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Snakebyte TWIN:CHARGE 5 & TWIN:CHARGE SX

Posted by GG Goblin On December - 9 - 2020

A home for your next gen controllers.

 
So, you got one of the next gen consoles, you lucky so and so. Whether it is Sony’s PS5 or Microsoft’s Xbox Series X or Series S, the next thing to buy, aside from loads of glorious games, would be a charging dock for the new controllers. Charging docks have been an essential purchase for many gamers ever since controllers ditched the cables, and while there are plenty of offerings on the market right now for the new consoles, Snakebyte’s TWIN:CHARGE docks certainly rise to the top of the pile. Take a look at the TWIN:CHARGE 5 and TWIN:CHARGE SX

 



 
Whichever of the new consoles you have, or are getting/giving this holiday season, Snakebyte have a simple and elegant solution for charging the controllers. Each of these charging docks will keep two controllers charged up and ready for gaming action, they are both powered by USB 2.0 Type-C cables, and they both come in a choice of either black or white. However, from there they are both quite different.

 
The TWIN:CHARGE 5 is the answer for new PS5 owners. Looking like some kind of futuristic space skiff, the dock mimics the look of the PS5 with the curvy side plates. While also available in full black, I can’t see anyone not choosing the white version, again matching the console, with the white sides, while the main body is black. It looks good sat beside the console and is very easy to use. Unlike many older charging docks for PlayStation controllers, the TWIN:CHARGE 5 doesn’t need any annoying dongles as the controllers just slot quite naturally into their positions and start charging using the com-port. One controller is placed behind the other, and two separate lights at the front will show the charging status of each individual controller.

 


 
Sony’s new DualSense controller is already rechargeable, as previous controllers have been, and so charging one would simply mean plugging in a cable. A charging dock is perhaps less important therefore. But if the player has two controllers, then they would need two cables, and two USB ports to plug them into. Also, cables are a bit of a drag, and I am not a big fan of constantly plugging and unplugging things as I know sockets can fail. With a charging dock though, you just pick up the controller when you want to use it and place it back when you don’t, no mucking around and the controller will always be ready to play. Add in that the TWIN:CHARGE 5 just looks the part, and comes in at only £19.99 or there abouts, and the Snakebyte solution would be the preferred choice for PS5 owners.

 
For Xbox Series X or Series S owners though, a charging dock is much more of an important purchase. Microsoft are still sticking to offering controllers that are powered by AA batteries, and while they should be applauded for giving players the choice, nicking batteries from the TV remote when they go flat in the controller is not ideal. Also, a charging dock will save money over time.

 
The TWIN:CHARGE SX is a bit more expensive than the PS5 equivalent, coming in at around £29.99, but that is because the dock comes with two rechargeable battery packs. Remove the battery cover and take out any batteries from the Xbox controller and the battery pack slips easily into place. There are two contacts on the back that connects with points on the dock for charging. As an important note, the battery cover for the new controller is slightly different to the old controller, and as such these battery packs will not fit properly in an older controller, which is a bit of a shame considering Microsoft’s well advertised peripheral backwards compatibility.

 


 
Anyway, with the battery pack in place, the controller slips very easily into place on the dock. Again, the TWIN:CHARGE SX mimics the console, the Series X, in its form. It is a solid, angular lump of plastic with some small holes on the top, replicating the air vents from the Xbox Series X. On the front there is a small slot in which are a pair of LEDs that show the charging status of any docked controllers. This is presumably copying the disc slot on the console, and it looks good, but the recessed nature of the LEDs does make them more difficult to see unless looking straight on or in a dark room. Still, the unit does look very good next to the console.

 
Snakebyte’s charging docks both look the business. They are easily recognisable as what they are. They are also perfectly functional, quickly charging any attached controllers and ensuring that no play time is lost. While the TWIN:CHARGE SX comes in more expensive than the TWIN:CHARGE 5, the additional battery packs will ensure that money is saved over time. For convenience, a charging dock is essential and the Snakebyte TWIN:CHARGE docks not only bring that convenience, but are also among the best looking docks around. Highly recommended for any next gen gamers.

 

 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 



 

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