The kootek cooler pad chill mat 5 review

Cooling your laptop can extend its life span. But not every cooling pad is the same. The value for money changes with the quality and durability, among other factors. So, if you are considering buying the cooler pad Chill Mat 5, this review will help you make the best choice.

I tried this product for a while now. Today, I am ready to share all my insights. Without any doubt, this cooling pad is for both the beginner and the pro gamer. But there is more than meets the eyes at first glance. Of course, I will start with its functionality and effect on my gaming laptop. After that, you will read who specifically can benefit more from this model.

Performance-wise, I did not experience any malfunctioning. But there are a few things I don’t like as well. So, I will give you details on them to keep you posted.

Benefits of the product

Kootek has made cooling your laptop easy. More importantly, the cooling pad is fairly silent and feels robust. The design is nothing new, but you can safely carry it with you in most bags.

Thanks to a large base, you can use it with any laptop model. Especially with large laptops like Razer gaming laptops which tend to be quite as big as expensive. From this aspect, the Chill Mat 5 is surprisingly versatile.

You can check how quick the cooling pad cools down the component temperature with the aid of free tools like CPU-Z. While running some of the most demanding games, I saw significant performance improvement. For example, I did not experience frame rate drops with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Cyberpunk 2077.

Overall, it does a good job of cooling fast. Especially when the laptop is under heavy load. Which is great for creating graphic content and editing videos on the fly.

Product Description and Features

The Chill Mat 5 features all the essentials that a cooling pad must-have. Such as:

  • adjustable height
  • an additional USB port
  • a couple of flippable stoppers on the front of the unit

This cooling pad has four small fans around the perimeter and a fifth powerful fan in the center. On top of that, the ergonomic stand flips up with just a little pressure. You can choose between six height settings. And more importantly, you can tilt the whole unit upward without worrying about your laptop sliding off.

By coming equipped with 5 powerful fans, the Chill Mat 5 is a little different from the rest. You control the fans by pressing the on/off switches on the back. Plus, you can use both of the USB ports because the pad cable is integrated.

The frame makes it look like a long-lasting product you can rely on for several years.

 

 Who is the Product for?

Unless you use your laptop just to send a few emails and read my reviews, anyone can benefit from this cooling pad. But of course, gamers are the ones who will benefit the most. Next to them, you may imagine video editors and photographers.

Thanks to its plastic frame, you can place the mat on your lap. So, you can use it virtually anywhere. Nonetheless, you should consider that the fans move a lot of air. So, I would suggest you buy this product mainly if you need to stress your laptop with demanding tasks. Otherwise, you will only end up freezing your fingers without any necessity.

Most likely, casual gamers can also repurpose this product for other devices. For example, you can place your gaming console on it during summer, and it will keep it nice and cool. But you can also use it as a tablet cooler while you watch your favorite show or browse YouTube videos.

What I like about the Product

Once you unboxed the cooling pad, you can notice a few things. For example, the frame is actually thinner than expected. It’s only 0.7 inches (2 cm) thin! Besides, you can decide to turn on all 5 fans or just the one in the center. You can turn on just the other 4 fans as well.

Just to clarify my position on this cooler, here is what I like about it:

  • Very light in weight
  • It’s compatible with several different laptop brand models
  • It has a dual USB hub
  • It also involves five efficient fans

Even at the maximum fan speed, most laptop coolers on the market do not cool your laptop down. Some of the cheapest models only manage to prevent overheating, which makes your laptop crash down.

By contrast, the Chill Mat 5 dissipates the heat quite nicely. I experienced a 10-degree difference in the operating temperature while using it.

What I don’t like about the Product

Kootek managed to create an amazing laptop cooling pad. After all, it is one of the best cooling pads on the market. So, I can see why this model is popular.

Yet, it is a little bit pricey for some who can’t afford it. At a glance, there is not a lot of cooling hardware for so much cash. So, most people will search for a cheaper alternative. Sadly, they will miss out on the performance aspect and get a less functional product.

Not having to deal with a separate USB cable to connect the cooler and the laptop is a big improvement. Plus, the integrated cable slot is an ingenious solution. But I guess Kootek could have made the stand arm out of metal instead of plastic. Often, I feel like the weight could crush the whole frame if I accidentally put a little more pressure while typing or gaming.

