I love both the Logitech G Cloud and Razer Edge. But if you only want one, here’s what you need to consider before you make any purchasing decisions by someone who owns both handhelds.
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Power and Performance
In terms of power, the Razer Edge clinches it. That extra RAM can be felt when it comes to the more powerful Android apps and games. Although it’s worth stating, the difference in power isn’t a gulf, it’s more of a small pond.
Both the Logitech G Cloud and Razer Edge offer up unrivaled power in the Android handheld market. The Razer Edge is more powerful, but it’s not enough of a jump to consider this a clean win for the Razer device. Games like Genshin Impact, Diablo Immortal, and the cloud streaming apps will work brilliantly on both consoles.
When it comes to loading up apps, the Razer Edge is faster, but it’s only by an average of a few seconds. If you care about those minor differences in power, the Razer Edge is the clear winner here, but from my experience of reviewing both consoles, there’s much more to it than power.
|Logitech G Cloud||Razer Edge|
|Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G||Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x Gen 1|
|RAM: 4GB||RAM: 6 GB/8GB|
|Wi-Fi: 2.4GHz and 5GHz||Wi-Fi: 2.4GHz or 6E|
|Weight: 463 g||Weight: 401 g|
Winner: Razer Edge
This is where things get interesting. The Logitech G Cloud boasts a seven-inch 1920 x 1080 full HD IPS screen in a 16:9 ratio at 450 nits. That screen is also running at 60 hertz. The Razer Edge, meanwhile, comes equipped with a 6.8-inch full HD plus AMOLED screen at 2400 x 1080 (16:9 but extra long) with a refresh rate of 144Hz.
On paper, this should be an easy win for Razer. The AMOLED screen and the larger resolution and size should automatically beat the Logitech G Cloud. But in my testing? It’s not that simple.
Visually, the sheer clarity the Razer Edge offers can’t be beat. It’s gorgeous, color truly pops, and at double the refresh rate, everything moves along at a much smoother pace. So what’s the catch? Bezels.
I’m still as dumbfounded now as I was when I first got the Razer Edge. For some reason, Razer decided to add rounded bezels to the screen, which cuts off corners when you do find a game that’s capable of running at that bizarre 2400 x 1080 resolution.
It’s a shame because when you have both consoles next to one another, there’s a clear difference in quality. The Razer tech is more advanced and results in a clearer and more vibrant picture. But the bezels, man. Your options are to play a game in 16:9 and deal with black bars on both sides of the screen, or enlarge the picture and suffer losing the corners.
On the Logitech G Cloud, sure, the color isn’t as clear and the refresh rate differences are noticeable, but you can see everything that’s on there. Plus the difference in quality is only noticeable when you have both consoles next to each other, and I’m going to go ahead and assume most people won’t be doing that.
The choice is this: A visually unbeatable screen with irritating bezels or a great screen with no bezels.
Winner: Logitech G Cloud
Due to both devices shipping with Android 12, that means they come with the Google Play app installed, and with it, access to a variety of different emulators.
For the older retro devices like Super Nintendo, N64, Dreamcast, and anything before those, both consoles will run them without even breaking a sweat. It’s only when you move above those systems that things start to change.
On the Logitech G Cloud, PS2 is where the device taps out. PS2 emulation is near perfect, but try running GameCube or anything above that and compatibility is spotty.
How does the Razer Edge compare? I was able to run PS2 pretty much flawlessly with the games I tested, and GameCube worked without many issues. I also managed to play some 3DS, PSP, and even a small selection of undemanding Nintendo Switch titles. That’s a pretty big leap.
If it’s purely emulation of the higher-end systems, the Razer Edge is the way to go, so long as you can put up with those bezels.
I do need to stress, neither the Logitech G Cloud nor Razer Edge hold a candle to the Steam Deck in terms of emulation. The Steam Deck is only limited by the state of the emulators themselves and can push retro games further thanks to the extra processing power (think resolution upscaling, mods, graphics packs, and so on).
