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Razer Kishi V2: analysis and opinion of the new and improved control for Android mobiles

The game on portable devices is gaining ground: just look at the success of the Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck. But, hand in hand, mobiles also go, where it is possible to enjoy the main game streaming platforms and of course, titles available on desktop platforms, such as Diablo Immortal or Fortnite.

The latter, in addition, are compatible with traditional controls, and that is where the controls for mobile phones come in. The last one to arrive, as we will see in this Razer Kishi V2 reviewit is this one that is put up for sale with a recommended PVP of 119.99 euros.

The starting point is the Razer Kishi of 2020, a controller that connects to the mobile via the USB-C port and that allows you to play with physical controls and without latency to streaming services like the Xbox cloud service or GeForce Now, as well as native Android games.

Razer Kishi V2 review

Razer Kishi V2: A familiar starting point, but much improved

Building on this solid foundation, the Razer Kishi V2 has changed pretty much everything else. The design is now not as compact and small as that of the first model (which is currently at a clearance price, for 69 euros), since the rudimentary system of elastic bands to hold the mobile by an extendable arm has been eliminated.

It is a solution that we have seen in other controls for mobile phones, such as the MG-X and MG-X Pro from Nacon, and that undoubtedly seems to us to be a more accurate, durable and reliable solution.

In fact, this extendable arm version of the Razer Kishi V2 is complemented by a fabulous idea, some removable rubber parts, located on the rails where the phone fits, which make it compatible with even more terminals, even without removing the cover. And in the box there are two other extra pieces, to play with the thickness of the terminal.

Razer guarantees compatibility with the Samsung family of terminals from the Galaxy S9 to the Galaxy S22 Ultra, Note 8-10+, as well as the Google Pixel 2-6 families and the Razer Phone 1 and 2. On paper, any phone with Android 9 or higher, and USB-C port could work.

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We have tested it with a Poco X3 NFC with a case, which is not even mentioned in the list, and the truth is that we have not had any problem, neither to attach it to the USB-C port, nor to hold it.

What’s more, this extendable arm of Razer Kishi V2 exerts just enough pressure so the terminal does not fall out even if we are playing lying on the bed. Logically, it will depend on the cover, but with a “normal” one, that does not have objects attached, nor is it a very thick “rugged” one, it should fit well.

The only negative part of the extendable arm compared to the first model is that the Razer Kishi V2 is somewhat bulkierand now transporting it, in a pants pocket, is not so comfortable.

It is not that it is much bigger, but it is enough to make it bulkier. It also does not include a carrying case, so the sticks and controls are “in the air”, without protection, and inside a backpack they can be damaged.

Razer Kishi V2 Review

Secondly, once the terminal is fitted, depending on the model, access to certain elements may be blocked. This is the case of the connector for headphones (you will have to use wireless, EarPods style) or, if it is located on the back, the fingerprint reader.

It is the small price that must be paid to enjoy a control that, everything is said, also has a very correct construction, which is so it only weighs 284 grams.

Razer Kishi V2: sticks, crosshead, controls and sensations under review

the body of Razer Kishi V2 is made of hard plastic, like the first model, but here we find a much more ergonomic and comfortable design, with rough handles, which make it easier to grip and hold. Between the hands, it is very, very comfortable and light.

This is partly because it has no battery (it has a USB-C pass through port, to charge the mobile while we play), no bluetooth module, and nothing apart from the USB-C controller and physical controls. Its tough chassis is built to last, unless you twist or abuse it.

If we go to the controls, it has two fabulous analog sticks, which recover the central position quickly and effectively, with a concave surface and a good fit.

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We have tested them in shooters like the aforementioned Fortnite or Doom Eternal through GeForce Now, and the truth is that we like their touch and response better than the sticks, for example, from Steam Deck.

They are very precise, and at the level of any console pad. And it is that one of the goals of Razer Kishi V2 was to offer a console-like gaming experienceAnd between the ergonomics and the controls, there’s no doubt about it: it does.

The D-Pad is back in one piece, responsive too, though here comes one of the more drastic changes to the Razer Kishi V2 that you can either love or hate: the new button switches.

Is Razer Kishi V2 worth it?

On the crosshead and all the buttons the membrane has been changed by microswitcheswhich have an ultra-fast response, with less travel, but as in mechanical keyboards, they have a sound response, a “click” accompanied by a slightly harder touch than with the membrane.

It is the same feeling that we have seen in other controls of the manufacturer, such as Razer Wolverine V2, which is also oriented to esports and competitive games at the highest level precisely for that reason, because of its rapid response.

It seems to me that they work luxuriously and I don’t dislike the touch, nor do I find it hard or unnatural coming from other controls. It is a touch that is also present in the upper L1 and R1 buttons, but not in the triggers, which are analog and are a real delight in games like Forza Horizon 5 through Xcloud, Xbox’s cloud game.

Razer Kishi V2 additional buttons

Finally, as far as buttons are concerned, it also adds the programmable M1 and M2 buttons, although they are somewhat small, and depending on how long your hands are, reaching them can be more or less uncomfortable.

In my opinion they are not particularly uncomfortable, but perhaps it would have been more comfortable and intelligent to take you to the back of the handles, as in most Pro controls. I do not know if it would be an inconvenience for the design of the chassis, but the results probably would have been even better.

Programming these buttons, with the functions of any other button on the controller, including L3 and R3 on the sticks, is done from the Razer Nexus appwhich also allows us to update the firmware of the controller and access a selection of games compatible with the physical controls of the Kishi V2, such as GTA San Andreas.

Razer Kishi V2 programmable buttons

It also adds a Nexus button to access the dedicated app directly and a button to take our own screenshots and videos, in addition to the equivalents of Select and Start. The truth is that the application serves as a filter, to find out which games will work with the controller… but the categorization and selection of titles could be improved.

Final assessment: is the Razer Kishi V2 worth it?

The Razer Kishi V2 launches at a time when there is more choice than ever when it comes to choosing universal controller for Android. Not only for the price range, but for features and benefits.

But it is no less true that Razer Kishi V2 makes the sensations when playing with the mobile even more similar to those felt when playing with a console controller. Its ergonomics is simply one of the most comfortable I’ve tried when it comes to Android mobile controls.

Razer Kishi V2 ergonomics - review

It has questionable aspects, like the placement of the programmable M buttons, as they are small and I would have preferred them on the back of the controller, but they work and depending on the size of your hand, may not be uncomfortable.

Personally, I like the feel of the buttons, their “click-click” doesn’t bother me, and it is greatly appreciated that it doesn’t use the bluetooth standard, because it de facto eliminates the possible delay that may exist, something that can be key in the experience when play in cloud services.

Definitely, Razer Kishi V2 enhances the gaming experience with a clip and bluetooth connected controller, although for future revisions, I would take into account some aspects.

The first is the inclusion of a battery in the set, which provides its own autonomy, and not “sucks” from the mobile battery. It’s not that it consumes a lot, but we already know that when playing the battery returns, and this is one more consumption (add some Earpods, and the consumption grows more).

Razer Kishi V2 review and opinion

Second, there is the price. Razer Kishi V2 launches 30 euros more expensive than the first model was when it was launched, and right now you can find it for almost half the price (which will disappear when the stock runs out, most likely).

And, although I have no doubt that Razer has used its best components in Razer Kishi V2, such as the microswitches of its most advanced controls, 120 euros seems like a lot of money to me.

That does not prevent seeing that Razer Kishi V2 is a good add-on for those who want the console gaming experience on their Android phone.. It is not cheap, but the comfort, quality and options it offers are a step above other similar proposals.

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