Pinned on September 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm by James Jenkins
Xbox 360 Text Input Device Xbox 360 EN/FR/ES NA Hdwr
Not a gimmick, great addon The 360 chatpad is a much-needed relief from the thumbstick method of typing messages on Xbox Live.I have larger hands, so leaving it attached to the controller doesn’t bother me while I play games. If you have smaller hands or the chat pad bothers you while playing, you can simply detach or leave detached until you need it to type.Since it takes up the space on the controller normally allocated to the Xbox Live headset, MS has included a new headset that works with the chatpad.I found it very easy to type with the chatpad, and overall I think it is a must-have accessory for anyone with a friends list!The keys light up for easy use in the dark, and there is a one-press MSN button for those that want to chat in between gaming sessions. MS has really outdone themselves on this one. The 360 chatpad is an exceptional accessory for less than the price of a new game!
A great accessory I’d longed for a thumbboard even before I heard this product was in the works. Using the gamepad to enter text is a serious drag, especially for entering prepaid codes. Once MSN Messenger support was added to Xbox Live, I almost considered plugging in a USB keyboard. But there’s just something annoying about switching between a gamepad and a keyboard.The Chatpad does exactly what it’s meant to do. If you’ve used a Sidekick before, the feel of the keyboard should be immediately familiar but with more of a click. It’s easy to use, lets you type fairly fast, and has some nice little features, like a backlight and a dedicated Messenger button, which when pressed will pause the game and pull up a small overlay box of your current Messenger conversation.The included headset seems like a slight improvement over the original and includes the volume/mute control in the middle of the cord. Because of the change in the plug from the original, you can also use the headset with a phone, if you really want.The only complaints I have:* The backspace key is placed in a pretty awful position, to the right of the space bar. That takes some getting used to.* Occasionally, you might type too fast, and rather than a delay before your typing shows up, characters are simply dropped. Hopefully, that’s just a software bug that will be fixed soon.Overall, this is a good buy if you don’t like using a USB keyboard and especially if you are a Messenger user.