Nyko Type Pad for PS4 (review)

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A keyboard for your controller seems practical, right? There are so many friend messages, download codes and profile bios to type that using the d-pad or analog stick through an on-screen keyboard would be tiresome. A physical QWERTY keyboard would be just the solution, in theory.

They Nyko Type Pad aims to provide a comfortable alternative to typing on the PS4’s on-screen keyboard. When I say comfortable, I mean comfortable; design is where this product shines. It plugs into the Dualshock 4’s audio jack and hugs the controller’s grips perfectly. I played a couple of hours with it attached and other than a slight increase in weight, it was easy to get used to. There are switches and inputs on the bottom of the Type Pad that turn on the device, connect it to Bluetooth, charge it through USB, and it provides an audio jack replacing that of the Dualshock 4’s. Chat audio can also be heard and communicated through the Type Pad along with the game’s audio (don’t know why you’d want to listen to it through that tiny little speaker but okay).

Unfortunately, those are the best things I could say about it. I decided to test out the typing by messaging a friend stating something along the lines of “I’m sending you this message to test out the Nyko Type Pad.” It took me what felt like a full minute to type. The problem wasn’t that I’m slow at typing, but it was that the buttons didn’t feel natural to press nor did it seem like they registered instantly. Not only that, but sometimes it wouldn’t type anything and I’d have to go back to the settings to reconnect it via Bluetooth. But what I really found frustrating was that I would occasionally hit a letter and it would continue typing itself over and over and over again. No matter how many times I hit delete it would still continue typing; all I had to do was back out of the typing display for it to stop.

Final Reaction

As you can tell by the length of this review, it didn’t take me long to realize that the Nyko Type Pad is simply not worth the investment. While its design is superb and surprisingly comfortable, it struggles to perform well at what it’s made for: typing. Due to its connectivity issues and occasionally typing the same letter infinitely by itself, I can not recommend this product to any gamer casual or hardcore.

Rating: 2/5 Atoms

NR 2 Atoms - D

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Joey Ferris
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l love to play games and write stuff about them. I can't play something and not tell anyone how I feel about it. Call it a sickness, because it is.