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Razer Junglecat vs Kishi (2021): Which Mobile Gaming Controller Should You Get?

While smartphones are powerful enough to be excellent gaming devices, the lack of physical buttons can be a problem. Sure, you can use the on-screen controls but it just doesn’t feel as good as playing with real buttons. The Razer Junglecat and the Razer Kishi are two controllers designed primarily for mobile gaming that will improve your gaming experience, but they have different approaches. The Razer Junglecat is a Bluetooth controller while the Razer Kishi is a USB-C or Lightning connected device. We compare the two to find out their strengths and weaknesses so that you can choose which controller is best for you.

Razer Junglecat vs Kishi Comparison Chart

ModelRazer JunglecatRazer Kishi
 
Price
Dimensions1.17 x 3.18 x 4.09 inches1.47 x 3.71 x 5.28 inches
Weight0.22 lbs / 101g0.36 lbs / 163g
ConnectivityBluetoothUSB-C
Phone Sizes SupportedMounted: includes 3 cases for Razer Phone 2, Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S10+
Unmounted: all Android phones running Nougat and above
Height: Up to 3.07 inches
Width: Up to 6.44 inches
Depth: Up to 0.34 inches
CompatibilityAndroid
PC
Android (USB-C phones only)
iPhone (separate model)
AudioPhone speakers
Bluetooth earphones
Wired earphones
Front speakers
Bluetooth earphones
Buttons8-direction d-pad
2x thumbsticks
2x bumpers
2x triggers
4x face buttons
select
start
8-direction d-pad
2x thumbsticks
2x bumpers
2x triggers
4x face buttons
3x special function buttons
Battery100+ hoursN/A
PortsUSB-C (controller charging only)USB-C passthrough (charging only)

Design

Both controllers are lightweight and compact for portability.

The Razer Kishi (bottom) is bulkier and larger than the Razer Junglecat (top).

Both of these gamepads have a solid build and they are compact and lightweight enough for portability. The Razer Junglecat has a Joy-Con-like design where the two halves are completely detached from each other. You can snap both sides to the included plastic adapter if you want to use it as a standalone controller. It can also be attached to the three phone cases that it comes with.

Since it is a Bluetooth controller, it is powered by an internal battery that can last up to 100+ hours, according to Razer. To fully charge it, it will take around two and a half hours. At the bottom of each half are USB-C ports for charging. Unfortunately, you can’t use these as passthrough ports to charge your phone if it is mounted.

The Razer Kishi also has a Joy-Con-like design but the two halves are connected by a plastic plate with a rubberized belt instead of being detached from each other. Push each side away from each other and the belt will extend. With this design, phone compatibility is improved, and it can fit phones that have a maximum length of 6.44 inches, height of 3.07 inches and depth of 0.34 inches.

Unlike the Razer Junglecat, the Razer Kishi does not have an internal battery since it will be powered by your phone. It has a USB-C passthrough port for charging your phone while in use.

Connectivity and Compatibility

The Razer Kishi is compatible with Android phones and iPhones while the Razer Junglecat only supports Android phones.

The Razer Junglecat (left) has Bluetooth connectivity while the Razer Kishi (right) utilizes a USB-C connection.

You can connect the Razer Junglecat to your Android phone or PC via Bluetooth. It doesn’t support iOS so it is limited to Android phones only when it comes to mobile gaming. It has two USB-C charging ports at the bottom of each half of the controller. Unfortunately, these USB-C ports do not act as passthrough ports for charging your phone as well.

On the other hand, the Razer Kishi attaches itself to your Android phone via USB-C or iPhone via its Lightning port. It doesn’t have a Bluetooth connection option so it can only be used with smartphones. It comes with a single USB-C passthrough port for charging your phone.

When it comes to compatibility, more phones can fit the Razer Kishi and it is compatible with iOS phones. The Razer Junglecat comes with cases for specific phones, namely the Razer Phone 2, Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S10+. Unfortunately, there are no other phone specific cases that you can buy for the Razer Junglecat and there are no mounting clips either.

If you don’t own any of the three phones mentioned, you can still use the Razer Junglecat, you just can’t mount your phone to it, which is not ideal. Both controllers are cloud gaming compatible and you can use them with game streaming platforms such as GeForce Now, Microsoft’s xCloud and Google Stadia.

Features and Performance

It is recommended that you download the Razer Gamepad App to get all of the features of the Razer Junglecat and Kishi.

A look at the Razer Junglecat (left) with the plastic adapter and the Razer Kishi (right) when collapsed.

Both gamepads come with all the standard buttons such as an 8-way dpad, two thumbsticks, bumpers, triggers and so on. The Razer Kishi does have one more special function button than the Junglecat. Also, the Razer Kishi’s thumbsticks have a concave shape while the thumbsticks on the Junglecat have a convex shape, much like the ones on the Nintendo Joy-Cons.

To access all the available game profiles, customize your button layouts and adjust the thumbstick sensitivity, you should download the Razer Gamepad app. Aside from the mentioned features, the app is also needed when there is a firmware update for the controllers.

As for the feel of the buttons, the only issue is that the dpad can feel squishy. Other than that, all the face buttons, as well as the bumpers, are clicky and tactile. The triggers have decent travel and work well in shooters and racing games. Even though the Razer Junglecat is connected via Bluetooth, there is no significant input lag that you need to worry about.

Verdict

The Razer Junglecat is quite limited when it comes to compatibility and the Razer Kishi improves upon that, offering better compatibility with more phones.

We only recommend the Razer Junglecat if you have a Razer Phone 2, a Galaxy Note 9 or a Galaxy S10+. Otherwise, you’re better off getting the Razer Kishi. The Razer Kishi is an improvement over the Razer Junglecat when it comes to phone compatibility as it is not limited to specific phone models and will work with both Android and iOS phones. The controller has a sturdy build, is great for traveling and has responsive and tactile buttons that will surely improve your gaming experience.

FAQs

๐Ÿ“Œ Is the Razer Kishi worth it?

Yes, while it is a bit expensive, it does have a solid build quality, wide phone compatibility and the buttons feel great.

๐Ÿ“Œ Does the Razer Kishi work on PC?

No, it is designed to work with smartphones only.

๐Ÿ“Œ Does the Razer Junglecat work on iPhones?

No, it only has support for Android phones.

๐Ÿ“Œ Does the Razer Kishi work on iPhones?

Yes, there are three versions of the Razer Kishi—for Android, for iPhones and for Android with an Xbox controller layout.

Last update on 2022-08-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Carlo Salvador

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