I wouldn't use it enough to justify the price. I just rarely use the internet browser to look up youtube videos every now and then. It would mostly sit in my couch storage unit and collect dust. If I had a need for it, however, then I would seriously consider getting it.
I've got the MadCatz thumbpad, and it works fantastically at half the price (although I think it was $35 when I got it). I can't see any advantage to getting the official PS3 one unless you don't want to use the USB dongle. Both are still awkward to use, I imagine, compared to the XBox one, which is more intuitively located below the main buttons, like a blackberry. But since I'm a PS3 guy rather than an XBox guy, I'll never know.
Im thinking about picking one up, but not neccessarily for my ps3 (though I would use it for that, too). Id like to use it as a bluetooth keyboard for other devices like my phone and my bluetooth and wifi enabled gps. Would this work without being attached to a ps3 controller?
I'm thinking of getting this too. I have the Logitech Mediaboard Pro Bluetooth keyboard. Although the bluetooth and built-in mouse pad was great i'm not fully satisfied since i still need the game pad to do all the zoom in/out feature. It would have been perfect if they mapped the other buttons (PS button, R1-R3/L1-L3) on the keyboard. I liked the game pads quick zoom in/out (press R3) then R2/L2 to adjust and with the key pad attached to it, this seems like a practical combination.
I have the chat pad for the 360 and use it A LOT! So I think this would definitely by useful (especially because I can't stand console text input interfaces), but it is rather expensive. Also, the fact that it is at the top of the controller instead of the bottom like the 360 one puts me off a little. Seems a bit awkward.
Yep! LBP was the main thought when I searched for this item, as I remember seeing some things about it a while ago, but now actually feel like it would be of some use. It does take quite a while to type out just a small message in LBP, or anything for that matter, with just the controller. Although, as many people have said before me, it is just too expensive for me to justify buying it. For now.
I'm still going to get it, however I do agree it does appear awkward. I feel like my thumbs may not reach all of the buttons while holding onto the controller. But I do like how it is attached to the controller
I've had this Keypad for just under a week already. I can't say what I paid for it considering it didn't come from Amazon, but it was lower in cost. To sum it up, it's light, feels sturdy, attaches to your controller (I own only 2 DualShock 3 myself) very snug. One slightly odd thing (well not really, considering it hovers over and infront of your controller) is that it has a bit of a pulling downward & to the front. Chalk it up to physics.. To answer someone else's question I read in a thread about controller skins and does it charge with the PS3 controller, well I have Never used any skin for my PS3 so I cannot answer that, But it charges -read: seperatly from your controller-. It has an on/off toggle switch, light that blinks when charging or on. I have had my PS3 for about 3 months or so now, and this being my 1st console since the SNES, I was totally used to gaming on the PC. Getting used to typing was a bit of a challenge and often quite annoying with just a controller. That is solved quite nicely with this Keypad. YES I know you can add a keyboard, I just never did.. I played with a mouse however. I like this keypad, it's very easy to use and having it right on your controller makes typing simple. None of this scroll to H, scroll to e, scroll to c, scroll to k to spell Heck. That was a big annoyance to me with going console, as well as mouse control. I did not like having to use a USB mouse while laying the controller down and back again switching, etc. This is solved with this Keypad. Press a button on it and a green light comes on, telling you you are now in scrolling (or mousepad) mode. Just gently glide your fingers across the keys and that is your mousepad. It works amazingly well. Press the green lit key and you are back in Keyboard mode. The switching between each mode is instant and doesn't interfere with your controller that I have noticed. Also there is a green light for the Caps/Tab key indicating that CapLock is on. Besides these options are the 2 side keys, one marked Blue, the other Gold. Printed on the keypad are icons, alt characters etc colored in, you guessed it-blue or gold. I just did a test, turned on Mousepad mode and used the XMB, man is it fast and responsive!!! The faster you move across it, the faster it moves. For you PS3 collectors/enthusiasts this is a must have, along side with the BR Remote, PS3 Eye and the BT Headset (and well adding a larger HDD, I put in a quick SATA/3 320GB in mine, oh and a Powered 7-port USB Hub because I had just one USB port open after adding a 4 Fan-USB attachment). I'll agree, the listed price is a bit high..I'm sure it'll drop, I couldn't wait so I pre-ordered mine and got a nice discount. For how long that I've had it, I love it..5 stars. Enjoy and most of all, have FUN. That's why we buy these toys right?!?
edit: I just read someome commenting on lack of "back-lighting", I can see their point. Playing totally in the dark may hinder your quickness to type, but the glow of your tv and it's painted/stamped keys in white helps along with the little bumps on certain keys to quide you. I type in the dark very often on my all black computer's keyboard with little problem. You wont obviously type on it like you do with a normal KB, but with some practice you'll get used to it I think. Hmm, maybe a 4.5 stars as they could have made them glow in the dark.