HyperX ChargePlay Duo Controller Charging Station for Xbox One Review
This new device is compatible with both the Xbox One and Xbox Elite controllers and is a serious money saver.
Even as we have moved into the next console generation, the folks at Microsoft have stuck to their guns and have left the Xbox Series dependent on batteries. It seems batteries are going to be a reality for a while to come for those like me who intend to stick with the Xbox platform. Having to shell out on a new pair once you're out of juice is a persistent pain, but HyperX has released a brand new alternative that should save you a boatload of cash in the long run. This dock is officially licensed by Xbox - and in the UK - it currently retails for the affordable price of £27.99. This current model isn't designed specifically for the Xbox Series, but we have been told that HyperX does have a similar dock for the platform on the way.
What you'll find inside the box is an AC wall adapter, two 1400mAh rechargeable battery packs, two plastic doors, and the dock itself. Setting up the dock is as simple as plugging it into the wall, slotting the battery packs into your controller and then placing it on the dock.
Okay, so right away, the thing you're probably wondering is what the battery life is like when using the rechargeable batteries provided. Well, after charging the batteries for the recommended two and a half hours, I was able to get several hours of play time, which I didn't feel was bad at all. It was so easy to place the controllers on charge during the day whilst I was working and then have them ready for a full gaming session in the evening. An appreciated note also related to the battery packs is that an LED light on the back displays just how much juice they have left, so you know when you're close to having to recharge.
When talking about the appearance of the product, there really isn't an awful lot to say. The dock is all black with the HyperX logo on its side and it includes room to charge two different Xbox controllers simultaneously. It's a pretty small device, being only 80.5mm high and 119mm long, which I found perfect to fit on my TV stand alongside the beast that is the Xbox Series X. Something that I should note here is that it is compatible with both standard controllers and elite controllers.
I tried the dock on both my Xbox One and Xbox Series X controllers and I was able to charge them both, despite the dock only being designed for Xbox One. If you're planning to use it for the Xbox Series, however, do note that the plastic door doesn't fit on the controller properly, but the battery pack does still remain in place. It is still usable, but HyperX is releasing a dock compatible with this new console in future so if you have just an Xbox Series you might want to hold out.
HyperX has delivered a great controller dock that is a no brainer to pick up for owners of an Xbox One or an Xbox Elite controller. After a full charge it provides ample battery life and is compatible with both the last and current generation of Xbox controllers. Adding to this is the obvious advantage that it will be a huge money saver in the long run as you will no longer have to splash out on replacing old batteries.
8 / 10
It's small and simple to use, one short charge can last hours, it's a huge money saver in the long run.
This dock isn't compatible with Xbox Series consoles.