Xbox Live Messenger Kit
A Must-Have Accessory for Xbox 360 Gamers!
I'm glad that I finally got my hands on one of these messenger kits. I was sick and tired of having to select letters for messages, taking ten minutes for a sentence, and I never used Live Messenger for the same reason until now. Now that I have one of these things, I never dread sending messages, and I'm always on Live Messenger. This is very useful not only for Xbox 360 personal use, but for typing in URLs in Grand Theft Auto IV's internet. It fits comfortably on your Xbox 360 controller, wireless or wired, and although it makes your controller seem huge, you get used to it the moment you start using it. Very easy to use, very comfortable. People who use T-Mobile Sidekicks will find this very familiar. It is compatible with European letters as well; by pressing the orange button on the bottom right side of the keyboard, you can change the letters at hand to foreign symbols. I recommend this to anyone who loves to send messages or talk on Live Messenger, that are sick of manually selecting letters to make words.
useful but pricey
The obvious advantage of the chatpad is it makes using windows messenger much easier. Some people might opt for a USB keyboard which does much the same thing, but this keeps you from having to put the controller down, and since it plugs right into the controller, it's wireless. Now, aside from texting, it also makes a lot of other things much easier, such as entering codes, creating character names, naming or renaming files on the xbox, and other seemingly mundane tasks that the on-screen keyboard makes tedious and annoying. for some, the price may be too steep, in which case i would reccomend looking for a used one, though those seem to be hard to find, for others, the lack of aggravation will be enough to justify the expense. (side note: you really ought to be able to buy the chatpad without the headset as some of us already have it, and despite what at least one review seems to have said, the chatpad works with the standard headset. The headphone jack is just a simple pass through from the chatpad's jack to the controller, like an extension cord. However, if you find it not working, or not working well, check the connection and try cleaning the jacks off....i like to use WD-40 as I typically have some handy and it does an excellent job cleaning metal.) As for actual performance, comfort, and ease of use: The keys, while small, are spaced well enough that texting is easier than on phones with full qwerty keyboards. The back lighting makes the keys easy to see in the dark, including the second and tertiary functions so that one can include all the proper characters without too much hunting. It also doesn't make the controller unwieldy or uncomfortable, nor do I find myself accidentally pressing keys on it while playing games. The one problem I have is that the buttons don't respond as well as they could and I often find that several characters can end up untyped if you aren't careful. I think it's just that I don't always properly depress the button for it to register rather than the chatpad having a problem registering a depressed button. To conclude: yeah it's pricey, and yeah, many people probably won't use it often, but even if you don't use it often, the few times you do use it will make you glad you have it.
A much needed accessory
Most people are going about the messenger kit the wrong way, saying that it would be easier to talk smack with the included headset than to spend 30 extra dollars for a chat pad. The messenger kit has a hint to it's main use in the name, "messenger" kit! Mostly planned to be used with the integrated MSN Messenger on your Xbox dashboard, it can also be used to type out messages to other Xbox 360 owners instead of using the voice mail system or labeling save files as well. Also for those wireless reciever owners for the PC, a patch for the Microsoft Wireless Accessories program should be comming out soon so you can use the messenger kit while playing a Games for Windows game or even a regular PC game that can use a 360 controller so you don't have to put the controller down while talking on your current keyboard. Useful for stuff like Xfire and Phantasy Star Online or Phantasy Star Universe
A Must-Have Xbox 360 Accessory
If there is one Xbox 360 accessory you should own, it is the Xbox 360 Messenger Kit (a.k.a. Chatpad). The Messenger Kit allows you to attach a small keyboard to your controller for easy typing. People who do a lot of text messaging on their Xbox 360 or who use the Windows Live Messenger integration will find this much more useful then people who don't. That said, it is still great for everyone. The comfort is great. It takes a little while to get used to the increased weight and different shape of the controller, but one you've used it for a few minutes, you don't even notice it is there. The Messenger Kit seems to have great durability as well. I have used it for almost a year without any problems. The design is great too. My only complaint with the Messenger Kit is that, sometimes, it won't register a key press if you type too fast. Luckily, this doesn't happen very often. The Xbox 360 Messenger Kit easily overcomes its few (minor) problems. I would definitely recommend this Xbox 360 accessory to anyone.
