For people that may not sit their Wii close to their TV. Nyko’s Sensor bar saves them some trouble.

Nyko’s solution is a bar that’s about 4 times the size of the original, and it takes four AA’s.

The Nyko Wireless Sensor Bar has a timer on the back. It can be set to remind you that you are using it–either every hour or every other hour. Since the bar has no way to know when your not using the Wii, it has to be manually turned on and off. This means that it’s very easy to leave it on and forget about it. That’s why it will beep either every hour or every two hours as a reminder that it’s on.

Signal quality seems on par with the original one when the batteries are fresh. As the battery’s get low, the strength of the signal weakens. This can be a hassle if you sit far away from the TV.

Their sensor bar is simple to use it has one button on the top for on and off, three settings for the timer, and a LED to indicate that it is on.

It would have been great if they had made it turn on and off through the Bluetooth signal from the Wii Motes, though that would likely have made the manufacture of it harder, and raised the costs higher than it would be worth.

I’d give the Sensor Bar a 7.5 out of 10. If you sit far from the TV, such as with a projector, or if you just have no easy way to wire the sensor bar to your Wii, it may be a good investment.

If, on the other hand, you play within normal gaming bounds, the wired sensor bar is good enough.

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Bradley Ouellette is a Blast staff writer who's been with us since the bitter beginnings when we were an attic and basement operation on Mission Hill.

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