Asus Kunai 3 Gamepad Review: A great accessory for gaming on ROG phones – XDA Developers

There are so many great games on Android, and with our smartphones nowadays being computing powerhouses, you’ll never be stuck on the choice of what to play. From games on the Play Store to emulators such as AetherSX2, you can play both new games and the classics. However, finicky touch controls make it so that your phone may not necessarily be the most comfortable to play games on. There are controllers you can get for phones though that makes it a bit easier, and the Asus Kunai 3 Gamepad is one such controller.

The Asus Kunai 3 Gamepad launched in white alongside the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro, though the controller itself has been out for quite a while now. If you have an ROG phone, you can buy it with a shell that will let you slot your phone in between both ends of the controller, a bit like a Nintendo Switch. If you don’t, though, the controller can still be used entirely detached from the phone and works over Bluetooth. While I’ve seen some say that it works with PC, I wasn’t able to get it working.

To put a long story short, the Asus Kunai 3 Gamepad works great when you have an Asus ROG Phone to use it with. When you can use the controller wired by connecting it to the shell for the phone, that’s when it’s at its best. Otherwise, there are other controllers you can get that might be better if you have another phone, even though the Kunai 3 is so good. Using it wirelessly just isn’t the same, and you’ll need to prop your phone up against something then, too.

    The Asus Kunai 3 Gamepad is a great controller if you have an ROG phone, though make sure you get it for the right model.

Asus Kunai 3 Gamepad: Specifications

Specification Asus Kunai 3 Gamepad
Dimensions & Weight
  • 154.8 x 110.3 x 66.8 mm
  • 198.8g
  • Two analog thumbsticks with clickable buttons (L3/R3)
  • One mechanical D-pad
  • ABXY face buttons
  • Two triggers (L2/R2)
  • Two bumpers (L1/R1)
  • M1 and M2 macro keys
  • Menu and Options buttons (labeled Start and Select in some games)
  • USB-C plug for Asus phone connections
  • USB-C  in mobility mode
  • Over Bluetooth v4.2 with most Android phones (six hours battery)
  • USB-C connection with Asus ROG phones

About this review: I received the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro from Asus on the 17th of June, 2022 alongside the Asus Kunai 3 Gamepad. My colleague, Aamir Siddiqui, also received the device from Asus, but did not receive the Kunai 3 Gamepad. While the company provided us with review units, it did not have any input into the contents of this review.

Asus Kunai 3 Gamepad: Look and feel

The Asus Kunai 3 Gamepad is really lightweight, …….



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