FightBox B1 Review

B1 Game Controller
PriceAliExpress / Amazon
Release2021
PlatformsPS4 / PS3 / PC
Dimensions11.8″ x 7.4″ x 0.7″
Cable3 m
Weight2.65 lbs

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Introduction

RetroArcadeCrafts and FightBoxArcade are the same company in different locations. The FightBox B1 is an ultra thin all-buttons controller that is made of acrylic. Its thickness is less than two centimeters! Furthermore, its layered structure allows for the placement of custom artwork onto the panel. For that, we have a custom artwork service.

Performance

The left buttons are Cherry MX black key switches that measure 4 x 24 mm. The right buttons are 8 x 24 mm. Thanks to hot-swapping technology, you can replace them with your favorite mechanical key switches. Otherwise, the stock buttons feel and sound good, and they are quite reminiscent of a keyboard, which you may have expected.

The only qualms with the FightBox are stability and comfort during play. You should be fine if you play with the controller on your lap, but if you place it on a hard surface like a table, the FightBox may slide around, and the lower edge may irritate your palms.

Hardware

Again, the FightBox is a super slim hitbox made of acrylic. Its thickness is less than two centimeters despite having a layered structure.

The six buttons on the upper left of the panel are:

  1. Home
  2. Options
  3. Share
  4. Touchpad
  5. R3
  6. L3

We wish they were labeled to know which button does what without constantly referring to the documentation.

As for SOCD cleaning:

  • Up + Down = Up
  • Left + Right = Neutral

The cable is USB type B to A. The FightBox achieves its compatibility through the Brook Fighting Board PS3/PS4 printed circuit board (PCB).

Appearance

The FightBox looks quite smooth and minimalist. Part of its elegant look comes from the fact that the buttons are unlabeled, but again, that comes at the cost of not knowing which button does what without the documentation.

Conclusion

With the FightBox B1, you get what you ask for, and it is a decent option when considering your next hitbox purchase.

Pros

  • Responsive buttons
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • May slip
  • Lower edge

Rating

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Links

FightBoxArcade

RetroArcadeCrafts

AliExpress

Amazon