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SteelSeries - Nimbus Wireless Controller - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 983 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    My fav for Apple TV and iPad Pro gaming

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    PoppinFresh
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    I've recently gotten interested in playing a few games on my Apple TV and iPad Pro, but I'm coming from a PS4 and PC and I prefer a mouse/keyboard or at the very least a proper game pad. I had been aware of these MFi controllers since Apple announced the support for them. I purchased a Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i controllers and like the products from my Playstation 1 days, it was really Really REALLY bad. The thumbstick/analogs were super stiff, but one you engaged them deeper, they became super loose, no in between. It was annoying attempting to play FPS games with it. Also, it needed AAA batts. The Nimbus has a rechargeable battery. I had been aware of the Nimbus, and decided to try it after playing around with it in the store. This controller is perfect for gaming on iOS. Feels and responds like a proper gamepad and I just love it. The one thing I like a lot was that it charges through a lightning cable, which is super awesome to me. Although, some would rather prefer the non-proprietary route. However, this controller was made for iOS, so I wouldn't worry about NOT having a cable as you like should have one of these anyway. I deducted a star from an otherwise magnificent product for 2 very specific reasons. What if a person DOESN'T have a lightning cable? Why would the controller cost so much and not provide one to you? Thats the flaw here, theres no charging cable. What if you were using all of yours or lost one? You'd have to buy a $20 cable for charging. Second issue is that there are NO "R3" or "L3" functions. For those who don't know what this is, I'll explain. R3 and L3 are buttons on pretty much any controller with thumbtacks. Pressing the Right or Left thumbtack reveals an actual button beneath the sticks. These buttons are actually quite important for FPS games, but also play a role in pretty much any game I've ever played that required thumbtacks. This limits the controller. As you're now down 2 of your very precious command buttons. Too few buttons spells trouble, as likely the reason why you'd want a controller is because of the too few controls you get with onscreen setups. It is understandable that its for iOS and theoretically have no need... but I see this as a case that either devs do not code R3 and L3 into games because of the platform, or simply because NON of the MFi controllers actually have R3 and L3 built into them, so there would be no reason to do so. Considering the Nimbus is the #1 controller for iOS, I'd think further future proofing was in order. In that including the R3/L3 buttons, incase devs start to change this or Apple makes a change. Also, this would cause all other manufacturers to follow suit. Bottomline, we want a FULL functioning controller for an immersive experience. But, as controllers for iOS goes, this one you'll be hard pressed to beat. Hope my endless typing helped.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great controller for IOS devices

    Posted
    PollitoHD

    I got this controller to play most of my games on my IOS devices. It worked for some of them but not all of them. For example in real racing and minecraft it worked awesome but when it came to playing games like hill dash or bewjeled it did not work. Support for this controller is awful, I have yet to see a firmware update. After downloading the steal series engine app on my macbook it cannot the nimbus controller although its connected via bluetooth. MISC when pairing it with my steam link, the buttons are inverted the cross pad is not recognized making it if not unusable very difficult for PC games. The analog buttons do not count as a button when you are pressing them (i.e. R3, L3 on PS3, Xbox controllers) I feel that for $50 this controller should do a lot and I mean a lot more, I would say if you are looking for a bluetooth controller that works with only IOS devices to play some games get this, if you are looking for a controller that will work with your other bluetooth devices get something else.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must have for a gamer

    Posted
    Kamello
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    The SteelSeries Nimbus gaming controller is a game changer for my iPhone X. I was reluctant to order this as there’s no mention about it being compatible with the iPhone X it it’s description. I took the chance, and it works flawlessly. It also completely changes the gaming experience on the iPhone, puts it on a whole new level. I love racing games and the biggest hurdle in having a quality simulation racer on a smartphone has been the controls. Not anymore. I couldn’t recommend this controller/game-pad any higher. Grid Autosport is now truly a console racing game competitor on my iPhone (and highly recommended). This will be great for traveling, I can’t wait to try other games with it. Also, get the Dainslef Foldable Mobile Phone mount, it says its for the Xbox 1 controller but it works great on the SteelSeries Nimbus.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    Anieta
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    I really enjoy having this controller. My remote that came with my 4k apple tv stopped working after a couple of months and having this wireless controller was such a life saver. Although, I should probably take my apple remote to get looked at to see what's wrong. I also like the fact that the controller makes me feel like I'm playing a game all the time. It's weird because I'm not an avid gamer or anything, but now with this controller I don't feel so left out of the gaming world. Another great thing about this controller is that it comes with it's own charging cord that can also be used to charge any apple devices. The battery on this thing is really awesome too. When it's fully charged my controller lasts for a couple of weeks, but mind you I only spend a couple of hours a day on it and turn off my controller when I'm not using it while watching a movie or show.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best controller for iOS devices.

