Gamepad GameSir T4 Kaleid

GameSir T4 Kaleid

Ranking:100 Experimental
Compatible: AndroidLinuxPCNintendo Switch
Interfaces: Cable
Release date: 17 April 2023
Price range: $38.00$56.39, find on: amzn.to, aliexpress.com

GameSir T4 Kaleid input lag comparison

The latency measurement was performed using a GPDL device.
This device is connected directly to the gamepad pins and allows you to get accurate and true calculations of the real latency.
The test was made by users of the site and its verification is not official.
#ConnectionModeMin.Avg.Max.Polling rate JitterOSFW
GameSir T4 Kaleid
1CableXinput1.482.373.61973.11 of 1000 Hz 0.4
Win 11
1.4.4
2CableXinput1.532.864.62500 of 500 Hz 0.62
Win 11
1.4.4
3CableXinput2.063.916.52241.35 of 250 Hz 1.15
Win 11
1.4.4

Other tests

#ConnectionModeMin.Avg.Max.Polling rate JitterOSFW
GameSir T4 Kaleid
4CableXinput0.51 *1.03 *2.51 *973.11 of 1000 Hz 0.26
Windows
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5CableXinput0.5 *1.05 *3 *950.7 of 1000 Hz 0.22
Win 11
1.4.4
6CableXinput0.97 *1.12 *2.99 *889.49 of 1000 Hz 0.3
Windows
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7CableXinput1.51 *2.06 *4 *485.28 of 500 Hz 0.35
Windows
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*Note: Latency with an asterisk are based on polling rate and do not represent actual input-lag.
More information

Latency

This chart shows how quickly your gamepad responds to button presses. Each point on the graph represents a test result.

  • The horizontal axis (X-axis) measures the time that has passed from pressing the button to the game responding. This time is called "latency".
  • The vertical axis (Y-axis) shows how often we got such a result, in percentages.

If you hover over a point on the graph, you'll see how long the latency was and how often it occurred.

The smaller the latency, the better. In an ideal world, as soon as you press a button on the gamepad, the action happens instantly in the game. If there's a large delay, you might press the button, but the action only happens some time later. In fast-paced games where every second counts, a high latency can become a problem.

Use this chart to figure out how fast your gamepad reacts.

Polling rate

The polling rate (also known as the report rate) in gamepads refers to how often the controller sends input information to the console or computer. It's measured in Hertz (Hz), which translates to the number of times per second the device reports its status to the computer.

For example, a gamepad with a polling rate of 125 Hz sends its status to the computer 125 times per second, or every 8 milliseconds.

The polling rate is essential in gaming for two reasons:

  1. Responsiveness: A higher polling rate means the controller communicates its state to the computer more frequently, resulting in faster and more responsive gameplay. In fast-paced or competitive games, even a slight increase in responsiveness can give players an advantage.

  2. Accuracy: A higher polling rate can also increase the accuracy of the controller. This is particularly important for devices like gaming mice, where precise movements can be critical, but it can also impact gamepads, especially in games that require accurate inputs.

However, it's important to note that a higher polling rate can also put more strain on the computer's CPU, as it needs to process inputs more frequently. Moreover, beyond a certain point, increases in polling rate may not yield noticeable improvements due to limitations in human reaction time and display refresh rates.

Jitter

Jitter is a measure of how much the gamepad's latency varies during testing. It is calculated as the standard deviation of the recorded delay times. A lower jitter value indicates more consistent latency, while a higher jitter suggests unstable performance. Low jitter is important for a smooth, responsive gaming experience.

Stick test of GameSir T4 Kaleid

Deadzones

Gamepad GameSir T4 Kaleid has no inner deadzones, which has which has a positive effect on aiming accuracy and micro control. Also GameSir T4 Kaleid has no skip motion, which makes controlling the center part of the axis more precise. There is no outer deadzones on the sticks of the GameSir T4 Kaleid gamepad. This is quite a rare value, which on the one hand is a good indicator of the stick calibration accuracy. But also in some cases it can have negative consequences in the form of not being able to bring the stick to the end position 100%.

Axis behavior

The stick resolution of the GameSir T4 Kaleid controller is not great. It is only capable of registering 71 stick positions from center to edge. This is barely enough for a comfortable game. However, the GameSir T4 Kaleid has no axis binding. This is a good indicator that completely eliminates "rail-like" horizontal and vertical stick movements. Random stick stop positions of the GameSir T4 Kaleid gamepad are fixed clearly without tremor. This ensures accuracy in controlling the scope during gameplay. When the GameSir T4 Kaleid stick is released, it always returns exactly to the center position without deviation. Which is good enough, given the lack of an internal deadzones.

Circular shape

The stick circle shape of the GameSir T4 Kaleid is only 0.5%. This is an excellent accuracy rate!

Tested on firmware: 1.4.4, by Scott Cerato

Deadzones

Gamepad GameSir T4 Kaleid has no inner deadzones, which has which has a positive effect on aiming accuracy and micro control. Also GameSir T4 Kaleid has no skip motion, which makes controlling the center part of the axis more precise. The outer deadzones is normal. Its significant presence does not limit the range of motion and does not have a negative impact on control.

Axis behavior

The sticks of the GameSir T4 Kaleid gamepad have a high resolution, which allows you to register more than 300 positions from the center point to the outermost position. This is truly a good result! Unfortunately the GameSir T4 Kaleid gamepad sticks have an axis binding. This leads to sticking of the pointer and linear behavior of the sticks significantly worsening the accuracy of control. Random stick stop positions of the GameSir T4 Kaleid gamepad are fixed clearly without tremor. This ensures accuracy in controlling the scope during gameplay. When the GameSir T4 Kaleid stick is released, it always returns exactly to the center position without deviation. Which is good enough, given the lack of an internal deadzones.

Circular shape

The shape of the stick circle of the GameSir T4 Kaleid gamepad is still within the normal range. But the overall result leaves much to be desired.

Tested on firmware: 1.4.4, by Scott Cerato

GameSir T4 Kaleid: Pros and Cons

  • Back buttons
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall sticks
  • High polling rate
  • Macros
  • Multiple platforms
  • NFC
  • Switch wake up

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