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Razer Kishi V2 review

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There’s always been this quest to recreate and/or bring the feeling of console gaming to mobile. 

In 2022, there are more than a handful of iterations. We have the actual handheld gaming console – the Nintendo Switch. More recently, Valve released the Steam Deck. And then you have the ultra-gaming-focused smartphones like the ROG Phone and the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel. 

For a while, Razer attempted to compete in the gaming smartphone space. Ultimately, they decided, instead of competing, they’ll just complement it through accessories. That strategy gave birth to the Razer Kishi and now its newest iteration — the Razer Kishi V2.

A new look

It’s gone through some design changes. Most notably on how it looks in its no-phone-attached state. 

The original version had this more compact look, almost like a controller all on its own. 

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Meanwhile, the Razer Kishi V2 is more open, showing a bridge instead of being totally closed. This may have been done in order to accommodate larger smartphones. 

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The button layout is mostly the same. You have the universal X,Y,A, and B face button on the right hand side. Right below it is a joystick. 

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Over on the left side you have the joystick up top with the directional pad and/or buttons right underneath it. 

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You also still get the Right Button (RB) and Right Trigger (TR)… buttons as well as their left side counterparts. New on the V2 though, are the M1 and M2 buttons situated right next to the aforementioned buttons. 

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New ones are the screenshot button on the lower left hand side as well as a dedicated Nexus button which fires up the Razer Kishi V2’s companion app — the Razer Nexus. 

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Naturally, you have the USB-C connector to plug-in to the port of your smartphone. 

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You can charge the phone while playing through the port on the lower left hand side of the controller.

How to use it

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The Razer Kishi V2 is technically plug and play. Simply slide your smartphone in, fire-up any controller-supported mobile game, and it’ll just work. 

Sounds simple enough, right? But the keywords there are “controller-supported mobile game(s),” which, to be honest, are not a lot. And the most talked about and/or most played ones typically do not support them. 

So, how does one find these games? You can go to the Google Play Store and simply type some variation of “controller support” or “control support” and it’ll pull-up games that have controller support. 

Alternatively, you can download the companion app called Razer Nexus. On its main screen you’ll find the games you already have installed and below it are games it recommends. Each row is separate by genre, and you immediately know they have controller support. You can also connect your YouTube and Twitch accounts should you want to stream your games.

What games can I play?

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There is a wide selection of games to choose from. We were able to play the following titles: 

  • Asphalt 9 
  • Diablo Immortal
  • Final Fantasy VII: First Soldier
  • Life is Strange 

The games above presented the least friction when it comes to playing. They are controller-supported and the areas on the screen where you would tap show the buttons on the controller you should press to take any sort of action. Pretty straightforward. 

 

There were plenty of other suggested games that seemed like pretty good titles. The ones that piqued my interest were: 

  • Dead Cells
  • Catalyst Black
  • Leo’s Fortune
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Republic
  • Final Fantasy (all the mainline titles ported to mobile)

That’s a decent enough selection. But the thing is, none of these rank in some of the most played games on smartphones. Just off the top of my head, the titles that come to mind are Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Call of Duty: Mobile, and Genshin Impact. 

None of these titles have built-in controller support. You’ll have to use some button mapping app to make this work and that’s a process that may take about an hour, depending on your patience and the number of games you want to use it on. It’s seriously a hassle and I ultimately ended up not going through with it. 

What’s it like playing?

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Playing feels fantastic. I have always preferred gaming with physical buttons. This is, perhaps why, the only time I really play any mobile games is when I’m working on a smartphone review or reviewing an accessory like the Razer Kishi V2 (which doesn’t happen often). 

The overall build quality is fantastic. I have had the chance to hold other, more obscure, controllers for smartphones and I just immediately felt the difference. The Razer Kishi V2 is lightweight without feeling fragile and cheap. 

The face buttons feel almost just like the ones on bigger controllers meant for actual consoles. The same feels true for the joysticks and the directional pad. 

The triggers also feel great but I can’t say the same for the shoulder buttons. They’re not bad, but due to the size, they feel more squishy than crunchy. I personally would have preferred a crunchier feel. But that’s not to say that they are terrible. They’re fine, but maybe they could have been better. 

Overall, it really does feel like you’re playing on a handheld console, especially if your phone has the power to run the supported games at max settings. In case you’re curious, I used the Honor Magic4 Pro, OPPO Find X3 Pro, and vivo T1x during this review. 

Remote Play

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What made things even more fun was using Steam Link. If you’re a PC gamer, this lets you stream, on low-latency, the games on your Steam Library to your smartphone. 

With the Razer Kishi V2 attached, it almost feels like you’re playing on a Steam Deck. Of course, I’m just speculating since I’ve yet to try a Steam Deck. 

The catch, of course, is that your PC and smartphone have to be connected in the same network. So, you can’t really go out and take your Steam Library with you, wherever. But the idea is that you’re able to play your Steam Library without being in front of your PC (laptop/desktop). 

Is the Razer Kishi V2 your GadgetMatch?

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A couple of lifetimes ago, I was getting ready for a job that required plenty of travel. At that point in my life, I didn’t have any gaming console whatsoever but knew that I needed some type of gaming to keep me sane. 

