, what exactly are you getting? Custom cases for 3 specific phones and software that seems half-baked at best.
Would not recommend for most people at the moment.
But I had an issue that was a total showstopper for me, to a point where it was practically unusable. How the controllers work is just like how you pair a set of earbuds; you only need to pair one, the other in the pair will communicate with whichever one is paired to the phone. But frequently, one of the controllers in the pair would just keep missing inputs.
For example, If i had the left controller paired to my phone, the right side would miss inputs, and vice versa. A button would get "stuck," in that I let go of a certain button like the B button, and the controller would think I'm still holding on to it. Or a button press wouldn't even register. It happened every minute or so, at which I would spend more time fighting the controller than I would be playing something.
I think it boils down to a possible bug in the controllers' firmware, as I had gone through 2 separate units on my Note 9, Nvidia Shield and Windows 10 PC with the exact same problem. I didn't expect to get this fixed immediately, but Razer support's solution wasn't exactly helpful; on top of getting my info on this, they wanted me to refund my Amazon purchase, and rebuy the controller from their store in order to go through their warranty. A $100 product that I'm 100% sure would act the exact same way. No thanks. I might pick this back up in the future, but only if this issue is acknowledged and/or fixed by someone at Razer.
If you have this issue, there's no fix for it at this time of writing. Raise a ticket with Razer and send it back.
Sadly... none of these things were the case, it works well 80% of the time on android and 0% of the time on PC. The case is a very cheap plastic that feels like it could snap if left in your bag without your phone in it, and the controller pieces have a jagged angular point along the edge that is uncomfortable to hold.
Note to Razer (not that they'll take the advice):
Release drivers to make this product actually work with PC.
Put a triangular cut-out in the back to show the RGB logo. (example: https://www.amazon.com/TUDIA-Extreme-Protection-Rugged-Metallic/dp/B07K73P7NX). Alternatively, provide a pair of rails someone could attach to a good case such as this.
Now this is not a complete Nintendo Switch replacement which i once owned, but it very close. There are a hand full of mobile games that works well, but this thing really shine is with emulators! I’m playing Goldeneye, God of War Son of Sparta, Peace Walker, and many more.
This is for someone who doesn’t want to carry a phone and a Switch or just get both for under $700.00, but the cost of a triple a phone anyway.
Since the price of the phone is dropping the controller may come down as well, but Xbox did say thing controller would work with Xcloud, so maybe not.
There are cheaper options, but this works well without issue and is backed by a well known company.
They slide in to the phone case just like Joy-Cons on the Switch. The only difference it there is not botten to remove them. Instead they are held in place by a little spring loaded ball that pops in to a dimple on the case.
The only thing I can find wrong with it is you have to charge each one separate and the case is very plasticy.
Top reviews from other countries
- True compatibility is extremely limited. To take full advantage of the controller, you need to own one of the 3 supported devices: A Razer Phone 2, a Galaxy Note 9, or a Galaxy S10+. If you don't own one of these devices, then you can just stop right there and forget even considering this controller.
- Very small and cramped controls. Unless you have the hands of a small child, you will find no comfort in using the Junglecat. My hands are not large by any stretch, and even I can only use the controller for around 20 minutes before I start feeling cramps. And don't even think about trying to use the bumpers and triggers while using the face buttons, unless you know how to contort your fingers in abnormal ways just to be able to make use of the available buttons. Ergonomics 101 was definitely skipped when this controller was designed.
- Light and cheap feeling. The controllers feel extremely light and made with cheap materials. No premium feel here folks.
- Awful case design. One of the features of the Junglecat is to be able to use an included case to slide the controllers on and off with ease. These included cases are downright terrible. They are nothing but a flimsy piece of plastic with sharp edges and zero texture to them, providing zero grip whatsoever. These cases slide across the floor better than curling stones. Not only does it offer zero grip and zero protection, but there are sharp edges where the button cutouts reside, making it uncomfortable to hold. This was a total missed opportunity to provide proper cases, or even sell decent cases for other devices that allow for Junglecat compatibility, but it seems like that isn't happening anytime.
