Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery

The Good The Logitech Powershell feels sturdy, its buttons are solid and responsive, and an included battery can recharge an iPhone or iPod Touch.

The Bad Too expensive, doesn't show battery-recharge status clearly, and lacks the analog sticks and extra triggers of competing controllers.

The Bottom Line Logitech's first stab at an iOS game controller nails design and feel, but lacks flexibility or extra features.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
6.7 Overall

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Review

A pocket arcade without enough buttons

Do you need buttons to play games on your iPhone? Certainly not. And yet, iOS MFi-certified game controllers are here, giving you the promise of full game controller-like support for games and letting you theoretically use your phone or iPod Touch like a little Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita.

The Logitech Powershell Controller + Battery is one of those accessories. As its name suggests, it's a case that adds physical gaming buttons, and also has a battery pack. It also costs $99.99. For most people, that's where the train skids off the tracks.

Whether you want an iOS game controller probably depends on two things: how many cool games there are that support it, and how much it costs. At the moment, that's the failing of all iOS game controllers: the accessories, like the Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery, simply cost too much. And what they do just isn't interesting enough...yet.

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