Moga Hero Power Controller Review
Another much-welcomed change to the controller is its built-in 1800 mAh battery, which not only powers the controller, but also supplies juice to our device by connecting the phones’ charging cable into its full-sized USB port. With last year’s model, it relied on pricey disposable batteries, so we’re ecstatic to see a rechargeable in this one.
With that internal battery in tow now, it’s a nice touch that we can charge our smartphone by leeching off of the controller’s internal one, but we wouldn’t necessarily rely on it as being a complete charging replacement to top off our phones. Rather, it’s meant more to maintain the battery level as we’re playing, seeing that most of these intensive 3D game are processor hungry.
First person shooters are better than ever thanks to its more pronounced analog sticks.
Considering that Moga has been developing gamepads for Android for some time now, there’s now a healthy selection of gaming titles that support the controller – so there are plenty to choose from. Out of all the categories, the Moga Hero Power shows its worth with first person shooters, since its dual analog sticks, combined with its shoulder buttons and triggers, help to replicate that experience we get from home console controllers.
Better yet, the dedicated gamepad means that there’s no clutter on-screen – giving us a full view of the action that’s going on. Again, the gamepad’s comfort will depend on your hands. People with average sized hands won’t have too many problems using it for long periods of time, but for those with larger ones, the controller’s layout might prove too cramped for them to enjoy. Still, the solid build quality of the Moga Hero Power just adds icing to the entire experience.
Flexibility is something that’s in full force with this one, mainly because we can use it with different emulators. Essentially, we can map the buttons on the controller to work in conjunction with the game. Not only do we have access to a handful of free games in the Google Play Store that support the controller, but now we can play old school titles as well thanks to its support with emulators.
Looking at the big picture, we’re beyond happy to see that the Moga Hero Power is armed with a myriad of upgrades to drastically separate itself from its less convincing predecessor. However, there’s an inherent result with all the improvements – an increase to its price. Last year’s Moga Pocket sported an easy to swallow price of $20, but this one gets a huge increase to $60. That’s really tough, but if you want a usable gamepad that’s compact and doesn’t compromise too much with the experience, this is absolutely an option you should bear in mind.
- Lots of improvements
- Now features its own internal battery
- Analog sticks are more pronounced
- Might be too cramped for larger hands
- Pricier at $60
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: 68; 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: 389; 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.