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Nyko Playpad for Android/Bluetooth (Black)

by Nyko
Android
Everyone
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews) 17 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 (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,199 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:

Pros:
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

Cons:
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 66 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 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DOA September 17, 2014
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DOA Wont even charge.battery light will flash once after plug in but then not a thing
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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, with an occasional quirk April 8, 2013
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I really like the playpad, though I have a few minor quibbles:

1. It's too light for my taste, it makes it feel flimsy. For travel, I understand why they went with light-weight, but I feel like I'm holding a controller made of egg shell.
2. The key mapping has a weird bug where one of my buttons keeps resetting to a copy of an adjacent button whenever I turn it off and back on. Not a major problem, it's just another step in the flow to sync it up, but it's a problem nonetheless.
3. When I load up the Nyko Playground app, it automatically starts to sync with the gamepad, however it will go on indefinitely. I have to close the sync and re-try it. It goes through every time on the second try though.

So all in all, it's a good product. The two bugs/flaws add a mere 10 seconds to my setup time, and that's not bad at all; but it's enough that I wouldn't say it's 100% the best thing every. 4/5
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars do not buy
DOA gamepad didnt charge, totally unsatisfied.
Published 1 day ago by Stephane Bilodeau
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 1 day 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 4 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 6 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 9 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 10 days ago by shoachi
3.0 out of 5 stars ***HOW TO CONFIGURE FOR PC USE - WILL REQUIRE AN ANDROID DEVICE TO...
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 12 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 15 days ago by Ryan Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 16 days ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I love it
Published 19 days ago by Keith
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