Originally Posted by jdmagoo
Here’s my review of the PS3 Toothfairy:
I purchased the new version (version 2) of the PS3 Toothfairy and it arrived last week. I wanted something to interact with the PS3 whilst I used my Harmony One universal remote to control everything.
My setup includes the Denon 4306 receiver, PS3, Pioneer Kuro 1080p 50inch plasma. I have my PS3 connected to the 4306 via HDMI, and the Kuro also connected to the 4306 via HDMI.
When I received my PS3Toothfairy (PS3TF from now on) in the mail, it arrived well bubble wrapped, and instruction manual included along with the 3.5mm plugged lead to connect to the hard wired port at the rear.
The build quality of the unit appears to be exceptional, flimsy plastic is not used on these things.
The first thing is to pair the device with the PS3; it is all well explained in the user manual. Pairing took about 5 mins as I already had the PS3TF harmony profile loaded into the remote in anticipation for its arrival.
The response of the unit is about as good as it could be, the moment you press a button on the remote the action appears on the PS3 (very happy). I had mapped addition commands to the hard buttons on the remote for my personal likings.
I tested this thing until I was black and blue thinking I could not fault it until I tried powering down the entire system whilst watching a Blueray. For some reason the PS3 would not turn off. I tried and tried again but it still would not turn off. Thinking there was something wrong with the built in macro in the PS3TF I began to troubleshoot. (For those who don’t know, the PS3TF has three built in power off macros you can choose from, and the ver2 units now have the ability to let you record your own). After about an hour of troubleshooting, I concluded that the problem I had was not with the PS3TF but the HDMI handshaking between the 4306 and the PS3. You see, when the 4306 was getting turned off the PS3 was losing sync with it via the HDMI connection as you would expect; it was during this time that the PS3TF was sending the power off macro and as a result the PS3 was not receiving the full macro and not shutting off. Bummer!!!!
So I contacted Ayman (the designer and manufacturer of the PS3TF). I had asked what would be the best way to implement a delay at the start of the power off macro, so to give the 4306 time to power down and allow the handshaking in the PS3 to settle before starting the power off sequence. Ayman replied very quickly via email with instructions on how to program a new macro and implement it in the PS3TF. It’s very simple really, once you enter the configuration mode you basically enter the buttons you want recorded and the time period for each button etc. The device records it to its non volatile memory and your all set. If you make a mistake you can restore the unit back to it factory settings.
I then put this new macro to test, and all I can say is WOW. If I had purchased one of the competing units I would have no way of getting around this issue. I am very happy with this now as it shuts down perfectly in all instances; I can’t fault it. With this ability, the PS3TF is future proof. If Sony decides to change its firmware and as a result the power off sequence is changed, then you don’t have to send your unit back to get fixed, nor do you have to D/L and install new firmware to change the sequence (which allot of users are having troubles with on a competitors device) all you do is punch in a new sequence and you’re up and running again. Cool!!!
If you make a mistake then all is not lost, as you can restore it back to the original settings and start all over again.
Other things the PS3TF can do is it has a power track function, this basically means that the device knows what state the PS3 is in. If the PS3 is off and you accidently press a button on the remote, then the PS3 will not turn on. If you want to turn it on then only one button on the remote will do that or the activity you have created but not via the accidental pressing of a random button, like I so often did with the PS3 Bluetooth remote.
Other things, you can control the brightness of the LED at the front of the device and there’s a hard wired input at the back of the device for those IR extenders. The received IR input (either at the front with the IR-LED or via the rear 3.5mm input) can be control in the configuration mode. So there’s no need to put tape over the front of the device if you want to use the rear input like you do in other products.
All in all I’m very happy I chose the PS3 Toothfairy for my PS3. The after sales service from Ayman was second to none, the product is of exceptional quality and the fact that it has so many options and configurations those other products don’t. The ability to record your own power off macro is the biggest selling point and I should think that anybody in the market for one of these should get the PS3 Toothfairy you would be mad if you didn’t.
Finally I would like to say a big thank you to Ayman for helping solve my HDMI handshake issues.