The Razer Onza Tournament Edition is an Xbox 360 controller made by Razer that is meant to give gamers an edge in competitive play with its unique design. The Onza brings a lot of additional functionality to the table and can be especially useful to gamers who play first-person shooters online. It uses a USB connector so it is also compatible with PC.
First thing’s first; this is not a turbo controller. You won’t be able to shoot burst fire weapons on full auto with the Razer Onza. This controller is actually legit and not something that will help you violate the rules of the game.
So what makes it so special? The first thing you’ll notice is that the Razer Onza is extremely lightweight when compared to your standard Xbox 360 controller. That isn’t to say it is cheaply made. The controller is sturdy and Razer is known for having only the best products. One reason it feels so much lighter is that there is no battery pack weighing it down because it is a wired controller. While it definitely would have been nice to have a wireless version of the controller, it doesn’t pose too much of a problem as there is a whopping fifteen feet of cable so you won’t have to worry about it not reaching where you sit to play.
The Onza has low-profile face buttons that are more easily depressed than the buttons on a standard controller. This allows you to simply flick your thumb over a button to quickly press it. Timing can be everything when you are in the middle of a gunfight so being able to cut fractions of a second off the time it takes to reload, switch weapons, or jump can end up saving your life. The buttons also have LED backlighting which can be a plus for people who like to game in the dark. Another perk of the button design is the D-pad. The D-pad on the Onza works even better than the transformable one on the new Xbox 360 controller. Each direction has its own separate button. That is how a D-pad should be!
Perhaps the biggest highlight of the Onza is the two additional shoulder buttons next to the right and left bumpers. While a standard controller has just one left bumper and one right bumper, the Onza has two of each. The extra bumpers are programmable to act as another button on the controller such as another A button. Programming a new button is very easy and can be done on the fly. You simply hold down one of the “remap” buttons on the corresponding sides of the controller and then press whatever button you want it to be.
The opportunities for this controller are endless but it works especially well with first-person shooters. Most gamers who play Halo or Call of Duty competitively know about a special controller grip known as “the claw.” Holding your controller in this fashion allows you to turn and jump at the same time, which can obviously be very useful on the battlefield. The problem is that it can be very uncomfortable for your hand and many casual gamers simply don’t want to learn how to hold it that way because it feels so unnatural.
The Razer Onza makes using “the claw” obsolete because you can simply program one of the additional bumpers to act as another A button. Problem solved! You can now turn and jump at the same time while still holding your controller the normal way.
Another feature found on the Tournament Edition of the Onza is adjustable resistance analog sticks. You can tighten or loosen the analog sticks by twisting them which allows you to customize the feel of your aiming reticule as you move the stick around. This one is more about personal preference and it is best to experiment with it to see if you like the analog resistance higher or lower.
If there is one negative aspect about the Onza it is the design of the triggers. The triggers come out a little farther than they do normally which feels unnecessary and sort of forces your finger to the outside edge of the trigger. While the face buttons are smaller than a regular controller, the triggers seem more pronounced for some reason.
The Onza does have a bit of a learning curve to it. It takes some time to get used to pressing the low-profile buttons. The “back” and “start” buttons are also on the bottom of the controller rather than in the middle which can be hard to remember at first.
Overall, the Onza is an amazing controller. It’s not going to suddenly make you into an awesome player, but the added functionality will help give you an edge over other gamers who will not have access to the same tools you do.
The Tournament Edition of the Razer Onza retails for $49.99 and is worth every penny. You can pick it up at Amazon or at the official Razer website.
Final Score: 5 / 5
(This review was based off a review copy of the controller).