Final Thoughts

If you have a gaming laptop or work in the field of audio/video editing, the Chill Mat 5 will prevent your laptop from crashing down. This means you will not lose hours of hard work and continuous effort.

The 3 operating modes will let you use the cooler for cooling down your gaming console or tablet/smartphone. As long as you can count on a reliable power source, this cooling pad is effective and will get the job done without any hassle.

Top Gaming Mouses – What are the best gaming mouses?

A mouse is more than a tool for work and/or entertainment. For starters, the way it feels inside your hand means a lot. Especially the difference between a good experience and carpal tunnel syndrome pain. Similarly, the design can speed up or hinder your proficiency in technical tasks and gaming.

As you might have noticed, gaming mouses have improved to a greater extent than other models. So, here are my top gaming mouses in no specific order for helping you find the perfect match.

1.Razer Viper Ultimate Wireless

Razer Viper Ultimate Wireless

The Razer Viper Ultimate gaming mouse comes in a little box containing:

* stickers

* instruction manual

* two USB cables (Micro and Type-A connectors)

* the charging dock station

This 74-gram mouse battery claims an outstanding 70 hours of autonomy with one charge. But the most attractive features are the hybrid sensor and the wireless chipset architecture.

Razer HyperSpeed tech is 25% faster than the standard one adopted by other wireless gaming mice currently on the market. In detail, HyperSpeed’s improved Adaptive Frequency Hopping helps maintain a lag-free wireless connection.

It keeps scanning frequency channels for interference. In case of need, this mouse change frequency in real-time with no hassle. As a result, the gaming experience is smooth and technically superior for fast-paced FPS games.

In terms of aesthetics, it is unadorned. It only has two buttons on the side for thumb control.

The pros.

* Long-lasting battery

* Light in the hand

* Great performance

The cons.

* A bit expensive

* Not recommendable to anyone with large hands

2.MSI GM30 Clutch

MSI GM30 Clutch

The MSI GM30 Clutch mouse comes with just the Quick Start Guide. At first glance, the absolutely symmetrical shape of the MSI Clutch GM30 suggests you a clear intention.

This mouse is designed to grant both right-handed and left-handed users the best performances. Sadly, the designer team placed buttons on one side only. So, left-handed users will not enjoy those.

On each side, knurled rubber provides excellent grip during high-pressure situations. Plus, it allows optimal usage with both palm and claw grip styles.

The PAW-3327 optical sensor reaches up to 6200 DPI, with a maximum polling rate of 1000 Hz. Next to the scrolling wheel, the DPI button lets you change between 5 pre-set levels. But you can customize it yourself via the dedicated software.

The MSI Clutch GM30 gaming mouse is an absolutely successful wired device. All in all, it is an economical product but made with solid materials.

The pros.

* Cool RGB lighting

* Palm and finger comfort

* Decent price

The cons.

* The remapping procedure can be a little bit confusing

3. Corsair Ironclaw RGB

Corsair Ironclaw RGB

This new version retains all the stunning features of its wired brother. Plus, it adds a versatile wireless mode. For one thing, you can choose between different modes of use, such as:

* The ultra-fast 4 GHz wireless slipstream mode

* Bluetooth

* USB

The sensor offers first-rate performance, excellent sensitivity, and accuracy in 2.4Ghz mode. Actually, this wireless version is comparable to the wired version. It is almost impossible to notice any difference in performance.

The Bluetooth mode is versatile because it is compatible with a wide range of devices. But beware of performance degradation, especially in competitive games. The built-in battery lasts longer if you turn off the backlight, giving you at least 40 hours of heavy gaming use.

The 10-button design offers a comfortable, perfect shape for gamers who spend a lot of time in front of the screen.

The pros.

* Comfortable palm grip

* Great performance

* Wireless works very well

The cons.

* Very stiff and heavy cable

* Unaccommodating button layout

4. Steelseries Sensei 310

Steelseries Sensei 310

The Sensei 310 is an ambidextrous mouse that combines excellent design with good gaming performance. Of course, it has a basic button layout for its price range. In detail, it offers two buttons on either side, a clickable scroll wheel, and a sensitivity adjuster in the centre.

Once you decide how you are going to use it, it is better to disable the buttons on the non-dominant side. Otherwise, you could inadvertently trigger an unwanted action.

