There are very few peripherals that I use with my PS4, other than the camera of course, but when I was presented with the chance to review the NYKO Type Pad, I jumped at the opportunity. In my experience, many of the gaming peripherals that are marketed to gamers end up being nothing more that a piece of extra equipment that doesn’t really add anything to the gaming experience; they just ends up collecting dust on a shelf after not too long.
I have reviewed other NYKO accessories for the PS4 in the past (here and here) and I have yet to be disappointed, so I figured that if the Type Pad shared the same quality and craftsmanship of those other products, then gaming without the Type Pad after using it a few times might be unthinkable. Built from the ground up to offer ease of use with a full QWERTY style keyboard and a mini-analog nub for quick menu navigation, the NYKO Type Pad may be the last keyboard peripheral you ever buy for your PS4.
Using the joystick on the PS4 controller in order to type in download codes and text messages can be somewhat hit or miss at times. Get going too fast and you will overshoot the letters you were aiming for and using the aiming feature to place the circle reticule on a letter and then select it with the “X” button just doesn’t feel very intuitive. Having a full QWERTY keyboard at your fingertips makes typing in text and codes a breeze.
The Type Pad connects seamlessly between the handles and secures to the bottom of the PS4 controller allowing for accurate and quick texting with both thumbs during gameplay and pairs wirelessly to the console via Bluetooth. It also has its own built-in rechargeable battery pack which powers the device and can be recharged via any standard micro-USB cable (one is included in the box).
In addition, the Type Pad features it’s own dedicated ON/OFF switch to conserve the battery life when you don’t need it. It can be charged simultaneously with the controller and you can use any standard micro-USB. The main feature that makes this keyboard such a special device is that it still offers the same functionality that the PS4 controller has built in so that you don’t have to worry about losing the option of using a headset. The Type Pad has a pass-through headphone jack that preserves that headset compatibility. Also, the keyboard has its own built-in speaker underneath so that if you don’t want to use your headset, the integrated speaker lets you hear all chat audio directly from the keyboard.
The outer shell of the Type Pad is made of a sturdy plastic that is slightly more textured than the finish on the PS4 controller. This offers a solid grip and a pretty satisfying tactile feel to the keyboard. The keyboard buttons themselves are made from a sturdy, yet soft to the touch, rubber material and the effort needed to input a letter by pressing the corresponding button has just the right amount of resistance and springs back up nicely. The buttons definitely feel like they can take a fair amount of use before they wear out, if at all.
The mini-analog nub, however, didn’t seem to fair as well as the letter and number buttons as it is too easy to press down on it, often causing you to make an in-game selection unintentionally. It’s movement in its 360 degree space is solid but I have a feeling this nub will wear out way before any of the other movable parts on the keyboard will. I think that the nub could have been left off as the PS4 controller already has two joysticks so a third is just overkill.
Overall I was very impressed with the NYKO Type Pad. I have never purchased a keyboard peripheral for any of the previous consoles that I have owned so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about using one. After spending some quality time with my review device, I don’t see myself not using it. While the buttons are smaller than I am normally comfortable with (I have big hands so I tend to hit more than one button at a time sometimes) getting accustomed to the design wasn’t hard to do at all.
One aspect of the Type Pad that I did notice, and became very appreciative of in the process of using it, was the fact that it made the PS4 controller feel more sturdy and a lot less flimsy than it does without and the added weight is satisfying and what I expect in a good controller. You can grab you own Type Pad on the NYKO web site now for $34.99 or slightly less expensive on Amazon before shipping.
You'll never go back to playing without one
Ease of Use
+ Made with good quality materials
+ Fills a distinct gamer need
+ Easy to install
+ Improves PS4 controller sturdiness
- Mini-Analog Nub is redundant