ps3toothfairy

The Good Allows a standard universal remote to control the PS3; gives access to the full 51 remote buttons; zero lag between remote and console; powers the PS3 off using a built-in macro; user adjustable settings.

The Bad Expensive for what it does; can't upgrade firmware; does not include power adapter.

The Bottom Line The ps3toothfairy costs a lot for its limited purpose, but it allows your universal remote to fully control your PS3 and adds some advanced user-configurable options.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.4 Overall

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Review

ps3toothfairy

While the Sony PlayStation 3 is one of the best values for high-def movie buffs, it's always been somewhat of a pain to integrate in a standard home theater because it lacks an IR receptor. That means popular universal remotes, such a Logitech Harmony, can't control the PS3 and you're forced to break out either the PS3 controller or buy the Sony Playstation 3 Blu-ray DVD Remote. For those who can't live without an activity-based remote, like us, it's a considerable drawback.

The only mainstream product to address this issue has been the Nyko Blu-Wave, which is a cheap fix, but can't turn the PS3 on or off, which means you'll need to power the PS3 on and off manually or use a controller. To address this problem, a small group of basically homemade products have popped up on independent Web sites, offering the ability to convert standard IR commands to Bluetooth and use some clever macros to get around the PS3's peculiarities. The ps3toothfairy ($100, only available on the ps3toothfairy Web site) is one of these devices, and it delivers on all the essential functionality you'd want on an IR-to-Bluetooth converter.

Design
The design of IR-to-Bluetooth converters is pretty much uniform, as they all consist of a small black box about the size of an Altoids breath mints tin, with one side featuring IR receptors. The ps3toothfairy features a single red light in the middle of its IR receptors, and it blinks when it receives an IR signal or gives useful feedback during the setup process. Luckily for home theater fanatics trying to limit light sources, the light can be manually dimmed in configuration mode. The ability to choose the light level is preferable over the lightless PS3IR-PRO or the always-on IR2BTci.

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