    Posted
    OperationHi5
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    Apple created the Mfi standard to ensure users would have consistent experiences and so developers could have a standard control system to use for games with controller support. All Mfi controllers are required to have the same number of buttons, and they generally all have the same layout. This one has a layout similar to an Xbox controller, so it doesn't require much getting used to. It's comfortable, not too heavy, and has a built in rechargeable battery that charges using a lightning connector. Battery is long lasting, and the controller is very easy to pair with any apple device. My only complaint is more for the Mfi standard than the actual controller. I don't like that, much like every Apple device, the controllers don't have a "back " button, and the analog sticks don't click to provide additional input buttons. It's a fantastic controller for gaming on Apple devices. I would highly recommend it. But if you plan on using the controller for using something like moonlight to stream games from a pc to your device like I did, not having a dedicated back button will prove frustrating.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Controller

    Posted
    KingB13
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    I really enjoy having this controller. My remote that came with my 4k apple tv stopped working after a couple of months and having this wireless controller was such a life saver. Although, I should probably take my apple remote to get looked at to see what's wrong. I also like the fact that the controller makes me feel like I'm playing a game all the time. It's weird because I'm not an avid gamer or anything, but now with this controller I don't feel so left out of the gaming world. Another great thing about this controller is that it comes with it's own charging cord that can also be used to charge any apple devices. The battery on this thing is really awesome too. When it's fully charged my controller lasts for a couple of weeks, but mind you I only spend a couple of hours a day on it and turn off my controller when I'm not using it while watching a movie or show.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best controller for iOS (iPhone/ iPad / Apple TV 4

    Posted
    Ihatefall
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    I have tried a few MFI controllers. I had the moga rebel ($80) controller as well. This is HANDS DOWN my favorite. The button layout, weight, and responsiveness are the best. (The moga would disconnect often but the nimbus never does.) The response is great. The only thing I liked more about the moga rebel was that the r2/L2 had more resistance, which I like for racing games. (I mostly use this with Real Racing 3). I use this on the go with my iPhone 6 Plus and iPad mini 4. I bought a "Nyko Xbox one smart clip" it attaches to the nimbus and can hold the iPad mini 4 in the apple silicone case! That is insane! I love this controller. (I haven't had the battery die yet!) Buy this controller and a Nyko smart clip, you'll thank me (in between games of course!)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works fine on Apple products

    Posted
    KrzyBMET
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    Got this for my nephew so he could play Fortnite and other games on his phone and tablet easier. He also wanted something like this so it made my job of getting something easier as well. The reviews are accurate and the description is spot on. This controller is only good on Apple products. Do not try to use it on Android and I will assume that it won't work on a Windows device either. All in all, my nephew said it worked find. Some lag happened but is not consistent and didn't effect his gameplay. Because it is not perfect (and I don't think any bluetooth device is) is why it got 4 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worked with the iPad, not with the Mac

    Posted
    Archael
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    I probably should give this three stars because it didn't function correctly with my Macbook (on one game the right joystick didn't work and on another the left joystick was inverted both up/down and left/right and couldn't be corrected), but I bought it to use with my iPad while I travel and for that it was flawless. It has a sturdy build like an Xbox controller (only the joysticks are located together rather than one up and one down), and is comfortable in my hands. It charges with a lightning cable and holds a charge for a long time. (I played for hours on a train from NYC to Niagara Falls.) The bluetooth set up was easy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Controller!

    Posted
    Mark
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    I was new to the AppleTV world, and wanted a controller for my kids to play some of the cool games available for AppleTV. I purchased this Nimbus controller as a guess, and couldn’t be more pleased. It is just as durable and functional as any PC or video game console controller, and l love that it easily rechargeable with an Apple lightning cable and that I can also control iTunes movie and TV show menus with it. Great controller than can handle regular use with two young kids.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Kind Of A Basic Controller

