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- Wireless Keypad for the PS3 turns your regular controller into a texting device with mouse input capabilities
- Attaches to any DualShock 3 or SixAxis wireless controller
- QWERTY keypad is designed for fast, thumbs-only typing
- Touchpad mouse allows for convenient scrolling and selection
- Designed with Bluetooth 2.0 and a rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer battery
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The Wireless keypad for the PlayStation 3 system provides the freedom of easy to use texting and mouse input capabilities, all while maintaining full gameplay functionality in one easy-to-hold device. This Bluetooth device attaches to any Dualshock 3 or Sixaxis wireless controller and enables effortless internet browsing, e-mailing and instant messaging on the PlayStation Network and PlayStation Home. The unique touch pad feature allows for convenient scrolling and mouse input on the PS3 system on screen display. Dedicated short cut keys provide instant access to 'Message Box' and other online communication applications on the PlayStation Network.
The Wireless Keypad for the Sony PlayStation 3 turns your regular controller into a texting device with mouse input capabilities, while still maintaining full gameplay functionality. This Blue tooth device attaches to any DualShock 3 or SixAxis wireless controller and enables effortless Internet browsing, emailing and instant messaging on the PlayStation Network and PlayStation Home.
Adding the wireless keypad turns your regular wireless controller into a easy-to-hold, multifunctional device. Mimicking the QWERTY keypad on smartphones, this device is also designed for fast, thumbs-only typing. The unique touchpad feature allows for convenient scrolling and mouse for the PlayStation 3 on-screen display. When you touchpad is pressed, you can not use the keys for character input, but you can slide your finger on this area to select something on screen.
Blue tooth 2.0, Short Cut Keys, and More
Dedicated short-cut keys provide time-saving instant access to Message Box and other online communication applications on the PlayStation Network. This device charges by connecting it directly to the PlayStation 3 system using a standard USB cable. It is important to note that this device features Blue tooth 2.0, with an operating range of up to 33 feet, and it comes equipped with a rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer battery (Capacity: 610mAh).
By integrating all these features into a sleek and elegant design you can further enhance your online interactivity on the PlayStation 3 system.
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UPDATE: I don’t use my PS3 nearly as much anymore these days and when I do it’s basically become a video streaming or Blu-ray playing device. That just means instead of using the keypad to chat while gaming I can use it to search movies or TV shows when streaming and for that reason I still love this device. I like that it uses the same mini USB cable to charge as the controller does. What would have been better is if they integrated them and made it so the keypad plugged into the controller and can charge both at the same time so I don’t have to use two cables to charge each. Either way I feel that it holds a charge very well so that’s not a big issue. I just wish you could charge these with the PS3 off.
- Has held up over three years
- Works when gaming or using streaming apps
- Holds a charge very well
- Clips right on to the existing controller
- Does not plug into the existing controller
- Have to use a separate USB cable to charge it
Overall, I'm very satisfied with the keypad as it has held up for three years. As I transition into old(er) age and I’m not gaming there’s still a use for this when streaming TV as it makes searching for my favorite movies and TV shows even easier.
My biggest gripe about this keyboard is the 'touch scroll' feature. It's very inconsistent, but it's cool when it does work. Basically you hit the 'finger' button, and swipe your finger across the keyboard buttons, and it will control things like your home page and mouse cursor if applicable. It's a cool feature, but sometimes it sends your mouse or whatever you're doing haywire, very unreliable. Also, I couldn't really play fighting games like Marvel vs Capcom with this. It somewhat obstructs the R1 and L1 buttons, but that could just be me and my fat fingers.
- Great deal for $20
- Speeds up typing for things like MMROPGS or those really long messages
- Easy to attach to your PS3 controller
- Very familiar QWERTY format
- Battery life is great
- Auto-off feature
- Touch scrolling feature very finicky and unreliable, but cool when it works.
- Slightly obstructs things like R1 and L1 (I couldn't play fighting games with this on...)
- Takes quite abit of time to get used to, especially when typing symbols.
Overall, it's a great addition to any PS3 user who types a lot, and I highly recommend it for any PS3 user if you have a spare $20 laying around.
But I bought a game that I knew would require a lot of communication since it's online, so I took the leap.
First off, the pics on this site are very misleading. This keyboard is very sleek, small and lightweight.
Installation is a no-brainer, there are some shortcut keys to other PS functions on it as well (direct to email, to browser, etc).
Solid, secure install.
Can be removed and re-installed on the fly.
Doesnt interfere with normal controller funtions or gameplay.
Touchpad feature is nice.
** Cant use with Silicone Skins ** MAJOR
With a skin on, the 'start' and 'select' buttons dont have enough 'reach' to get through to the controller from the keyboard. The game I bought this for, I need to hit 'select' alot to access the map on-the-fly (while online). This broke my heart. And I'm not giving up my silicone skin...so I bought a bluetooth headset instead.
** No backlight + black PS3 controller = hunt and peck.
** While the keyboard has a QWERTY layout, the symbols are not, and to access them you have to play a game of twister (Left Orange + 'key' =?, Right Blue + 'key' = @) which isnt all that bad except that the colored keys needed to make alternate characters are in weird places, usually requiring 2 fingers to activate.
The Cons list may look larger than the Pros but that's only to explain the very specific issue I had. If I didnt need to access that 'Select' key, I'd still be using the keyboard and I'm sure that given more time (took me all of 5 minutes to make the decision of Skin vs Keypad) with the keyboard and some practice I would have gotten used to the function keys. I'll probably start using it for other games, just not for the one in question. If you dont use a skin and need a good keyboard, this will do nicely.