At its core, Razer Kishi for the iPhone is an expandable controller for mobile gaming. Unlike some of Razor’s other mobile controllers, Kishi has a direct connection to low latency input rather than Bluetooth which actually sounds great.
With the same layout as the Xbox controllers, the Kishi has a home button, a D-pad in the middle, and a clickable thumbstick on the top of the handle, moving from bottom to top. To the right of the controller, the Kishi features a menu button, clickable thumbstick and four face buttons similar to an Xbox. At the top, both sides have a bumper as well as a trigger.
Getting Kishi for iPhone setup is simple. First, pull the tab on the back to pop the retting plate. With the plate disconnected, pop your phone to the right where the power plug is, and fit the top of your phone to the left. Razor claims that most modern iPhone models must fit. While my iPhone 8 was not on the phone list in the press release, it fits well in Kishi, and with titles like Oceanhorn 2, Sneaky Sasquatch, and Asphalt 9: Legends, everything should work just as it does needed.
Razor Kishi for iOS: Video
Kishi for iPhone comes with two different size rubber inserts for different size phones. Grips A are for the iPhone XS and 11 Pro, while Grips B works better with the iPhone XR, XS Max, 11 and 11 Pro Max.
Although it takes a Lightning port on an iPhone, Razer Kishi for the iPhone has a Lightning pass that allows a phone to be charged while using the controller. Since games can quickly consume batteries, this is very essential for long gaming sessions.
Great for charging when in use, the Lightning pass-through port will not allow the use of headphones. If you want audio, you have to go wireless. Of course, Razer recommends its own Hammerhead wireless earbuds.
What does it look like?
All buttons and thumbsticks feel solid and satisfying. I would say that the sticks have slightly higher resistance than an Xbox One controller as well as satisfying touch clicks when the sticks are pressed inside.
The XYA and B buttons also have a satisfying click when pressed too loudly without causing any distraction. The D-pad is a bit on the softer side, but I didn’t have any issues using it.
The triggers don’t have a super remote pull, but it’s not bad either. They are also not as smooth as most console controllers that I have used. This is not really noticeable in a shooter setting with a trigger trigger. However, when the trigger is activated gradually, the left side is not smooth at all to the right. But, it’s about the only thing I can find on Kishi that doesn’t feel top-notch.
Razor Kishi for iPhone: Game Compatibility
Unfortunately, Kishi won’t work with every game out there. Even some of the most popular titles such as PUBG Mobile will not use Kishi’s input. But, for the titles that are endorsed, Kishi is great. Kishi will work right out of the box for any game with MFi (Made for iPhone) controller support.
Searching on Oceanhorn 2 was seamless and made controlling the character even easier. On Asphalt 9: Legends, having a thumbstick to boost and drift to control steering and trigger makes navigating tight roads and opponents much easier.
Overall, Razer Kishi for iPhone is a powerful and easy to use accessory for the mobile gamer. If you’re trying to get the edge or just want to make iPhone gaming like a console experience, this is a great pick. It’s not cheap at $ 99.99, but the low-latency connection makes it a great option for gaming.
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