With the introduction of bigger RAM, long lasting battery and quality screen display, the smartphone is becoming more powerful and the user experience is also gradually improving, leading to augmented demand for peripheral products which can further add value to people’s experience.
Aiming to tap this opportunity—especially coming from gaming market in India—the New Delhi headquartered, IT peripherals firm Amkette recently launched Evo Gamepad Pro 2. This is a new hand-held gaming console which helps convert smartphones into gaming consoles. The device has been priced at Rs 2,899 and it offers easy docking, clamping and softer control for playing games.
Basically, Evo Gamepad Pro 2 is an improved version of Android based Evo Gamepad Pro which was launched six months ago in August 2015. So, nothing substantial has changed except size of the controller which has become bigger. Now, it is a 6-inch clip, means there is ample room for all, be it phablets that are becoming common these days.
Out of the box the first thing you notice about this device is its design which is very much inspired from Xbox 360 controller. It is comfortable to hold and easy to use with perfect grip, responsive triggers and well placed analogue stick. The body is made of plastic and rubber and they have been used in such a way that overall design looks nice and offers pretty decent build quality.
Whatever way you lift the clip, basic information such as battery level, controller mode—gaming or mouse—remain visible through LEDs. The back and start buttons are placed on the top face, along with home and M buttons for mouse mode on the both side of the clip. Both home and M buttons have been highlighted with red colour.
Like other peripherals, the process to set-up this gamepad is simple. Switch the Evo Gamepad Pro 2 on and then hold the home button on the gamepad down until the last two LEDs start blinking. Then, pair it either using the free companion app, or via the usual Bluetooth. To activate the free companion app, the user has to use code that comes with gamepad box.
As far as battery life is concerned, the company claims it to be about 12 hours. We used it extensively and in different mode, and found to be decent. It offers a stand by time of about 10 hours. Also, to ensure lower battery drain when the device is not in use, the company has introduced sleep mode, which automatically power off the device if not in use for more than 8 minutes.
Overall, the Amkette’s Evo Gamepad Pro 2 is easy to use, compatible with over 400 games and highly portable; it can be carried in a pocket or bag with great ease. And, it is cheaper than what you will get from established players like Mad Catz or Steelseries.
** Estimated street price: Rs 2,899