    Posted
    mikepas
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    I've had my Nimus controller for a little over six months and purchased it primarily to use with my 4th gen AppleTV. On first glance the build quality looks great but after the first two months of daily use buttons started sticking (which can be bad in the middle of a virtual car race). Also, it charges by Apple Lightening cable so you'll need one of those as one does not come in the box. Connecting it the AppleTV was pretty straight forward and simple and the rechargeable battery will last me about a week and a half of daily use of three hours or more per day. Overall it's an OK device except for the button sticking issue.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Controller When Gaming On iOS/Apple TV

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    CHJC
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    I mainly purchased the controller so I wouldn't have to use the Apple TV remote as a controller when playing games. It paired easily with my Apple TV 4th generation, iPad 5th generation, and my iPhone. It paired with my MacBook Air as well but, I haven't tried to play a game with it so, I can't say much there. When using it with the first three it performs perfectly. I just wish there were more games that I could make use of it with on those devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great controller, like the console big boys

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    Epsonink
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    This controller is great! Form factor, grip, button and stick placements have similarities to both the Xbox One and PS4 controller versions, as you can probably see. I use it for an iPad Pro and the Apple TV (4th gen). Easy bluetooth setup. D-pad is slightly different from mainstream controllers but I don't have any problems with the diagonal directions compared to reviews I've read. Triggers have decent analog feel and the shoulder/bumper buttons are comfortable. There's an iPad app from Nimbus that allows game purchases that fully support the controller as well as an updater for the firmware (when available).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Looks good but...

    Posted
    Perruky
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    I was very excited when I saw this controller to use it with iOS games but that all my hopes disappeared as soon as I tryed it to play Rules of survival. The thing even has its own app in wich they update the games you could play with it(or at least that’s what the devs should be doing) but the games you can play are actually garbage,long story short don’t spend your money on this product unless you own an iPhone 6 because otherwise you will just be wasting your money.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Useful but a little bit overpriced

    Posted
    MGarcy
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    We bought this game controller because the salesperson gives us the option to have it for $10 with an Apple TV purchase. We chose to buy it, but at the end of the transaction, the cashier explained to us that after the discounts the price of the controller was $19.99. She tried to get us the deal that we were told about, with no success. After all, we decided to buy it. Days later, I saw the same product online at a lower price. So far, it's working well with the Apple TV. It takes some time to charge completely, though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality controller

    Posted
    bbrm
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    I bought this to play console style games on the iPad. The controller is a quality controller, similar to the standard PS4 controller. Works very well with iPad games. Connects quickly with no observable lag and stable connection. Only issue I've found is that it doesn't work as well when a bluetooth keyboard is simultaneously connected. Not a problem for me because I rarely use the two together. I don't have any issue with either accessory when connected individually, so I'm not sure if it's the keyboard, the controller, or a combination that causes the issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great controller for iOS devices

    Posted
    Duffster
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    If you're a guy like me who doesn't like the on screen controls for games like GTA and Bully on the iPad. This is a great solution for that. Feels just like an Xbox 1 controller and plays majority of the games on the App Store. Especially all of the Rockstar games. Easy to setup too. Just connect to the controller via Bluetooth and you're good to go. Games tested that work: All of the Grand Theft Autos Max Payne Modern Combat 5 Bully Crimsonland Into the Dead Dead Trigger 2 Asphalt 8

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great controller for Games on Apple TV

    Posted
    Matteo
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    I bought this controller to play games on Apple TV. There are some games that can be played without it, but are much more fun with it (e.g., Asphalt 8), whereas other games require the controller for full functionality (e.g., Sonic the Hedgehog). This is a great controller. It was easy to pair with Apple TV and can even be used instead of the remote to some degree. Keep in mind that not every app that can be downloaded onto iPhone and iPads can be used with the controller (e.g., Street Fighter IV).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun addition to Apple TV

    Posted
    dunkmasterflex
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    This remote basically makes the Apple TV a video game device as well. It's stellar if you have young kids too. There are lot's of free games, and most other games are not super expensive; cheaper than PS4 or XBOX games. Although apple tv games are probably not as in depth as the games on PS4 or XBOX. The controller can also be used as another Apple TV remote, so if you happen to have temporarily misplaced the stock remote you can simply use this controller in its place.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Game Controller

    Posted
    Mark
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    I bought this controller to accompany our new Apple TV 64GB 4K device, but it also works flawlessly with our older version 32GB Apple TV device as well. It pairs easily with the Apple TV, and works as an outstanding game controller, and also serves as a wonderful remote control for other apps and viewing. I love that it is rechargeable and uses the Apple lighting cable to charge. It is durable, and has survived being used quite a bit by adults and two small children.

    I would recommend this to a friend