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Poor value and mediocre quality
on January 12, 2013
This sensor bar seemed to be the ideal solution for playing Wii games on Dolphin emulator, but unfortunately the quality is far lower than Nintendo's official sensor bars.
As shown in the customer image I uploaded, the LED count is lower. There are 3 IR LEDs per side instead of 5, the placements are different, and brightness is wildly inconsistent from one LED to the next. The cursor becomes jumpy and the remote has an extremely hard time reading the LEDs when the bar is used from any sort of angle at all, even while the official Nintendo bar is still read perfectly fine from the same spot. Unless the bar is positioned straight in front of the player at the same level as the remote, the remote will not be able to generate a stable and useable cursor. This means that it pretty much has to be used below the TV, and, as a further sign of how low quality this bar really is, the holes on the bottom don't even align correctly with Nintendo's sensor bar stand.
The sensor bar is not a complicated device- just a few LEDs and a power cord- and even a well constructed bar should not be expensive. The exorbitant price charged for this item in no way reflects its quality but simply the luxury of having a USB plug. I was still willing to pay for the convenience of getting a USB connection, but in retrospect I'd rather have taken the chance trying to mod an official sensor bar myself. The Nextronics bar still works if it's placed below the TV set rather than above it, and yes, it does have a USB plug and never requires batteries, but it's also a cheap knock-off that costs several times more than the name brand while performing dramatically worse. Take it or leave it; as inefficient as turning a whole system on to power a sensor bar was, I had a much better time using the official sensor bar plugged into my old Wii system than using this bar.