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Play-Pak
Review By: Jared Black
Produced By:   Division-1
Street Price:   $39.99
Est. Release:   March 2001
Updated:    4-4-02

IMPORTANT: Readers are reporting that Division-1 seems to be out of business.  They've vacated their offices, and online orders are not being delivered (even though they're being charged).  For now we advise you to only buy this product from a reputable dealer, and not online at the company's website.

When you’re on the go, how do you pack your video game system and accessories? If you’re like the majority of us you either pack all of it in one big cardboard box or shove everything in a backpack. Of course, this opens your system up to all kinds of potential damage. Why risk your expensive gaming equipment when you don’t have to? Luckily there’s a better alternative, and that alternative is the Play-Pak. With the Play-Pak, you no longer have to pack your expensive video game equipment the same way you pack your socks.

Features:

  • Heavy Duty Zippers
  • Extra Wide, Extra Padded Shoulder Straps
  • Padded Back Panel
  • Pull Tabs for easy opening and closing of all zippered compartments heavy duty piping for rigidity
  • Made of rip proof water resistant Ballistic Material.
  • Multi-Storage Game Organizer and CD/DVD Keeper
  • It measures 13.5" x 17.5" x 4"
  • Lifetime Guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship.

The first thing I noticed about the Play-Pak (and really the only knock against it) is that this thing is huge. Basically, on anyone smaller than 6’ 0" it’s gonna feel more like a camping backpack than a normal backpack since it also sits pretty high up on your back. That in itself isn’t so bad, but when combined with its square-ish shape the pack feels very cumbersome when worn on your back. Luckily it also features a shoulder strap, and that works just as it should and feels very comfortable (thanks to extensive strap padding). If it feels bad on your back (or makes you feel like a dwarf), the shoulder strap provides a great alternative means of carrying the pack. Of course each of these straps is fully adjustable as well, so you’ll have no problem adjusting the pack to fit your size.

The size of the unit is necessary to adequately hold all your PS2 accessories, and the trade-off of large size for functionality is definitely worth it. Only when you start putting your stuff inside the Play-Pak does the true brilliance of the unit start to show. The PS2 itself sits in the middle of the Play-Pak, and is held down by a very snug Velcro strap. Behind the PS2 is an area to store your cabling, so you can keep that plugged into the system during transportation. On each side of the unit is a slot for a controller. Behind each controller slot is an additional closed compartment for storage of whatever else you might take along with you (such as a page of codes). On the inside of the lid are twenty CD/DVD holders (double-sided for a total capacity of forty disks), as well as holders for up to four memory cards. While it would’ve been nice to have space for a multi-tap or additional controllers, this would’ve obviously added a lot of extra bulk to the unit that most people wouldn’t take advantage of anyway. In other words, they made sure that there’s plenty of space for the stuff that really matters.

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