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Mobile gaming suffers from a severe lack of physical controls. With the ability to custom-map on-screen controls to physical buttons on the telescopic Flydigi Wee 2T controller, is it the remedy that mobile gaming needs?

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Call me old school but I haven’t been sold on mobile gaming mostly due to their lack of physical controls. Even if phones are quite powerful these days and some mobile games can be quite impressive, I’m not much drawn to the platform because of its overreliance on virtual controls. Since the Xperia Play - or my favorite phone ever - we haven’t had gaming phones with proper physical controls and useable as  a daily driver (we're well overdue a contemporary Xperia Play model). Gaming centric smartphones like the Red Magic, ASUS ROG and Black Shark boast specs over function. The Black Shark 4 does include physical triggers but they only indicate how much better mobile gaming can get with full-blown physical controls. 

Thankfully, third-party accessories are here to fill in that gap and the Wee 2T from Flydigi is one such device. At the time of writing, the official Amazon store lists the price at $58 and you’ll find the following items out of the box:

  • Wee 2T telescopic controller
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • User Manual

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As for the specs, you’ll find them below:

  • Supported Platforms: Android 6.0 and above systems and Bluetooth 4.0 mobile phones and tablets (Does not support iOS 13.4 and above)
  • Product Size: Contracted Length: 5.89in, Expanded length: 9.21in, Width: 3.4in, Thickness: 1.03in
  • Wireless Frequency: 2.4-2.485Ghz Bluetooth 4.0BLE
  • Supported Length of Devices: 3.5 - 6.3 inches
  • Battery Life: 80 hours
  • Battery Capacity: 300mAH
  • Charging Time: 3-4 hours
  • Operating Temperature Range: -5℃ ~ +50℃
  • Storage Temperature Range: -20℃ ~ +80℃
  • Weight: 0.26Lbs

From the promotional pictures, the Wee 2T looks fine on the hardware size but when I got it in hand, I found some issues with the overall build quality. It isn’t exactly cheap but it’s not very premium either. It has a plastic-y feel to it and there are areas that Flydigi could have clearly improved upon. For one, the controller, even when retracted, wobbles slightly around the spine. The wobbling becomes more pronounced when it is protracted but thankfully isn’t noticeable when a phone is inserted in it.

Then there’s the semblance of grips at the back but they are just minor grooves made of the same material as the body. Some rubberized padding would have been very welcome here to add to the comfort while in use.

Still about padding, at the inner grooves where the phone slots in, you will find some rubber pads but they aren’t enough. They are present at both ends where the back of the phone meets the device but aren’t present where the lower end of the phone meets the device. Padding is also present on the left groove where the top of the phone sits but aren’t present on the right groove where the rear end of the phone sits. Wherever the phone gets in contact with the device, some padding should have been included to prevent any scratches between the two.

Lastly about the hardware, the Wee 2T doesn’t feature clickable control sticks, so no L3/R3 mapping which could be useful for some emulators. Luckily, there are two additional buttons, the ‘Z’ and the ‘C’ keys, on the right side of the device which could take over those roles. As for the control sticks themselves, they are a bit smaller than what I’m used to but they work well, as do the other keys. The trigger and back buttons deliver satisfying clicks while the face buttons are smoother and less audible.

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In the main picture, you can see a lack of padding in the groove, while in the thumbnail padding is present on the other groove

To use the Wee 2T, you’ll have to download the companion app, Flydigi Game Centre, by scanning the QR code at the back of the device or from the Google Play store. Once done, you’ll have to open it and pair your phone with the device and slot your phone in. You’ll have to be careful here as it supports devices which are 75-165 mm long. I tried it with the Black Shark 4, which is itself just about the maximum fit (16.4 cm), and still manage to get it to fit but this leads to some bending of the spine. The Wee 2T also accommodates phones of a thickness of a maximum of around 9.2mm, so you will need to bear that in mind or else the phone might pop off the grooves while gaming. I think here Flydigi should have accommodated for a larger range of phones since gaming phones tend to be quite long (the Red Magic 5G is 16.8 cm and the ASUS ROG Phone 3 is 17.1 cm). In any case, there is a space between the back of the phone and the spine, allowing for some aeration.

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Bending of spine with larger phone vs no bending with a phone that fits

Before booting a game, you can choose between Flashplay (overlay) and Classic (Xinput) modes. Flydigi says that Flashplay mode isn’t supported by phones with MediaTek CPU so you will have to switch to classic mode. Since this mode equates to Xinput, you can easily use it to navigate on your phone and play emulators right away like PPSSPP. When booting some games like Half-Life 2, I get a pop-up asking to switch to Classic mode and it also works well in those cases.

