Every once in a while, we come across an accessory that just seems like a redundant vanity product. One such type of product are controller charging stations – or charging docks, whatever you prefer to call them.
These are mostly manufactured by third-party companies, but today, we’ll take a closer look at the official Sony Dualshock 4 Charging Station and see if it is worth the money – or if charging docks, in general, are.
What’s In the Box?
The box contains the charging station itself, a detachable power cable, an AC adapter, and an information booklet, all of which are rather neatly packaged in a folded piece of carton.
The dock itself looks fairly good, with a matte black and gloss combo that we’ve seen in the design of the original PlayStation 4. Most of all, it feels quite sturdy and it doesn’t look as heavy as it actually is. That weight, along with the rubber feet on the bottom that run along almost the entire length of the dock, makes it highly stable on any surface, be it with or without docked controllers.
Controllers are placed upright on the station, as it uses the controller’s extension port as the connector of choice. The connectors themselves wiggle slightly to make centering a controller easier, and there’s an audible click that lets you know that the controller is docked properly.
Should You Buy It?
The key question when it comes to any charging station is – do you really need it? Frankly, it’s not a necessity, seeing as you can charge a controller with any micro USB cable. However, there are two ways that a charging station can make your life easier:
- It allows you to charge two controllers simultaneously
- It greatly reduces cable clutter
If either of those two things sound like something you’d appreciate, then by all means – get a charging station. On the other hand, if you’re not comfortable paying anything upwards of $50 for something like this, then you’d probably want to give this particular product a pass and turn to a cheaper solution.
There is not much to say about this charging station other than that it looks good, is remarkably well-built, and it serves its purpose more than well. The only issue some might have with it is that it is most definitely pricey – especially considering how cheap some other third-party charging stations are.
Nonetheless, if you pay extra for a charging station, you’ll immediately see that you’re paying for a higher-quality product, and an official one at that too.
What We Loved
- Simple and appealing design
- Looks great as a controller stand
- Highly reliable and well-built
What We Didn’t Like
- Expensive compared to other charging stations