MOGA Pro Power
By far, the best MOGA yet, the Pro Power is a massive step up from its previous iteration: gone are the rubberized grips and “long” tapered feel of the grips. The new version feels lighter, cleaner and, dare we say, more responsive?
At first glance, it would be easy to mistake the MOGA Pro for an Xbox 360 controller. Around the office, people automatically thought it was an early Xbox ONE controller: it’s sleek, with the same trademark powder finish that most MS peripherals have. The buttons appear to be backlit, with bright, well-visible letters shining through crystal-clear buttons. The D-pad is raised, to be a closer profile to those of the thumbsticks, and the ‘sticks themselves are tighter, with great click (L3/R3) response.
The feature everyone’s going to be talking about, however, is the ability to charge your phone from the controller itself. Using a complicated set of electrical hocus-pocus, you can export power (via shorter USB) to your phone, while playing. This will undoubtedly be a huge selling point for on-the-go gamers, since a majority of the most fun games for mobile platforms are FPS titles…and are also the most difficult to control!
By far, the biggest upgrade to me, personally, is the larger “jaw” that holds your device in place. Though the previous version was able to hold my phone decently (Samsung’s Galaxy S4 with a massive, Trident impact case), the MOGA Pro seems to have a wider “jaw” with a stickier grip. Hell, the jaw might only be a 1/18 of an inch wider, but it fits my large, overly stupid case perfectly!
That being said, it’s a full-size controller, which means you can’t just toss it into your pocket. Even in our super-snazzy Razer pro bag, I’m afraid that the ‘sticks are going to break or stretch out. That’s not to say that the Pro is designed poorly, or that it feels cheap. No, it’s every bit as hardy as a current-gen Xbox controller…in some ways, even better! I’m just well-aware of my ability to destroy a perfectly good device. So if you’re going to be porting it around (and you’re as clumsy as me), I’d recommend getting a hard-case controller, to protect your investment.
MOGA Hero Power
The Hero Power has a lot of the same features as the Pro, just in a more compact package. It combines the button layout of the pro (including the L3/R3 clickable thumbsticks), with the portability of the original “mini” MOGA controller. And, of course the Pro Hero has the internal battery, like its big brother.
The Pro Hero is also more portable, with noticeably tighter dimensions. The thumbsticks, while still tight and responsive, have a lower profile than the Pro, no doubt for increased portability.
Of course, being that it’s designed to be ported about, the thumbsticks are a lower profile (and slighter build) than the Pro. That’s the part that worries me: again, the composition of the Hero Power feels better than its predecessors…but seeing as I’m leery about the Pro Power’s sticks getting mangled, I’m double leery about the Hero Power’s chances.
That being said, we took both on a reckless tour of downtown San Diego via trolley, bike and foot…and yes, we “accidentally” dropped both controllers several times. The good news? Aside from some minor scrapes, both controllers are handling exactly as they did right out of the box. Plus, the “charge anywhere” functionality saved our asses more than a couple times, because it was easy to lose track of time while playing. And with a library of more than 120 MOGA enhanced (and HID compatible) , it’s extremely easy to lose yourself in a AAA titles.
At the end of the day, I’m incredibly smitten with my Pro Power. It’s sleek, functional, and isn’t a terrible battery hog. If you’ve fallen into the mobile gaming world (as most travelers have), and if you have the money to indulge your habit, you’ll find both the MOGA Pro Power and the MOGA Hero Power quick, responsive and hardy (despite my fears)!
Both the MOGA Pro Power (MSRP $79.99) and the MOGA Hero Power (MSRP $59.99) are available now. Fear not, iOS fancats and kittens…an iOS MOGA will be arriving during the holidays this year; enough time to start trying to get on Santa’s “Nice” list!