Due to the size of smartphones, pretty much the majority of them do not come with fans unlike laptops or desktop computers. Instead, most phones have to rely on passive cooling to keep themselves cool, which sometimes under heavier loads and more intense processes, is barely able to keep up.
One of the issues with a phone overheating is that not only is it bad for your phone’s battery, but it can have an impact on performance. This is why sometimes when your phone runs hot, you’ll start to notice how its performance starts to degrade and opening apps and running games can feel sluggish.
If you’re a mobile gamer, obviously this is a big no-no, which is why if you play a lot of games on your phone, then you’ll definitely want to check out the GameSir X3 mobile gaming controller.
Like we said, phones tend to get pretty hot when you play intensive games, especially over a prolonged period of time, but that’s a problem that GameSir is hoping to solve with an active cooling system in the X3.
The controller features a 7-bladed fan built into the back of the controller and features a 4,000mm2 cooling area. By utilizing a fan, it can help cool your phone down further by ensuring that there is cool airflow, which in turn will help your phone continuously run at optimal performance levels.
But GameSir isn’t just stopping there. The X3 also features multiple layers of cooling. This includes a cooling silicone pad, a cold copper plate, a Peltier cooling module, and a heat sink. The fans themselves are capable of spinning at 7,500 rpm and features a noise-reduction design so that it won’t be too loud or annoying. All of this combined will be able to see temperatures drop by as much as 24C.
The fans themselves also feature built-in RGB lights if that’s your kind of thing.
Wired connectivity, wide compatibility
Some mobile gaming controllers we’ve come across use Bluetooth to connect to your phone. While this helps create a wireless setup, the problem is that Bluetooth can be a bit unreliable and the last thing you want is for your controller to suddenly lose its connection while you’re playing games halfway.
It utilizes a USB-C connection, which given that pretty much all Android phones these days support, means that you are more or less ensured that it will be compatible with your phone. GameSir also says that its controller will work with all controller-supported Android games, so as long as the game supports external controls, you’re good to go.
There is also a built-in USB-C port on the bottom center portion of the controller so that you can quickly and easily charge your phone at the same time.
Familiar controller layout
GameSir doesn’t try to be clever or attempt to reinvent the wheel with the X3’s controls, and that’s a good thing. It features a standard button layout, but there is an option to switch it around if you prefer.
It also comes with two sets of thumbsticks that gamers can choose to either use the high-rise version or the low-rise version, depending on which they feel more comfortable with. There will also be two sets of thumbstick caps – one concave and one convex. There are also two D-pads and a set of shoulder buttons that feature the use of Kailh switches that are rated for 3 million clicks.
GameSir has also taken into consideration the social media aspect of game and features a dedicated screenshot button so you can quickly grab images that you can share to social media later.
Pricing and availability
If you’re interested in the GameSir X3 controller, it is currently available for purchase via GameSir’s website where it is priced at $99.99. This actually puts it on par with other mobile gaming controllers we’ve seen in the market, but it does have the added benefit of sporting a robust cooling system that should help with overall performance, so head on over to GameSir’s website if you’d like to check it out.