Gadget Reviews

DroidBOX Play Gamepad Pro Review: Bluetooth Controller for Android Devices

DroidBOX are back with their new Bluetooth controller,  the DroidBOX Play Gamepad ProFeaturing wireless Bluetooth connectivity, textured grips, and an integrated smartphone stand, is it any good? Read on to find out!

I want to say thanks to DroidBOX for sending me a sample to review.

The DroidBOX Play Gamepad Pro is available from DroidBOX or Amazon.

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What’s in the Box?

In the box, you get:

  • DroidBOX Play Gamepad Pro Controller
  • USB Adapter
  • Micro USB charging cable
  • English Instruction Manual

Oddly, the instruction manual doesn’t mention a USB receiver but lists a tablet stand instead so I’m not sure whether there was some form of mixup with my unit.

DroidBOX Play Gamepad Pro Review: Hardware

The DroidBOX controller mimics the popular Xbox design, with an XABY button layout and asymmetrical analog sticks.

It’s also fairly light. It’s definitely not flimsy but doesn’t feel as high end as an Xbox One controller or GameSir G4S.

That’s not to say it isn’t comfortable. I found it sits nicely in the hands. There’s even a grippy texture applied which does a good job keeping the controller in place – even if your hands get sweaty during an intense gaming session.

In terms of buttons, you’ve got the obvious XABY face buttons, d-pad, start and select buttons, shoulder bumpers, analog triggers, an Android home button and a button which toggles mouse mode.

There’s also a set of media controls and status LEDs hidden underneath the smartphone holder in the center. I really liked having media controls on the controller, as it means you don’t need to grab the remote if the controller is nearby.

This convenience extends to the mouse mode that allows you to emulate a mouse using the right analog stick and triggers for left and right clicks. I found myself using this quite a bit whenever my air mouse wasn’t in reach.

It also came in handy for playing one-touch games like Jeypack Joyride which don’t support controllers out of the box.

In terms of gaming on the DroidBOX Play Gamepad Pro, I found the face buttons feel nice and responsive and the d-pad feels fairly better than the d-pads found on cheap controllers.

The twin analog sticks also performed well. I found they were quite accurate, with a small deadzone that allowed for precise movement.

Unfortunately, the shoulder buttons and analog triggers aren’t as refined. Both feel somewhat mushy compared to higher end game controllers.

The smartphone holder supports phones up to 5.5 inches which should cover most devices. It securely holds your phone and can be adjusted to two different angles.

DroidBOX Play Gamepad Pro Review: Performance

Connecting It Up

Pairing the controller is easy. Holding down the power button will put it into pairing mode. Then you just need to pick the DroidBOX controller from your smartphone or TV boxes Bluetooth menu.

Gaming on the DroidBOX Play Gamepad Pro

To test the DroidBOX Play Gamepad Pro, I used it with several Android devices and games/emulators, including my DroidBOX T8 Mini and Samsung Galaxy S7.

Android support was good in both games and emulators. As the DroidBOX Play Gamepad Pro uses Android’s controller standard, games like Beach Buggy Racing worked out of the box. When using EPSXE, it correctly detected the controller and I just had to map the buttons. Afterwards, everything worked flawlessly.

Range

Range was good. I didn’t have any issues across my lounge room (~6m between the box and controller) though DroidBOX state a range of 6-8m so make sure you’re mindful of your space.

Battery Life

DroidBOX claim that the DroidBOX Play Gamepad Pro should be usable for up to 20 hours of gameplay. Several multi-hour gaming sessions didn’t drain the battery so this seems reasonable.

The controller will also shut off after 10 minutes to save battery which is a nice touch.

Verdict

DroidBOX Play Gamepad Pro

The DroidBOX controller is a decent Bluetooth controller. Bluetooth connectivity and the smartphone clip make it a flexible accessory.  I loved the media controls and mouse mode too.  However, serious gamers will probably prefer something more substantial like the GameSir G4S.

Pros

  • Nice-feeling Controls
  • Integrated Smartphone Stand
  • Mouse Mode

Cons

  • Should buttons/triggers feel mushy
  • Controller feels too light

Where to Buy the DroidBOX Play Gamepad Pro

The DroidBOX Play Gamepad Pro is available from DroidBOX and Amazon.

Check Price at DroidBOX

Blitzwolf BW-P3 10000mAh Power Bank Review: Feel The Power

Blitzwolf have released a version of their power bank. Dubbed the Blitzwolf BW-P3, it features a respectable 10,000mAh capacity whilst adding support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging standard. Is it any good? Keep reading to find out.

I want to say thanks to Banggood for sending me a sample to review. You can buy the Blitzwolf BW-P3 power bank from them below.

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What’s in the Box?

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Inside the box, you get:

  • Blitzwolf BW-P3 Power Bank
  • Micro USB charging cable
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card

Blitzwolf BW-P3 Power Bank Review: Design

Blitzwolf have a knack for design and it shows in the Blitzwolf BW-P3 power bank.

The unit sports an elegant blue aluminium shell that should protect it from the knocks of everyday life.

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Coming in at 61.5x102x21.3mm, it’s also compact enough to fit into your pocket.

All the ports and buttons are on the front of the unit. You’ve got a large power button, a micro USB port for charging the power bank, and two USB ports for charging devices. The top USB port can output 2.4A whilst the bottom USB port supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 (labelled with the Quick Charge logo).

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There’s nothing exciting on the bottom of the unit aside from some specs.

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However, the top has a 4 LED battery indicator that shows the unit’s battery status in 25% increments.

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Blitzwolf BW-P3 Power Bank Review: Using It

Charging up the Power Bank is done via micro USB, taking several hours to fully charge. Unfortunately, the power bank itself doesn’t charge via Quick Charge 3.0 which is a shame.

To charge up a device, simply connect it to one of the two USB ports and then press the power button to start charging. You’ll just need to make sure you plug your device into the right USB port if you’re wanting to take advantage of Quick Charge 3.0.

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Having to press the power button to start charging is a minor annoyance but an annoyance nevertheless. I would have much rathered the power bank automatically detect when you’ve plugged something in like Xiaomi’s excellent power banks.

That said, Xiaomi’s power banks don’t support QuickCharge 3.0 so it’s a matter of which features are more important to you.

I loved having dual USB ports as I was able to charge both my phones when I was out and about. The power bank can output 18W so both devices should charge at full speed.

Qualcomm’s Quick Charge works as expected. I hooked up my Amazon (which oddly only supports Quick Charge 2.0) but it charges much faster when connected to the QC3.0 port.

Battery capacity seems to be about right, as I was able to charge my iPhone 6’s 1810mAh battery 4-5 times on a single charge.

Verdict

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The Blitzwolf PW-P3 is excellent power bank with a couple of flaws. It’s frustrating that you need to press the power button to start charging and the fact the power bank itself can’t be quick charged is disappointing.

That said, it’s well-built, offers a solid capacity and support for the latest Qualcomm Quick Charge standard so it’s got plenty to offer. If you’re looking for a power bank and have a Quick Charge compatible device, the Blitzwolf BW-P3 power bank is worth a look.

Pros

  • Solid design
  • Dual USB ports
  • Supports latest charging standards

Cons

  • Needing to press the power button to start charging is annoying

Where to Buy the Blitzwolf BW-P3 Power Bank

The Blitzwolf BW-P3 power bank is available from Banggood.

Check Price at Banggood