On balance, this gaming mouse provides good performances. Especially for esports, such as Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm. It responds to your movements quickly and accurately. Also, it is a suitable device for single-player games. All in all, an affordable mouse without the usual ambidextrous mice’ flaws.

The pros.

* Comfortable for the hand

* Great design

* Good price

The cons.

* Only two DPI settings

* Works better for big hands

5. Logitech G203 Lightsync

Logitech G203 Lightsync

Here is one of the best middle and low-end gaming products. Logitech G203 Lightsync is an extremely simple gaming mouse with virtually no frills. In fact, when you open the box, you find:

* The mouse

* The safety information sheet

* A Logitech G sticker

The appearance of the device is quite classic. Once connected to your PC, the LEDs emit their maximum brightness, which is really high. The colours are bright and bold.

The shape adapts perfectly to most middle-sized hands. Then again, you can use G Hub to remap any of the G203 ‘s six keys. Lastly, you can create macros, commands, and even controls related to software such as Discord, OBS, and Overwolf.

The pros.

* Good performance

* Great lighting

* Affordable

The cons.

* Small palm grip

* No extra features

6. HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB

HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB

Let there be RGB light! In the beginning, HyperX designed a fantastic gaming mouse. And the affordable price point was good. Especially if you take into account that this mouse contains a Pixart 3389 sensor and OMRON switches. In plain words, this device offers a balanced compromise between quality and reliability.

Sure, the Pulsefire Surge RGB lacks some of the more expensive mouse features. For example, it has neither extra buttons nor customizable weight. But its cool OMRON switches, good quality sensor, and RGB lighting make up for the missing features. It is an all-purpose gaming mouse with two buttons on its side.

The pros.

Tactile scroll wheel

Great RGB lighting

Solid build quality

The cons.

The software is not that good

7. MadCatz R.A.T. 8+

Without a doubt, the MadCatz R.A.T. 8+ is all about customization. Perhaps, it is the most customizable gaming mouse I have used. Although I used earlier models like the R.A.T. 5 quite extensively, I see many differences. The cable is still braided. But you can change the palm rest and choose between three patterns. More importantly, the pinky finger rest is broader, allowing a more natural hand rest position.

You can adjust the thumb rest angle. That’s right! You can customize the tilt of the thumb rest platform with the two buttons. Lastly, you can even increase or decrease the gaming mouse’s height. The box contains:

  • the 16000 DPI fully assembled mouse
  • 3 6-gram weights
  • 2 palm rests
  • 2 pinky side rests

 

The pros.

Adjustable parts with customization options

Comfortable for different hand sizes

Great sensor

The cons.

Pretty expensive

8. Swiftpoint Z Gaming Mouse

Swiftpoint Z Gaming Mouse

The Swiftpoint Z design is unique. Its bulky shape displays the looks of a 3D mouse and a joystick. But it also reminds me of a gamepad. So, summing it up in a few lines could be a hard task. After all, it is a complex mouse. The box contains many pieces:

  • 2 lookout feet
  • 1 flight simulation base
  • 6 button caps

The mouse tilts in four directions. To explain, you can remap each button to trigger a specific action based on a different tilt position. Also, you can pivot and roll the mouse for extra remapping. The two standard left and right mouse buttons are pressure sensitive. Mostly, this feature helps with zooming in FTP games. The different feet and base can stabilize the mouse for various types of games. You get to choose between multiple combinations to find your perfect setup.

The pros.

Many tilt feet and button caps

Good performance

Ergonomic design

The cons.

Expensive prize

Right-handed users only

Conclusion

If you are an expert gamer, be sure to check out the Razer Viper Ultimate Wireless and Corsair Ironclaw RGB.

They provide the best high-end features and designs for competitive gaming. Of course, you might be searching for a good compromise between price and performances. That is why the MSI GM30 Clutch takes 2nd place.

Check out number 4 and 5 if you are a casual gamer/new gamer. Or if you are looking for a more precise and reliable mouse for both work and entertainment. In detail, pick the Steelseries Sensei 310 if you have big hands.

Or give the Logitech G203 Lightsync ago for comparison. You will be pleasantly surprised!

For number 6 if had your fair share of cheap gaming mouses. While the Pulsefire Surge may not be perfect, it is a more balanced option from a technical point of view.

