Reviewed and Written by Ruska (RushkaGG)
When it comes to PC gaming, a good mouse undoubtedly provides unbeatable accuracy. However, sitting on a couch and playing with a mouse may not offer the same level of comfort. That’s where controllers come in, offering unparalleled convenience and a long-standing tradition in the gaming world. Modern controllers have evolved significantly, providing enhanced comfort and eliminating the need to sit on the floor due to short cables (like we had to in the 90s). With a plethora of options available, choosing the right controller can be daunting, especially for newcomers.
In this article, I’ll share my experience with two Redragon controllers: the SATURN Wired and the HARROW Wireless. By the end, you’ll have all the information you need to make an informed decision about whether to go for a wired or wireless controller.
Installation and Drivers
Both the SATURN Wired and the HARROW Wireless controllers use the X/D-input API, making them compatible with all modern PC games. These controllers work seamlessly with Windows 8 and newer versions as they come equipped with the necessary drivers. However, if you’re using an older version of Windows, such as 7 or Vista, you’ll need to install the drivers yourself. Fortunately, most PCs today run on Windows 8 or higher, eliminating this concern. Additionally, if you’re using MacOS or Linux, you’ll need to install the X-Input driver for optimal performance.
Look and Feel: Redragon’s Signature Style
- Weight: 312 g
- Dimensions: 19 × 312 × 19 cm
- Warranty: 18 Months
- Interface: USB 2.0 (1.5M Cable)
- Weight: 306 g
- Dimensions: 19 × 306 × 19 cm
- Warranty: 18 Months
- Interface: USB 2.0 (Wireless Dongle, 7M range)
Both controllers feature an elegant matte black finish. The SATURN Wired has a slightly rough texture that ensures a better grip during intense gaming sessions. On the other hand, the HARROW Wireless boasts a soft-touch rubberized coating, adding a premium quality touch to its design.
The controllers follow the standard 12-button layout, including four face buttons, two bumpers, two triggers, a D-pad, and two analog sticks. While their overall shape resembles the Xbox One controllers, the stick layout is more aligned with the PlayStation standard. Personally, I prefer this layout, but it’s worth noting that some users may prefer having the left analog stick and D-pad swapped.
Both controllers are impressively lightweight, allowing for extended gameplay without straining your fingers or wrists. Surprisingly, the HARROW Wireless, despite having a built-in battery, is actually lighter than the SATURN Wired.
TURBO Mode: The Game-Changing Feature
One intriguing feature exclusive to the SATURN Wired controller is the TURBO button. This feature, which was popular on older controllers, allows for a single button press to execute a series of actions repeatedly. Imagine equipping a powerful but single-fire-only weapon in games such as Battlefield 2042 or Call of Duty. With TURBO activated, the weapon fires multiple times with a
TURBO Mode in Action: Enhanced Performance and Efficiency
As previously stated, the TURBO button on the SATURN Wired controller offers a significant advantage in shooter games. In titles such as Battlefield 2042 and Call of Duty Warzone, I witnessed exceptional outcomes. Enabling TURBO on the firing trigger allowed the weapon to shoot continuously with a single press, essentially converting it into an automatic rifle. This not only provided an advantage in gameplay, but also reduced strain by eliminating the need to repeatedly pull the trigger. Additionally, the TURBO feature can be assigned to any button, providing convenience for actions that require frequent repetition.
Battery Life and Charging: Uninterrupted Gaming Sessions
The HARROW Wireless controller takes approximately two hours to fully charge its built-in battery, offering up to 12 hours of gameplay on a single charge. Charging is a breeze with a standard USB Type B Micro cable.
I tested both controllers on various devices, including desktop PCs, gaming laptops, PS4, Nintendo Switch and even mobile devices with some additional setup.
Both controllers connected easily to desktop PCs and gaming laptops without any issues. They can be simply plugged in and are ready to use with no setup or driver installation required (although they do come with a driver CD if needed).
Using a USB-C to USB-A adapter, I successfully connected both controllers to an Android device. The process was simple; I just plugged them in, and they worked flawlessly. Playing games on a mobile device became incredibly comfortable, eliminating the discomfort of touch controls. I found myself immersed in gaming sessions for longer periods, thanks to the newfound comfort these controllers provided.
However, neither controller worked on the PS4 or Nintendo Switch. Sony is known for making it difficult for third-party peripherals to function on their devices, ultimately pushing users to purchase expensive Sony-branded accessories. It is worth mentioning that the G809 JUPITER gamepad is compatible with both PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Let’s hope we receive it on South African soil soon 🙂
Comfort, Convenience, and Affordability
After extensively testing both the SATURN Wired and the HARROW Wireless controllers, I found them to be exceptional right out of the box. They require no setup, offer decent performance, and present no issues whatsoever. The SATURN Wired‘s TURBO button was an exciting surprise, and I anticipate abusing this feature horribly in certain games.
The HARROW Wireless stands out as one of the most affordable wireless controllers on the market, delivering good value for your money. It ensures a stable connection, extended battery life, fast charging, and, most importantly, the ability to comfortably play games from the comfort of your bed. Ultimately, these controllers embody everything I expect from top-notch gaming controllers.
Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or a newcomer to the gaming scene, Redragon’s controllers will revolutionize your gaming experience.