If you’re searching for the best wireless PS4 controller, then our Razer Raiju Ultimate Review will give you just that.
The Raiju Ultimate from Razer is a wireless controller for the PS4. It allows advanced personalisation via the company’s app.
It doesn’t matter if you’re adjusting sensitivity settings or remapping multi-function buttons. The Raiju Ultimate gives you full control at all times, from the palm of your hand.
Take things further with transposable thumbsticks, then select either a solo D-Pad or tilting button layout. Allow functions easily with the quick control panel to enable the “Hair-Trigger” mode for quick-fire action.
The controller has three connectivity modes: USB, PS4, and PC, with no manual repair for enhanced efficiency. Plus, the controller features a wired mode which makes it better.
Our Razer Raiju Ultimate arrived in a thick and sturdy blue cardboard box. The front features an image of the controller while Razer’s logo is at the top-right corner of the box. The controller’s name is below the picture; to its right, PS4 is to note what console it’s for.
The rear exhibits a glossary of the gamepad, plus a rear and front view of it.
Usually, products from Razer come in a jet black-themed box with neon green sides. But with the collaboration with the PS4, the packaging of this controller sports a vibrant blue theme.
Bundled with the Raiju Ultimate is a carrying case with an interchangeable D-Pad and thumbsticks. It also includes an instructional manual, welcome note, and a 3-metre braided cable. A moulded adaptor for the controller is also inside.
Next section of this Razer Raiju Ultimate review focuses on the controller’s functionality and design.
Razer Raiju Ultimate Review – Design and Functionality
Here in our Razer Raiju Ultimate review, you’ll know how much of a premium and efficient controller Raiju Ultimate is.
Although there are rubberised hand-grips, these still feel solid and premium to the touch. The Raiju Ultimate’s entire face has a design made of soft-touch plastic. It’s easy to grip, and it prevents your fingers from sliding during play.
The controller features metallic analogue sticks while its buttons click in a highly satisfying manner. Its Chroma lighting system is also incorporated into the controller. You can find this along the touchpad to provide outstanding effects, which is a standard among Razer products.
Cool effects include consistent operation between 16.8 million colours in trippy waves or responses to vibrations or button presses. It weighs around 370g, giving you a solid and premium feel to it.
Aside from it having a premium and quality feel to it, the Raiju Ultimate is extremely customisable to your liking. You can swap the D-Pad easily with the included variations: one mirrors the PS4’s standard divided style. The other gives you that concave Xbox feel.
When it comes to the thumbsticks, they’re fixed to the controller via magnets, but you can still swap them easily. Its pre-installed pair features a cross-hair design on the face, yet there’s a variation with more stem to it. Also, there’s another that mirrors the quality of PS4’s stock analogue.
Four additional programmable buttons are present. Two are on the controller’s top, and there are two paddles located on the rear, close to the grips.
Four integrated profiles are present on the controller, and these are for programming the M buttons based on game genres. These genres include shooter, racing, fighting, and sports. However, if you utilise the Raiju application for the smartphone and link via Bluetooth, it’s easy to alter the functions.
You can even fine-tune the amount of vibration on each controller’s motor, as well as the analogue stick’s sensitivity.
Key Features of the Razer Raiju Ultimate
On this portion of our Razer Raiju Ultimate review, we will talk about the unique features of this gaming controller.
D-Pad, Quick Control Panel, and Interchangeable Thumbsticks
The Razer Raiju Ultimate comes with interchangeable thumbstick shapes and sizes. For the D-Pad layout, you can choose from tilting or individual to customise your controller for maximum comfort when playing. The quick control panel also allows for instant access to vital functions and a secure button lock prevents unintended keypresses.
Advanced App Configuration
Using advanced options for customisation is now more convenient. With the mobile app, you can adjust clutch sensitivity, remap triggers & multi-function buttons, and fine-tune the rumble motors’ intensity. Customising these settings will enhance your gaming experience.
Bluetooth and Wired Connection
The Razer Raiju Ultimate is the first controller to make use of both wired and Bluetooth connectivity. With a wireless connection, you can enjoy total gaming freedom wherever you are. For extra assurance during a tournament, switch to wired gameplay.
