Mini gamepad bluetooth


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In general, this controller has very similar functions as PAD Bluetooth which was described recently. This one is much smaller than joystick mentioned before. It has 6 buttons. In comparison to previously tested PAD Bluetooth, this model lacks of 2 upper buttons, which are used in VR mode, but because of the size of the device they would only disturb. The equipment is well-suited for working in a gamepad mode (but it must be held in both hands) and in a controller mode (controlled with one hand). On the side of the device there is a switcher of modes gamepad / mouse instead of a system(Android / iOS) switcher.

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The device is very small: 73x31x15 [mm] and it is light (15 grams of weight). In my opinion, this pad should be a little bit larger. The slim design is an advantage and a disadvantage at the same time. The pad isn’t heavy so it is easy to keep it in hand. But if it were bigger, it would lie in hand more stable.

The pad is equipped with a connectedness module Bluetooth 3.0 and to be able to control it, the pad must be paired with a smartphone. To do that you need to turn on bluetooth on your smartphone, find gamepad on bluetooth searching list and connect to it.

On the controller there is a diode and control knob.

This equipment is powered by an inbuilt battery which is charged with the USB cable. It is worth mentioning that according to the manufacturer’s information one charge should go round for 20 hours of work.

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On the back of the device there is a reset button which should be if the device stops working properly. It may be a little unsettling that the producer assumed that the button may be useful. When I saw it I thought that the problem of freezing will be very frequent. However, during the tests I didn’t have to use the button, because the pad was working properly all the time. So calm down, this is just a supplement, but not a button, which will be used repeatedly.

Pad works with smartphones, Android system and iOS. In the kit there is included instruction book, where there are described ways how to switch between different modes and functions of all the buttons.

Construction

gamepad button explanation

A special opening in the chassis allows to hang the pad ex. to the keys.

Connecting

To connect with ANDROID device you should turn on the pad by holding “a” button (first) and “START” in the same time. If device is working in ANDROID mode the diode will light on blue (red only when battery is low).

To connect with iOS device you should turn on the pad by holding “iOS” button (first) and “START” in the same time. If device is working in iOS mode the diode will light on red (blue only when battery is low). The name of device (on bluetooth list) in this mode should change on “Gamepad_IOS”.

If you turn ON the gamepad only with “START” button it will connect in last remembered mode. To change it you need to turn off, and on again following the instruction above – by holding button “a” + “START” or “iOS” + “START” button.

Modes:

Turning mode into Music:

  1. Switch on ‘KEY’
  2. Turn on the device by holding button “START” over 2-3 sec.
  3. Connect device with smartphone

(Bluetooth -> Search for Gamepad -> Connect)

  1. Hold (1-2 s) button „a” and „START” – at the same time.

In this mode buttons works in following functions:

buttons functions in mouse mode

Turning mode into Mouse:

  1. Switch on ‘KEY’
  2. Turn on the device by holding button “START” over 2-3 sec.
  3. Connect device with smartphone

(Bluetooth -> Search for Gamepad -> Connect)

  1. Hold (1-2 s) button „X” and „START” – at the same time.

In this mode buttons works in following functions:

buttons functions in music mode

Also on the side of the gamepad we have switch on gamepad mode:

Gamepad mode:

  1. Switch on ‘GAME’
  2. Turn on the device by holding button “START” over 2-3 sec.
  3. Connect device with smartphone(Bluetooth -> Search for Gamepad -> Connect)

In menu, if joystick can move cursor, button “X” is confirmation and “a” is returning function.

If device is not connect with bluetooth, it will turn off over 5 mins automatically. After connecting with bluetooth device it will turn off over 60 mins after last operation.

Summing up

The device is not super convenient during the single hand working, but instead of that it is possible to get used to it. The equipment run efficiently and it is also intuitive. Certainly, we will use it not only for VR applications, but also to control other functions of the smartphone. The music mode is particularly interesting. There is no better device at this price. However, if you intend to use the pad intensively (not only for the VR, but also ex. for games), you should consider buying a high-end product. Though, if it mainly serves for virtual reality goggles instead of a button on the goggles, there is no better choice than this pad. There is no good in overpaying and in buying expensive controllers to smarphones if the device worth 9 Euro meets your expectations.

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