Officially licensed by Microsoft, The GameSir G7 is a gaming controller specifically designed to be used with Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows. It has a number of customizable features, including two swappable faceplates that can be to suit your personal style, an extra hair trigger mode, and additional back buttons.
The G7 controller also has a 3.5mm headset jack that allows you to quickly control the volume of your audio and chat without the need for any software. Additionally, the G7 controller features 256Hz polling rate, 0.004s input latency, and is equipped with Hall Effect analog triggers, mechanical micro-switches, and anti-friction glide rings.
|Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Windows 10/11
|Detachable 10ft / 3m cable with Type-C USB Connector (Type-A at console)
|3.5mm audio port for stereo audio output & microphone input
|1-Year Limited Warranty
The G7 controller comes in a white box packaging with photos and specifications on the sides. The box is durable and the controller is well protected within the box. Upon opening the box, you will find:
- GameSir G7 Controller
- Swappable White Faceplate
- Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Card
- 3m USB-C Cable
- User Manual
- GameSir Sticker
The G7 controller has a high-quality build and features subtle, quality-of-life improvements compared to the standard Xbox controller. It comes with textured, ergonomic grips, which help to keep your hands comfortable and cool during long gaming sessions. The controller also has a comfortable shape that reduces fatigue.
The GameSir G7 controller also has anti-friction glide rings around the edges of the analog sticks, which are designed to prevent the sticks from grinding against the sharp edges of the controller case. These glide rings are made of smooth plastic and help to reduce wear and tear on the joystick stems. They also provide a smoother feel when using the sticks.
At the bottom of the controller is a 3.5mm headset port and at the top is a USB-C port that you can use to connect the controller to consoles or computers using the included detachable 3m braided cable with a USB-C connector.
The G7 controller includes all of the buttons that you would find on a brand-new Xbox Series X|S controller, including the share button. In addition to these buttons, the G7 controller also has a mute button at the bottom, two mappable buttons at the back and a ‘M’ button located next to the D-pad. This button can be used to activate the Hair Trigger mode, configure buttons, switch between profiles, and control the volume and game-chat mix using the D-pad.
One potential downside to the design of the G7 controller is that it requires a specifically shaped USB-C cable that fits into the port. However, you can use the cable that is included in the box.
Usage & Features
The ergonomic rubber-coated grips on the handles are excellent when gaming for long durations. The build quality is excellent and the button clicks feel great as they press down and pop up with good precision.
The analogue sticks are well tuned and slick thanks to the anti-friction glide rings. The D-Pad is snappy and the X, Y, A, and B face buttons has mechanical-click feel to it, which is very satisfying. GameSir claims the micro switches have an actuation distance of just 0.6mm – which is instantly noticeable.
The triggers use Hall Effect technology and uses electromagnetic sensors for extremely smooth response. They also feature a ‘Hair Trigger’ mode actuate at the slightest touch and allows you to lightly tap to activate game commands. There are a total of four rumble motors, in each grip and triggers and the vibrations feels quite good. On the back side of the controller are two additional triggers which can be mapped to in-game functions.
Using the shortcut D-Pad button buttons, adjustments can be made to the volume and mic level while holding down the ‘M’ button. The controller can also store up to three user profiles, which you can use to quick switch between to work with different games such as racing, FPS, strategy etc.
In terms of software, the GameSir Nexus software app is available for download on Xbox and PC from the Microsoft App Store. The software allows you to customize and create up to three unique profiles for your G7 controller by mapping buttons, adjusting the D-pad diagonal, configuring the sticks and triggers zone, and adjusting the vibration settings. You can also use the software to update the controller firmware.
GameSir G7 Wired Controller Review Verdict
Featuring solid build quality and numerous additional improvements within the same price bracket as the original Xbox controller, the GameSir G7 is a feature-packed gaming controller that performs exceptionally well.
It has a 256Hz polling rate, 0.004s input latency, and is equipped with Hall Effect analog triggers, mechanical micro-switches, and anti-friction glide rings. The controller also has four rumble motors, volume and microphone controls, and two programmable back buttons.
In addition, it comes with a paint-friendly faceplate that you can customize to suit your personal style. The G7 also has a companion app that provides even more features and customization options.