FightBox R1 Review

FightBox R1-B
PriceAliExpress
Release2023
CompatibilityNS / PS3 / PC / Android
Dimensions14.1″ x 7.2″ x 0.7″
Weight2.65 lbs
Cable1.8 m

Other Edition

FightBox R1-F

Introduction

The FightBox R1 is FightBoxArcade’s answer to the recent influx of box/rectangle controllers that are growing on the Smash community.

Performance

The FightBox R1-B sports the layout that was popularized by the likes of the Frame1 and B0XX. The keycaps are 24 mm ABS. The switches are Cherry MX Blacks, which may not be everyone’s taste. Some may find them mushy. They also sound fairly clicky. Otherwise, they work fine.

Despite not having an anti-slip pad, the R1-B should not slide around during play. That is despite not being heavy as well. It is a mystery how it stays put during play, but it is good that it does so. Just take heed that the fastenings may fall out if you play too violently.

Hardware

The R1-B is generally robust. Its weight feels like it is between the Frame1 Light and Heavy. About the switches, you may be glad to know that they are hot-swappable.

The cable is USB C-to-A. You can also choose to order the R1-B with a braided USB-C to GameCube cable. The R1-B likely runs on the HayBox firmware.

Appearance

The R1-B is made of frosted matte-black acrylic on the top and bottom. It is impressively slimmer than already slim controllers like the Frame1. The R1-F edition is a thicker edition.

While the case is not as polished, it does a good job of hiding fingerprints and grime, requiring cleaning as infrequently as once a month. The buttons, however, may show dead skin, so have a wiping cloth handy. Speaking of which, there are button colors available.

One last woe about the appearance is the visible fastenings that may not be for everyone. In any case, the art of the R1-B should be customizable, and we at The Arcade Stick offer a custom art service.

Conclusion

Smash players who are fond of this button layout should definitely consider the FightBox R1 for all that it offers.

  • Hot-swappable switches
  • Stays put
  • Slimmer build
  • Transportable weight
  • Hides smudges
  • Visible, flimsy fastenings

Rating

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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