Cheap Tiny - Wireless Keyboard for PS3 messaging?

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  1. AnthonyG

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    Hi,

    After getting constant finger cramp from being so chatty using the PS3 controller to type.

    I was considering the possibility of buying a cheap micro Wireless Keyboard just to use with my PS3 to message (I am starting to get too many to make controller typing a viable option).

    Does anyone have any suggestions on a one to use. When I say small I mean tiny small.

    I know there is the addon to the top of the game controllers but I do not want to block the shoulder buttons, and I am a Call of Duty/The Club addict so need the ability of rapid free access shoulder button action or if I don't I am likely dead.

    So I was thinking of just a small standalone Wireless keyboard just to message with.

    So does anyone know a good one to get?

    This sounds like a crazy question, but does the Xbox360 one work on the PS3 too?

    Thanks
     
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    I would (and have) got the Official Sony one, yes it does go at the top of the controller but it doesn't even slightly block any of the shoulder buttons. It sits a little further forward than any of them.
     
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    Ditto the above, I've had my official wireless keypad since the start of December, it lives attached to my controller, I never take it off. I've played many, many hours of COD:WaW with it attached and I've never had any problems. :thumbsup:

    The other advantage is the battery life, I've not had to charge mine yet :smashin:
     
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  6. AnthonyG

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    Thanks everyone, keypad extension it is then.

    Can I ask, is the Mad Catz one any good?

    As I was wanting to buy from Play using the RAC voucher, but it seems they only sell the Matcatz one.

    If not, does anyone know the cheapest place to get the official one from?
     
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    Id strongly advise getting the official Sony one, its hard to find in stock, but 3rd party addons have always had a lower build quality in my experience, but someone here might disagree.
     
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    Before you go ahead with the official Keypad, have you thought about the Dinovo Mini ? Here's an old pic when I first got it, but you can sort of see the relative size compared to mitts as small as mine !:D

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    Excellent rechargeable battery time, and you can hide it away in a drawer when not in use. Oh and did I mention, it looks as cool as ice ?. :smashin:
     
  9. AnthonyG

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    Thanks but Dinovo Mini is £75, I would have to have more money than sense to buy this just for messaging on my PS3.

    I will keep a look out for the official keypad.

    Why do Sony official addons become so rare within the shortest period of time?
     
  10. G a f f e r

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    Can't you use the Logic 3 keyboard as a standalone (as well as an add-on a la official kb)?
    Look at the 3rd pic on the site: here.

    Or there's this one which I myself was considering.
     
  11. AnthonyG

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    Now those do look good.

    Particularly the second one.

    Can I ask anyone that may have this, how well it works with the PS3.

    As I could have this by the side of me to quickly type with only when needed, which was what I wanted all along.
     
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    igo

    There is also this one
     
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    yep i use the logic3 one, don't have it attached to my controller, just use it as a mini standalone. It does a great job, no problems with it at all. :smashin:
     
  14. AnthonyG

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    Thanks,

    That is sounding more promising then, anyone know where it's cheapest to buy?
     
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    I got mine from amazon, can't remember how much it was exactly, but it was under a tenner... :smashin:
     
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    I like that. the usability of a ful sized keyboad, and the storage options of mini, and wireless. Wonder what they cost.
     
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    I'd use the official wireless keypad. Its great.

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    Well impressed by the headset and keypad. Work during Little Big Planet in gameplay. So you dont have to stop and message. :D

    I tried the above solution/mobile keypboard but its too fiddly. Best to have the keypad secured on the pad.
     
  18. G a f f e r

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    Thanx for the confirmation :smashin:.

    ....duly ordered from Amazon :D.
     
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    Has anyone tried both the Logic3 and official Sony pad and will give an unbiased opinion on how they compare?

    I find the keys on the official pad just too small so I would consider buying another product.
     
  20. AnthonyG

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    Ok, so I bought the Mad Catz one from Play to use as a separate keyboard.

    The keyboard itself looks ok. As it has just arrived via the van now, but am having problems setting it up.

    It doesn't seem to want to connect.