Flashplay mode lets you play games with the controller that don’t natively support controller input. The way it works is by emulating a screen tap when you hit a button. You can reposition the buttons and even add combinations thanks to a floating, on-screen Flydigi icon. Once overlaid, you can click the Flydigi logo button on the controller and the overlay icons will disappear. However, I wish there were a way to adjust their visibility as you can forget the mapping and having them on-screen would help. But it’s nothing that a single click on the logo button can’t fix.

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Thumbnail: click on the Flydigi icon button to show/hide overlay buttons

Once mapped, you can also save the custom layout for individual games and this is quite handy. But to play a game in Flashplay, you will need to boot it through the Flydigi Game Centre app, which is an extra step. 

Also, swapping between Flashplay and Classic modes can be fiddly, requiring you to unpair and repair the controller when you swap. This isn’t very ideal and there should have been an easier way to swap between those two, either by a physical toggle on the controller or without requiring the repairing process.

The Wee 2T also allows for two additional input methods. One is with a keyboard and mouse. There’s a USB 3.0 port on the lower left side of the controller and, with a cable sold separately, you can plug your keyboard and mouse to the device. While it’s always welcome to have more input options, it is not an option I would go for personally.

As for the second input method, it comes from the upgrade that the Wee 2T packs compared to the original Wee 2: gyro controls. It allows you to map keys to the device’s rotation and it’s a welcome addition as it provides additional input methods. However, it’s again a feature I barely use and I would very much have preferred that they included L3/R3 instead.

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Despite some issues with the hardware and some fiddling with the software, using the Wee 2T as a mobile gaming controller works well. Inputs are responsive and accurate and it does help completely free the phone’s screen from any fingers and lets you take in the action, unrestricted. Overlaying controls with Flashplay is a really great way to do so with games that don’t natively support controllers like Genshin Impact, and it feels just much better to play such games with physical controls.

It’s also light and very portable, although I wish they included a carry case. Flydigi says that this controller boasts a battery life of 80 hours, which is quite a lofty claim. But it’s safe to say that your phone’s battery will run out before the controller does.

But at $58, it isn’t that much cheaper than the $60 GameSir X2 Type-C which boasts a better build quality and even supports Nintendo Switch emulation. But we still need competitors in this space and I hope Flydigi comes with new and improved telescopic controllers in the future as these do enhance mobile gaming thanks to actual physical controls.

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Verdict

What We Liked ...
  • Compatible with games that don't natively support controllers
  • Responsive controls
  • Battery life
  • Gyro support
  • Option to plug keyboard and mouse
What We Didn't Like ...
  • Build quality
  • Some additional padding is lacking
  • Fiddly to swap between Flashplay and Classic modes
  • No L3/R3
7.3
out of 10

Overall

Compact and responsive, the Flydigi Wee 2T is an adequate option for mobile gaming that brings those coveted physical controls in a compact form factor
I'll never understand why all games can't have at least barebones /real/ gamepad hid support.

Aligning with buttons is a pain.

At least wardrums gtasa supports a ds4 out of the box...

Mobile gaming sucks.
 
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I had one of these I paid £5 from work. Overall it was fairly terribly. Half the time It didn't work as intented. Mapping was an issue in things such as retroarch and other games had inconsistent mapping across games. Even after getting the app and swapping modes it still failed to work right half the time unless I swapped between modes a few times till it just worked randomly. The analogue sticks had odd range aswell inconsistent circle range . It's ok if you plan on using for maybe one game or retroarch but it's still not great. Maybe worth the £5 I paid if you can find one for that price. Or just buy something branded like the razer kishi which works flawlessly
 
what needs to be cleaned? the black background is my large mousepad and the color has faded a bit and it bears some signs of wear which can't be cleaned

The device itself. The one pic for example, you can see what looks like your dead skin where the top & bottom shell come together. Your framing and/or image cropping could also use a lot of work.
 
I bought one of these a long time ago for my 1st Generation Galaxy Fold, worked fantastically for emulation once I switched the controller to classic mode (after which I deleted the companion app, wasn't needed for future pairing).

One of the biggest pros for me comparing the Flydigi Wee 2T compared to various iPEGA models I tested was that iPEGA models had slightly more input latency to a level which wasn't acceptable to me.
 
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The device itself. The one pic for example, you can see what looks like your dead skin where the top & bottom shell come together. Your framing and/or image cropping could also use a lot of work.
where's dead skin and what should be better with framing/cropping? some closer shots focus on features being discussed.

and if you want to do a review with images you'd be more satisfied with, you're welcome to post yours under the user submitted reviews here.
 