Razer Mecha-Tactile Action Buttons
Razer’s Mecha-Tactile Action buttons give a unique combination of tactile feedback and a soft, cushioned touch.
Next up is the specifications of our Razer Raiju Ultimate review.
At a glance, the Razer Raiju Ultimate is compatible with the PS4 and PCs running on Windows 7 or higher. It uses a Bluetooth/wired connection and has the Razer Chroma integrated to it.
The controller features an interchangeable D-Pad and thumbsticks to customise the Raiju Ultimate further. For convenience, the company included a 12-month warranty as well.
For its technical specifications, the Raiju Ultimate sports four multi-functional buttons and the multicoloured Chroma lighting strip. It also sports the mecha-tactile button circle, triangle, square, and X action buttons, plus trigger stops precisely for quick-fire action.
There’s a 3.5mm audio port mic input and a stereo audio output on the controller. However, remember that audio is only available on USB mode.
For battery life, it can last up to 11 hours on a single charge, which is excellent for extended gameplay. There’s also a detachable 10ft lightweight, braided fibre cable with a micro USB connector.
Its approximate measurement is 106 x 155 x 66mm (L x W x H) and weighs around 370g without the cable.
The Raiju Ultimate is compatible with the PS4 console, or a PC that runs on Windows 7 or above. On mobile, it should be running on iOS 9.0 and Android 6.0 (or higher).
The next section of our Razer Raiju Ultimate Review is us getting more hands-on with the controller. Let’s see how efficient it is, and see if it’s worth the purchase.
Hands-on with the Razer Raiju Ultimate
Now on our Razer Raiju Ultimate Review, we’re getting hands-on with Raiju Ultimate, providing in-depth details about its performance. Let’s start with its RGB lighting and software.
Software & RGB Lighting
Adjusting the functional configuration or lighting of the Raiju Ultimate requires you to have an iOS or Android device.
We assumed that the software would manage the controller when linked to a computer, but that wasn’t the case. Instead, we had to download an invisible Razer driver from their official site.
Once it finished installing, connecting the pad was straightforward and quick. For a few seconds, hold down the second button at the bottom of the controller until it starts flashing. The app will then automatically link to the controller.
From there, you can access Profile, Key Mapping, Vibration Feedback with individual controls, and the Chroma effects. When you program a profile to your preference, you can immediately toggle it while gaming. It’s done via the Profile control panel that’s right on the Raiju Ultimate.
At the back of the controller, there’s an easy to use a switch that allowed us to shift the functionality from PS4 Bluetooth, PC Bluetooth, and wired USB. The USB mode worked perfectly on each platform and continuously charged the controller while connected. For its Bluetooth connection, pairing the controller was easy, and it worked seamlessly as well.
Its Hair-Trigger buttons (R2 and L2) gave us a millisecond benefit during intense FPS gaming. For the M3 and M4 buttons, can be utilised to operate these better. But what delighted us the most was the interchangeable thumbsticks and D-Pad.
Due to the expertise of Razer in the RGB field, the Chroma lighting made the Raiju Ultimate stand out. Though we think it would appeal further if the controller’s design and build weren’t too bulky. For the battery life, it was notable, and we don’t have any complaints about it.
For the mecha-tactile action buttons, we can call them a masterpiece. Plus, we consider them better than your regular DualShock 4 in every way.
Overall, Razer’s Raiju Ultimate is a massive upgrade from the original controller. It gave us excellent build quality, a ton of options for customisation, efficient controls, and most dependable functionality. With that, we highly recommend this controller to every gamer out there, and we’re giving it five stars for that.
Razer Raiju Ultimate Review Summary
The Razer Raiju Ultimate is an expensive controller, but after using it, we can say that it’s worth the purchase. It has excellent features that most gaming controllers don’t have, making it one of the best products today. It also comes with user-friendly software that offers a lot of configuration options.
Overall, it’s the ultimate controller. It is highly flexible when it comes to connectivity and customisation. We’re satisfied with its design and performance, so gamers shouldn’t miss this one.
To conclude our Razer Raiju Ultimate review, we highly recommend this controller. If you want to get your hands on this controller, it’s available for online purchase from the company’s official website.