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Great accessory for those wanting a stand for their vita
on February 13, 2012
The Vita Cradle is a very basic idea and is one of those accessories that some may feel "ripped off" by (for another example, see the PS3 vertical stand that many complain about it) and to tell you the truth.. it's not for everyone.
For those who would use this type of accessory though, the cradle is a must-have.
My first reaction to it was "Wow, this is light!" - I previously had a "Hori Portable Display Stand" for the PSP and loved it.. and using the new Vita Cradle I'm even more impressed.
The PSP stand was much larger (which was fine for a desk, but not really portable). It also weighed quite a bit more and had no electronics (it was literally a molded block of plastic to rest the PSP on). With that said, it worked great as a display stand for either storing the PSP when not in use, while charging, or for watching movies.
The Vita cradle improves on this idea by adding actual electronics to it (the center of the stand has a USB attachment that the vita rest on). The rear of the cradle has a Vita USB input and Line Out audio jack. You will need your own PS Vita USB Cable to use this stand for charging or syncing. While it has the ports on it, the cables are not included. It's also worth noting that the USB input on the back requires a USB cable (it would have been nice if they used a more standard cable design - something like a Mini USB cable - so that you can use your vita cable as a spare or to take with you for times you might need to use it (charging the vita on the go, etc..)
I was very impressed with just how light the stand is - despite having some electronics in it, it feels incredibly light (about the weight of an empty Vita game case). One problem with the PSP stands were that they were quite heavy -- not a problem for sitting on your desk, but you can't really take it "on the go" with you.
With the smaller profile of the cradle, it can also easily fit into your bag (I was able to fit it into the official PS Vita Travel Pouch without issues, placing it in the "accessories" side where the game cards, AC adapter and USB cables would normally go). There is still room to hold a PS vita.
Quality is OK - I think it can take a couple drops, but with the light material used I can also see it getting scratched/showing wear, or even snapping pieces off if dropped onto a hard (concrete) floor from more than a few feet.
The front design looks very nice (it's a brushed metal look with a Playstation logo in the center) - much nicer than the (more functional) PS Vita stands out there that feature speakers. The front panel is also covered with a clear plastic.
The back Line Out output has a 3.5mm connector (standard headphone-sized) and can be used to either plug headphones into it (unlikely situation) or connect it to an external set of speakers (more likely situation). This makes it great for movie viewing (it's also angled just for that purpose!). Whether you choose to connect it to a set of external speakers or not, you have a much nicer hands-free view of the screen (which will help with movie watching or listening to music while still being able to easily see/access the screen).
While the material it's made of is very light, I'm OK with that simply because it makes the unit more portable (if you're watching movies on it, there isn't too much reason to watch it at your desk at home when you have easy access to other video sources (computer/blu-ray players/dvd players/large TV's/PS3's) - if you're watching movies on it, you're probably away from the home. If that's the case, you don't want to carry a stand as big, heavy and bulky as the vita itself.. so this design really works nicely.
What I would have really liked, to make this product even better..
* 2 Inputs (either 2 vita USB inputs or 1 Vita input + 1 AC input) so you can charge and sync without constantly swapping the USB cable)
* TV out (in addition to the Audio out) so you can watch movies on a larger screen, or a front headphone output
* Ability for it to fold into itself - the design is good but it seems like it should be able to compact down to about half of it's size (this might come at the expense of making it more fragile though).
Overall, very happy with it - well worth the money, but not for everyone.
If you never plan to sit it down on a desk (ie: you always store it in a bag), never want to "display it" and never plan to watch movies on it.. you don't need this. I fyou plan to do any of the above, this is a great item to have,