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Meet the Mad Catz L.Y.N.X. 9 – a transforming controller for your Android devices

Meet the Mad Catz L.Y.N.X. 9 –...
The L.Y.N.X. 9 offers outlandish looks and lots of functionality
The L.Y.N.X. 9 offers outlandish looks and lots of functionality
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Mad Catz provides a companion app with the controller, that lets users tweak settings for specific apps and games
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Mad Catz provides a companion app with the controller, that lets users tweak settings for specific apps and games
The controller can be splits into two halves to accommodate tablets
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The controller can be splits into two halves to accommodate tablets
The Mad Catz L.Y.N.X. 9 gamepad controller
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The Mad Catz L.Y.N.X. 9 gamepad controller
The accessory allows the user to attach a smartphone via a removable clip
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The accessory allows the user to attach a smartphone via a removable clip
The purchase price includes a set of BigPlay adapters and cables that let you mirror a smartphone or tablet up to an HDTV
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The purchase price includes a set of BigPlay adapters and cables that let you mirror a smartphone or tablet up to an HDTV
The L.Y.N.X 9 isn’t the cheapest of mobile gaming accessories, coming in at $300
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The L.Y.N.X 9 isn’t the cheapest of mobile gaming accessories, coming in at $300
The device folds up to fit in the user's pocket
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The device folds up to fit in the user's pocket
The L.Y.N.X. 9 offers outlandish looks and lots of functionality
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The L.Y.N.X. 9 offers outlandish looks and lots of functionality
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While the popularity of mobile gaming has risen dramatically in the last few years, the fact remains that touch controls simply cannot compete with a physical controller when it comes to accuracy and comfort. Mad Catz has put some serious effort into solving the issue, creating a gamepad for Android devices that actually transforms depending you whether you’re using it with a tablet or a smartphone.

The L.Y.N.X. 9 is a pretty versatile accessory. It allows the user to attach a smartphone via a removable clip, splits into two halves to accommodate tablets, and even folds up small enough to fit your pocket. There’s also a QWERTY keyboard that clips in between the handles, and the purchase price includes a set of BigPlay adapters and cables that let you mirror a smartphone or tablet up to an HDTV.

Mad Catz provides a companion app with the controller that lets users tweak settings for specific apps and games, such as increasing thumb stick sensitivity for first person shooters. The accessory connects to its parent device via Bluetooth, and according to the company, will last up to 30 days on a single charge.

The controller can be splits into two halves to accommodate tablets
The controller can be splits into two halves to accommodate tablets

While the focus here is placed firmly upon making mobile gaming a more comfortable experience, the controller can also be used with your PC via Bluetooth, further increasing its versatility.

There is one small downside to the L.Y.N.X 9 – it isn’t the cheapest of mobile gaming accessories, coming in at US$300. It’s available for pre-order now and is set to start shipping in March.

Source: Mad Catz

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