Razer Onza Tournament Edition Gamepad Review
Razer is known for their gaming accessories. Following their mantra “For Gamers, By Gamers” here’s an accessory which both PC and XBOX360 users will love.
Introducing the Razer Onza Tournament Edition.
If you’ve ever used an Original Xbox 360 controller, then the Onza is not that much different. I have both and use it for the PC, and I actually like the Onza’s shape better. This one is the Battlefield 3™ Tournament Edition, as you can see from the design. It also sports a rubberized finish which is good for intense gaming or if you have sweaty hands. It’s connected to the PC/Xbox360 via a 15-foot braided cable which is bad news for fans of wireless controllers.
The Onza has 2 analog buttons; 6 shoulder buttons in which you can map the other two to any button you want; LED-lit face buttons and the D-pad. Razer knew what gamers need so they made the analog buttons adjustable. Whenever you need a heavy analog for more precision like when playing an FPS game, just turn the dial clockwise; and when you need a lighter analog for quick combos in fighting games, do otherwise. The face buttons are lit for players who like to play in the dark.
The face buttons are unlike other gamepads since this one has a mechanical switch, and you can actually hear the buttons click, as opposed to rubber dome gamepads. One thing though, the Start and Back buttons are situated near the bottom which feels kind of awkward to press. Also, if you’re not a fan of analogs in fighting games, the D-pad is not an option. If only the D-pad has the responsiveness of the face buttons, then this would be THE perfect gamepad for any gamer.
There are 2 extra shoulder buttons for gamers who need, well, two extra shoulder buttons. It’s not configurable via software, as the Onza uses the same driver as the original Microsoft Xbox 360 Gamepad. You have to press the Remap button and assign any key from the gamepad.
All in all, the Razer Onza Battlefield 3™ Tournament Edition is well worth your money. There are minor flaws but I’m sure the pros of this product outweigh any of it. If you’re looking for a gamepad and the Original Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller doesn’t cut it, then the Onza is for you. You can pick up the Razer Onza Battlefield 3™ Tournament Edition for around Php2,500 and the Non-Tournament Edition for around Php2,000.