Moga Hero Power Controller Review
Way back in the fall of 2012, we were teased with the first whispers of Moga’s gaming controller for Android – the Moga Pocket. Right on schedule, it quietly released in 2013 to an awaiting audience hungry for a solution that would adhere to the stringent needs of most hardcore gamers. Now we’re seeing its successor in the Moga Hero Power, a revamped update that makes a considerable leap over its predecessor. With all of the dramatics in tow, will it be enough to fancy our inner most gaming desires?
The package contains:
- micro-B cable
- MOGA Boost charging cable
- Owner’s manual
It’s still compact, but the aggressive new approach gives it a more modern design.
From a far glance, we can see some of the old design aesthetics of the Moga Pocket in the Moga Hero Power, but the more we look at it intently, we realize that there’s more of an aggressive approach this time around.
First, it now sees a dedicated directional pad, which is raised, has a distinctive feel, and offers tight responses. Secondly, it wields two fully articulating analog sticks – whereas before, they were more like nubs. This time around, we’re happy to see that they’re snappier and can be pressed down to act as another button. And finally, on top of having the usual shoulder buttons, it features left/right analog triggers as well. Even though there isn’t much give to the triggers, we’re nevertheless thankful for their presence.
Gone is the rudimentary design of the Moga Pocket, replaced by a more authentic and modern gamepad design. Not only does it look better, but it feels better too – thanks to its sturdier build quality. Yes, it’s comprised entirely out of plastic, giving it a lightweight feel, but at the same time, it’s the solid kind that gives the entire gamepad some strength in the event it’s dropped. Although it’s not going to bother people with small to medium sized hands, the compact size of the Moga Hero Power might prove to be too cramped for those with above average ones.
Improvements have been made to the adjustable latch that grasps our smartphone in place as we hold the gamepad, since it’s now able to accommodate even some of the beefiest phablets around – like the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. There are two angles it can be positioned into, 90 and 135 degrees, but it’s only the latter that proves useful.
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1. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
I have the Moga Pro Power. Excellent controller, it's a shameless ripoff of the XBox 360 controller, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
I use a SlimPort adapter to connect my Nexus 5 to my 47" HDTV. Then I sit back with my Bluetooth Moga Pro Power and play Android games on the big screen. I'm currently playing GTA: San Andreas in HD.
Just one other thing in the long list of things you can't do with iOS.
2. imparanoic (Posts: 29; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)
any lag on slimport? I find mhl at worst up a second lag, at best, 1/4 second lag, still not good enough
4. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
With SlimPort, emulators in HID mode do lag by about half a second I'd say.
Games optimized by Moga though don't lag at all.
3. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 64; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)
I have a Vita and therefore I think everyone should buy a Vita!(just so they would make more games), but these controllers are cool. I like both handheld dedicated units like the Vita and 3ds and smartphone games with these cool wireless controllers. I just happen to have one kind and not the other. All signs seem to point to the dedicated game systems dying out and everything being replaced with one ultimate thing that does it all.