Razer Onza Tournament Edition Review

Testing and Conclusion

Razer Onza Tournament Edition Review

Testing and Conclusion

The debate rages long and hard, like all console debates have since the dawn of time, about which of the two major pads is the better, the Sony DualShock 3 or the XBOX 360 controller. As someone who is a PSWii60 gamer I think they both have positives and negatives. The dual-stick placement on the DualShock is much better, as is the battery life, but the 360 triggers are a world ahead of the Playstations offerings. The point is they are both so good that it's difficult to think of how they can be improved.

That was until we met the Razer Onza TE. This is absolutely leagues ahead of the standard Microsoft 360 pad. Normally I like to start my conclusions with the good stuff, but as there isn't any bad stuff let's just list off the improvements.

Firstly the comfort of the pad. The coating is sticky and easy to grip, without feeling strange in the hand. It doesn't matter how intense your gaming session or how warm the weather. The reality is you could take part in a World Final, in Malaysia, in the height of summer, and yet the Onza Tournament Edition still wouldn't slip and slide from your grip. The tolerances in manufacturing are exceptional too. None of that 'seam' around the pad that eventually makes your palms sore. It's as if the Onza has been hewn from a single piece of plastic.

The analogue sticks have a gorgeous smoothness to them and they are very linear. The dial beneath each stick has 28 different 'clicks' that adjust them from being so easy to move that you could almost breathe them around, to stiffer than a guy on his first date. Because each stick is adjustable separately you really can tweak it to exactly your requirements for each game.

Speaking of games, a lot use both analogue sticks, and yet also require you use the ABXY for certain functions. This is always a big of a pain as, unless you're an Octopus, you tend to have to take your thumb off the right stick to use them. Now, with the remappable buttons just above the standard LB and RB ones you can quickly remap any of those four to the face buttons and keep your thumbs on the sticks. It isn't just those four as the two extra buttons Razer have supplied can be remapped to anything you choose, even start and back should you so require.

The buttons, and indeed the triggers, are highly responsive. Whereas the Microsoft offering uses membranes which quickly become squidgy, the Razer Onza TE uses microswitches with nearly zero travel before they are activated. To call them highly responsive almost does them a disservice.

Finally the D-Pad, which is laughably useless on the standard pad, is now a genuine option. By splitting the pad from a single floating type into four buttons you can pull off nearly anything you choose. Even the famous QCF fireball motion becomes simplicity and still comfortable.

Yes at Fifty Quid this is a bit pricier than a wireless 360 one, but it's so perfect that it's a bargain. Capable of being used on both an XBOX 360, and as the ultimate PC controller, we cannot recommend the Razer Onza Tournament Edition highly enough and it's unquestionably a winner of the coveted OC3D Gold Award.

   

Thanks to Razer for supplying the Onza TE for review. Discuss in our forums.

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04-10-2011, 05:20:57

tinytomlogan
Today we take a look at the Razer take on the XBOX 360 Pad. Does it maintain their high standards?



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04-10-2011, 05:59:02

dugdiamond
i do like razer, and the addition of mappable joy-buttons is great, but that d-pad is fugly

04-10-2011, 06:00:32

Lollipop
Is there a wireless version?

04-10-2011, 06:31:28

yassarikhan786
I would love me a wireless version .

04-10-2011, 06:47:07

SieB
Looks tacky to me and they could have at least tried to make it not look almost exactly the same as a 360 pad. Personally I thing the Dualshock 3 pads are the best plus you can get them for around 25.

04-10-2011, 07:16:09

Lollipop
Quote:
Originally Posted by SieB View Post

Looks tacky to me and they could have at least tried to make it not look almost exactly the same as a 360 pad. Personally I thing the Dualshock 3 pads are the best plus you can get them for around 25.
Fanboy much?

04-10-2011, 07:26:08

dipzy
i'll stick to the good old keyboard and mouse for pc gaming and leave the pads to the consoles

04-10-2011, 07:26:56

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lollipop View Post

Fanboy much?
No, not a fanboy.

I don't have and never have had a PS3, I have had three Xbox 360's in the past though.

The 360 pad is a good pad but I like the PS3 pads better, it's what I use on my PC for driving and third person games. This Razor pad just looks tacky to me and they could of at least made it look different. But thats just my opinion

04-10-2011, 07:32:13

Zeals
What happens if you plug it into a PS3?

04-10-2011, 07:37:11

yassarikhan786
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeals View Post

What happens if you plug it into a PS3?
Microsoft own your PS3 .

04-10-2011, 07:47:56

sheroo
For Fifty Quid it as least needs to be wireless. I recently bought 2 wireless xbox controllers and a dual docking bay charger for little more than that. I like Razer, I've been using their mice for years - but 50 is taking the ....

04-10-2011, 07:57:26

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by sheroo View Post

but 50 is taking the ....
Exactly, you could buy a Dualshock 3 and a bluetooth dongle for 30 and you can recharge the Dualshock through a mini USB lead, if you don't have one already they are only like 2 so that comes to 32 in total for a wireless pad vs 50 for a wired 360 pad with a makeover.

04-10-2011, 08:00:25

sheroo
You're just paying for the name. A good name, but a name non the less...