Now if it only had a use...
I picked this up recently and I think it's great, though it could be a little bit cheaper. Right now the main use for this is chatting on messenger and every once in a while entering info into a game.. (like picking a character name, etc). It snaps right into place onto the 360's controller. I keep mine on my controller pretty much all the time and at this point I don't even notice that it's there. The keyboard doesn't weigh very much at all. When you have it attached, the weight of it is distributed pretty well, so that it doesn't become top or bottom heavy. The buttons are all backlit and they have a pretty responsive feel to them. I don't notice any real difference in controller battery life when I have it attached.. though i'd imagine that it has to reduce the life of your battery at least a little bit. Right now the uses for this are pretty limited. Unless you do a far amount of chatting on messenger (like I do), I would recommend that you hold off on buying this until some games come out that can really take advantage of it.. such as an MMO.
Don't regret buying but......
This chatpad + headset is awesome, and i needed a headset and was happy with getting a chatpad too. I recently found out that a PC keyboard that uses USB could plug in to your xbox 360 and it works. I have a wireless keyboard, and I plugged it into my xbox and it worked very well. I do recommend this product but if you are buying it 'cuz of the chatpad, and you have a PC keyboard lying around or you can get a cheaper PC keyboard, or you can just use your PC keyboard if you have one. Enjoy!!
An amazing accessory for people who love to text!
I just got this last week, and already I am impressed. I only just set up an MSN, so I have not been chatting on Messenger. But, I do send text messages much more than voice. I prefer text because you can still hear and speak to the people in the game or in a chat while you are sending the message, and this has sped things up a lot. I usually send a lot of long text messages, and I am used to typing in full words, so that would draw out the message. But with this, I can message at more than 2x the speed that I was previously typing by clicking each individual letter. It is a very good package, as it includes the mini-keypad, which weighs almost nothing, and it also includes a standard Xbox 360 Mic. At first, I had some trouble getting the mic plug to fit into the keypad all the way, but I just had to give it a little sharp whack. After that, all it needed was a little push to go in all the way. I have dropped heavy things on this keypad, and have dropped it multiple times, and still, works like new. Its design is also great, as it hooks on to your controller the same way the mic does, and it also has a plug slot for the mic to go into. It has a great backlight that lights up whenever you are typing, so that you can see all the keys, no matter what the lighting is. I have heard from other people that if you type to fast, it may skip a letter, but I have yet to experience this. So, all in all, if you use MSN a lot, or if you send a lot of text messages, then you will enjoy this accessory.
This product is over all useful and effective for those who send texts often. Even if you do not it vastly improves the accuracy and speed of your texting. It is comfortable and does not get in the way of your hands when holding the controler and playing a game. The one flaw in this product is it can be less durable than other similer products. The main focus of these issues involves the microphone jack from the text pad to the headset. The problem seems to be that the microphone plugin protrudes oddly and can be bent and easily be broken. This leves the pin like peace loddged inside the text pad jack and renders the headset usless. The pin like part of the headset is than blocking the jack. making it imposible to use a replacement headset. Meaning that you must either use the text pad and headset separatly or buy this product again.
At first i thought that i bought a bad prdouct. but after looking into my system settings under language and i saw english with QWERTY keyboard. lol and it works PERFECTLY! messaging my friends is simple and when im on netflix i dont have to slide back and forth between letters to find a movie!! just type and go!!! BUY this ya wont regret it!!
A lot of people have a problem with connecting it to the xbox360 controller. Here is a tip that I learned off the internet and it works for me: In order for the system to recognize it, you have to smack it in hard and hear a click for it to be in properly. It may feel like your going to break it, but you wont, trust me I do it all the time. Just don't be afraid to smack it in. Besides that, it works GREAT!!! Just follow my tip, it always works for me.