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Best Razer controllers 2022: a rundown of the best Razer pads

Razer controller guide: a rundown of the best Razer gamepads
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A Razer controller will get you one of the best pads in the business, no matter if you play on PlayStation, Xbox, or PC: Razer controllers will give even official manufacturers' own models a testing run for their money.

These controllers definitely justify their price by offering so much more than their competitors. To get specific, the best Razer controllers provide customization, programmability, and exceptional design and build quality. But because there are more than a few models available, finding the best Razer PlayStation controller isn't always that easy. Luckily for us, they're all quality so you can't go far wrong, particular in a search for the best PC controller as they are all naturally at home there.

As a general tip before we get going, if you're a player of competitive games where every edge is key, the 'Tournament Edition' Razer controllers are probably more for you. If you're like me and mostly play single-player games or non-competitive online matches with friends, however, the 'Ultimate' variants are more likely your bag. Both are chock-full of features and options, though, and each is worth a serious look. 

We've organized the list below to make it easier to find a suitable controller based on your platform and required compatibility as Razer offer a range of options. 

The best Razer controllers

The best Razer controller for eSports

Specifications

Wireless: Yes, can be used Wired.
Powered By: Rechargeable Battery
Battery Life: 19 Hours

Reasons to buy

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Ergonomic design and premium feel
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Great features
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Tactile button feedback
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Easy accompanying app

Reasons to avoid

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Asymmetrical so may not suit all users 

The Razer Raiju Tournament Edition is an excellent pick for those browsing Razer controllers. Though it's geared more towards sports and competitive play, it is still a wonderful controller for those looking for something premium and quality, and different to the DualShock 4.

It has a wonderful weight and build-quality you can really feel. However, underneath the premium exterior is a whole host of programmable options thanks to the corresponding Razer app. Just sync the app to the controller via Bluetooth and away you go, allowing you to tweak the function of each button however you see fit and even set the level of rumble on either side of the gamepad. In terms of sheer versatility, the Razer Raiju Tournament Edition certainly earns its keep.

This Raiju model succeeds in the realms of design, too: it's of the asymmetric school of thought more often seen on Xbox controllers. What's more, the design also represents the best of both worlds, as evidenced by the split D-pad and emphasis on the central touchpad. It's one of the top Razer controllers going, period - particularly thanks to the rear buttons that allow you to react faster without having to take your thumbs off the thumbsticks.

Read more: Razer Raiju Tournament Edition review (opens in new tab)

The best premium Razer controller

Specifications

Wireless: Yes, but can be used wired.
Powered By: Rechargeable battery
Battery Life: 11 hours

Reasons to buy

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Premium design and build
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Very customizable
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Features and programmable buttons coming out the wazoo
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RGB lighting

Reasons to avoid

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Asymmetrical so may not suit all users.

The Razer Raiju Ultimate is perfect for those PS4 players looking to get increased versatility and functionality from their Razer controller. The customization, multi-functional buttons, and interchangeable D-pad and thumbsticks are all great factors that are useful to the dedicated eSports player craving an edge. They also make for an interesting addition to those who prefer 'story games' but are looking for shortcuts, or their own way to play.

The press of every button is satisfyingly tactile, and even the touchpad feels good to tap, with it never being in doubt whether presses registered either in wired or wireless modes. Not having to press L2 and R2 as far down when trigger lock is activated helps as well; it's a small feature almost every PS4 player will enjoy and be satisfied by. The extra 'M' buttons on the back of the controller will take some getting used to, but once you've mastered them, the Raiju Ultimate will be your go-to pad. They really help to reduce finger travel-time.

While it does have a large entry price, if you ever have the chance to grab a discount on this premium Razer controller for PS4, you'd be mad not to jump on that opportunity.

Read more: Razer Raiju Ultimate review (opens in new tab)

Razer Xbox controllers

Razer Wolverine V2

A Series X controller with more customization options

Specifications

Wireless: No
Powered By: USB
Battery Life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Tactile buttons
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Trigger-stop switches
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Extra remappable shoulder buttons

Reasons to avoid

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Strange View/Menu button placement
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Trigger and bumper buttons grind when pressed together 

The latest in the Razer controller lineup, this is the successor to the entry-level Wolverine controller. It's been given a modern and considerable makeover to coincide with the release of the Xbox Series X and this Razer controller might just be for you if you're after some extra customization: there are extra remappable buttons up top; and you can switch to hair triggers to reduce the actuation depth for a quicker response.

It has a high-ish price tag but largely warrants it, as, for you're money, you're getting exceptional grip on the front side as well as rear; improved tactile buttons; a very comfortable-but-chunky design; and the speeds of a wired connection. There's no wireless option yet, sadly, but this will at least mean zero lag on inputs and you don't have to worry about batteries either. The cable is nearly 10ft/3m long so should be fine for most players.

