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Customer Review

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very nifty keypad, but bulky and uncomfortable, December 12, 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Xbox 360 - Chatpad (Video Game)
Using the thumbsticks to enter text messages or reward codes has always been a time consuming process. Plugging in a USB keyboard gives you the capability of typing in text more rapidly. However, the chatpad offers a more integrated approach. Unfortunately, the chatpad is rather bulky and uncomfortable to grip for long periods of time. I can always feel the seam and overlap from the chatpad, and the inside edges can catch my fingernails from time to time. It adds quite a bit of bulk to the wireless controller. The backlit keys are a nice touch though.

Overall: 3/5 stars.

I'd recommend that Microsoft release a Bluetooth wireless keyboard, sort of like a medium sized table controller for a media center, for the Xbox that one could store on a table top without taking up too much space.
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Initial post: Jan 1, 2011 3:14:39 PM PST
techie101 says:
or you could just take the keyboard off your controller when your not using the keyboard

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2011 3:21:31 PM PST
I thought about that, and did that for awhile but I found that the little stereo connector they used would eventually snap off or something. It just didn't make a lot of sense when a cheap $5 USB keyboard can be plugged in and used. I can understand how the chatpad is useful for those that play farther away from the Xbox/TV setup. I just didn't find it to be very useful.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 5:46:07 PM PST
Frank says:
I was thinking about getting the chatpad then opted for a mini usb wireless keyboard instead. If it's fast texting you're wanting, why bother with the chatpad? It's as slow as typing on a cellphone and makes the controller bigger and bulkier too

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 8:34:00 AM PDT
M. Sanges says:
This is the first time I've ever read anyone complain that they did not like the expressed grip that that the chatpad gives a controller. And apparently you're not the only one. It's interesting because I can honestly say that, for me, my controllers feel uncomfortable and flimsy when I'm using one without a pad attached. To each his own.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2011 9:22:22 AM PDT
I find my fingernails can get caught by the seam formed by the chatpad on the back. It didn't add enough value to me to keep all that heft on the controller.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 5:28:05 PM PDT
Amazonia says:
I have a chatpad and it feels like its in the way when I'm gaming, esp for something like Black Ops. I feel like I cant grip the controller as well. The underside of the chatpad has plastic that partly overlaps both handles on the controller and that causes me to not grip the controller as firmly as i'd like to. its either that or apparently theres a 'correct' way of holding the controller that I dont know of :/

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2013 6:57:49 PM PDT
OldBeatUpGuy says:
Ever hear of fingernail clippers?
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