The number 7 and 8 gaming mice are for the most demanding gamers. In detail, for anyone who wants the perfect gaming mouse mount. You can choose number 7 the MadCatz R.A.T. 8+ if you do not have enormous hands or know the MadCatz brand. Otherwise, consider number 8 the Swiftpoint Z as it may have more programmable buttons than you might ever need.

Asus Rog Strix Scope Review – Can this colourful keyboard give you an edge in PC gaming?

One year after the release of their first mechanical keyboard (the Rog Strix Flare), the ROG R&D team came out with a new design.

They called it the Xccurate design. The Control button was pretty big in comparison with the other keys! Of course, I am referring to the Asus Rog Strix Scope gaming keyboard, Asus’s full RGB mechanical keyboard dated 2019.

In this review, I am going to share the benefits and judge the product features. After going over what comes in the box, I will lay down the recommended gamer’s profile. That is the kind of pro or beginner player who will enjoy the most this piece of hardware. I will also write down what I personally like and don’t like.

So, you get both my first impression and subsequent evaluations about it as well.

Benefits of the product

The true potential of the Scope gaming keyboard is expressed by its mechanical keys. In detail, Asus chose to use the very famous Cherry MX red switches.

The red switched on this model offers a linear, click-free response with very smooth beat sequences. In short, pressing the buttons on your keyboard will feel as light as pushing air out of a bag of chips. Well, if my metaphor is of no help, let us just say it will make your fingers tireless.

In gaming, as in writing for several hours, the button resistance is a critical factor. Hard buttons can wear you out within minutes, let alone win. Even trying to enjoy your favourite videogame after a frustrating game lost against less experienced gamers is vexing. But with these responsive keys, your skills can shine through.

This keyboard design leaves no detail out. Clearly, the R&D team designed this product with a gamer as the end-user in mind. The spacing between keys is right. Plus, the keycaps are slightly convex to welcome your fingertips. It just feels right from the get-go.

Product Description and Features

In the package, we find:

* the keyboard with a 6.5 feet (2 meters) USB cable

* 4 silver painted replacement keycaps

* a small manual with ROG branded stickers

* a box that contains the key for removing the keycaps

This keyboard has an essential and captivating shape. In detail, the main body, completely in black painted aluminium, follows the profile of the keys.

At the same time, it maintains small dimensions thanks to the uniform, compact design. The RGB LEDs behind each key give a visual effect and highlight the visible part of the switches. In the front right, you find the classic dual-textured ROG logo.

In the back, a striped pattern surrounds the feet and allows you to increase the inclination. But, the feet are not adjustable. You either pull them out or push them back in position.

Who is the Product for?

At first glance, you can tell that this keyboard design is geared toward FPS gamers.

The four silver replacement keys are for the W, A, S, D letters. So, you know the designers wanted to help gamers to find these keys as easily as they could.

The quick-toggle switch function allows you to quickly switch from gaming to work mode. To do this, simply press the Fn and Ins keys simultaneously. You can thus access the controls arranged on the keys ranging from F5 to F12.

After a while, you get the idea that the Strix Scope is for people who spend a lot of time typing or using the keyboard. I mean, for more than 4 hours per day every day. The Cherry MX red switches make it so soft to the touch that typing becomes a pleasure. But it also helps in camping and griding activities.

Both professionals and beginners gamers/writers can hugely benefit from this product.

What I like about the Product

Here is a list of features that I like and details that make it a great piece of hardware:

* Nice build quality

* Responsive buttons

* Cool RGB light effects

The weight of about 1 kilogram together with the feet in the back make the Asus Rog Strix Scope almost plainly unmovable from the desk. Or, for the most part, it is so until you lift the rear feet to raise the keyboard.

After that, the keyboard feels slightly less firm, even though the feet are rubberized. Clearly, you would have to really push hard to move it. In short, nice built quality and high-quality materials make this product truly appealing.

As for the switches, they are visible, in the sense that they are still visible when viewed from the side so as to diffuse the RGB light. ABS keycaps with mostly large letters and numbers in the classic ROG font facilitate the vision even for people with eyeglasses. Above all, the keys are extremely responsive. And you can set up your favourite RGB pattern thanks to the dedicated software.

