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Nyko Playpad for Android/Bluetooth (Black)

by Nyko
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews) 22 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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Nyko Playpad for Android/Bluetooth (Black) + Nyko Playpad Pro for Android/Bluetooth + SanDisk Ultra 32GB UHI-I/Class 10 Micro SDHC Memory Card Up to 48MB/s With Adapter- SDSDQUAN-032G-G4A [Newest Version]
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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: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,898 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.

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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55 of 59 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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29 of 31 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nyko problems September 29, 2014
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I purchased 2 Nyko blue tooth android play pads from Amazon. The first was a white one, battery was dead, would not charge. RMA it back to Amazon. Ordered a black one figured I just got a bad one. Now it has the same problem, dead battery won't turn on or charge. This should not be happening. I also have a play pad pro I bought from Game stop that works perfectly. I can see one unit being bad but two? Two out of three is bad. Now I will have to call Amazon for another RMA for the black play pad. These are the first rechargeable game pads I have ever bought that were DOA out of the box. In truth I am considering reviewing your products on Amazon and it would not be favorable. I really would have liked to have got a working play pad as texture and design are good, but without working functionality I will not risk a further purchase.
That is what I sent to Nyko If they can't make a working product then Amazon needs to pull this item from inventory. AS a customer I don't need or want JUNK and that's what this and its white twin are!!!
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53 of 68 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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9 of 10 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I really, REALLY wanted to like this... November 1, 2014
By Coleman
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In all honesty, I really wanted to like this controller. I read between the five and one star reviews, hoped that some of these one star reviews were just doing it wrong, I've bought plenty of Nyko gear before so why would they be bad now?

For those that don't want to read a wall of text I'll say this; that $20 I spent on this, well, I could have bought a relatively nice dinner for myself with it. I could have rented some movies. I could have put it in my savings account. I could have flushed it down the toilet! These would have been better options for my money than having this shipped to my house.

If I could, I'd give this a zero star review. This controller charges through micro USB, which is nice in our world of smart phones setting this standard. The "charger" that comes with this is a joke. If you still do not heed the warnings of all these reviews and buy this controller, get yourself a longer charging cable, or else you'll be stuck with a turd. What am I saying though, you bought this so you are stuck with a nicely packaged turd anyway.

Since I cannot give a zero star review, I'll try to give it some justice for it's one star; the form factor of the controller is actually nice. In fact, this WOULD have been perfect for the big trip I've been planning and was hoping to have this around to emulate SNES games or something on my Windows tablet in between waiting for flights and the boring end of traveling, and I'm sure it would have felt GREAT... if I could have used this controller.

The damn thing refuses to charge. I've had it charging for the past two days *just* to make sure it was in fact, charging. Never changed from the orange charging light, and when I try to press the Home button to power it up, absolutely nothing.
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