Do you ever want your gaming console to function like a PC where you can use your very own keyboard and mouse? Don't like using the gaming controller for FPS games like Modern Warefare, Call of Duty, Gears of War or Bioshock Infinite? Yeah, we get it, it's really that hard to aim and it takes a lot of practice to master using it and it's not as smooth and easy using a keyboard and a mouse. That is why ATEN has made the Phantom-S to make your gaming via console (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 & Xbox One) easier and very convenient to use. See the rafflecopter below this review!  


ATEN Phantom-S Gamepad Emulator

What is inside the box?
The contents of the ATEN Phantom-S box

The box of ATEN’s Phantom-S Gamepad Emulator contains the following:
  • 1x UC410 PHANTOM-S
  • 2x USB type A to USB type B Cables
  • 1x User Manual / Instructions

Phantom-S Features
PC-like FPS Gaming Experience – Fast and Accurate
The unique conversion technology of the PHANTOM–S allows you to play PS4, PS3, XBOX 360, and XBOX One games with a wireless or wired keyboard and mouse. Both are fully modifiable and provide more convenient and smooth gameplay, when compared with conventional analog joysticks and button sets. Gameplay with the PHANTOM–S offers a satisfying experience of fast aiming and accurate shooting. In addition, the optimized impact timing calibration of the PHANTOM–S provides higher accuracy with continuous firing.

Regular Software/Firmware Updates
The PHANTOM–S provides software to quickly configure the mappings between the keyboard/mouse and conventional game controller, according to your personal preferences. Macros can be set so that a single key may carry out specific instructions normally required by multiple key combinations. ATEN provides regular PHANTOM–S software updates that provide new functions and features, improve gameplay, and support next generation game consoles, such as PS4 and XBOX One.

Exclusive PLAY Mode
In addition to gameplay with a USB keyboard and mouse, the PHANTOM–S also supports laptop or desktop keyboards for direct PS4, PS3, XBOX 360, and XBOX One gaming with the unprecedented experience of convenient and smooth game controls.

Build & Design
The ATEN Phantom-S is made from aluminum and not just any typical plastic build of devices. Although the very good quality of its exterior material should not be your focus when gaming, ATEN made it sure that you’ll have good and durable device.  



The bottom portion contains the USB slots where the gamepad, keyboard and mouse should be in place.



The top portion has the mini-USB slots for connecting the Phantom-S into the gaming console, power or in a PC.

How to use it?
Here is the very exciting part of the review process, trying out the product on hand. So we have used a PlayStation 3 (PS3) here, along with the hit game "The Last of Us". We have also used a keyboard and a mouse in this setup, also the ATEN Phantom-S (plug-and-play) and the console controller as you will see in the below images. 


The Last of Us will be the game on testing
Before playing you need to setup like in the example below, the ATEN Phantom-S is connected to the PS3 (only the console cable is connected), you need to connect the keyboard, mouse and the gamepad to the Phantom-S as well via USB. The gamepad is required to be connected to the Phantom-S to work, wired controllers (or connect the wire) are preferred as wireless will not work.  



A closer look of the Phantom-S with the console cable connected at the top, then 3 USB cables for the keyboard, mouse and the console's gamepad controller.



Below is the sample demo of the working Phantom-S into the PS3 using the keyboard and mouse as a controller. It's like using a PC in this setup but it's a gaming console. Using the keyboard & mouse via Phantom-S is smooth to control the character (Joel) and you can adjust the settings like the camera rotation and others that you think that is needed to be adjusted. Aiming using the console is sure hard in The Last of Us, especially when you have a little ammo in the game, defeating strong zombies will be very difficult when you have wasted your bullets, but with the Phantom-S it's easy to point and shoot the zombies as you can drag your mouse and click along with some controls needed with the keyboard and *BAM!* you can easily hit your target. See it's very easy to use as it is plug-and-play, no more additional setup to use. 



There are some keyboard shortcuts that are assigned to each key from the controller that can be read in the user manual, be sure to check it out first before playing. Below is a video demo of how it is easy to play with the ATEN Phantom-S.

Video Demo
Using the keyboard and mouse is easier to use, just like in the above video. It's smooth and it's like you're playing via PC.

ATEN Phantom-S Specifications
Connectors
Front
Keyboard
1 x USB Type A Female (White)
Mouse
1 x USB Type A Female (White)
Gamepad
1 x USB Type A Female (White)
Rear
Game
1 x Mini USB Type A Female (black)
PC
1 x Mini USB Type A Female (black)
KB Power
1 x Mini USB Type A Female (black)
Switches
Reset
1 x Semi-recessed Pushbutton
LEDs
Turbo / *KB Mode
1 (Orange)
Setting
1 (Blue)
Power
1 (Blue)
Emulation
Keyboard
USB, Emulation
Mouse
USB, Emulation
Gamepad
USB, Bypass
Power Consumption
5V, 1.95W
Environment
Operating Temp.
0 – 50°C
Storage Temp.
–20 – 60°C
Humidity
0–80% RH, Non-condensing
Physical Properties
Housing
Metal
Weight
0.20 kg
Dimensions
(L x W x H)
10.60x7.90x2.44cm


Verdict
I really liked it. I’ve been using it especially to FPS games (or even other games) and missed playing games using keyboard & mouse but the difference is that I can use it in a gaming console now. This is a very good device that is created by ATEN that will definitely be loved by every gaming console gamer. It can give the best of both worlds where you can use it with your gaming console and personal computer. At the end of the day all we want is to enjoy and have fun with the games we play. Also, devices like this can make it easier for us. The Phantom-S is a must buy! Priced at SRP Php4,999 but it is on an exclusive sale via Lazada for only Php3,499You can get one here.



Rafflecopter ATEN Phantom-S Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

- You can win one (1) unit of ATEN Phantom-S worth Php4,999.
- The winner will be displayed here and will be announced in Geeky Pinas' Facebook Page

Mechanics:
  • The contestant must be a Filipino citizen that is residing in the Philippines. 
  • Only one account in any social media (e.g. 1 FB, 1 Twitter, 1 Instagram) is allowed to enter per contestant. No dummy accounts. Any violation to this will lead to an automatic disqualification. 
  • Contestants should use their real names (no anonymous names) for verification and security purposes, violations would lead to automatic disqualification.
  • The winner should claim and contact us about the prize within two weeks after the announcement; otherwise, it will be forfeited.


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