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4Gamers Wireless Sensor Bar
Member Name: loopy-lou33
4Gamers Wireless Sensor Bar
Advantages: Cheap, portable and really works.
Disadvantages: High drain on batteries.
Anyone who own a Wii console will be familiar with the sensor bar that comes included with the console. The bar usually sits on top of your TV screen and is used to track the movement of the Wii controller so that this is accurately replicated on screen. The sensor bar comes with a ridiculously long wire, which is very thin and not at all user friendly, as I found out when my kittens bit through it! Without my sensor bar, I would not be able to play games on the Wii, so I trawled through Amazon looking for a replacement. The 4 Gamers Wireless sensor bar immediately caught my eye, especially as it would have no wire for the kitties to chomp on.
The bar is ridiculously cheap at £2.80, and I was not expecting anything great for that price, however, the sensor bar only has to provide a light source to work (apparently you can also use lighted candles on top of your TV if your sensor bar breaks), so why should it cost a lot? I was very pleased with this product when it came.
The bar is basically a white plastic bar, which measures 9.5 inches long. It has a black strip along the front and a small black button in the centre, which switches the light on and off. When switched on, a small blue light appears in the centre of the bar. Underneath the bar are two rubbery grips to keep it steady and a removable panel for inserting the 4 AAA batteries that power the device. You insert the batteries, pop the bar on top of the TV, switch on the light and you are ready to play!
The bar works really well when playing Wii games and is an accurate sensor when you are pointing the remote at the screen. The bar is very convenient if you are taking the Wii to someone's house, as there are no awkward wires to deal with. It also minimises the amount of wires behind your TV that can get tangled up. I have had the bar for about 18 months now and it is still working really well.
The only downside to the bar is that it is VERY heavy on batteries. To cope with this, you really need to invest in a pack of rechargeable AAA batteries and a charger, otherwise this bar will cost you a small fortune to run. I usually have 4 batteries charging and 4 in the bar at any one time, so I can replace them when they start to run down. If the batteries run down during a game, the icon on the screen will start to flicker, or not appear at all. This makes play impossible, so it is very important to keep the bar full opf charged batteries at all times, as you don't want them to "go" during a game. I find that personally, a set of 4 batteries will last about 3 gaming sessions before they need replacing, and rechargeable batteries will lose their charge over time whether you use them or not.
Despite this setback, I feel that the wireless bar is much better than the official bar that comes with the Wii. It is cheap, practical, portable and effective, and I would recommend that anyone with a Wii get one of these as a cheap backup bar in case their sensor bar breaks.
Summary: A must for Wii owners.
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