Overall Design - 9/10
Customization - 8.5/10
Compatibility - 8/10
Responsiveness - 9.5/10
The GameSir T4 Kaleid has everything you could want from a modern controller. With wonderful ergonomics and a responsive and versatile build, this is a well-priced upgrade for anyone who’s tired of stick drift.
- No more stick drift
- Highly customizable
- Beautiful LED effects
- Responsive and versatile
- Competitively priced
- It’s wired only
- Cord could be longer
If you’re a dedicated gamer, you know how challenging it can be trying to find a controller that stands the test of time. Today’s games are lightyears ahead of what they used to be, requiring advanced controls and multiple buttons.
But with that often comes issues like stick drift, button pressure problems, mushy D-pad, and more. You need a controller that thinks differently, and GameSir’s T4 Kaleid may very well be the antidote to some of gaming’s biggest threats – on-screen and off.
Unboxing and First Impressions
Opening the package revealed the GameSir T4 Kaleid Wired Gamepad, a 6-foot USB-C cable, a user manual, and various related paperwork. The controller works with Windows 10 and 11, Nintendo Switch, and Android devices (8.0+).
It connects via a wired 6-foot detachable USB-C cable and includes a 3.5mm audio jack. It features a 6-axis gyro, a capture button, microswitch buttons for ABXY, Hall Effect analog triggers and sticks, two rumble motors, two back buttons, and customization software via the GameSir T4k App.
The gamepad has a size of 156 x 107 x 60 mm (6.14 x 4.21 x 2.36 inches) and weighs 212 g (0.47 pounds). If you know your gamepads, you know that it’s on par with Microsoft’s Xbox One controller.
And in the gaming world, you want to stick with what works. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, as the adage goes. But what does need fixed demands attention, and that’s precisely what GameSir set out to do. And that brings us to Hall Effect sensing sticks.
Hall Effect Sensing Sticks
At first glance, this controller looks like any of the countless Xbox One-inspired gamepads on the market today. But aesthetics is where the similarities stop. The Hall Effect sensing sticks are the single-biggest standout feature of the T4 Kaleid. This revolutionary tech stands to forever change – and improve – modern gaming.
Rather than using gyroscopic analog sticks that so many controllers use today, GameSir’s Hall Effect sensing sticks rely on magnetic sensors to translate your actions to the screen. What’s the big deal, you ask? Simply put, magnetic sensors are virtually impervious to stick drift. Whereas traditional gamepads are prone to this issue ranging from a few days to a couple of years, Hall Effect sticks should never fail you. That’s a big deal.
We thoroughly tested this claim across a variety of gaming genres and platforms. To gauge the effectiveness of these sticks, we played several games, including first-person shooters, racing games, and fighting games, on PC, Switch, and Android devices. In first-person shooter games, the Hall Effect sensing sticks provided exceptional anti-drift glide, allowing for precise aiming and movement.
If you’re an avid FPS player, you know how important this is. Moreover, this feature was especially advantageous during intense gameplay moments, where a minor drift could mean the difference between victory and defeat. As a result, the GameSir T4 Kaleid helped us maintain accuracy and control even in high-pressure situations.
During our testing with racing games, we found that the Hall Effect sensing sticks allowed for smooth steering and accurate control of the vehicle. The reliable performance of the sticks enabled us to navigate tight corners and avoid obstacles with ease, contributing to an overall enhanced racing experience. And in fighting games, that same high-precision character control is present. Whether you’re slinging Hadoukens or performing complex inputs to pull off the latest Fatality, this pad keeps up without missing a beat.
And it’s the consistent performance of the sticks that ensures you’ll be able to focus on strategic gameplay without worrying about unintended character movements. Overall, our extensive testing of the GameSir T4 Kaleid’s Hall Effect sensing sticks demonstrated their ability to deliver reliable and durable performance across various gaming genres and platforms. This feature is particularly beneficial for gamers who require precise control in a wide range of gaming situations.
Hall Effect Analog Triggers
Another common complaint gamers have with modern pads is analog trigger failure. GameSir addressed this problem, too, with precision-tuned analog Hall Effect triggers. We conducted extensive testing across various games, focusing primarily on racing and action titles. We aimed to assess the consistency, smoothness, and precision of these triggers in different gaming scenarios. One recent title that relies heavily on analog triggers is Resident Evil 4 Remake. It’s a game that demands reliable buttons, and the T4 Kaleid didn’t fail us once in our testing.