    It has a USB dongle and keyboard, and it states in the instructions, the lights will flash for a few seconds on each and it will find each other automatically, then the lights go off.

    15 minutes later, and a reboot of the system in this time, the lights are sill flashing.

    Is there a option on the PS3 where I can set it to find newly attached devices, like Windows can.

    Why do Madcatz make such useless stuff.
     
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    Not sure mate - with the logic3 one you just plug in the usb ir dongle and switch the keyboard on, and it works... Not sure why the madcatz one is so different as they seem so similar...:confused:
     
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  23. AnthonyG

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    Yeah thats what the instructions for the madcatz say is supposed to happen.

    But its not.
     
  24. G a f f e r

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    Have a read through the reviews on Amazon and Play and compare them to the reviews on the Logic3 version. You'll notice that the keyboards are the same but the RF dongles are bespoke to each. It seems that the madcatz one is crap in that many people find either the connection drops or the device never connects (probably because of the madcatz dongle) whereas the Logic3 version with it's own version dongle seems to work fine.

    This is why I chose the Logic3......


    .....and it arrived today:

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    Quite a big package but Amazon were VERY quick to send it to me so I'm happy there (free deliv. too).

    This is what comes in the box:

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    There is a set of AAA batteries, a couple of clips, a Logic3 RF Dongle, the thumbpad and an instruction manual. The instruction manual tells you nothing of interest apart from the fact that the red LED on the pad flashes with a lost connection or with low batteries.....everything else is pretty obvious.

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    The back has a small slot in it that accepts the clear plastic clip for the controller. There are 2 clips....one for the official controller and one for the Logic3 version.
    With batteries in, it still feels very light in the hands (I'm not sure whether I'd have liked a more weighty feel myself, but it's not too much of an issue).

    So here it is clipped on to the DS3:

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    I think it actually looks quite good and adds to the overall weight of the DS3 quite nicely.
    However, maybe my fingers are fat but I find I would like more clearance at the top for the R1 and L1 buttons (actually, the clearance is good, it's just that I'm not used to having a thumbpad there in front of them :)).
    I am going to use it as suggested, on it's own and not attached to the DS3.
    Here are piccies showing the space left for the shoulder buttons:

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    As you can see from the pic on the left, there is an off/on switch, but the manual doesn't mention that if you leave it alone for 5min or so, it will auto-shut-off anyway :thumbsup:.

    So, baring in mind that I am using it separately, what do I think?
    To start off you simply plug the dongle into the PS3 (or USB hub if you have one connected). Turn on the thumbpad. Red LED goes solid and you're done.
    No fiddling with settings, no installing anything....nice and clean and simple :smashin:
    However, it does feel quite light and insubstantial (aka "cheap"), but the actual quality is very good.
    I like the rubber feel of the keys and find I can type very fast with them (I'm used to thumbpads anyway as I have a Palm Treo Phone and can input text much faster with this Logic3 pad).
    The only caveat to this is that in the dark, you can't see a damn thing :thumbsdow. Now, of course, black rubber keys can't really be backlit, but they could've used flourescent paint rather than simple plain white/orange for the key letters.

    As long as there is enough light from your display or the room lights are on, it's a great little thumbpad overall and text entry becomes quick and painless. I find myself wanting to go online more frequently now (e.g. browser) simply because it's much less of a PITA than getting out my USB KB, uncoiling the USB lead and using that.

    I think that yes, it is low tech low end, but then so is the price (£15) and for what you pay, you get a decent thumbpad that is easy to use :smashin:.
     
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    One thing to add - change your keyboard settings to US rather than UK - a couple of the shift keys are swapped round, US is the correct setting for this one. :smashin:

    Good review gaffer, that's pretty much my experience of this keypad too. Does a great job for what it is. :)
     
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    OK, will do (I had it set to UK).

    Addendum to above, upon careful reading of manual, it does mention the power off feature (my senility grabbing hold again there :suicide:).
    If the pad doesn't connect for 4min, it'll turn off. If you don't use it for 10min, it'll turn off. Turn back on by pressing a key.
     

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