Razer Wolverine Ultimate

The best Xbox Razer controller

Specifications

Wireless: No
Powered By: USB
Battery Life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Reliable
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Quality Razer build
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Interchangeable thumbsticks and d-pads
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Onboard media controllers

Reasons to avoid

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Higher price tag to match the 'ultimate features'

The top Razer Xbox controller is the Wolverine Ultimate, without question. It's one of the highest-quality Razer controllers out of this entire guide, too. 

Featuring the classic Razer Chroma RGB lighting that changes while you play, it matches those visuals with interchangeable thumbsticks and d-pads, four extra back buttons, and two extra shoulder buttons. Everything is within reach of your fingers no matter the controls you need or the game you're playing, increasing response-time dramatically.

The Wolverine Ultimate does have the 'Ultimate' price tag, but its features, quality design, and build largely justify it. It gives you the undeniable precision, quality, and pizazz a Razer controller should. In fact, it's the go-to controller of a few Xbox players we know - and for good reason.

Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition

The best Xbox Razer controller for eSports

Specifications

Wireless: No
Powered by: USB
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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4 remappable buttons
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Short hair trigger locks
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Non-slip rubber grip
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Elegant Chroma lighting

Reasons to avoid

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Hefty price tag to go with all of the features

The Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition manages to balance advanced customizability and pared-back style, offering Xbox One players flexibility without being garish or ugly. The primary way the Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition achieves this is via four remappable buttons, two of which are back paddles that are easily accessed during the heat of play. This helps reduce finger travel-time, meaning you don't ever need to take your thumbs off the thumbsticks. That's crucial in competitive games, and it provides a few extra milliseconds that can save your (digital) life.

Other advancements this Razer controller features are hair-trigger locks, which reduce the actuation needed in the buttons and thus making the act of firing faster possible in first-person shooters. Also aiding competitive players is the controller’s ergonomic non-slip rubber grip, ensuring they always have a handle on their in-game actions.

If you're an Xbox player who loves the competitive scene, this controller is well worth considering.

Razer mobile controllers

The best Razer mobile controller

Specifications

Wireless: No
Powered by: Phone Battery
Battery Life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Excellent thumbsticks
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Fits lots of smartphones
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Clever, space-saving design
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No latency

Reasons to avoid

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Locked to platform 

With mobile games becoming steadily more complex, the drawbacks of touch screen controls have never been more apparent. Trying to play a shooter like Fortnite or Call of Duty just doesn't work as well on phones, for example. That's where the Razer Kishi comes into its own. Acting as a case for your device, it connects via the USB-C port and adds standardized controls on either side - it's like a stretched out Xbox One controller. 

This is a revelation in use. Because it adds clickable thumbsticks, face buttons, and shoulder triggers, it's just like using a 'normal' controller for your phone games. That'll be especially useful with Project xCloud, the Xbox streaming service; the Kishi is compatible with it, meaning you can be playing everything from Gears of War to Halo on your phone without having to suffer through touch screen-related woes. 

The only downside of this product is that if you purchase it to work with an iPhone you will not be able to switch over to Android due to how the connection is made and vice versa, so be sure to choose the correct model. 

Read more: Razer Kishi review (opens in new tab)

Do Razer make PS4 controllers?

There are two options for Razer controllers which are compatible with PS4. These are the Razer Raiju Tournament or the Razer Raiju Ultimate. Both are great premium controllers, with the Ultimate being the more functional option of the two. If you are a hardcore gamer who needs many different features when gaming on your PS4 then these Razer controller options may be a good fit for you. 

Does Razer make good controllers?

Razer make some of the best hardware for multiple different platforms. They produce many different ranges, from keyboards and mice to full on laptops. The controller range available from Razer are great as they make different controllers to suit a wide range of gamers. No matter what platform you play on you will find a controller that works for you. 

Do Razer controllers work with PS5?

Razer controllers are not fully compatible with the PS5 at the moment. They function with PS4 games which are played on the next gen console but do not fully function with PS5 games so please take note of this if you have a next gen console. 


Given the reputation, it's no real surprise that the company has taken what it knows so well in the form of their Razer headsets, Razer laptops, or Razer streaming gear and applied it to their many Razer controllers. 

Currently a Hardware Editor at GamesRadar+ after graduating from University with a degree in Politics and International Relations in 2022. During my time at University I managed to obtain a platform on social media - specifically TikTok - where I reviewed tech and gaming hardware and produced creative and innovative gaming content. My platform allowed me to be an advocate for females in gaming and within the tech industry as a whole. I'm primarily a PC gamer and have been for over 8 years now and with no specific genre I enjoy, I have been able to play and love many titles from the past decade. I would label myself as a Nintendo Fanatic and also am extremely interested in VR and hoping to follow it closely in upcoming years. 

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