Tech Up! GameSir F8 Pro Snowgon Mobile Cooling Grip

By Luke Hemming 28.08.2021

For some people, mobile gaming is a difficult nut to crack into. With a rudimentary knowledge of the platform, everything seems that little bit too difficult to enjoy. Lack of 'real games', lack of power, and unresponsive controls are all cited as reasons to leave those mobile titles to the casuals and relax back into the comfort of a console. With the release of the F8 Pro Snowgon Mobile Cooling Grip however, the problems of battery overheating and a feeling of control have all been addressed and confronted head on.

With just a quick glance at the Snowgon, it's clear that in the mobile gaming 'verse, overheating seems to be a major issue. In the centre of the gaming grip is a large but unobtrusive cooler designed to rest directly behind the phone battery, allowing for lengthy play sessions with no fear of the system returning to its normal temperature. Framing this bladed brilliance are two grips designed to fit comfortably in the hand and allow a more console control feel. It's worth mentioning on a personal lever as well that a matte finish is always the way to go. After extended usage there are no worries at all of fingerprints drawing the eye from the presumably fingerprint covered screen.
As a large phone owner there was a worry that installation may be a troublesome or even impossible affair. Those fears were laid to rest with each side being spring loaded and comfortably wrapping themselves around the device with no chance of accidently letting it slip or damaging the casing in any way. The whole shebang is also fairly lightweight and with gorgeously crafted grips feeling delightful in the hand. With this lightweight design however does come some drawbacks that will certainly influence a purchase.

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Essentially, the F8 Pro Snowgon Mobile Cooling Grip puts grip at the forefront of the design and sees the cooling as somewhat of a bonus. Because of this, the grip itself has no internal battery. If cooling is wanted, it is going to require the attached USB-C cable and an external power device, be it wall socket or power bank.When in full swing however, cooling is taken care of by thermoelectric cooling and that must be good as it sounds really technical and nobody that it was mentioned to had heard of it. The important thing to keep in mind is that it does the job well. Playing the most power intensive apps that could be found on a reviewer phone, there was no noticeable raise in temperature after a good play session. For those who love a bit of flare to their rig, the fan also has an RGB light built in, flashing in all those expected gaming PC hues.

If the grips aren't grabbing (it was always coming) and for the more desktop tapper, accustomed to those tower defence and tappity-tap-tap experiences the kids love, the grips can also be mounted using the foldable stand at the back. These can even be propped up for a movie if required. Metal is a welcome material for its design, and it feels as if it's not going to pop out or snap after repeated usage. A small nub joystick is included that can be adjusted in quite a few ways to ensure it meets the criteria of whatever app it's needed for. It's quite neat and tidy and again its metallic finish adds that little flourish.

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Rated 7 out of 10
The F8 Pro Snowgon Mobile Cooling Grip would have come highly recommended for the mobile gaming scene if it had marketed itself purely as a grip and ignored the cooling aspect. With that addition however it leaves a big quandary when making a purchase. Gamesir themselves make products minus the cooling that perform the same functions just as well. It's really all about preference. The grip itself feels and looks great and with a purely physical application will fit and perform with any major phone. However, if cooling is the issue and with the F8 harbouring no internal power source, it's important to be prepared to either carry around a suitable power source to compensate or get used to days of desktop, USB powered playing.


 

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