At the time, all these mobile handheld devices weren’t a thing yet. Yes, not even the Nintendo Switch. I resorted to using a OnePlus phone and a much, much cheaper version of a mobile phone controller. Having something like the Razer Kishi V2 would have been a godsend. 

Fast forward to 2022 and there is absolutely no shortage of options when it comes to mobile play. But if you don’t have the means to splurge on a Switch (or a Steam Deck which is still pretty scarce), this may be the next best thing. Especially if you already have a smartphone that can run some of the supported games. 

There are a few things I wish it had. The Razer Nexus app feels bare. Other than the suggested games and remapping the M1, M2 buttons, I wish you had the option to map buttons for games that didn’t have automatic controller support.

However, if, like this writer, you absolutely must-have the satisfying feeling of pressing buttons when you play, the Razer Kishi V2 is a worthy pick-up. It’s well-built, feels great, and won’t take up too much space in your bag. 

The Razer Kishi V2 is available now and retails for PhP 5,999 / SG$ 149 / US$ 99. Right now it’s only for Android smartphones. An iPhone version, one with a lightning port, is coming later in 2022. 

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Galaxy Watch5 series, Buds 2 Pro price in the Philippines

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The foldables aren’t the only ones announced at Samsung Unpacked. We were also treated to a pair of smartwatches and a new TWS earphone. These are the Galaxy Watch5, Galaxy Watch5 Pro, and Galaxy Buds2 Pro. 

Galaxy Watch5 

The Galaxy Watch5 is all about helping Galaxy users be in their best shape possible. 

This includes equipping the watch with a host of health monitoring features. Most prominently, there’s the BioActive Sensor. Essentially, it’s one chip that enables three other sensors which are the Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart Signal, and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis. 

Too much to take in? Just think of it as a new tech that enables the Galaxy Watch5 to perform its function of getting you healthy. That’s through Samsung’s Holistic Health approach. 

You can record your Body Composition and the Watch5 will help tailor workouts that work well to achieving your fitness goals. But it goes beyond workouts. It also has suggestions for your post-workout, rest, and recovery process. Like an actual trainer, but on your wrist. 

There’s also the other usual smartwatch functions like Sleep tracking, getting your notifications and what not. It also comes with a 13 percent larger battery. 

The display is made of Sapphire Crystal which Samsung swears is tougher than most other materials used on other smartwatches.

The Galaxy Watch5 comes in different sizes and colors with the following pricing: 

40mmGalaxy Watch5  (Graphite, Pink Gold, Silver )

  • LTE – PHP 19,990
  • Bluetooth – PHP 16,990

44mmGalaxy Watch5 (Graphite, Sapphire, Silver)

  • LTE – PHP 21,990
  • Bluetooth – PHP 18,990

Galaxy Watch5 Pro

The Galaxy Watch5 Pro is everything the Galaxy Watch5 is but made for the outdoor enthusiasts. It’s made more durable and has extra features to support hiking, cycling and more. 

Build-wise it’s also made of Sapphire Crystal but enhanced. It has a titanium casing that protects the display. You also get a D-Buckle Sports Band made for rugged durability.

For outdoor activities, it has GPX making tracking easy. As you hike or cycle, it’ll help you navigate turn-by-turn so you can keep your eyes on the path. And when you’re ready to head back, there’s a Track back feature that traces your starting point. Great for those challenged with directions.

The Galaxy Watch5 Pro comes in 45mm in either Black Titanium or Gray Titanium.

Pricing are as follows:

Galaxy Watch5 Pro 45mm

  • LTE – PHP 26,990
  • Bluetooth – PHP 29,990

Buds2 Pro

It’s easy to dismiss this as just a tacked-on offering but Samsung did make significant upgrades to their new headliner earbuds. 

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro now supports Hi-Fi 24bit Audio. This offers high-dynamic range and a crystal-clear audio resolution. Naturally, there’s also ANC or Active Noise Cancellation which is also enabled in calls for a clearer call conversation. 

If you own a Samsung TV or other Samsung devices, the Buds2 Pro can seamlessly switch between them if necessary.

Form-wise, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro is 15 percent smaller than its predecessor. To some people, that could mean it’s easier to misplace. In case that happens, they should be easy to locate using SmartThings Find now. 

It has an IPX7 rating which means it should be okay to take on workouts, except if your workout is swimming. 

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro retails for PHP 12,990. 

Customers can pre-order the Galaxy Buds2 Pro starting August 11 to September 1, 2022 through samsung.com, Samsung Experience Stores, and Authorized Samsung Stores.

Pre-order bonus is either of the following: 

  • PHP 1,500 Token for Samsung mobile products
  • 50% off on Galaxy Buds2 Pro and 30% off on Galaxy Watch5 Series when they purchase the Galaxy Z Fold4 or Z Flip4.

It will be available starting September 2, 2022 in Samsung.com, Samsung Experience Stores, select Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com and MemoXpress Online in Bora Purple, Graphite and White.

