Collective Minds - CHATBOOST for PlayStation 4 - Black

Trash talking your opponents, commenting on a friend's video or tagging your explosive gaming exploits is all part of the fun with your PlayStation 4. However, messing around with an on-screen keyboard can be a bit of a pain — why not use your thumbs like you naturally do with your smartphone or tablet? With the CHATBOOST from Collective Minds, you can easily text your friends and fellow gamers with a physical keyboard while you keep your focus on the on-screen excitement. Smart Backlighting allows you to find the keys in low lighting, while a built-in 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery ensures reliable power during your epic gaming sessions. Get ready to level up your in-game texting abilities with CHATBOOST.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • CHATBOOST for PlayStation 4

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    79% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (299 out of 380)

    Features


    Easily text your friends and fellow gamers while keeping your focus on the on-screen action with this keyboard that attaches to your controller

    Find the keys even in low lighting with the Smart Backlighting

    Enjoy reliable power during those marathon gaming sessions with the built-in 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery

    Remain comfortable while typing with the ergonomic design

    Connect your compatible headset to your controller without having to remove the CHATBOOST with the pass-through port


    Customer rating

    4.0
    79%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Returned it

      Posted
      summit
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Unfortunately, the bluetooth connection will drop out after only ~15 seconds, meaning that the next time you want to type something, you have to press a random button and wait another 5-8 seconds for it to reconnect. This is definitely done to save power, but it makes getting a quick comment in between Rocket League matches pretty much impossible due to the connect time. That was a dealbreaker for me. If it stayed connected at all times (regardless of the battery hit), I definitely would've kept it. If you just want to use it to casually text chat with people or comment on videos and streams and such, it will work great for you. However, if you want to get some quick trash talk in between deaths or rounds, then this isn't going to work for you, and sadly I don't know of any similar products which aren't restricted in exactly the same way. The best solution would be to use a full-size USB keyboard (a wireless one would probably work too).

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Seems cool, in concept

      Posted
      DanW
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Initially, I really liked the idea of having this keyboard, since using the app, to type, isn't very functional. Unfortunately, the design gets in its own way. To start, the nub at the top, goes over the PS button. I'm not sure why, other than for stability, but when you slide it on/off, it presses the button, on the controller. Often turning your system back on/off. Additionally, it makes it harder to press the button, with your thumb, because the plastic is thick. For my setup, I have a charging stand, that the controllers click into. The charging stand is configured for the original micro USB connection. When this keyboard is on, the ports no longer line up with my charging stand. The keyboard also like to go to sleep easily. So, when you're ready to type, the keyboard is usually offline. It takes a few seconds to reconnect... often long enough to think it's no longer working. It also like to act as an audio device, so if you have a wireless headset on, and plug in the keyboard, it will take over the audio. You then have to turn off your headset, and turn it back on.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Keyboard

      Posted
      hhoang
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Bought a few other ones online that didn't work well. I came across this one at Best Buy and decided to give this one a try. Works extremely well and works through all apps on the ps4. Keyboard takes a second to connect when you wake your ps4 from sleep. You must charge your audio setting on your ps4 to get sound out your tv when the device is connected. It's great to use at night because the keyboard lights up when typing and the built in battery pack also charges your ps4 controller in case you run low on power. Keyboard does not get in the way of the remove and doesn't add much bull or weight. Overall built quality is great and keys are nice to type on. Con: doesn't come with a usb cable. Takes a second to connect to your ps4

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      a finger keyboard - functional

      Posted
      MrPlacebo
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I had a fingerboard for my xbox 360 and I loved it. I got this for my ps4 - and it's...not as good. While it is completely functional and I have no complaints on use, the connection to the controller is not smooth to install. It also has it's own battery - which, while it can charge your controller, and the passthrough works fine for audio connections, the fact is you need to charge it from time to time. Also - it does not connect to the PS4 via the controller, the way the xbox 360 board did...it connects via bluetooth to your ps4, meaning - it works while not connected to the controller. However, typing in friend's ID's and searching for things in the PSstore and youtube is much easier with it. Average device, not a game changer.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Horrible for MMOs, Bluetooth is unreliable

      Posted
      Kurdor
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      When it decides to connect without disconnecting the controller with its failure to connect, it then goes to sleep within 5-10 seconds and takes 5-25 seconds to wake back up and reconnect. It is enough of an inconvenience that it is literally faster and more reliable to set down the controller and type on a real USB keyboard even as a healer in an MMO. Now if this delay isn't a deal breaker for you like it is for us, the keyboard is very well thought out with its toggle to either charge the keyboard or the controller, its gentle backlighting, and snug fit to the controller. It's well balanced enough that the extra weight isn't a problem for even my mother's arthritic hands.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      The keyboard's barely with buying

      Posted
      Fluco
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Save your money. I bought this keyboard b/c I'm a guy who likes to pay for convenience. I hate scrolling through the letters on the screen's keyboard one by one using only my PS4 remote. I thought it'd be convenient to get the remote keyboard, but not really. The PS4 has a hard time reading my keyboard via Bluetooth sometimes, I couldn't figure out how to use it to quickly type and search for videos on the PS4 YouTube app, and the system even confuses the keyboard for a headset. Every time I turn on the PS with the keyboard connected to the remote, I have to select my tv as the output device for the audio under settings. Overall it does make typing a little faster for me, but not by much and it definitely did not meet my expectation.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good idea but design needs reshaping

      Posted
      Mikey
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I can only comment on the keyboard functionality, as I haven't used it to charge my controller as I play. This is a great speed convenience for sending in-game messages in GTA5 online, because standing still too long gets you assassinated. The keyboard functions well, but the body of this could use a few tweaks. I have large hands, and when this is attached I can't get my fingers all the way around the underside. Where my bottom 3 fingers usually end up is blocked by the back of the keypad. It's not a huge deal, just slightly inconvenient. Also, the angle of the keypad is too low for my liking. If the manufacturer were to angle the keypad up to almost level with the button faces, there would be more room in back and typing would be easier.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Excellent quality, decent design and features.

      Posted
      Sparky
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The keypad is of excellent build quality. The keyboard buttons have a soft feel which is comfortable to use and they have a definitive click when pressed, which I like. I like the feature where you can use it's battery to boost/charge the controller battery and extend it's life. Ergonomically it fits great in the hand and is actually comfortable and slim enough to game with it left on the controller. The only gripe I have is when you take it on and off of the controller, it tends to push the PlayStation button on the controller which can open the main console menu/dashboard. Not a big issue, but worth mentioning as my Xbox 360 keyboard's design (from a different company) slips on and off without hitting any buttons. Overall a good buy.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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