What I don’t like about the Product

I like trying out mechanical keyboards. So, my foremost complaints about the Strix Scope include:

* High price

* No wrist rest

* It doesn’t have a USB Hub

For its price range, I expected the box to contain at least a basic wrist rest. It is really hard to avoid thinking that the price point is not inflated. After all, you only get four replacement keys as a bonus.

My only explanation for the high price is that maybe the long USB cable in synthetic interlaced fibre makes up for the difference. But it is really a far fetched reason. I still do not get why ASUS would try to milk its fanbase.

The absence of a USB hub goes along the same line of reasoning. Mostly because it is not the only mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX red switches on the market. Many competitors have tried to offer something new, but the ASUS team did not even include a media control button. Instead, they preferred resorting to the Fn combo like in a notebook design.

Final Thoughts

If you can afford this keyboard, I am sure that you will love it. Whether you are a competitive gamer or a complete beginner, it won’t matter. Its full layout design resembles the classic keyboard you always used.

If you play many FPS games, give it a go. For one thing, you will ace every subtle tactic and dodge more bullets. If you need to write long essays and research papers, your fingers will thank you.

It’s a great product for more exciting gaming sessions. And more importantly, a big step forward in comparison with the previous ASUS ROG models.

Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless Gaming Headset Review – What makes this headset popular with gamers?

The first edition came out in early 2018, shortly before the Arctis 7 release. Since then, the Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless Gaming Headset has experienced little improvements.

But it is still a remarkable gaming product to this day. It has more to offer than a volume wheel and a mic mute button, after all. Well, here is an updated review of its performance and features.

You might be drawn to it for its great sound but worry about the build quality. Overall, this wireless gaming headset is quite polarizing. So, it is better to start off with the designers’ goal. A brief overview of the design will take care of the main features next. Also, I will be discussing who is this product for to clear any doubt. Finally, I will describe the pros and cons more in detail for your enjoyment and complete the picture.

Benefits of the product


This premium headset delivers a better sound quality than other Steelseries products. Also, the designer team wanted to create a wireless headset with great connectivity options and working distance.

The wireless connectivity is really at the centre of the attention, as you will read. Plus, the design makes it easy to pluck the batteries from both the headset and the control box. Even removing the ear cuff protection calls for just one movement, setting the ease of use in a user-friendly way.

You can wear this headset without problems up to 14 feet (12 meters) and still maintain a good, precise sound. Above all, the transmitter lets you control many settings on the go. It is intended for a variety of applications and the daily grind.

No screen issues like in previous models are to be found. Moreover, no pressure on the ears, thanks to a more comfortable cushioning. This model improved several aspects of previous products.

Design and Features

Right off the bat, the Arctis Pro box shows off dual wireless connectivity. After you manage to pull the cover out from the tight casing, here is what you will find:

  • the gaming headset
  • a little control box that you connect to the PC or Playstation 4 and also works as a battery charger for the batteries
  • an accessories pack with extra wires (a USB audio cable, a mobile charging cable, a mobile audio cable, and a power cable)
  • a replacement foam microphone cover
  • two swappable batteries
  • the product information guide

Firstly, the retractable, noise-cancelling microphone and AirWeave ear cushions feel nice. The metal headband gave me a good first impression too. When you use it, the headphone frequency response goes up to 40,000 Hz.

Here are the connectivity options:

  • 3.5 mm jack
  • 2.4 GHz Wireless
  • Bluetooth

If you own any Arctis headset, you will recognize the familiar design almost immediately. For example, the volume wheel on the left earcup. But the mute mic button is a multi-function one. A micro USB port also allows you to charge the headset directly. Finally, you have two power buttons (one for the headset and one to toggle the Bluetooth).

Who is the Product for

The Steelseries Arctis Pro winks at both gamers and PC users. Basically, it is a high-end product that mainly plays on its speaker drivers and portable batteries to be more compatible. But the price is definitely a problem for anyone not willing to pay more than 100 or 200 bucks for a gaming headset.

As the top-of-the-line Steelseries gear, it sets a high but not extreme level of sound fidelity. So, all in all, it is something that careful gamers and PC users may appreciate more than beginners. For once, I would suggest anyone without any previous experience with gaming headsets to get to know these products better. Then, the price point of this model might appear more justifiable.

