GameSir X2 Pro Xbox Mobile Game Controller Review

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  • Responsive Controls

  • Carrying case included

GameSir X2 Pro is an outstanding mobile game controller that surpasses its competitors.

About Xbox GameSir X2 Pro Mobile Game Controller

  • Price: $80
  • Connectivity: USB-C (connects to device), USB-C (direct charging)
  • Dimensions: 7.24 x 3.34 x 1.45 inches
  • Mass: 0.4 pounds
  • Special Features: Hall effect triggers, Kailh microswitch bumpers, direct charging, two mappable rear buttons, textured rubber grips. Includes one month of free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

The GameSir X2 Pro is compatible with Android 8.0+ smartphones that are 7.04 inches (179mm) long or shorter.

The X2 Pro’s buttons are just as clicky and responsive as bigger-name mobile game controllers like the Razer Kishi V2 and Backbone One. The M1 and M2 buttons are on the bottom rear of the X2 Pro, while the Kishi V2’s M buttons are tiny squares next to the trigger buttons on the top of the controller. (The Backbone One omits the M buttons.)

While button placement is a personal preference, gamers with small hands and/or short fingers will likely prefer the way Razer has laid out the M buttons on its Kishi V2 as they are much easier to reach; I had to stretch and contort my fingers to touch the X2 Pro’s M buttons with my fingertips on the back, which became uncomfortable after a short time. However, I had no issues with my hands getting too hot or sweaty even after playing for over 60 minutes.

The X2 Pro’s controllers don’t have the same tactile feel as the Kishi and Backbone (these have a slight bump when you move the controllers in any direction), but the GameSir’s movement is completely smooth. Practically, it has little to no effect on in-game accuracy.

There’s also a USB-C passthrough built into the controller to charge your phone while you game, and a dedicated Xbox button. Of course, since this is an official Xbox licensed controller, it’s designed to work seamlessly with Xbox cloud gaming, but it also works with other popular cloud gaming platforms like GeForce Now, as well as locally installed games.

A mobile game controller attached to a smart phone

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For $80, GameSir gives you a quality mobile controller with a carrying case and four extra thumb grips.

Design-wise, the X2 Pro has some subtle quality differences that I prefer over the Kishi V2 and Backbone One. The first is a wide adjustable back that supports the full width of your cell phone up to nearly 3.5 inches; the second is a rubber pad (although tough) that protects the entire top and bottom edges of your cell phone.

The Kishi V2 and the Backbone One have the same specs, but neither is as wide. Their adjustable backs are less than 1.5 inches wide, and both have shorter rubber cushions that don’t roll up to protect the top and bottom edges of your phone.

As a final bonus, GameSir pairs its X2 Pro controller with a well-built carrying case, which the Razer Kishi and Backbone lack. You can find one from a third-party for around $15-$20, but that pushes the price of both of these controllers to $120 while the X2 Pro stays well below that amount.

Should You Buy Xbox GameSir X2 Pro Mobile Controller?

Yes, it’s a great controller that comes with complimentary extras

Functionally, GameSir X2 Pro is not so different from other popular controllers which plug into your mobile device like the Razer Kishi V2 and spine one. It’s responsive, well-built, and works seamlessly with Xbox cloud gaming and other platforms.

For $80, which is about $20 less than these competitors, GameSir X2 Pro comes with some extras like interchangeable action buttons, M buttons and a free carrying case that won’t take much space in your bag shoulder strap or your backpack. All of these extras, along with being a great mobile controller in its own right, make GameSir’s X2 Pro a compelling buy.

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Meet the tester

Joanna Nelius

Joanna Nelius

Editor-in-Chief, Electronics

@JLNwrites

Joanna specializes in anything and everything related to gaming and loves digging into graphics cards, processors and chip architecture. Previously, she was a writer for Gizmodo, PC Gamer and Maximum PC.

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