Welcome to my review of the Gamesir T4 Mini controller. This controller is available now and is compatible with PC, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS (MFi and Apple Arcade games). It is a fully rechargeable controller that fits nicely in hands of all sizes.
Multi-Platform Fun With The T4 Mini!
Will the Gamesir T4 Mini controller be too small to keep up with the competition? Or will it outshine them in the final moments? Keep reading to find out. Check out my previous hardware review here where I reviewed the Edifier NeoBuds Pro earbuds.
As you can tell, the design is pretty run-of-the-mill. It comes across as a baby version of the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, which is not a bad thing at all. The controller is smaller in the hand than the main platform controllers, such as (again) the Switch Pro Controller or the Xbox Series X|S Controller. I do like the added knobbly bits on the edges of the thumbsticks, this adds quite a bit of grip which is very much welcomed.
The four main buttons kind of magnify which button they represent, you have to look at them at a certain angle to see the button label properly. This is kind of weird, but I quite like it. It helps this controller feel a bit different and stands out in the crowd.
The controller features all of what you would expect of a higher-end controller for the Nintendo Switch. It has a Six-Axis gyroscope for the Switch only, perfect for taking on those unforgiving shrines in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. All of the buttons are nice to press, there are no clicky microswitches here, they all feel of high quality and are near off silent, which is fantastic if you’re a late-night gamer or play games whilst in bed next to your wife who is snoring the night away. So I am told by a friend.
The bright LED lights on the controller aren’t really to my taste, but I can appreciate them and they do look quite nice shining through the semi-transparent shell of the controller. There are three different modes for the lights, static, rainbow glow, and breathing. Of course, you can disable them completely. I feel that children and the young at heart would love the lights on the controller.
The battery life is fantastic on the Gamesir T4 Mini, it will serve you well for anywhere up to 10 hours, depending on usage and if you have the lights enabled or disabled. The controller takes roughly 3 hours to charge, which isn’t too bad if you ask me.
It works absolutely perfectly with everything I connected the device to, particularly the Switch. It took a few attempts to connect it to my Android devices, but I think that could have been myself being a bit of a fool. Once connected up this worked perfectly on my Samsung Tab S7 whilst playing The Swords of Ditto and also Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming for a good few hours.
As the controller only weighs 156g, it’s great for long gaming sessions as it doesn’t give your hands or wrists any fatigue. The dimensions of the Gamesir T4 Mini are 14.3cm x 8.3cm, which is rather small for a controller, but when in the hands it doesn’t feel too small. I certainly welcome the size of the controller, it’s great to chuck in your laptop bag, rucksack, or handbag. Because it’s small, it fits nicely alongside your phone, tablet, or Nintendo Switch and your other tech in there.
The Gamesir T4 Mini is a fantastic bit of hardware that I highly recommend. It’s a bit fiddly connecting it up to Android devices, but that could just be me so I don’t want to knock the score down for this. Connecting it to the PC and Switch was a breeze. Using the provided USB C cable allows you to connect up to the Switch with no problems whatsoever, then a simple unplug of the cable and away you go.
I award the Gamesir T4 Mini the Thumb Culture Gold Award.
Disclaimer: A sample was received in order to write this review.