I love how modern gaming is evolving. The ability to take a mobile phone out and about and connect to your PC or console is mind-blowing. Furthermore, what is also great is the evolution of controllers to support this new market. Gamesir, Nacon, Backbone, Razer, and more are heavily invested. Accordingly, I’ve been lucky enough to try many of the leading peripherals. Today, though, I’ve struck it lucky again as I’m playing with the MG-X Pro, designed by Nacon.
Recently, I enjoyed reviewing the MG-X, and this well-received controller ticked many boxes. As such, I couldn’t wait to see how much better the pro version was. Alternatively, would it be much of the same, and I’d be left disappointed? Spoiler alert, the MG-X Pro is incredible and leaps and bounds ahead of the MG-X. Thanks to its ergonomic design and tactile grips, this feels comfortable to hold. What’s more, it has a fantastic battery life, excellent Bluetooth range, and is compact enough to fit your bag when travelling. Consequently, it does exactly what you want with a build quality to match.
What’s in the box of the MG-X Pro?
- The striking packaging is well-labelled and is easy to look at. With each key feature advertised, you know what you are getting. Moreover, its contents are nicely protected and they can easily be recycled.
- The MG-X Pro is a tidy and robust device. This compact accessory has a spring-loaded slider to extend the mobile phone holder. Furthermore, the buttons are similar in size to a standard controller. Subsequently, it makes for a familiar and comfortable experience. The ergonomic handles have a tactile grip that feels nice to touch.
- A USB-C charging cable. This moderately sized cable is used to charge the rechargeable battery. However, any standard USB-C cable can be used.
- User guide. If you need help, this straightforward manual is simple to follow.
|Connection||Bluetooth 4.2 low energy|
|Maximum phone length||6.7″|
|Battery life||20 hours+|
Controllers are all about comfort and build quality. As such, the MG-X Pro shines because it excels in both departments. The smooth mobile phone clip extends to approximately 153mm. Consequently, this device can house many modern phones. Furthermore, devices running Android 6 and higher will be able to connect to this accessory. With Bluetooth 4.2, the controller has a low battery draw and connects in no time at all.
Alongside this, the textured grips and ergonomic handles are pleasant to hold. No matter the size of your hands, this device is neither too big nor too small. What’s more, the excellent buttons are a perfect size and are reminiscent of Microsoft’s official accessories. What was also impressive was the analogue travel and the responsive nature of the inputs. At no point did I experience any issues, nor was it frustrating to use.
Without a USB-C connector, I could have experienced latency issues. However, this wasn’t the case, and this was a fantastic device for FPS and racing games. Unlike its predecessor, the MG-X, this uses high-rise sticks and larger buttons that are easier to use.
The perfect companion for Xbox Game Pass.
Xbox Game Pass has taken the world by storm! Luckily, this Xbox-approved accessory works perfectly with the Game Pass app. Consequently, all you have to do is switch it on, load your favourite game, and enjoy your session. Fortunately, the MG-X Pro can also be used for any other mobile phone game. As such, this makes it a wonderfully versatile device.
However, you may be worried about battery life if you play for a long time. Thankfully, a handy LED highlights the battery status. On top of this, a clear indicator is shown on your phone to keep you up to date. With 20+ hours of juice, you needn’t worry too much. Yet, I was a bit disappointed there was no through-charging facility.
Now, without a built-in USB-C point, this was always going to be an issue. Accordingly, your mobile phone may run out of battery long before your controller ever does. Also, you must consider the lack of a 3.5mm audio jack point. Subsequently, audio can only be enjoyed through Bluetooth headphones or your phone’s speaker system. This could be problematic in crowded spaces or if you are low on battery. Neither of these issues is a deal breaker, but they are still annoying, nevertheless.
Is the MG-X Pro worth it?
Even though I found some minor niggles, I still adore this accessory. Why? Because the MG-X Pro is incredibly well-built, it looks great, and it’s super responsive. What’s more, its low-draw Bluetooth connection is excellent, and I liked the ergonomic design. It is also compatible with most mobiles. It won’t break the bank, and it’s perfect for Xbox Game Pass and mobile gaming. Therefore, it is easy for me to recommend that you buy it here!
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