FightBox F1 Review

FightBox F1
PriceAliExpress
ReleaseApril 17, 2021
CompatibilityPS5 / PS4 / PS3 / PSC / XSX / XB1 / X360 / NS / WU / PC*
Dimensions13.8” x 7.9” x 1.8”
Cable3 m
Weight3.30 lbs
*The Brook UFB-UP5 is needed for PlayStation 5 compatibility.

Other Editions

FightBox F2

FightBox F5

FightBox F6

FightBox F8

Quick Facts

  • The controller can also be compatible with the Neogeo Mini, Sega Genesis Mini, and Android.
  • This is a clone of the RAC-J800B.

Performance

The FightBox F1 has three Sanwa OBSF-24 buttons and one Sanwa OBSF-30 button on the left instead of a joystick. Though, the side buttons seem like a cheaper clone, but there is usually not much expected from secondary buttons anyway. Additionally, there are six non-slip pads at the bottom to make the controller more stable. The edition you choose may not include SOCD cleaning, which is avoiding registering opposite directions pressed simultaneously. No latency or input delay was noticed during the usage of this controller.

Hardware

Depending on which edition you choose, the best printed circuit board (PCB) option seems to be the Brook Universal Fighting Board (UFB). The PlayStation edition has four buttons on the back for R3, L3, share, and the touchpad. It has two buttons on the side as home and options buttons as well. As for the cable, it is a USB type B to type A. The metallic case feels good, and the panel is acrylic. Though, you may have difficulties cracking the case open for modding. The case is quite slim, so you may need to stuff any added components inside instead of gently inserting them and giving them breathing room. in addition, the USB port may need tightening.

Appearance

The combination of white, black, and red works quite nicely for the FightBox. You can choose a primarily black option as well. The finish is of a decent quality, and minimalists should be particularly fond of the color scheme, but it may be too minimalistic in a sense that it blends in with the many lesser profile hitboxes that have come out. An additional note is that it seems the art was printed directly onto the acrylic, leaving it more prone to denting.

Conclusion

While not as great as the original Hit Box, this is a reasonable entry point into hitboxes.

Pros

  • Decent face buttons
  • Quite solid build
  • Satisfying slim design
  • Nicely minimalistic look

Cons

  • Cheaper side buttons
  • Harder modding
  • Loose USB port
  • Potential artwork denting

Rating

⭐⭐⭐

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