04-10-2011, 08:43:37

silenthill
[/size][size="3"]It's double the price of the official Xbox controller which is a bit too much for my liking

06-10-2011, 04:44:05

Junglerog
I play DC Universe On line and I've got this controller specifically for this game. Installing was a breeze since it's using Microsoft drivers and I was replacing my original XBOX 360 pad. The quality of the pad is high as all Razor products but I did not feel like it really offers anything what the original controller could not do for me. Considering that original Microsoft controller can be bought for about 17-20 quid Onza price is absolutely ridiculous.

If you expect to buy it and suddenly get better in games you play, don't. Ultimately it's you playing not the controller.

I sold it on Ebay after 2 weeks and was happy got my money back.

Edit:

Razor could not make it wireless, Microsoft license does not allow for it.

06-10-2011, 05:31:22

Cyanide89
Quote:
Originally Posted by sheroo View Post

For Fifty Quid it as least needs to be wireless. I recently bought 2 wireless xbox controllers and a dual docking bay charger for little more than that. I like Razer, I've been using their mice for years - but 50 is taking the ....
It's wired for a reason. Being a tournament controller (but not MLG) the wireless functionality offers less performance than wired. The response time is noticeably better with this controller over the original Microsoft one.

You pay for performance.

06-10-2011, 05:33:18

Cyanide89
Quote:
Originally Posted by Junglerog View Post

Razor could not make it wireless, Microsoft license does not allow for it.
I did not know that. Thanks for the info.

06-10-2011, 09:09:28

Ya93sin
I just use a PS3 controller, tbh I do prefer it to the XBox360 controller anyway. Useful for the fun modes in Dirt3, whereas a wheel is useful for Rally and timed events.

06-10-2011, 09:53:13

Lollipop
FYI it is "Razer" not "Razor"

06-10-2011, 11:39:07

DiggyDiggyHole
Quote:
Originally Posted by silenthill View Post

[/size][size="3"]It's double the price of the official Xbox controller which is a bit too much for my liking


Ummm, the Razer is cheaper actually o.o At my local Bestbuy, a wireless Microsoft Controller is $60 and the Razer Onza is $50. To top it off, it is wired which is much better then the wireless Microsoft shite much better response time, and even if that seems like a problem to you, it has a 15-20feet long braided cable!

06-10-2011, 11:42:41

yassarikhan786
Quote:
Originally Posted by DiggyDiggyHole View Post

Ummm, the Razer is cheaper actually o.o At my local Bestbuy, a wireless Microsoft Controller is $60 and the Razer Onza is $50. To top it off, it is wired which is much better then the wireless Microsoft shite much better response time, and even if that seems like a problem to you, it has a 15-20inch long braided cable!
15 - 20 inches. That's not even a metre dude. Do you mean metres?

06-10-2011, 11:44:49

DiggyDiggyHole
Quote:
Originally Posted by SieB View Post

Exactly, you could buy a Dualshock 3 and a bluetooth dongle for 30 and you can recharge the Dualshock through a mini USB lead, if you don't have one already they are only like 2 so that comes to 32 in total for a wireless pad vs 50 for a wired 360 pad with a makeover.
Sieb, will we ever see eye to eye on anything XD First it is AMD, and now the Onza??? To answer your so called "problem" with it not being wireless <__< For one, a wired connection is so much better then a wireless and plus, it has a 15-20feet long braided cable, just tuck it under your carpet so people don't trip and pretend it is wireless XD Besides, I do love the PS3 controllers but, this thing is an unbridled BEAST!!!

06-10-2011, 11:47:51

DiggyDiggyHole
Quote:
Originally Posted by yassarikhan786 View Post

15 - 20 inches. That's not even a metre dude. Do you mean metres?
I meant feet but, it is about 4.57 meters long.

06-10-2011, 11:48:49

yassarikhan786
Quote:
Originally Posted by DiggyDiggyHole View Post

Sieb, will we ever see eye to eye on anything XD First it is AMD, and now the Onza??? To answer your so called "problem" with it not being wireless <__< For one, a wired connection is so much better then a wireless and plus, it has a 15-20feet long braided cable, just tuck it under your carpet so people don't trip and pretend it is wireless XD Besides, I do love the PS3 controllers but, this thing is an unbridled BEAST!!!
I was thinking 15-20 inches is not long at all, lol. 15 - 20 feet is more like it .

06-10-2011, 11:51:23

silenthill
[/size][size="3"]I bought Xbox wired black controller for 25 from GameStation UK and this controller is priced at 49.99 in the UK , just to make things clear

06-10-2011, 12:36:10

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by DiggyDiggyHole View Post

Sieb, will we ever see eye to eye on anything XD First it is AMD, and now the Onza??? To answer your so called "problem" with it not being wireless <__< For one, a wired connection is so much better then a wireless and plus, it has a 15-20feet long braided cable, just tuck it under your carpet so people don't trip and pretend it is wireless XD Besides, I do love the PS3 controllers but, this thing is an unbridled BEAST!!!


Depends what you are looking for in a controller I suppose but you have to admit for the price a PS3 pad is a very good controller plus it's wireless and cheaper. If you were after a wired controller then the the Razer is a good choice but it's still more expensive than a normal 360 controller.

06-10-2011, 14:02:06

Solidarity
I think I can live without this controller. If i ever compete in a Lan I'll just use a regular wired 360 controller. If i ever do a PC lan which i wont it would be keyboard and mouse

24-01-2013, 10:00:29

JettonX
I can pick one of these up for 5 off a friend, the only problem is the cable has been cut off (still has the cable) can it be soldered back on?
Anyone got any ideas?
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