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Galaxy Watch5 series, Buds 2 Pro price in Singapore

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The foldables aren’t the only ones announced at Samsung Unpacked. We were also treated to a pair of smartwatches and a new TWS earphone. These are the Galaxy Watch5, Galaxy Watch5 Pro, and Galaxy Buds2 Pro. 

Price and availability 

Galaxy Watch5 40mm

  • LTE — SG$ 548
  • Bluetooth — SG$ 448

Galaxy Watch5 44mm

  • LTE — SG$ 598
  • Bluetooth — SG$ 498

Watch5 Pro 45mm

  • LTE — SG$ 798
  • Bluetooth — SG$ 698

Galaxy Buds2 Pro — SG$ 328

Pre-order period begins on August 10, 2022 at 9PM. Those who pre-order will be able to collect their devices starting on August 26, 2022, Friday.

The Galaxy Z Flip4, Galaxy Z Fold4, Galaxy Watch5 Series and Galaxy Buds2 Pro will be available in Singapore starting September 2, 2022, Friday at 10AM.

Galaxy Watch5 

The Galaxy Watch5 is all about helping Galaxy users be in their best shape possible. 

This includes equipping the watch with a host of health monitoring features. Most prominently, there’s the BioActive Sensor. Essentially, it’s one chip that enables three other sensors which are the Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart Signal, and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis. 

Too much to take in? Just think of it as a new tech that enables the Galaxy Watch5 to perform its function of getting you healthy. That’s through Samsung’s Holistic Health approach. 

You can record your Body Composition and the Watch5 will help tailor workouts that work well to achieving your fitness goals. But it goes beyond workouts. It also has suggestions for your post-workout, rest, and recovery process. Like an actual trainer, but on your wrist. 

There’s also the other usual smartwatch functions like Sleep tracking, getting your notifications and what not. It also comes with a 13 percent larger battery. 

The display is made of Sapphire Crystal which Samsung swears is tougher than most other materials used on other smartwatches.

The Galaxy Watch5 comes in different sizes and colors.

  • 44mm: Graphite, Sapphire, Silver
  • 40mm: Graphite, Pink Gold, Silver 

Galaxy Watch5 Pro

The Galaxy Watch5 Pro is everything the Galaxy Watch5 is but made for the outdoor enthusiasts. It’s made more durable and has extra features to support hiking, cycling and more. 

Build-wise it’s also made of Sapphire Crystal but enhanced. It has a titanium casing that protects the display. You also get a D-Buckle Sports Band made for rugged durability.

For outdoor activities, it has GPX making tracking easy. As you hike or cycle, it’ll help you navigate turn-by-turn so you can keep your eyes on the path. And when you’re ready to head back, there’s a Track back feature that traces your starting point. Great for those challenged with directions.

The Galaxy Watch5 Pro comes in 45mm in either Black Titanium or Gray Titanium.

Buds2 Pro

It’s easy to dismiss this as just a tacked-on offering but Samsung did make significant upgrades to their new headliner earbuds. 

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro now supports Hi-Fi 24bit Audio. This offers high-dynamic range and a crystal-clear audio resolution. Naturally, there’s also ANC or Active Noise Cancellation which is also enabled in calls for a clearer call conversation. 

If you own a Samsung TV or other Samsung devices, the Buds2 Pro can seamlessly switch between them if necessary.

Form-wise, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro is 15 percent smaller than its predecessor. To some people, that could mean it’s easier to misplace. In case that happens, they should be easy to locate using SmartThings Find now. 

It has an IPX7 rating which means it should be okay to take on workouts, except if your workout is swimming. 

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro comes in Graphite, White, and Bora Purple. 

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds2 Pro is for audiophiles

Available August 26

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In the past, the debate between wired and wireless audio raged in favor of the quality of the former. However, wireless audio has made great strides in delivering both convenience and quality in one captivating package. Unveiled during the latest Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung has a new wireless care package for audiophiles: the Galaxy Buds2 Pro.

Featuring a 15 percent slimmer design, the wireless pair is all for ergonomics, preventing shifts in position while working out. It also comes with active noise cancellation to keep things between you and your music while on the go.

In terms of audio quality, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro has a coaxial two-way speaker and supports 24-bit Hi-Fi audio, providing crystal-clear music wherever you are. Plus, with the new Samsung seamless codec, disconnections won’t be much of an issue, keeping the music going.

As is common in a lot of earbuds, the new pair comes with gesture controls. However, with Samsung’s SmartThings, users can easily switch between different audio sources — from your phone to your tablet to your TV — with just a single gesture. Additionally, the feature will allow users to find the earbuds in case they get lost.

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro will start selling on August 26. Pre-orders will start on August 10. Those who pre-order the device can avail of a free wireless charger, up to US$ 75 worth of trade-in value, and US$ 30 credit on Samsung accessories.

It will come in Graphite, White, and Bora Purple. It sells for US$ 229.99.

Any Galaxy Z Fold4 pre-orders will get the same free memory upgrade, a Standing Cover with Pen case, and up to US$ 1,000 of trade-in value.


Pre-order the Galaxy Buds2 Pro: howl.me/1782498421813373534

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