Many people have to choose which console they’d like to have. Some people prefer to go with the Nintendo Wii, whereas others may turn their attention to the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3. However, more and more people are finding that they have more than one video game system in their living rooms and it can be easy to invest in seemingly redundant video game accessories.
Rather than buying two separate charging stands to go with your Xbox 360 and your Sony PlayStation 3, you can take care of both sets of controllers with the Konnet PowerPyramid. The more expensive “Supreme Version” comes in a “Limited Edition” silver, but it can handle both Xbox 360 and PS3 controllers. If you have just one of the two systems, you can opt for the versions of the PowerPyramid that specialize in one console or the other. Check out our review after the break…
Features at a Glance
The $54.99 Limited Edition PowerPyramid Supreme Version comes with four different charging ports on a pyramid-shaped frame. Also known by its less memorable KN-9902 model number, this silver stand dedicates the the two upper slots for PlayStation 3 controllers, whereas the lower two slots attach to Xbox 360 controllers.
And that’s pretty much the crux of its functionality. Inside the box is the stand itself, along with the AC adapter for plugging into the wall. It would have been nice to have a USB option, since you could then plug the PowerPyramid into your video game system. However, this would likely not be practical given the power draw that four controllers would have on a lowly USB port.
What I find interesting is that the base itself is not square like the base of the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Instead, it looks more like a parallelogram from a top-down view. I’m wondering if this was to help with stability and weight distribution.
Build Quality and Materials
With a silver finish throughout, the Supreme Version looks like it would be made from lightweight aluminum. Instead, it seems to use a rather cheap plastic material that has been coated in a thin layer of silver paint. This makes it feel rather cheap, but it seems solid enough that it won’t topple over with four controllers attached.
Unlike the Nyko Charge Base IC for the Nintendo Wii, this charging base does not use induction-based charging technology. It makes a physical connection to the charging port of the respective controllers. This is more like what happens when you drop your controllers into the Nyko Charge Base 360 for Xbox 360 controllers, but not quite as elegant as the controller requires you to physically insert a connector into the controller. The charge base is more of a “drop it and charge” affair.
About Three-Quarters of the Way There
I’m currently using regular NiMH AA batteries with my Xbox 360 and, not surprisingly, they don’t charge with this base. Looking from the outside (and based on the “premium” price), I was hopeful that the rechargeable battery packs would be included in the box. That’s not the case either. Be prepared to spend some extra money if you don’t already have the right battery packs.
MegaTechie Premium Plus or MegaTechie Mediocrity?
While I certainly appreciate the dual capability of being able to charge both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 controllers, I feel that the Konnet PowerPyramid Supreme Edition falls a little short of the mark. I naturally didn’t expect it to charge my Tekken Arcade FightStick, but I was hoping that it would include everything necessary to charge my regular Xbox 360 controller at the minimum.
The cheaper build quality is a bit of a turnoff too, as is the “dedicated” nature of the four charging ports. You cannot, for instance, charge four PlayStation 3 controllers at the same time: there are two PS3 slots and two Xbox 360 slots. Having swappable parts would have helped in this regard. For $55, I expected more that what Konnet was able to deliver. Hopefully we get what we want in a future revision.