• Wired/Wireless: Wired
  • Layout: Xbox
  • Additional Buttons: 4 remappable buttons (two on top, two at the back)
  • Others: Razer Chroma Lighting, Two Trigger Stops
  • Cable: Braided, Detachable
  • Weight: 372 g
  • Pros:
  • Clicky Buttons
  • Chroma
  • Button Placements
  • Cons:
  • Wired

Wolverine Is Bringing The Pain

The Wolverine is yet another controller from peripheral kings, Razer. It comes in two different versions, Wolverine Tournament Edition and Wolverine Ultimate. However, you can only purchase the Wolverine Tournament Edition in Malaysia from official Razer retailers. The controller is originally made for the Xbox One, but it can also be used with your PC as well, and that is what we’ll be testing it on. The Wolverine is an essentially an alternative for the Xbox Elite Controller.

Upon unboxing the controller, you are greeted with a familiar looking device. It’s heavier than the original Xbox One controller, but in terms of design it shares the same layout to the original Xbox controller that has four additional buttons – two on top of the controller, and two at the back. You can also spot two triggers on the back of the controller that you can flip. Customising and remapping the buttons on the controller is also simple, provided that you’ve downloaded Razer Synapse for Xbox app. You can also change up the Chroma lighting strip on the controller. The RGB lighting on the controller is subtle and doesn’t hit you in the face. Razer Synapse can also tweak the vibration on the controller. If you wish to disable vibration completely or turn it to the max, you can do so.

When we were testing the controller, it fit comfortably in our hands, especially with the added weight and non slip rubber grip. The additional buttons are also placed ergonomically, and can be easily reached with just an extended finger. The D-Pad and ABXY buttons on the controller are equipped with what Razer calls “Mecha Tactile” buttons. It takes more pressure to push the buttons, and gives a satisfying click when you do so.

The only drawback that we can think of when it comes to this controller, is with its wired nature. It does come with a tough braided wire, but we’d prefer it to be wireless. However, it is being sold as a tournament style controller, so it being wired would reduce delays and so on. That aside, the port of the controller is weirdly grooved, so it might not work with all your cables. A 3.5mm headphone jack can also be found at the bottom of the controller and it works without much issues.

The Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition is a great alternative for the pricey Xbox One Elite Controller. It comes with Chroma capabilities to give your controller a little more pizazz, the additional buttons are placed at easy-to-reach areas, and the original buttons are a joy to use as well. The weight also makes it comfortable to hold and it doesn’t feel cheaply made.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A very well made controller with customisable buttons, Chroma capabilities and comes with clicky buttons as well. A great competitor for the Xbox/PC controller market.

(previously published in issue July 2018)wolverine-600x500