By contrast, you should look forward to getting one of these if you are a pro gamer or a streamer. Especially if you are looking for a comfortable gaming experience that lasts many hours at a time. The earpads keep your ear cool, which is satisfying. Also, if you want to replace your PC headset with a wireless, high-end version, the Arctis Pro lets you move to the bathroom without having to remove them. Then again, when you take a pause from work, you do not need to let the ears dry.

What I like about the Product

This pro gaming headset struck me for its slick performances. To get you an idea of what I like, here is a list of the three most critical features:

  1. Comfortable
  2. Long battery life
  3. Great audio quality

I briefly touched upon its wearability. Generally speaking, the cushions do a great job of balancing isolation and comfort. To be honest, I feel that extra padded cushions could have found their way in the package. After all, this product is marketed as a luxury headset. Yet, the only replacement is the mic cover.

The two batteries are convenient and easy to swap. Besides, you can take them with you for a long trip and recharge them via micro-USB cable. Performance-wise, I do not think they changed the batteries, but they did not include RGB lighting. So, they took care of energy waste issues. As a result, you can use this headset for several hours.

The control box lets you choose varying settings such as audio source and equalizers. For me, the sound quality is perfect. The volume gets high enough. Plus, you can adjust the volume very easily from the earcup.

What I don’t like about the Product

Expert gamers will know that not all gaming headsets are equally sturdy. And that is the case for the Arctics Pro Wireless as well. In other words, treat it with care if you want the product to endure your gaming sessions! But to be honest, I find it to have two major flaws:

  • Expensive
  • Lacks a little bit of bass

Steelseries charges too much for this gaming headset. There. I said it! I am not gonna fly over the fact that this headset can be compared to cheaper models and not win the comparison on all fronts. A lot of personal taste goes into liking this product. At the very least, more than its technical features. Which leads me to the second negative point.

I don’t know about you, but when I put on pricey earphones or headset, I kinda demand the best sound quality the market has to offer. Instead, where is the bass? Ok, maybe I am taking it a little bit too far. But you should get my point. For what it costs, underperforming bass reproduction is not on my list of favourite specs in any audio device.

Final Thoughts

After all the good and the bad things about it, the Arctis Pro Wireless Gaming Headset is still a great headset for anyone who can afford it.

Of course, pro gamers and PC enthusiasts will greatly enjoy them, more than the average casual gamer. Mostly because the superior frequency response makes you hear sounds you can’t hear on other headphones. But if you are not into crystal clear sound, you will not justify the price.

Its versatility makes it great to play video games and to keep using them with your smartphone. Then again, you can always count on its volume wheel to add more oomph to the music. And you can turn the Bluetooth on and off to further save the batteries for later.

Microsoft Xbox one elite controller series 2 review – Does it help improve your gaming?

The Microsoft Xbox one elite controller series 2 came out in 2019. At E3 2019, the Microsoft team said it to be the most advanced controller in the world. So, well, as anyone interested in using a controller in gaming, I wanted to know more about it.

When comparing it to the first Elite controller, the Elite Series 2 offers precise improvements. The main goal was to innovate the design and ensuring a more satisfying gaming experience. And they mostly did it ok.

Mostly, I like the new controller. Without a doubt, it is the best pad that Microsoft ever created. Also, it fits perfectly in the new gaming environments that the Xbox brand has been creating.

Here is my take on the good and the bad parts of this gaming controller. After spending quite some time with it, I feel I can review it to help the most demanding players to decide. Is it really worth the price? Because, of course, I will also discuss that!

Benefits of the product

Let’s cut to the chase. This pad feels great in your hands. In other words, it is such a comfortable gamepad!

Microsoft has further improved the overall grip of the first model. In detail, you get a slightly smaller grip surface compared to a fairly greater width. The result is a firm, comfortable grip. For example, it is even perfect when you apply the analog pressure. Reaching every corner of the pad feels natural, and this is not an overstatement.

I guess that anyone new to gaming could benefit from this aspect the most. Generally speaking, making a habit of holding an Xbox controller is maybe the most challenging part. I got no wrist pain while using this gamepad. Instead, in the past, the previous designs felt somewhat odd.

The weight and dimensions are perfectly balanced in series 2. Above all, this pad is more practical. The designer team has obviously taken the best parts of the first model and discarded the rest. As a result, gamers gain in precision and accuracy when using this pad.

