Published on July 31st, 2016 | by Nicholas


Mad Catz Announces The SURFR, A Game Title Controller-Keyboard Combo That’s Remarkably Not Insane [Update: LYNX 3 Portable Controller]

Mad Catz Announces The SURFR, A Game Title Controller-Keyboard Combo That’s Remarkably Not Insane [Update: LYNX 3 Portable Controller]
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  • Update 1: 2015/02/27 3:20pm PST

    It looks like “surprisingly not insane” is the theme of Mad Catz’ MWC offerings, because the company has also announced the LYNX 3, the “L.Y.N.X.9’s Lil’ Bro.” It’s got

I am likely to be honest, when Mad Catz introduced the $300 controller/stand/keyboard/Bat’leth that’s the LYNX 9, I figured the organization choose to go from the deep finish. However their latest Bluetooth combo gadget really looks kind of awesome. Greet the The S.U.R.F.R (yeah, what they are called haven’t become much better), a Bluetooth controller that crams inside a thumb-sized keyboard inside a pocket-friendly form factor. Mad Catz is going to be showing them back at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in a few days.


The SURFR crams a Blackberry-style physical keyboard among a complete group of gaming keys. Design is novel: the conventional ABXY buttons surround a joystick around the right side, enabling controls for standard 2D games and more recent fare that depends on twin thumbsticks for movement. Additionally, it doubles like a mouse cursor – handy if you are utilizing it for Android TV or along with an HDMI-out device. I can not tell be it possible or practical to make use of both buttons and also the stick at the same time, but I am game to give it a try.


The general design is not bad either. The SURFR includes extended palm grips for much better comfort, standard trigger buttons, along with a removable clip for smartphones therefore it can switch between phones or capsules and hang-top boxes. It will likely be obtainable in three different colors and it’ll cost $79.99, by having an believed retail launch looking for May.

Update 1: 2015/02/27 3:20pm PST

It appears as though “remarkably not insane” may be the theme of Mad Catz’ MWC choices, because the organization has additionally introduced the LYNX 3, the “L.Y.N.X.9’s Lil’ Bro.” It’s exactly the same weird fold-out design because the LYNX 9, but omits the laptop keyboard and tablet pier for any more portable compact mode. It keeps the console-style control setup and also the switch-up phone holder. The LYNX 3 will definitely cost a far more reasonable $69.99, and it’ll be also obtainable in May.

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Press Release

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT/TSX: MCZ) announced today the S.U.R.F.R, a wireless media and game controller designed to integrate seamlessly into today’s connected living room, and portable enough take with you anywhere you want to go.

Seamlessly integrating with Bluetooth® enabled devices, the S.U.R.F.R provides uncompromised control to smart TV’s running Android TV, Android powered streaming media devices, such as the Amazon® Fire TV and the Mad CatzM.O.J.O.Micro-Console for Android as well as connected devices including smartphones, tablets and home theater PC’s.

Featuring a full QWERTY Keyboard and mouse capabilities along with integrated media controls, the S.U.R.F.R makes it easy to surf the web, navigate media, and stay connected via text or social media. And when you’re ready to game, theS.U.R.F.R delivers true gamepad control, with action buttons positioned around dual analog thumb sticks. Four buttons positioned on the left thumb stick mimic D-pad control, while buttons on the right serve as the traditional four action buttons commonly found on console style controllers. This unique configuration allows the controller to remain compact yet highly ergonomic during use.

“Today’s living room is rapidly evolving beyond proprietary cable boxes and gaming consoles. While consumers continue to gravitate towards connected devices as their preferred platform for streaming digital media content, gaming, surfing the web and social media, current controllers just don’t deliver on the experience they desire. The S.U.R.F.R has been designed to get the most out of these different devices we are now accustomed to in our daily lives,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “We are confident in the multiple opportunities presented by the S.U.R.F.R and look forward to it contributing to sales of our GameSmart suite of connected products throughout 2015 and beyond.”

For gaming-on-the-go, the S.U.R.F.R features a removable mobile clip for docking a smartphone.

Mad Catz’ S.U.R.F.R will debut March 1, 2015, at MobileFocus® Global 2015 in Barcelona, and will be on display the next day at Mobile World Congress in the Silicon Image®/MHL® booth, located in hall 7, number 7F31.

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