|Submited By: Kevin Cerchio on 11/14/2008|
I purchased this because IGN rated it very well. It looked like an excellent unit and would do exactly what I want. It stated that it uses an adapter that plugs into the PS3 to allow both the PS3 and this unit to receive power. This would allow the unit to charge your controllers while the PS3 is turned off. Perfect, no need for an extra cord.
The other feature is the 3 port USB hub. It states in the description "A USB Hub fed by the consoles power cable for: Compatibility with any power feed (from 100 to 240 Volts) from any country" This is where things get bad. That statement is totally incorrect. The USB hub is NOT powered by the consoles power cable, it is powered by plugging it into the consoles USB port. In order for you to use the extra 3 ports the console has to be on and the unit has to be plugged into one of the front USB ports. That s absolutely ridiculous. If it s already plugged into the wall, why doesn t it get the power from wall outlet to power the 3 USB ports? So if you want to plug another controller, or headset, or whatever into one of those ports in order to charge it, you have to turn the PS3 on and have it plugged into one of the front USB ports. This defeats the whole purpose! There is a note in the instruction booklet about that, but they fail to tell you that on the description or even the box.
As far as the unit functioning, it does function properly. It just doesn t function as stated in the description. The controllers are a bit of a pain to attach to the unit and the entire unit itself is a bit on the flimsy side. The plug adapter that goes onto the back of the PS3 is big as well and it caused the PS3 to stick out too far in my entertainment center. That, however, isn t the fault of the device.
I was very disappointed with this unit because it had a lot of promise. It didn t use an extra power cord to charge, it was nice looking, but the USB hub power is a deal breaker. If you re going to have it plug into a wall outlet, then that should be all that s required. This will be sent back to Amazon and I will continue to look for something else.