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Review : MadCatz C.T.R.L.r Mobile Gamepad


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More people play games on their mobile devices, and MadCatz have released the C.T.R.L.r Mobile Gamepad and here is our review.


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Mad Catz’ C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad with Bluetooth technology removes the need for fingers and thumbs to block your touchscreen during mobile gaming. A highly capable game controller at home and also while on the move, C.T.R.L.R provides traditional gamepad controls with physical action and shoulder buttons, D-Pad, and analogue sticks. When paired with Mad Catz’ downloadable configuration app, you can adjust profiles and settings to customize C.T.R.L.R for an expansive list of controller-compatible videogames. And, the included AAA batteries provide energy for up to 40 hours of continuous control over your favourite games, apps, and media.

Who are Mad Catz?

From their website:

Mad Catz Interactive is a global provider of innovative interactive entertainment products marketed under its Mad Catz (gaming), Tritton (audio), and Saitek (simulation) brands. Mad Catz also develops flight simulation software through its internal ThunderHawk Studios; publishes games under its Mad Catz brand; and distributes games and videogame products for third parties.

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the C.T.R.L.R gamepad, travel clip, plus manuals, stickers and a set of AAA batteries.

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A Closer Look

The first thing you will notice about the C.T.R.L.R gamepad is that it looks very similar to an Xbox 360 controller. Gamers should immediately feel at home holding it, as it feels nice and robust in your hands.

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The C.T.R.L.R has three separate modes which are selected via a switch. These include a “mouse mode” which enables the left stick to control the cursor on the screen, as though it were a mouse.

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There are also media playback controls situated on the top of the C.T.R.L.R which include play, pause and mute.

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Fitting the batteries is simple, as you would expect.

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There is also a travel clip included in the box which enables you to connect up your smartphone to the C.T.R.L.R so that you can pretty much play games wherever you want.

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Fitting the travel clip was very easy.

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Then fitting your phone or other device into the clip is also very easy, and the clip really does hold it in there tightly, so you shouldn’t have to worry about it flying out if you are really playing hard!

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Pairing was very simple and quick.

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Final Thoughts

You might recall our review of the MadCatz M.O.J.O. that also included a C.T.R.L.R – the one in this review is a newer version than the one included with the M.O.J.O.

I liked the feel of the C.T.R.L.R – it really did remind me in both look and feel of the Xbox 360 controller, but with more functionality.

And the inclusion of the travel clip means that you a device such as a smartphone and thus create your own little gaming rig. Of course you don’t have to do that, you can always connect the C.T.R.L.R via Bluetooth to whatever you want to use for gaming.

It also uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology to ensure lag free gaming, and believe me the last thing you want if you are playing a game is lag!  And talking of Bluetooth, pairing the C.T.R.L.R was simple and incredibly fast.

You also get around 40 hours of playtime out of a single set of AA batteries, so that’s really good too, although it would have been better to have included a rechargeable battery instead. Talking of batteries, there is no visible way to know when the batteries are running low so that can be a little annoying if you are in the middle of a game.

The MadCatz A.P.P. desktop software enables the creation of game-specific macro profiles which helps with your PC gaming needs.

Because the C.T.R.L.R is shiny it really does pick up every fingerprint and smudge, it’s not really a problem though, but I know some people like their controllers pristine.

MadCatz are currently listing the C.T.R.L.R as £33.33 on their website – so if you play mobile games and want a decent controller, go get this one today.


You can learn more from the MadCatz website.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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