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Nyko Playpad for Android/Bluetooth (Black)

by Nyko
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews) 16 answered questions

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  • Easily control your favorite tablet games with console like precision
  • Optimized HID protocol for Tegra 3 based devices and games
  • Includes Nyko's free Playground app with the ability to customize controller layout and download game profiles for older titles
  • Playground supports the following controller input: Keyboard Mapping, Mouse, Touch Event Mapping
  • HID, Keyboard mapping, and mouse emulation make PlayPad compatible with 100s of titles

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0092ZEIN4
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 5.5 inches ; 7 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 1, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,532 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Bring the console experience anywhere and everywhere with the PlayPad for Android based tablets. The PlayPad is a travel sized wireless Bluetooth controller with specialized tablet stand and carry case designed to work with a multitude of today's top Android titles. Featuring dual analog stick, d-pad, 4 face buttons, left and right dual shoulder/trigger buttons the PlayPad has all the necessary tools to tackle any game. Designed in conjunction with NVIDIA the PlayPad is compatible with numerous high-end mobile games optimized for Tegra-powered devices. For expanded compatibility, the PlayPad works with Nyko's free Android app, called Playground, to provide backwards compatibility for the PlayPad Pro with legacy tablet titles, including those that currently utilize keyboard mapping, touch mapping and mouse support. Playground provides profile management for customized control schemes, as well as pre-set profiles for top selling and popular games. The PlayPad Pro works with any Android 3.0 device or higher with Bluetooth.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good November 2, 2012
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I received my Nyko Playpad last week. I write game software, so this is one of several devices I'm currently testing. For the price, it's hard to beat, but it's not my favorite bluetooth controller. The included hard case is a nice touch. Here's a list of the pros and cons:

1) Good value - price is reasonable and includes a hard case
2) Rechargeable battery lasts a long time
3) D-Pad and buttons respond well.
4) Supports multiple operating modes for good compatibility
5) Compact and light weight

1) Shape and placement of controls is reasonable, but not ideal
2) Difficult to pair/connect via bluetooth. Some of my Android devices connect to it and others don't. Once it's connected, the connection is very reliable
3) Analog nubs are a bit stiff and uneven
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Software is crap. Everything else is pretty good. December 10, 2012
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Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
I was initially very pleased when I got this controller. Took it out of the case, turned it on, paired it via bluetooth with my Nexus 10, and my emulators and most of my games (Dead Trigger, Riptide GP, GTA 3, Shadowgun, etc..) were working perfectly with it.

Next, I decided to load up Nyko's Playground software from the Google Play Store. Terrible, terrible idea.

Nyko's Playground software is meant to allow you to program your Playpad for any games that don't natively support their controller. It does nothing of the sort. Not only is the app very unnecessarily confusing, but it doesn't work. At all. Nyko doesn't even deny this fact. Their app is officially in BETA, but as far as I'm concerned it shouldn't even be considered an alpha build at this point. It just doesn't work, period.

So after realizing that the software didn't work, I decided to go ahead and continue to use the Playpad and use the controller on games that DO natively support it. I powered the Playpad on, and it wouldn't sync via Bluetooth any longer. I tried every conceivable trick or workaround to get it to work again, but no go. A quick Google search revealed that this is a common problem after loading the Playground software with MANY android devices, and the only satisfactory resolution is to do a full factory reset of your Android device. That's what I ended up having to do. Worked like a charm again after a factory reset but I'd be EXTREMELY hesitant to load up the Nyko Playground software ever again. Even when it's out of Beta and is supposedly 'officially' working.

If I never bothered trying to use the Playground software I would've given this controller 4/5 stars. It's solidly constructed and works very well for games that natively support it. Because of the headaches caused by the Playground software, however, I can't feel comfortable rating this higher than 2 stars.
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52 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Android Controller...period! October 1, 2012
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Length: 4:46 Mins
Although this is the Pro version, they function identically. This will give you a good idea of how well this functions. It takes about an hour to charge out of the box. Feel free to ask questions, and I hope this review helps you in your buying decision.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great with a few things to consider. October 13, 2012
By Kyle
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Alright, so I accidently ordered a playpad pro instead of regular but as far as function they are the same, and seeing as amazon won't sell the pro till next year (only gamestop will) I will post here too.

So well, as far as hardware it has all the buttons you should ever need, if you have used as xbox 360 controller you have used the layout (especially the pro). Battery seems to last a long time though I've only had it one day I think it was rated at like 30 or 40 hours that I read somewhere.

Functionality I have been testing all day, they just finally got the playground app out but it is still in beta and has only like 8 games preconfigured on there. Another thing to take note of is that the touchscreen mapping ability is not yet released to us so it's just HID mapping which for most intents and purposes is fine.

Test results

Mupen64: Controls map fine and function pretty much normal ALTHOUGH, since it is HID mapping sensitivity to your control stick is either on or off, which makes most games feel odd. Driving games you are either cutting the wheel all the way over or driving straight, fps games you are kind of dashing from side to side more and you can't walk only run. For now most games should be decently playable like this, though whenever they get touch mapping working you should in theory be able to get the control sticks mapped to a touch control that will give it the added movement functionality.

GBAoid - seems to work perfect, not alot of controls to mess with.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY! September 4, 2014
By Steve
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DO NOT BUY THIS CONTROLLER!! This thing is a big piece of you know what. Order one and it didn't work was dead didn't turn on or wouldn't take a charge. So I sent it back and reorder one thinking it was just a defective. Had one shipped overnight and the same thing doesn't turn on or charge. Don't waste your money or time with this piece of crap.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars D.O.A. September 12, 2014
Amazon delivered in less than 24 hours, and the return was simple. Maybe it's hit or miss with these, but I definitely got a miss. Plugged it in to start charging, the orange l.e.d. came on, then all the l.e.d.'s on the controller started stuttering. Then it went out, and never showed any signs of life again, and no, it would not turn on. I did buy the "pro" version, and it works as described, but would really have liked the portability(and case) of this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Works for Windows 7 / 8.1 with tinkering
I bought this controller looking for something portable to go with my Asus gaming laptop.

It takes a while to charge the controller when you first get it. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Justice
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Never worked couldn't get it to charge or pair with my phone waste
Published 3 days ago by Preston
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally Working on Nexus 7 & Nexus 5, 4.4.4 & Lollipop.
Expectations weren't that high considering the relatively low price. I was pleasantly surprised by the general build quality. Read more
Published 4 days ago by David M.
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
This controller is a little hit-or-miss when it comes to connection. You have to be pretty close to the receiver, but that makes sense, it was designed to be for using on your... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mike B
4.0 out of 5 stars good overall but sloppy transport
Very good product overall but the transport was not to fast and was a day late
Published 8 days ago by shoachi
1. I updated the firmware on mine using the Windows updater, which was found on here from someone who uploaded it to dropbox (Thank you guy). Read more
Published 11 days ago by Dennis Carpenter
3.0 out of 5 stars it's a great little controller for emulators on Android
The analog sticks leave something to be desired. Also, the software that came with it has not been updated in a very long time. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Ryan Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 days ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I love it
Published 17 days ago by Keith
1.0 out of 5 stars Arrived DOA.
Should have trusted the reviews. It arrived DOA and I am sending it back. I guess I know why they are so cheap.
Published 25 days ago by Michael Kaufman
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