Rated 3 out of
A few flaws, but great price and looks good
So, I've had this for about a month. Included in the box is 2 green batteries and the black charger dock. Form factor is great, snaps right into the side USB and click locks in back to secure the unit in place. Inside there is room for two batteries. They charge via flat connectors on top of the batteries which press against pins in the lid of the unit when the lid is closed. This was initially cause for concern after I opened it for the first time, as there are foam pads which keep the battery pressed up against the contacts - but they seem dense enough to hold well. I still don't know about longevity, but we shall see over the years. The unit itself seems to time out from my xbox powering it. That could be an xbox issue, or it could be a charger issue. Every few days I have to disconnect the charger from my xbox and then slide it back into place. This is the main reason for my middle-of-the-road rating. The LEDs showing charge status work great and are a nice touch. Including two batteries for the price is a wonderful value in my opinion. As for the batteries, that would be the other design... annoyance. Since the charging pins are on the top of the batteries, they can not be charged via USB like normal batteries. So the only option is to remove them from the controller and place them in the charger for the batteries. // In summary, a pretty neat product, good idea, good look installed on the xbox. I would have appreciated more thought in the design - an option to charge from USB on the battery, and to fix whatever causes the issue with the unit timing out and not charging the batteries after being plugged into the xbox for awhile (even if it's an xbox issue, a note in the documents about how to change my settings for it). I think if they put out a revised version with those items changed it would be a 10/10 all day long and used by every gamer as a standard.
Date published: 2015-10-20