RAC-J500B-P4 Review

PriceRetroArcadeCrafts
PlatformPS4 / PC
Size11.8” x 7.9” x 2.6”
Cable1.8 m
Weight2.43 lbs

Quick Facts

  • Included is a type of SOCD cleaner because pressing left and right simultaneously results in neutrality.
  • A wrench is needed to open up the case.

Performance

The J500B-P4 All Buttons Arcade Fight Stick features face buttons for both directions and attacks. Secondary buttons can be found on the right side. Unfortunately, all buttons are of lackluster quality, each button feels different than the other, and cleaning the buttons with a slightly wet cloth could end up getting them stuck. To add insult to injury, the buttons are hard to press in general and make a clicking sound a relatively long time after registering an input.

Hardware

Regarding buttons getting stuck, opening up the case is difficult without something like a small adjustable wrench. There are four tough screws to remove to unveil the simple yet incorrectly laid out interior. Basically, the buttons are set up wrong. Besides that, the casing is not that bad. It is made of a hard plastic that might be durable but smudges easily. The unit itself is moderately sized, and the bottom suction cups work well for stability albeit working too well at times. Well, it is a light unit. As a warning, there has been at least one report of the model not being identified by the PlayStation 4 despite compatibility claims. If you get it to work on PC, your buttons might be wrong without downloading third party software.

Aesthetics

The plastic casing does not do much to make the unit look elegant. In fact, it looks rather cheap, especially with the smudging. The color scheme is uninspired, and the silhouette is unusual in an unpleasant way.

Price

The AliExpress price would have been great if the equipment actually worked. Playing with all buttons instead of a joystick can entail a steep learning curve for some, and having faulty hardware does not help at all. Thus, consider spending potentially double the amount for a real Hit Box that actually works. If you have not already speculated, this RetroArcadeCrafts creation was likely inspired by the Hit Box.

Verdict

ProsSOCD cleaner
Simple interior
Durable casing
Moderate size
ConsLackluster buttons
Tough modding
Casing smudges
Compatibility issue
PerformancePoor
HardwarePoor
AestheticsPoor
PricePoor
Score

Link

RetroArcadeCrafts