Punk Workshop Hitbox Review

PunkWorkshop Fighting Stick Controller Mini HitBox V3
PriceAliExpress
Release2021
CompatibilityPS5 / PS4 / PS3 / PSC / XSX / XB1 / X360 / NS / WU / PC
Dimensions11.7″ x 7.0″ x 1.1″
Cable3 m
Weight3.31 lbs

Editions

Mini V3

Mini V2

MCD

Regular

Performance

This acrylic hitbox comes with mechanical buttons and SOCD cleaning. The controllers allows you to switch between different SOCD resolutions. SOCD cleaning can be summarized as:

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

The Raspberry Pi board features SOCD, but depending on your model, instead of having a dedicated button, it uses a mixture of inputs in order to change the settings.

As for the buttons, there are two buttons on the side for start and select. There should also be buttons for SOCD, LS/DP/RS, home, back, start, L3, and R3. If your main appeal in this hitbox is the buttons, you can order them separately. The buttons feel more like keyboard keys than arcade buttons, and many players prefer the keyboard style.

In any case, you can swap out the pink silent Kailh BOX switches to customize the feel, tension, and actuation. Kailh BOX switches are relatively light and close to Sanwa parts when it comes to the feel. Furthermore, they have a soft bump above the actuation point, so you have to travel farther from the bump to actually actuate the switch.

Hardware

The acrylic of the hitbox is of good quality. This controller is light and easy to carry. When it comes to the wiring inside, it is neat, and the USB cable is of good quality too. As for the printed circuit board (PCB) options, they include:

  • Zero delay arcade USB encoder with SOCD
  • Brook Universal Fighting Board (UFB)
  • Brook UFB with UFB-UP5

With a maxed out PCB, Neogeo Mini and Sega Genesis Mini compatibility can also be achieved, and by the way, your order will probably come with a piece of cloth for cleaning purposes.

This controller is also available in fightstick, hitstick, mixbox, and Smash box formats.

Appearance

You can choose from the following colors:

  • Black
  • White
  • Red
  • Clear red
  • Clear blue
  • Custom

Again, this is an acrylic hitbox, so you can message Sinoarcade your custom design, which we can help you provide as we have a custom artwork service!

Conclusion

Given the many perks that this controller has, it is easy to understand why Tokido has made it his weapon of choice!

  • Mechanical switches
  • Quality acrylic
  • Quality cable
  • Organized interior
  • Lightweight
  • Ease of carrying
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Many colors
  • Complex SOCD

Rating

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Links

Sinoarcade

AliExpress