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This review is from: Charge Base S for Xbox 360
Supplied batteries last an awful lot longer than the stock MS ones.
Cons: In the end, it will cost you much more than the convenience is worth (see below)
Other Thoughts: The system relies on the exposed terminals of the NYKO batteries to work. This means you cannot use your current battery packs. This shouldn't be a problem, except that the NYKO batteries are so heavy that simply placing the controller on the charging dock runs the risk of breaking the bottom shelf of the battery holder on the controller itself. This has happened to me twice now. I've NEVER had a MS controller break this way in all the years I've owned a 360 (since the 2005 launch). I've seen them break from abuse, but not from setting them down in a charging cradle.
If I had kids or young adults playing my 360, I'd be buying new controllers every week.
Bottom line: The end cost is not worth the convenience.
Pros: Does it's job very well, UNTIL. . .
Cons: It's HUGE, which causes problems beyond the initial case fitting issues.
The fan is cheap and you have to remove the entire unit to replace it.
Poor mechanical design, not well thought-out (thermal design is excellent).
Other Thoughts: The unit works as advertised. It's LARGE so check your case measurements before buying.
However, the installed fan isn't anything special and requires you to uninstall the unit completely to access the two screws needed to replace it (fail), and that will likely mean that you have to remove the motherboard from the case just to access the hold-downs. It'd have been better if the unit was designed to allow users to pull and replace the fan from the top, but it isn't (epic fail). Due to the poor design, that's not possible because the unit is so large that it covers the hold-downs far enough requiring removal of the motherboard just to get at them.
-1 egg for the cheap fan.
-2 eggs for the poor design.