In racing games, we found that the Hall Effect analog triggers allowed us to have precise control over acceleration and braking, thanks to their consistent travel depth. This consistency enabled us to intuitively gauge the required depth of pressure for smooth acceleration and braking, which greatly improved our overall racing experience. We were able to easily maintain control of our vehicles, even during high-speed races and challenging tracks with tight turns.
Now, that’s not to say that this pad is only suited to third-person action and racing games. On the contrary, it handles other gaming genres just as gracefully and reliably, such as platformers and adventure games.
We determined the triggers to be equally consistent and precise, allowing for seamless character control and interaction with in-game elements. And for those who enjoy FPS and action games, the Hair Trigger Mode lets you quickly switch over to it by holding the M+LT/RT buttons. This allows for ultimate responsiveness and precise linear control, giving players a competitive edge when it matters most. Through our extensive testing, we can conclude that the precision-tuned analog triggers significantly contribute to an immersive gaming experience.
Tactile Face Buttons with a Crisp, Cushioned Feel
Of course, no gamepad is complete without face buttons, and the ones on this controller are top-notch. We put them through their paces, and our goal was to evaluate the responsiveness, comfort, and durability of these buttons.
One genre that requires your face buttons to be on point is fighting games. You can rest easy if that’s your forte, as this pad’s face buttons allow for quick and accurate input of complex button combinations, so you can execute powerful moves and combos with ease. The reduced travel distance of 0.6mm significantly contributed to the rapid response time in our testing, which was crucial for reacting to opponents’ moves and adapting our strategies on the fly.
Comfort is another necessity, so we were pleased to discover that there are soft pads made of rubber to give the controller a satisfying and cushioned feel. This prevents finger fatigue during extended gaming sessions.
Factor in the crisp, cushiony feel of the buttons, and you’ve got a controller that is more enjoyable and less frustrating than the standard fare. What’s more, the face buttons demonstrated their durability throughout our testing, showing no signs of wear or performance degradation. With a 5-million-click lifespan, these buttons are built to withstand the rigors of intense gaming sessions.
Motion Controls for an Immersive Experience
The pad boasts a built-in 6-axis gyro, which we found to significantly enhance the gaming experience when playing Switch motion-control games. The gyro enables rotation and tilt for more immersive interactions, allowing players to feel more connected to their in-game actions. We tested this feature in various games, such as sports and adventure titles, and found that the added motion controls greatly improved the sense of realism and engagement.
Additionally, the special Motion Aim/Steer tech allows players to aim or steer in games with a simple tilt of the controller. This feature, which we tested on PC and Android devices, further enhanced the gaming experience by providing an intuitive and immersive way to control in-game actions.
Multi-Platform Compatibility: Smooth Performance Across Devices
We tested it on various platforms, including Switch, Steam, and Android devices, and found that it performed smoothly with minimal latency. This consistent performance allowed for gaming without the worry of low battery life, making the T4 Kaleid a versatile choice for gamers who play on multiple platforms.
Personalized Lighting Effects: Customization and Audio Reactivity
The controller features four customizable light effects that can be adjusted for keyframe, speed, brightness, and the five light beads. We like how these lighting options allow for a high degree of personalization.
Players can create a unique and visually appealing gaming setup, something that’s not the norm on today’s gaming devices. But what really sets these lights apart is that they can be programmed to react to audio (through GameSir’s T4k App). As a result, the controller’s lighting will change and pulse based on the audio being played. While not necessary, the feature does help to add an extra layer of immersion.
It’s also worth noting that the App allows for complete customization of the gaming experience, from button mapping and D-pad diagonal adjustments to stick and trigger zones, vibration configuration, and light effect fine-tuning. The Motion Aim/Steer feature can be experienced across all games, providing even more immersive gameplay.
Multi-Function M and Macro Buttons
The M button allows for easy control of various functions, from light effects and brightness to trigger mode and ABXY layout. This added level of customization means players can tailor their gaming experience to their preferences, making the controller adaptable to different gaming styles and personal tastes.
There are also two macro back buttons that can be mapped to one or several buttons, enabling faster actions in-game. While they can take some getting used to, we found that the added control often improved our ability to react and perform in-game actions more quickly. Moreover, an optional turbo mode for main buttons provides even more control for the player. This feature proved to be particularly useful in games that required rapid button presses or continuous firing.
So, what’s our verdict on GameSir’s T4 Kaleid? It really has everything you could want from a modern controller. If you’re comfortable with an Xbox One pad – or any modern gamepad, for that matter – you’ll feel right at home with this one. Of course, the most notable point of interest is the Hall Effect technology. If you’re tired of spending money on replacement pads due to the obligatory stick drift, this is an investment you’ll be glad you made.