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Regarding the "UPDATE" in the first post in this thread.
UPDATE: This is essentially a non-issue and nothing more than an attempted smear campaign. There is no "embarrasing design flaw" with PS3Key. The only thing embarrasing is the the obvious lack of knowledge expressed in the original article. Almost every electronic device contains insulation, often in the form of tape or pads, to prevent short circuiting or to reduce EM interference. With PS3Key, over 99% are flawless, while a fraction of a percent has insufficient insulation. This problem has been known for some time, as the faulty insulation problem occured only in the very first batches and has since been fixed. It is easy for customers to do by themselves and resellers are usually very helpful in case any assistance should be needed.
Why would I smear PS3Key when we already sold it to our customers? What I meant was that it was "embarrassing" for me to inform our customers about this flaw. Also, anyone who opens the case can easily see this is masking tape used for paint jobs (not for electronics), nothing professional about it.
You could put it this way also, 100% of PS3Key sold so far use masking tape for insulation, that is the design flaw right there.
Last edited by modrobert; 09-23-2010 at 12:00 PM.
Reason: added some clarification
I wouldn't say that really. I know retailers still selling it.
Originally Posted by iLLNESS
I myself as a user am quite happy with it so far.
PS3Key is made by the same people who made WiiKey for the Wii. PS3Key is in it for the long run like the WiiKey is on the Wii.
Ok - let's look at the facts:
There is no "embarrasing design flaw" with PS3Key.
You've a PCB with a metal outer chassis and decided that an SMT crystal was too much money. Therefore the soldermask (save the test pads) on the rear of the PCB is pretty much useless since you have raised objects which supercede the purpose of the soldermask. This is known as a 'design flaw'.
You've then tried to 'fix' the flaw by sticking electrical tape over the raised contacts, otherwise known as a 'kludge'.
The fact is, had your design been sound to begin with, you wouldn't need the kludge. What's worse is the cost difference between through-hole crystals and SMT crystals is tiny, especially when you consider how much profit you'll be making per unit.
No, the embarrassing thing is that you are blaming a customer of yours for having a 'lack of knowledge' when he probably saved you a ton of returns. If the product had been designed correctly (considering you're putting it into a metal chassis), you wouldn't need insulating tape. Don't confuse proper circuit insulation with DIY insulating tape as they're two entirely different things.
The only thing embarrasing is the the obvious lack of knowledge expressed in the original article. Almost every electronic device contains insulation, often in the form of tape or pads, to prevent short circuiting or to reduce EM interference.
Got another email from PS3key team!
We are pleased to announce the availability of PS3Key update v2.
This is a USB update that can be applied to all genuine PS3Keys
on any PC running Windows that has a USB port.
New features include support for peek/poke commands and the
ability to run backups on USB HDD without an original game in
the BluRay drive. This update also enables PS3Key to function
with Backup Manager 2.
The update is available in the downloads area at:
You will need a valid PS3Key serial number to get the update.
Can't wait to get my PS3key!!
@youngoz: thanks for the heads up ,this morning i recieved my ps3key update v2 worked like a charm!!
I hope i get my ps3keys today .. i want to try it
You will love it (it's much smaller then i thought it would be),very easy to update!
Originally Posted by djbubba2002
He ship them out 7 days ago , I didnt get them yet .. i dont know why its taking so long to come here..
@djbubba2002: Better contact your reseller and give em hell :P,mine got shipped yesterday recieved it this morning