- Extremely loud tactile feedback. Every single button on this controller sounds like you're constantly cracking your knuckles with every button press. Now imagine hearing that every quarter of a second over and over for an extended period of time. That's how annoying the Junglecat is. If you are playing in a quiet area, be prepared to annoy everyone around you, even yourself.
- Individual controllers require individual charging. You have to charge both sides separately. This is a total missed opportunity to have the plastic block that the controllers attach to when not in use to have a single USB-C connection and charge both of the controllers at the same time. Not devastating, but would have made for a much nicer quality of life improvement.
- Missed inputs and disconnection issues. This is a big one. You will find that while you are playing, when you're pressing buttons, you may notice the game not reacting even though you are certain you pressed the button you needed to perform an action. It's not you or your game, it is the controller. Every two minutes or so, the right side of the controller will briefly lose connectivity and skip any inputs you send it for two seconds, which is enough to frustrate any gamer, as they would very well know that those two seconds can be outcome of winning or losing. I am sure this has something to do with the way the connection to the controllers is done; when you pair your smartphone to the Junglecat, you pair it to the Left side, and the Right side pairs automatically to the left side. When buttons are pressed on the right, they have to get funneled through the left controller in order to get to the mobile device. The left side can't keep up the two way communication and ends up losing inputs temporarily. This is a deal breaker right here, and Razer hasn't provided a firmware update for months that could potentially provide any kind of fix.
For a $129 controller, I would have expected much more quality and polish than what was sent to market. With all of the issues presented with this controller, there is absolutely no reason to purchase it, and if you don't own 1 of the 3 truly compatible devices, then that's even more of a reason to avoid the Junglecat, as if you're going to use a controller without special features (such as sliding on each side of the device), you're better off going with a much better Xbox or PS4 controller for half the price, because at least those will work properly.
If you're on the hunt for a half decent mobile device controller solution like I am, you are better off skipping this one entirely. Unfortunately I could not come up with one redeeming quality for the Junglecat, and I have a feeling that it's going to be completely abandoned once Razer releases their new Kishi controller anyways.
This is a 120 dollar product (at the time I bought this product), I want better support for it.
Out of many games, only a *few* could detect the Razer Junglecat as a native gamepad with automatic support. When it did get detected, it was as good an experience as a PS4 controller. Yea, the PS4 controller is detected by almost every single game I play, but the Razer controller, good luck.
Regarding some of the reviews about the controllers being detected as separate Player 1 and Player 2. That is true and false at the same time. To avoid this issue, make sure you turn off BOTH at the same time and unlink them (both controllers) in the bluetooth profile. Turn BOTH controllers on, then in the bluetooth, sync up with EITHER controller (but NOT BOTH at the same time!). This will cause the other one to sync up automatically without showing up with two individual ones. So if you sync up with the R controller first, the L controller will automatically connect and WILL NOT show up as an individual controller. The bluetooth profile will say "Junglecat R connected" but "Junglecat L" will not show up as connected, DESPITE it is. This will work vice versa, so it wouldn't matter which one is connected first. Just remember if, for some reason, you connect the controllers separately with "R and L", then you would end up using them as two controllers. Delete/unlink one of them, turn off both controllers, turn them both on at the same time, they should merge and only show up as one controller!
So yes, there are a lot off issues, my biggest hot beef is with poor/almost non-existent support for the controller being my No. 1 beef. Controllers are no good if most games can't make use of them. Hardware-wise, I don't have time to complain.
PS: Oh, the clicky clicky noise is much louder than my PS4 controller buttons, might be a concern. The cases are all hard plastic with no shock absorbance at all, offers 0% drop protection. Also NO INCLUDED CHARGING CABLE, not even a 15cm cable! But these issues are overshadowed by the biggest downfall. Almost negligible SOFTWARE support to make them work.... Hello, jeezus, how do you expect us to use your product Razer?!
Reviewed in Mexico on October 21, 2020
Reviewed in Mexico on November 20, 2019