" Canadians have tiny hands…yet another reason we shouldn’t bother to invade them…we couldn’t use half their crap. "
Title: Airplay Controller by Eleven Engineering
Format: PSX Controller
Reviewing Monkey: Dungapult
The Hype: Yet another in the long line of cordless console controllers but with one major difference…they promise this one actually works. Does it? Hah! Like I’m going to tell you in the opening paragraph. Read the review, dammit…and stop being so lazy.
What This Monkey Thought...
Ergonomics: I polled most of the Monkeys in the office and we all came up pretty mixed on this subject. The really short break down is, if you have small hands, they’ll feel okay. If you have medium hands they’ll be uncomfortable but manageable…especially if you grip it with your fore and middle finger positioned all the way up on the L and R buttons. If you have big hands, it’s just damned uncomfortable. The reasons for this strange division are the rather odd way the two palm grips protrude from the controller- they are at bizarre angles and beveled in a fashion that is just plain weird. My guess: Canadians have tiny hands…yet another reason we shouldn’t bother to invade them…we couldn’t use half their crap. But I digress… 3 out of 5 for only being good for certain hand sizes.
Performance: Performance is, in a word, superb. The only negative is that the buttons are a little "squishy," not quite giving a solid feel when activated. But that is the extent of the down side. What excels, in a way not before seen by Monkey, is the effectiveness of the cordless control! Using wide band radio frequencies, the controller transmits information on one of a wide number of channels to a receiver that plugs into the controller slot of your Playstation. The reason this is so keen is that it does it with…and I want you to follow me here ‘cause this is important…1) No Lag! And 2) It happens despite interference! Yes, that’s right my little primates, this pad DELIVERS! No more will your cordless controllers transmit 3 seconds after you press the button. No more will your damned roommate Bufford block the signal when he struts his fat ass in your way. The Airplay pads actually operate exactly as though they were connected to your system by that precious but ever annoying cord. We, just for fun, even tried playing while carrying the controller out of the room, down the hall, and into the bathroom. It didn’t matter how many walls, or doors, or Buffords got in the way- it worked! Out to about 50 feet. How neat is that? It’s frickin’ mighty, I tell ya. 5 out of 5
Features: Really, when you get right down to it, the only feature of note these have (not that it isn’t worth a BIG note) is the cordless control. They don’t have any extra spiffy buttons, or functions, or even analog- and in the end that’s what will keep this from being a 5 out of 5… However, it is a fully functional, ass kicking cordless controller so it gets- 4 out of 5. Important note, though, that the next generation of Airplay, due out soon, will! So keep your eyes open if you have to have that analog.
Installation: Take it out of the box, pop 1 AA battery into the controller itself, make sure they’re set on different frequencies if you have more than 1, and shove the receiver into your PSX. It’s that easy. And, worth even more lice picking notice, is that each receiver only takes up 1 controller jack (unlike many cordless controls to come before) so you can actually have as many Airplays as you have controller ports (2 normally, up to 8 with multi-taps). And let me tell you, being able to fit 8 apes all over the room to play a game of football is absolutely Monkey Lovin’ Fun! 5 out of 5
System Compatibility: We had no sys problems what so ever. Even better, it didn’t seem to interfere with any of our other radio stuff (stereos, cordless phones, etc.)! 5 out of 5
How it Compares: If you want a cordless controller, look absolutely no further. This promises, and delivers, everything that it should! It’s also compatible with the PS2 DVD player so you’ll have a cordless remote when you get your PS2. It is, though, missing that analog which just keeps it from maxing out. 4 out of 5
If only this pad had analog, I’d never have to sit close to my Playstation again. Even so, it is well worth having.
The Good: Amazingly effective cordless controls that work despite interference and without lag.
The Bad: No analog and uncomfortable in big hands.
The Overall Ugly: THE Playstation cordless controller to choose.
What it's Worth: Market