There’s not normally much to separate yourself from the crowd when you’re a game controller charger. In this case Nyko have managed to do so by allowing their charging blocks to link together – but more on that later.
This review is for both the PS4 and Xbox one versions of the Nyko Charge Block Solo.
Each of the PS4 and Xbox One versions comes with the Nyko Charge Block Solo, along with a USB plug and a USB Cable. The PS4 version comes with a small attachment which you attach to the charging port on the PS4 which then allows it to rest on the charge block. The Xbox One charge block comes with a 1200mah battery pack and a battery cover for your controller which allows the controller to sit on the dock.
Both blocks look smart with clean lines used to give shape.
Once they are plugged in, slim LED lights on each of the front sides come on. Blinking for charging and steady for charged. The Xbox One battery comes partially charged - It took about 30 minutes to fully charge, but will obviously take longer from empty.
One of the questions I asked myself is “why would I want one of these?” Surprisingly there were a few answers.
For both PS4 and Xbox One owners, this provides an alternative to the standard charging, and provides a much better looking, and more permanent housing than just the controller sitting alone.
The big advantage though which applies to both PS4 and Xbox One charge blocks, is that when you have two controllers (and two Nyko Charge Blocks), they can link together, Obviously it’s a tidy solution, but more importantly, it allows you to charge two controllers with just the one cable and plug. For me this is the biggest advantage, and in my case I can link both the Xbox One and PS4 charge blocks together.
The above is all very positive, but there are some minor issues with both versions.
On PS4 small attachment is required which needs to be plugged into the controller before you can charge it on the block. A minor inconvenience, but an inconvenience nonetheless. I thought this accessory could get lost easily, but luckily it sits magnetically onto the block when not in use.
For Xbox One, it’s nice to have such a good looking charging block, and the included charge pack can make a great change for those of us that use rechargeables. The one issue though, is the power of the included pack is only 1,200mAh. This means that you’ll likely have to charge your controller more often than with other charging solutions.
Overall, the NYKO Charge Block Solo is a good charging solution for both PS4 and Xbox One controllers, but becomes a really good solution when you have them linked together charging two controllers.
Terry received two Nyko Charge Block Solos for review from Play Distribution.