Razer Sabertooth Controller Review

As you may know by now I like to buy random things to play with on my pc, and with this controller I can literally play with it on my computer which is an excellent feature for this controller featuring an xbox’esque layout and an interchangeable cable.

Razer Sabertooth
Fig1. – The Razer Sabertooth.
Razer Sabertooth
Fig2. – The Sabertooth’s box.
Razer Sabertooth
Fig3. – The controller and additional items.

I’ll let you guys in on a little secret and that is i’ve never really liked Razer products in my time of gaming and reviews, partially because i’ve heard bad things about them and also because i’ve also owned a couple of their products and wasn’t terribly impressed. One of them being the Razer Megalodon which was a fair headset but felt poorly made, but you can read that review if you want to, this is about their Sabertooth controller which I primarily bought for pc gaming for Skyrim, Mortal Kombat and any other game which will be easier on a controller.

Razer Sabertooth
Fig4. – The Sabertooth manual, case and stickers.

Upon opening the box I was amazed at the lovely stitched case that was inside complete with setup instructions and users manual which i’ve always liked from Razer as they look aesthetically pleasing and are easy to follow. Inside the case was the controller surrounded by a very soft memory foam which would protect it completely if the case was thrown out of a moving car which is another aspect I love about Razer. In the top of the case is a stitched USB cable that can either connect the cable to either PC or XBOX, and it’s very simple to switch between them by swapping the USB end for the one found on your XBOX controller, although only the USB cable is included in the box. The alternative end that connects to the controller is a four-pin socket that screws onto the controller very securely for those people with a rigorous play style. It’s actually a very nice looking jack too even though it’s Razer’s own connection type used for this controller but i’m sure you could purchase another if you break your current cable for some reason.

Razer Sabertooth
Fig5. – The Sabertooth after opening the case with the memory foam.
Razer Sabertooth
Fig6. – A close up of the controller in it’s case.

The controller fits very well in my small hands and I can easily reach all of the buttons although I don’t feel the controller has been thought through for people with larger hands, they might find it uncomfortable, much like people with larger fingers find it hard to type on modern smartphones. There’s a lot of extra buttons on the Sabertooth controller which include four trigger style buttons on the bottom, two small bumper buttons below the traditional bumpers and two profile buttons either side of the LED screen which let you change profiles and setup the macros of the two multi-direction triggers on the underside of the controller.

The LED display is very crisp and the green text matches the Razer logo colors and is easily navigated by the controls. You can access the profiles with the left button and the button remapping with the right along with other funtions such as backlight and sensitivity of the main movement sticks. I love the simplicity of the mapping system which you can utilize during a game by pressing the right LED button which also disables every in-game action so you don’t actually shoot while mapping a button. The LED display and center home buttons are backlit as well as the A, B, X and Y buttons but they can all be disabled through the program menu if necessary. I have to mention that the A, B, X and Y buttons don’t quite have the same feel as their XBOX counterparts, the Sabertooth controller buttons have more of a ‘click’ feel similar to that of a cherry MX keyboard but with less button movement and sound. If you’re not familiar with the XBOX controller buttons they have a ‘soft touch’ feeling due to being created with rubber rather then just plastic like the Razer’s. The D-Pad buttons also have this clicky feel to them and are separated from one another which is useful to prevent other accidental button presses.

Razer Sabertooth
Fig7. – A close-up of the buttons.
Razer Sabertooth
Fig8. – The front of the controller.
Razer Sabertooth
Fig9. – The controller with the cable attached.

An interesting feature Razer added to the controller is the 2.5mm headphone jack on the back side of the controller, to use this however most people would require a 2.5mm M to 3.5mm F converter for typical headphones and earphones although I do love this feature built into the controller as it would be too far to run a cable from your Pc or XBOX. The headphone jack is a three-pole port which also allows players to use a microphone alongside the earphones/headphones again making it easier to use.

Razer Sabertooth
Fig10. – The dual directions re-mappable triggers under the controller.

The controller is easy to use and was picked up and installed instantly on my windows 7 laptop, however my desktop had a bit more trouble with this and only made a ‘failed to connect’ USB sound which is three beeps in quick succession. I had to locate the windows controller driver manually in the device manager settings, after which the controller was picked up and functioned as designed. If you’re having the same problems here’s how to fix the driver from the Razer website:

My Razer Sabertooth is not recognized when I plug it into my PC.
Windows should have the default driver installed on your computer. Otherwise, please follow the link below and install the driver from Microsoft.If the above does not work you may need to help Windows find the driver. To do this:
1. Click on your Windows icon in the lower left corner, then Right click on Computer
2. Go to Properties
3. Click on Device Manager
4. Double click on the Unidentified Device that should be highlighted in the list by a yellow icon
5. Select “driver” and click on Update Driver
6. Browse my computer for driver software
7. Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer
8. Windows Common Controller for Window Class
9. Xbox 360 Controller for Windows
10. Update Driver Warning
11. Click Yes

Conclusion

Razer Sabertooth Scores

Price/Value
At $80 AUD it’s a bit on the expensive side when the default controller costs $30 AUD.
Price: 55%
Durability/Quality
The controller has an impressive build quality and has been thought through well, especially the new triggers.
Durability: 80%
Size/Weight
It’s a nice compact controller that fits well in my hands, but may not if your hands are larger.
Size/Weight: 70%
Features
There’s a lot of extra features on this controller from lighting, macros and extra buttons.
Features: 85%
Aesthetics
A very sleek looking controller with great controller lighting and trigger button locations.
Aesthetics: 80%
Usefulness/Innovation
This controller is an interesting take on the typical XBOX one with many useful features.
Usefulness: 65%

Total

A good controller overall for gaming but I would recommend a typical USB one if you are limited financially.

Total: 72.5%

Legend

0% – 25% = Terrible Item, The item will break shortly after purchase and will leave you with a paperweight only left for discarding.
26% – 50% = Meh Item, A very poor item that you would use and forget about after a few months of use, or may break quickly and degrade over that time.
51% – 75% = Good Item, This item would satisfy your needs for a long time but isn’t the best quality around and may need replacing or become outdated after a year or so.
76% – 90% = Fantastic Item, An item that you need but may either cost lots or wear out over time and may eventually need replacing after 2 or so years.
91% – 100% = Amazing Item, An extremely durable item that will suit all your needs for the device and more, as well as lasting many many years.

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One Response to Razer Sabertooth Controller Review

  1. azarlea says:

    Great review, very informative.

    Love the pic 😉

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