Nacon MG-X Pro Review: One of the best controllers for mobile, delivering a home console experience on the go – James Ide

The Nacon MG-X Pro is designed for gamers who don’t want to compromise their portable experience when gaming on their mobile devices

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Mobile gaming is a paradox. On the one hand, the screen and processors of mobile devices have become incredible – rivaling the home consoles of the past.

However, while the power of these devices is no longer the issue, their biggest limitation is their compact size. Basically, on-screen touch controls suck.

They’re cramped, they blow up your already limited screen size as well as your awkward hands and lifetime gamers will react much slower than on a controller because you have years of muscle memory when using a controller.

French gaming accessory manufacturer Nacon has done the impossible and made me enjoy streaming games on my mobile, with the release of their new controller the MG-X Pro.







You can attach your Android smartphone to the adjustable stand
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Although you can use several other controllers with your device, including the Xbox One, the MG-X Pro with its split case design, makes your device more in line with portable devices like the Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck.

I’ve tried mobile gaming in the past using my 8bitdo controllers, which felt a bit awkward. I even had an ugly Moga Pro controller many years ago which was a basic version of a controller with a built in moving clip.

These experiences left me with low expectations for the MG-X Pro. However, I’m happy to say that it blew my mind, making mobile gaming that much more appealing.

The MG-X Pro is an official Xbox accessory and made like an Xbox controller with the same button layout and look, as well as asymmetrical joystick positions and the inclusion of the Xbox Nexus button, which makes it a familiar experience for existing Xbox gamers. .

With a height of 11.7cm, a width of 25.7cm and a depth of 7cm, the ergonomic design of the MG-X Pro is very close to a standard Xbox controller.

It fits perfectly in the hand and is comfortable to hold thanks to the textured rear handle.







Design buttons are perfect for Xbox games on steam
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Weighing in at around 350g despite its bulky build, it’s light and easy to carry, however, as it’s the Pro model, I wish it came with a carrying case, as it’s supposed to please to players on the move.

The MG-X feels solid, well built and balanced in the hand. The A, B, X and Y buttons are slightly enlarged, making them easier to see and press, which is a Nacon staple as well as clicky but quick.

The concave thumbsticks were comfortable for long sessions and helped me aim a bit more precisely.

Its analog triggers were excellent with a bit of travel but not too much distance and were very responsive.

The slightly curved surface of the D-pad was ideal for combat and classic 2D games, it was not at all soft or soft but not completely rigid either, balancing precision and comfort.

Although it seems strange at first, the telescoping case in the center is stable and comfortable once you place a mobile phone on it. I’ve tried several different devices and the MG-X Pro has held them all securely.

The devices aren’t just snug in place, there’s also a textured rubberized grip in place as well as some of the controller hooks around the device just enough to add more stability.







The MG-X PRO is perfect for cloud gaming
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Just be careful when placing or removing a mobile as the expanding plastic can bounce back and catch your hand.

The device is held in place, there is even room to accommodate some phones with fairly large cameras.

I tested several different phones with this device, but I played most of my games on my Honor 50 with a 6.78-inch screen or on my Samsung S20 with a 6.2-inch screen.

Obviously it supports Xbox Cloud Gaming, allowing Game Pass members to stream games directly to the device, I’m glad to say playing Halo and many other Game Pass compatible games was a pleasure.

But that’s not all, I also used it with Google Stadia which was amazing with the MG-X PRO
especially since I’ve never enjoyed using game streaming services on my phone before, it was crazy to play Cyberpunk2077 with a console-grade controller, which meant I got an almost console-like experience perfect on the go.

I even tried some Nvidia GeForce Now for some Metro and Death Stranding and never experienced any lag or latency issues.

Native Android games were great as they ran straight from the phone, I was playing GTA Vice City and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. Unfortunately, Genshin Impact and Call of Duty Mobile are currently not supported.







Although it might seem a bit strange on its own, once a phone is placed in the MG-X Pro, it looks great.
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However, playing emulated games made up for that. All of this has made the controller a very versatile tool in my gaming arsenal.

The controller is simple to connect to your device wirelessly, using Bluetooth 4.2 for a low power but stable connection. When paired for the first time it was easy to just turn on and select on my mobile.

Unlike many other similar devices that use a USB connection or the latest Bluetooth 5.0 for lower latency, the low energy Bluetooth 4.2 works surprisingly well and never disconnected in my testing or failed. caused no lag or latency issues.

Your device will require Android 6.0 or later and is not compatible with iPhones at all.

Unlike an Xbox controller, Nacon made the smart decision to have the MG-X Pro use a rechargeable lithium-ion battery instead of AA, this battery lasts around 20 hours and recharges in just under 2 hours via a standard USB-C and it comes with a cable.

I was surprised to find that the MGX-Pro doesn’t exhibit any sort of vibration or force feedback. I also noticed that there is also no companion app to tweak and customize your controller like on Nacon’s Revolution X controller.

Verdict

The Nacon MG-X Pro is well balanced with its traditional Xbox design, this controller does an outstanding job of feeling like a standard Xbox controller.

The buttons are precise and responsive, and I felt little to no input lag across multiple games and different streaming services.

It’s incredibly versatile to work with game streaming services like Xbox, Stadia, and GeForce Now as well as native Android games and plenty of emulators right out of the box, giving you a huge library of games you can play in a console-like experience.

I wish it had more to differentiate itself from the standard Nacon MG-X with this being a Pro edition, like a case, app or vibration.

That said, the Nacon MG-X Pro did such a good job that it made me seriously reconsider mobile gaming and given how stubborn I am, I can’t think of higher praise.

Holds your device securely and has great battery life, and is strong yet still lightweight, making it a great choice for gamers on the go who don’t want to compromise their favorite games.

The Nacon MG-X Pro is available now from Argos for £79.99