Like most game players, I too have gone through the horror that is trying to find a good, reliable charging cable for either the Xbox One or PlayStation 4. Some you get start out good but come loose from the controller at some point, while others just don’t work out at all. Thanks to our friends at KontrolFreek, I was able to review their solution known as the KontrolFreek 12ft Gaming Cable. Featuring gold plated connection points, a flat braided design and a charging indicator light, this is one of the best (if not the best) charging cable I’ve ever used.
I’m sure like most of you reading this, I’m the kind of guy that when I buy something, I expect it to work as it should. That’s exactly what this cable does. I took it out of the plastic bag packaging, plugged it into my Xbox One controller (as well as my PS4 one later) and it works. Now I can play my games without worrying about if it’s charging or not, or if the cable is going to come loose and disconnect. To me, that’s the highlight of this cable thanks to it being nice and snug when you plug it into your controller. I can’t stand loose fitting cables, so I was more than happy to feel how tightly it snaps into the controller port.
For those wondering about the technical details, it’s a more than generous twelve feet long, so it can reach just about anywhere, it also features a 480 Mbps high-speed data transfer, gold plated contacts that serve to enhance your connection, and a flat braided cord which is my first time using something like this that prevents tangling. It also has a nice Velcro strap you can use to roll it back up and store it. The finishing touch is a charge indicator light on the connector tip that goes to your controller that lets you know when your device is fully charged when it changes from red to green. If you’re like me and use an Xbox One controller without batteries, the light will always be green which is kind of a neat effect that matches the console’s infamous green color scheme. Not that it’s a problem for me, but I did notice that if you use the cable this way, the green light stays on even after you turn the console off. I didn’t care for it at first, but then I quickly grew to love a soft glow coming from my Xbox at night (as I usually set the controller on top of the system when I’m doing gaming) that looks a lot like a gaming PC case light.
Available in red and black, green and black, or white and blue colors for $15, the KontrolFreek 12ft Gaming Cable is the perfect charging cable for your console of choice as it does its job with some nice extra features to boot. So if you’re like me and love secure, snug fitting cable connectors on your charge cable, you can’t go wrong with this one.