SteelSeries - Nimbus Wireless Controller - Black

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Take on foes with this SteelSeries Nimbus 69070 controller, which features Bluetooth technology to connect to select Apple® devices from up to 33' away. Pressure-sensitive buttons offer precise movement and navigation. Up to 2 Nimbus controllers as well as the Siri controller can be used at the same time. While in multi-player mode, the LEDs on Nimbus controller will light up indicating which player number you are on the screen.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Nimbus Wireless Controller

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (570 out of 606)

Features


Compatible with select Apple devices

Including Apple TV®, iPhone® 5, 5s, 5c, 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus, iPad® with Retina, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display and iPad Pro. Requires Apple iOS 7 or later.

Also compatible with iPod® touch 5th generation and iMac with OS X.

Bluetooth wireless technology

Connects to your device from up to 33' away.

Pressure-sensitive buttons

Allow precise control of in-game actions. The menu button provides quick navigation.

Rechargeable battery

Offers hours of play and allows quick charging via the Lightning connector.

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Customer rating

4.6
95%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    My fav for Apple TV and iPad Pro gaming

    Posted
    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: 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

    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: 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: 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: 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, like the console big boys

    Posted
    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Whoa! Nice.

    Posted
    GrapefulDead
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    I received this as a "free with purchase" when I bought my Apple TV 4k. I figured it was another controller to add to the pile but I was wrong. This is a very nice controller, it fits my hands comfortably and responds very well to input with minimal lag. Charging is via an Apple cable and it's fast. I like this controller so much that I'd like to pick up another one or two so I can play games with the kids.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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