Product Description and Features.

So, what comes in the box? As soon as you get your hand on the package, you might be surprised to find out that it contains eight different things.

  1. The gamepad
  1. Set of thumbstick replacements. In detail, two standard, two classic, one higher, and one rounded thumbsticks
  1. A tool to replace the thumbstick
  1. Set of four rear levers, two medium and two mini sizes
  1. Set of two-directional crosses, one standard and one faceted
  1. USB-C cable
  1. Charging station
  2. Transport case

The Elite Series 2 comes with tunable tension analog sticks. You can choose up to three different resistance levels.

Thanks to redesigned bumpers, you can decrease the trigger movement. For example, to improve the rate of fire in FPS games.

The battery is long-lasting. Then again, you can create three customized button profiles. Each of which you can associate with specific light plays.

Who is the Product for?

Due to its price tag, I think this is not your ordinary gamepad. Most gamers will wash their hands of all the perks and benefits when they see how much this gem costs. Also, the product per se is not 100% perfect.

Most likely, competitive gamers are the ones who will benefit the most from series 2. New gamers could enjoy its comfortable grip, but they would need to make a choice. That is, to excel in gaming or reach a precise goal.

Regarding the type of gamers, you can think of this as a sports and action videogame tool. If you like to play soccer games like PES or FIFA, you will love it. Besides, if you are a Gears of War fan, then you already knew you would fancy this one as soon as the review mentioned the overall improvements.

What I like about the Product

Here is what you might like as well:

  • long battery life
  • hard case
  • charge dock
  • lots of configuration features

The lithium battery lasts for 40 hours. Of course, that is the declared value. But I can testify it lasts somewhere around that number of hours.

The hard case expresses the remarkable care for the material choice. As well as the minimal product design style shows.

The wireless charging dock is just a small black box, so it doesn’t take up much space. Also, it does not look like an eyesore. It’s just so convenient to grab the controller when it’s time to play and let it charge when you’re done.

In my opinion, the best improvements of the Elite Series 2 are on the software side. As with the original Xbox Elite, you can completely remap the controller as you see fit using the Xbox Accessories app. But now, in addition to the buttons on the controller, you can also assign inputs to specific system-wide actions. For example, you can take a screenshot, display your results, or open a specific app.

What I don’t like about the Product

 

As you might have guessed, I don’t think of this gamepad as the holy grail of gaming devices. In fact, I do not like at least these four things:

  • it is very expensive
  • what if the built-in battery dies
  • it didn’t come with two domed and two long analog stick
  • About the buttons, the letters can be hard to see for some people that have troubled eyesight.

Of course, it is nice and useful for some games, but it costs too much for what it offers. Anyone who bought a gaming controller knows how upset you get when the controller breaks down. When I imagine this pricey gadget leaving me without further ado is not a pleasant visualization.

You can’t change the battery anymore with this model. While I think of this as a minor flaw, it still is a big no-no for me. But it is not that I do not trust Microsoft to build a lasting battery. I just don’t like to not be able to change the battery with a more performing one. That is, some universal batteries rock!

I would have preferred two dome sticks. Surely, the domed thumbstick is the hallmark of gaming controllers. But one isn’t enough. Besides, two long analog sticks would have made more sense. After all, you use both the sticks when you play. So, putting only one of each doesn’t feel right.

Lastly, the buttons could use a better aesthetic redesign. Also, they can get quite hard to press sometimes. And I am not really convinced that such resistance is a default feature.

Final Thoughts

I laid my insights and ideas down for an in-depth review of the second Xbox one elite controller model.

Above all, I wanted to start with the key benefits. In fact, this controller is really nice to hold. When you use it, you really enjoy your games more. That is a fact.

Along with the other products and replacements, the gamepad is practical and an ideal choice for most gamers. Even for new gamers, of course. Perhaps, you might be willing to spend the money on this one if you play soccer games and FPSs.

Plenty of good features come with this enhanced version. Plus, I think the downsides are within the norm of personal preference. So, I will surely like to invite you to give it a try.

If you never tried a premium gaming controller, this is among the best on the market. For one thing, it will change the way you play and minimize any discomfort. You will focus more on the screen and get more realistic, timely responses. It is indeed miles away from the usual cheapie you get at discount prices.