Best Xbox Chatpad alternatives Windows Central 2019

The official Xbox Chatpad is a superb product from Microsoft, but at $35, it may be too expensive for some people. Thankfully, there are several third party chatpads available on the market, and all of them cost considerably less than Microsoft's version. Here's a list of some of the best alternatives you can find.

Small size: MoKo Xbox One Mini Keyboard

The MoKo chatpad is ultra-compact, and if you dislike the size of other chatpads, you'll love it. It also offers most of the key functionality that the official Xbox Chatpad does, but the keys have poor tactile feedback. Additionally, button inputs are sometimes inconsistent, and it might take a few presses for them to work. Lastly, it's only compatible with generation three Xbox One controllers because it requires a 3.5mm audio jack to clip into the controller.

$19 at Amazon

Best buttons: Gamers Digital QWERTY Keyboard

The Gamers Digital QWERY Keyboard has excellent buttons that are designed with quality in mind. Each one clicks satisfyingly, and the input doesn't lag or glitch out. However, the keyboard lacks the headset adapter functionality of other chatpads — it operates instead as an audio passthrough device. If you want to use a headset with this chatpad, you'll have to use a third generation Xbox One controller.

$20 at Amazon

Backlit keys: Gamers Digital LED Keyboard

Gamers Digital offers an edition of their chatpad with backlit keys, which means that you'll be able to use this chatpad in the dark or in low light areas with no issues. If you don't often game in this kind of environment, though, you may want to opt for a different choice, as the inputs on this chatpad tend to be inconsistent.

$18 at Amazon

Best functionality: Megadream Chatpad Mini

The Megadream Chatpad Mini is, overall, the most functional third-party Xbox chatpad on the market. While the build quality is less sturdy than Microsoft's official chatpad, it has the exact same features, and even has Windows 10 compatibility. If you don't mind the slight price increase compared to other controllers on this list, this is a fantastic choice.

$24 at Amazon

Budget option: Prodico Wireless Chatpad

The Prodico Wireless Chatpad is the least expensive option available at the rock bottom price of $14, but you get what you pay for. You may face a myriad of issues with this device between the soft, cheap buttons, the poor build quality, and the inconsistent input recognition. However, if you need to save money, you won't find a lower price than the Prodico.

$14 at Amazon

Each of these chatpads have its own positives and negatives, and all of them are worth buying depending on your situation and needs. Personally, if I were to use one of them, I would opt for the Megadream Chatpad Mini, as I prefer to have maximum functionality from my accessories and I think it's well worth the extra cost.

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