Mad Catz L.Y.N.X. 9 Mobile Hybrid Controller Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2016-01-05

L.Y.N.X. 9 controller from Mad Catz is a highly-elaborated product, which is meant for a large range of devices and we also do get the needed accessories inside the box, without the need of spending extra money. The only missing item would be the Bluetooth LE dongle which could be necessary with some PC setups that do not have one available but these can be found in specialized stores for very little money. Besides the smartphone clip, the tablet stand, the keyboard module, the travel pouch, USB/HDMI cables, inner handles we are also offered a MHL adapter for gaming on our TV with minimal lag.

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Product Features

Product Features:


Cutting-Edge Superstar


• Skeletal, Transforming, Modular, & Immensely Versatile

• Keyboard & Mouse Control for Easy Browsing & Media Navigation

• Built-in Mic Supports Voice Search

• Ergonomically Sculpted for Comfort and Precision

• Premium Components Rated at 1 Million Cycles

• Includes PlayBig Cables to Link Your Phone or Tablet to an HDTV


Simply Better Than Touch


Touch controls have their place, but let's face it, they just don't cut it for core games. Ever tried to play an FPS using touch controls? How about a platformer? A mistimed jump caused by your thumb drifting away from virtual buttons spells instant death. Good luck with that! L.Y.N.X.9 solves all of this by supplying you with controls you can actually feel. And, certain titles even know when you're using a controller and will remove touch controls from your screen.


Mighty Modules


Modularity is one of many elements that put L.Y.N.X.9 in a class of its own. Let's look at three different scenarios and how you can make the most of them.




Playing smartphone games, with an authentic console-quality feel, is only a satisfying click away. Put your phone in the removable clip to regain some game screen real estate. Stop your own fingers and thumbs from obscuring your gameplay, once and for all.




This bit is unique. And it's probably something you've never done before. Rather than attach a device to L.Y.N.X.9, you attach L.Y.N.X.9 to your device. Split the controller into separate pieces and reattach them to your tablet's frame. Now you've got yourself a mobile games console with a 7-inch screen!




Games on mobile devices are best when you're, well, mobile. It's a different story when you're at home. The best place to play is on the biggest screen available, sat back on the sofa. L.Y.N.X.9 lets you do that, too. The supplied PlayBig cables connect your tablet or phone to your HDTV. Mirrored content lets you do everything you can on your smart device, on the best screen in the house.


Simplified Media Control


Phones and tablets are much more than your go-to gaming consoles. They're also your camera, music player, and portal to the Internet. L.Y.N.X.9 has yet another trick up its sleeve to fulfill these needs. A full QWERTY keyboard lets you type in-game messages, update social media, control music, and even answer email. The perfectly sculpted underside feels sleek and refined in your hand. Play, type, surf and listen, all from one compact device.


High-Performance App


Tinkering under the hood is one of the best benefits of running Android. You can root around inside your phone and tablet, so why not your controller? L.Y.N.X.9 offers the same flexibility. A companion app feeds you setups tips and tutorial videos. And, a growing list of compatible games gets you right into playing.


Once familiar with what L.Y.N.X.9 excels at, you can make custom adjustments to the sticks and triggers. In your favorite FPS, for example, you can save a profile that fine-tunes performance. Set the sticks to be extra precise in the center of travel to improve aim, and extra fast at the outer edges for speedy 180 flick shots. That'll give you a distinct advantage over players using ordinary gamepads.


The app also keeps itself fresh with extra tricks and support, plus info on upcoming product releases. You'll be one of the first to know about our next exciting project.


Energetic Road Warrior


L.Y.N.X.9 travels well, and stores enough energy to outlast most Android devices. Power-efficient Bluetooth gives the rechargeable battery up to 30 hours of juice on a single charge. More than a full day of stamina should be enough to keep you going until you can get to an outlet. The hybrid controller also knows when you've had your fill of entertainment. L.Y.N.X.9 goes to sleep after a period of inactivity you can adjust from within the app.


Speak Into the Mic


Know what else you can do with your smart device besides game and consume media? That's right, you can talk to it! A built-in mic is ideal for taking a call or using your voice to Google from the couch. The addition of a mic makes L.Y.N.X.9 a natural extension of your paired device.


Built to Last


Mobile gadgets sometimes take a beating. In and out of pockets and bags, and frequent visits to all sorts of different places. With this in mind, we set out to create a mobile controller that can endure the demands of mobile gaming. L.Y.N.X.9 uses premium components tested to withstand up to 1 million cycles. That's a whole lot of gameplay!


More than Just Android


Bluetooth-enabled PCs also pair nicely with L.Y.N.X.9. Running Windows 7 or later? You're set. If you enjoy games that support DirectInput controllers, you're good there too. Our downloadable programming software lets you assign keyboard and mouse profiles to buttons and sticks. And to thwart the ever-present threat of outdated PC hardware, firmware updates arrive via Windows PC software.


GameSmart products, by default, function with more than just one device or platform. Android and PC together make L.Y.N.X.9 a welcome addition to the GameSmart family.


Play Smart with GameSmart – Your Devices, Your Games and Media, Anywhere


GameSmart products work wirelessly and seamlessly with a wide array of smart devices. The GameSmart ecosystem brings core gaming experiences to the mobile platform evolution, using Bluetooth, with a range of Control Pads, Keyboards, Mice, and Headsets for gaming, productivity, and multimedia.



System Requirements:


Android: Version 4.0 or Later

Bluetooth Profile: Human Interface Device (HID)

PC: Windows 8.1, 8, and 7

Smart Device Support: Samsung, Sony, HTC, and most other Android Devices


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