Mad Catz, makers of some of the strangest, yet amazingly comfortable and functional devices has announced the S.U.R.F.R. wireless media and game controller today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. This controller is designed to make your connected living room or bedroom a little easier to navigate. This hand-held keyboard controller is meant to work with most of your connected entertainment devices such as your smart TV’s that run Android TV, or connected to various Android streaming devices such as Amazon Fire TV, or connected devices such as smartphones which can also be used in the smartphone clip so you can game on the go, tablets, and home theater computers. It has Bluetooth integration for enabled devices, and if your devices do not have Bluetooth baked in, you can connect the included nano-dongle to the USB port of your device to allow you to connect to the S.U.R.F.R. This device also works with Mad Catzs M.O.J.O. Micro-Console for Android. That gives you a ton of options and uses for this device.
The S.U.R.F.R. is a hand-held full QWERTY keyboard that has mouse capabilities. This keyboard can also be used as a gaming controller. It comes complete with dual analog thumb sticks and also has actions buttons that are within reach of said thumb sticks. On the left thumb stick, you have buttons that act like the familiar D-pad that most gamers are used to while the right side sports the typical four action buttons that are similar to console controllers. This controller remains functional yet is ergonomic and comfortable. This is a mainstay of Mad Catz devices, they may look strange sometimes, but they are always comfortable. This device is part of Mad Catz GameSmart suite of connected products, which is designed to use Bluetooth to bring a wireless and seamless gaming eco-system to the mobile platform.
The device is up for pre-order now through Mad Catz’s website (source link below). It will retail for a cool $79.99 and comes in three colors: white, red, and black. So if you are looking for a wireless keyboard and gaming controller combination for your living room, then you may want to take a look at the Mad Catz S.U.R.F.R. With the proliferation of integrated smart devices in our home such as televisions, wireless media controllers will eventually replace our remotes. At $79.99, let’s just hope that it doesn’t get lost like their generic tv remote cousins.