Following the arrival of the cloud gaming on mobileand, and support for portable devices of several particularly demanding titles, which differ from classic casual games, the market has begun to offer different controllers for phones in order to improve the user experience. We are talking about products that in a few seconds are able to put their grip on users’ devices, and with connections bluetooth, wireless or via cable allow them not to have to use the classic wireless commands to play, as fans are faced with a real complete game setup, with the phone screen in the center and the ends that can be used to execute the various commands. While some products have offered this possibility for very high costs, some companies have focused on accessibility, as was the case for example with Shaks S5b that we got to try, and we want to talk to you about in this one review.
The gamepad in question is in excellent shape right away, and even if some high-end products have a way of providing feedback at the best impact, we are talking about a device that on the official page it can currently be purchased for around 50 €, and that still manages to deliver extreme quality as well almost any function needed. As for the design, we find a very elegant combination of gray and black colors, adaptable to most phones, with the keys that are obviously colored, and have the design of Xbox (in particular of Xbox Series X / S). Comfort is guaranteed even for many hours, and luckily the weight is not excessive and does not make itself felt when the hours of play accumulate.
We find a setup as mentioned similar to what is offered by the next-gen of Microsoft, albeit with many extra buttons useful for further functionality. The medium-small toggles also fit users with smaller hands, while the extended D-pad on the left is a real lifesaver for this design, and it’s more comfortable than ever. On the right side we find the four buttons used by the Xbox division, and it is easy to notice right from the start the choice of one asymmetrical design for the levers, certainly not appreciated by everyone, but in general by most (if not most) of the players.
As for compatibility, it is Shaks S5b we talk about in this review manages to fulfill its task in an excellent way. The device can be used on almost any device Android And iOS, as well as Windows, and you can use the gamepad for all kinds of gaming needs. Whether it’s improving your experience for mobile titles, which will make gamers happy with the rich offerings of digital stores, just go ahead and connect and you won’t be disappointed. Even with regard to cloud gaming, however, or the possibility of running the classic titles on consoles and PCs thanks to the internet connection, the Shaks S5b offers support to the main services, whether it is Xbox Game Pass (xCloud), Google Stadia, Steam, GeForce NOW, Amazon Moon and so on and so forth.
Budget price not at the expense of quality
As mentioned, despite it Shaks S5b the subject of this review is particularly economical, the quality is almost not affected in any way, since all the controls are reactive, compatibility leaves you speechless, and the connection is easier than ever, as well as stable. The company provides many ways to solve any problems, including sudden disconnections and unpairing, basically quite normal for bluetooth connections between very versatile devices, and with a few seconds of reset you can quickly get back into the action.
The icing on the cake is not given only by the thousand potential of the device, however, since the company has created an app in its own right in order to improve the possibilities of the users while juggling in-game with the Shaks S5b. Whether it is remapping the keys, changing the sensitivity of the gamepad, or trying to adapt this to your needs, it is really difficult to be disappointed by the software, which must always be used via bluetooth and not cable, and it is also very easy to set up at best.