Xbox One Chatpad Review

With the vast amounts of accessories coming out for the Xbox One, we often ask ourselves “Is it worth it and will I use it?”. Well today I hope to help some of you out there, I recently brought the ‘Chatpad’ and wanted to show you what it can do. Apart from the obvious of typing, it can also do a few other things.

The first thing is the in built audio mixer, This is a god send for all headset users. To the left of the keyboard you will find two buttons, one is a picture of a controller and the other is a picture of a person. Over on the right hand side you will find another two buttons, one is a + symbol and the other is a – symbol. Nice and easy to adjust the game volume and the chat volume, just choose which audio you want to adjust and then either raise or lower the volume using the + or – key. Also on the lower right of the keyboard is a mute button, kind of self explanatory there.


Now some of the eagle eyed readers will have spotted two unusual buttons in the picture above, what could ‘X1’ and ‘X2’ possibly do? This is my favourite feature by a country mile. If you press ‘X1’, then boom – you have just taken a screenshot. If you press ‘X2’, then as if by magic – you have just recorded the last 30 seconds of game play. No need to double tap the home button on the controller or yell commands at the Kinect anymore, just a simple press of a button and you have your media there and then.

As for the fitment while using the controller, it didn’t obstruct me in anyway at all and I have shovels for hands. On the face of the controller, it sits higher but this is a good thing for me and really aids in typing. On the back, it sits flush with no protruding edges or annoying corners sticking out. Another plus point for the ‘Chatpad’ is the illuminated keys, looks really cool and also really helps.

With so many good points, could there be any bad? The only one I can think of (and it took a while) is this, how often will it get used? It’s great for typing in any way, shape or form as it is painstaking using the d-pad and selecting each letter individually. I know I’ll be using this all the time, from entering website addresses on Edge to sending out messages to friends – it is so much easier and verges on a bit of fun when using it.

As you can see from the video above you will get the Chatpad, a Chat Headset and the USB cable in the box – and also the manuals. With this accessory weighing in at £29.99, I feel this is an excellent price for all the stuff you actually get and in my opinion this is an excellent bit of kit. If you fancy getting one, you can click right here and it will take you to the right place on the Xbox website.

And here we are, at the end of the review of the ‘Chatpad’. I hope you find this of some help if you are thinking of getting one. I would love to know if you do, please feel free to leave any comments on your views below.

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  • Overall


This really is an amazing accessory; it saves so much time when typing and makes it so much easier. At only £29.99, this is a wise investment and I really recommend you to get one.

Chris 'whyayemincepie' Nash

Gamer dad to three kids, we all act the same age and wouldn't have it any other way. Also managed to get myself the most amazing wife that loves gaming too, plus she puts up with me and my funny charms.

3 thoughts on “Xbox One Chatpad Review

  • 13/01/2016 at 2:21 pm

    Whole heartedly agree! I really like my chatpad, makes life sooo much easier on my xbox with no obstruction! Also works fab with my Elite!

    • 14/01/2016 at 10:56 am

      It means not accidentally hitting the rear paddles on the elite doesn’t it, much less frustration.

  • 14/01/2016 at 10:54 am

    I haven’t read the review to be honest but I’m still adding my 2 pence.
    If you message regularly the chat pad is essential. Much better to use than the smart glass app.
    If you own one of the older controllers (without the 3.5mm head phone socket) the chat pad has the 3.5mm headphone socket, if you want to use your own headphones WITHOUT losing volume etc functions the chat pad allows you to do this as those controls are built onto the chat pad.
    If you own an elite controller and use the rear paddles I also feel that the chat pad is essential as it means you don’t constantly hit the paddles while trying to type a message.
    It’s basically the same as the xbox 360 chat pad but it comes with a pathetically short (basically useless as it’s less than a foot long if memory serves me correctly, it’s been in the bottomless pit of my cable draw so long I can’t remember exactly what it looks like lol) usb charge cable for the controller.
    It also comes with a headset with the volume functions inline (think inline volume controls on mobile phones headsets) with a 3.5mm connector.
    Personally I think it is much better value than the review summary says, I give it a 9.5/10 because of the silly usb cable. It would be a 10 if the usb was a normal length.

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