That said, the Steam Deck isn’t an Android device, and that can be a deal-breaker for some. You’ll also spend much longer tinkering on the Steam Deck compared with the Logitech G Cloud and the Razer Edge, so be sure to keep that in mind.
Winner: Razer Edge
Build Quality and Design
If you’re already a user of the Razer Kishi controller, you’ll come into the Razer Edge knowing how it’ll feel. If you’re coming at both consoles anew, though, that won’t be a factor.
Although the Razer Edge looks and feels more premium than the Logitech G Cloud, the overall design of the Logitech G Cloud is too good to ignore.
The thumbsticks on the Razer Edge aren’t great. They’re responsive, but the convex nature isn’t a good match for handheld gaming. It’s a similar type of stick cap the Nintendo Switch uses, and they’re just not good for most games. FPS games lack accuracy, and while they’re serviceable in more story-focused titles, they’re still not anywhere near as comfortable as the Logitech G Cloud’s mix of flat-concave caps.
Button placement on both consoles is solid, with both systems opting for the Xbox-style of controller layout. One of my biggest irks here is the Razer Edge’s use of a screenshot/streaming button. Hit this button and you’ll be sent into the streaming section of the console. Accidentally hit this button during a game, and you’ll be accidentally sent into the streaming section of the console. See the problem? I like the concept of the button, but it’d be nice if you could customize it or turn it off completely.
As for the trigger setup, I like both but prefer the surface area on the Logitech G Cloud.
What this all comes down to is do you want a dedicated gaming device (the Logitech G Cloud), or something more akin to a Nintendo Switch you can take apart (the Razer Edge).
The Logitech G Cloud lacks the premium finish of the Razer Edge, but the all-in-one design means it feels more like a handheld that’s been designed to be a handheld, rather than the Razer Edge which is a Kishi controller with a strange but stunning screen.
Winner: Logitech G Cloud
Battery life in both devices is pretty similar. The Logitech G Cloud packs in a 6000 mAh (milliampere/hour) battery, while the Razer Edge comes with a 5000 mAh battery. The difference in playtime isn’t much. I averaged around 11 hours on the Razer Edge and roughly 12 hours on the Logitech G Cloud. There really is around one hour difference between the two.
Of course, that’s purely just using the devices for what they’re intended: Cloud Streaming. Emulation and Android gaming will deplete the battery faster.
Winner: Logitech G Cloud
Cloud streaming will all come down to your Internet. I have 200 MB speeds where I live so everything I tried, on both the Logitech G Cloud and the Razer Edge, worked without many issues.
What I will say is to try game streaming on a mobile device or PC before you pick up either console. Chances are if those devices can run it, the Logitech G Cloud and Razer Edge will be able to as well. It’s best to check before you purchase anything, though.
Who Is Each Console For?
Logitech G Cloud: Someone who’s familiar with Android and wants an all-in-one gaming handheld that’s able to run the latest Android games, game streaming apps, and emulation up to PS2 on a great screen.
Razer Edge: Someone who’s familiar with Android and wants a detachable tablet and controller that’s able to run the latest Android games, game streaming apps, and emulation up to Nintendo Switch on a killer high-end screen with large bezels.
Logitech G Cloud: $349.99/£329.99
Razer Edge Wifi: $349.99/Unavailable in the UK
Razer Edge 6E: Available through Verizon
I love both consoles and use them regularly. But, it’s hard not to feel like Razer shoved a stunning but random tablet screen onto a Kishi controller. If those bezels weren’t there, this would be a different story. The Razer Edge has the better screen, more premium materials, and internal power. But the bezels really get in the way and the only way to alleviate the problem is to shrink the screen down to 16:9, which makes it a smaller surface area than the Logitech G Cloud’s screen.
Whichever console you pick, you’ll come away happy. But I’d wager most will find more to dislike about the Razer Edge than the Logitech G Cloud despite it being the better handheld. That’s why I recommend playing it safe and going with the more dedicated Android handheld in the Logitech G Cloud.
My Recommendation: Logitech G Cloud
All photos captured by Wesley Copeland | Review units of the Logitech G Cloud and Razer Edge provided by PR previously