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I have the first version of this controller. Tried it once, and it now sits inside of a storage box. Basically the controls are too mushy, there is no precision and the build quality is not that great. Better invest a bit more money on a proper mobile controller from the likes of GameSir or MOGA.
 
I have the first version of this controlled. Tried it once, and it now sits inside of a storage box. Basically the controls are too mushy, there is no precision and the build quality is not that great. Better invest a bit more money on a proper mobile controller from the likes of GameSir or MOGA.
I heard the new version is much better
 
where's dead skin and what should be better with framing/cropping? some closer shots focus on features being discussed.

and if you want to do a review with images you'd be more satisfied with, you're welcome to post yours under the user submitted reviews here.

I can see the skin or grime plain as day. And there's others, but the last three images are badly framed/cropped. And don't ask questions if you're going to get hurt by the answers. I gave you some constructive criticism. Maybe take it, rather than be offended?
 
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No L3 and RE is a deal breaker, no USB C is a deal breaker, and the horrible ABXY layout using the Xbox style instead of the standardized Nintendo layout is the final nail in the coffin for me.
 
That price is a complete piss taker. Honestly you're better off getting a 8bitdo controller with clip. Form factor sucks but at least the controllers will be solid.
 
I can see the skin or grime plain as day. And there's others, but the last three images are badly framed/cropped. And don't ask questions if you're going to get hurt by the answers. I gave you some constructive criticism. Maybe take it, rather than be offended?
I asked you about where exactly you see dead skin but you didn't specify which picture. So much for constructive criticism. If you mean where the phone gets in contact with the telescopic part, then it's scratch marks due to the phone's camera.

As for the last 3 pictures, I don't know what more you'd want to see in pictures that just show a phone with the controller attached and running a game. Not sure if you wanted me to have a Master's in photography but you can head to the user submitted reviews here as suggested to post better pictures that are to your liking.
 
I bought the original model for around $25 a few years back. I thinks it's well suited for 8- and 16-bit console emulation.

The main issue I had with it is that it was blocking the 3.5" jack of my OnePlus One, but nowadays, phone don't have headphones jacks any more,

If I was to buy this type of device today, I would probably opt for the GameSir X2: USB-C makes more sense than Bluetooth: no pairing hassle or bluetooth latency to deal with.
 
I asked you about where exactly you see dead skin but you didn't specify which picture.

I think they're talking about the picture showing that USB port looking thing (is that a USB port? ), it very slightly looks like it, but yeah I don't think that's dead skin grime in there on something you just received new to review. That usually takes months to build grime up on the seams of controllers and appears alongside wear and tear of the rest of the device as well.[/QUOTE]
 
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I can see the skin or grime plain as day. And there's others, but the last three images are badly framed/cropped. And don't ask questions if you're going to get hurt by the answers. I gave you some constructive criticism. Maybe take it, rather than be offended?
Your comment is not constructive at all - you only hijacked the thread.
 
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You guys should really review the Saitake 700F, out of all the options it's probably the best one for the price. I've got one and it's very nice. It's only like $25.
It's cool but damn the inputlag .... It seems that it's something that will always be there. Idk how to get rid of that on mobile, I thought that getting a controller could help with that but not really
 
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I think they're talking about the picture showing that USB port looking thing (is that a USB port? ), it very slightly looks like it, but yeah I don't think that's dead skin grime in there on something you just received new to review. That usually takes months to build grime up on the seams of controllers and appears alongside wear and tear of the rest of the device as well.
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yes that's a USB port and it's probably some dust that got in the groove and it's quite hard to reach there to clean. And I don't think it's such an issue with this picture.
 
That is what I was referring to. That is absolutely hand dirt/grime/dead skin building up. This is why I don't buy used controllers. Take a needle or something to clean those gaps on a second hand controller and find a nice pile of someone elses skin. Lmao.

All I was trying to say, is that your article would look a lot nicer if you took just a bit more time to clean things up, make sure the images look nice, etc. Friendly tips. That's all. It wasn't meant to insinuate that you're an idiot or something.

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I have this one. The Dpad is pretty hard. It has the irritating input lag bluetooth controllers always have. You never know if you need to use classic or flashplay mode.
But to me the biggest downside is the compatibility with only small phones. Most games who buy this thing is to play on gamer cellphones, they are big. It fits my Pocofone F1 but not my Rog Phone 2(better screen, AMOLED).
 
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