Welcome to my review of the Gamesir F8 Pro Snowgon mobile cooling grip. Ok so that’s a mouthful, but it’s worth it. Gamesir has brought us many different types of mobile gaming hardware and I am reviewing one of their latest entries into the mobile gaming market. This time around we have a cooling grip which certainly does cool your mobile phone.
Gamesir F8 Pro Snowgon – Cool And Comfortable
In the box, we have of course the Gamesir F8 Pro Snowgon itself, a touch screen thumb grip attachment, a USB C cable, a user manual, a warranty card, and some Gamesir stickers.
But how cool can it go? I found out during my time with the hardware. Continue reading to find out more! If you like this review, check out my previous hardware review here where I checked out the Gamesir X2 Bluetooth Controller for mobile phones.
The design of the device is perfect. The inbuilt fan has multi-coloured lighting is pretty “cool”. Sorry. The device is very comfortable in the hand. The grip also has an in-built stand, so when not gaming you could use it as a media stand for watching your favourite YouTube channel. You know, such as Thumb Culture’s channel.
There is a thumbstick attachment that you can easily attach and detach to the Snowgon, which makes it more comfortable when playing games that require a lot of movement, such as a first-person shooter.
It does exactly what it says on the box. It cools your mobile device, a lot. But that’s not just it, even if you don’t want to use it for cooling at any given time, it’s still a very useful device. Especially when paired with the Gamesir F2 Firesticks or Gamesir F5 Falcon Mini. I was kindly given these two aforementioned Gamesir devices alongside the cooling grip and I will add, they are fantastic add-0ns which I highly recommend. With the Gamesir F8 Pro Snowgon and F2 Firesticks I had no problem with mobile gaming at all. PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile were actually even more of a joy to play.
The actual cooling side of things here is amazing. Not only does it have a fan surrounded by a heatsink, but the device also has a “Semiconductor Refrigeration Chip”. It dropped my phone temperature by an average of 6°C, which when you consider my phone was sitting around 35°C anyway, that’s quite a drop. The fan also cooled my hands a little due to the breeze coming away from it, which was nice.
But. There is an almighty but. You need the device plugged into a plug that is connected to an electric socket on the wall. I could not get this device to work from my phone using a USB OTG adapter, a USB C to USB C cable, or even from a USB port on my PC. This is more than likely due to the power of the refrigeration chip, the fan, and the lights all drawing from a USB cable. To be fair Gamesir does state on their website that you need a power input of 5V/2A. It worked from my power bank just fine. Other than that, this is a bit of a fail in my opinion. It would have been perfect if it could power from a USB C port on your phone.
Imagine you’re on a long train or coach journey with no access to a plug and you either do not own a power bank or have left it at home. This device will literally be useless for the cooling side of things. Of course, it would still work great as a handheld grip with the attachable thumbstick. But it just wouldn’t work as you wanted this device for. Which of course is to cool your mobile phone.
It is completely understandable that the device needs quite a bit of power due to all that is going on inside when powered on, it just takes away the “mobile” side of things if you don’t have a power bank.
One crazy thing I noticed about the Snowgon, was that when I had the device plugged in and no phone attached, just to test it, I noticed that when I touched it, the heat from my fingers caused condensation on the cooling pad of the Gamesir F8 Pro Snowgon. I was amazed by this, but I don’t know why. For the record, this did not happen when I used the device with my phone. This only happened when my fingers touched the device when the fan was running.
My phone isn’t the smallest of devices, I use a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. This device fits into the Gamesir F8 Pro Snowgon very comfortably, with and without the phone case I have on the device. Of course, for cooling you want the protective case off, otherwise, it’s pointless. I also tried my wife’s Poco X3 and my son’s Samsung S20 FE. All fit nicely with and without the protective cases. Gamesir states that your device can be between 3.93 inches and 6.81 inches long. This means the Snowgon supports many different mobile phones. Of course, tablets won’t fit in here. Unless they’re tiny, then that’s a phone. Would be great to see something like this that a 10 or 11-inch tablet could fit into, whilst cooling your tablet too.
Whilst the Gamesir F8 Pro Snowgon does do what it says on the box, it’s not quite a portable device unless you have a power bank and a long-ish USB cable, as mentioned above. The device is fantastic at cooling your phone when powered on. Should it have been able to power from your USB C port on your phone, it would have been perfect. Therefore, The Gamesir F8 Pro Snowgon receives the Thumb Culture Gold Award.
Disclaimer: A sample was received in order to write this review.