SteelSeries Stra­tus XL

Mac Format - - RATED - £60 Man­u­fac­turer SteelSeries, | March 2015 £68 + £17

1 The orig­i­nal Stra­tus gamepad got mixed re­views, as it was too small for many peo­ple and cost a hefty £80. The new Stra­tus XL is a big im­prove­ment, pro­vid­ing a com­fort­able, full-size con­troller, with plenty of room for the var­i­ous con­trol but­tons and two ana­log sticks. It uses Blue­tooth to connect to your iPhone or iPad, and lasts for about 40 hours with two AA bat­ter­ies. It’s still pricey, at £60, but the im­proved de­sign makes this a good op­tion for iOS gamers (but you should check the list of com­pat­i­ble games on the SteelSeries web­site first). Cliff Joseph 2 Brodit makes a stag­ger­ing ar­ray of in-car mounts for var­i­ous de­vices, in­clud­ing all iPhones, iPads and iPods, and also makes var­i­ous ProClips, mount­ing plates built for your car. Here we’ve opted for the Ac­tive Holder that in­cludes a USB ‘cig­a­rette lighter’ adapter and a Pro­Clip that snaps onto the A-pil­lar. It’s re­mark­ably un­fi­nessed: you screw the holder straight into the plate – there aren’t even any pre-drilled holes, or guides. But there’s zero wob­ble when driv­ing and the ball socket keeps your iPhone locked to where you an­gle it. Christo­pher Phin

It’s ex­pen­sive, but the Stra­tus XL is more com­fort­able than most gamepads to use, and works with dozens of iOS games. It’s not flashy, it’s a lit­tle fid­dly, but by Jobs it keeps your iPhone rock solid. It has be­come our favourite car mount.

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