Snack Box V2 Buttons Only Edition Review

PriceJunkfood Custom Arcades
ReleaseSeptember 28, 2019
PlatformsXSX / XB1 / X360 / PS4 / PS3 / PSC / NS / WU / PC / Neogeo mini / Sega Genesis Mini
Size14.0” x 9.8” x 2.5”
Weight6.40 lbs

Quick Facts

  • You can choose the layout, height, button style, PCB, and configuration package.
  • The top and bottom can be individually replaced and come in multiple colors.
  • The top and bottom are 1/2″ thick shatter-proof high density polyethylene (HDPE).
  • The fasteners are made of stainless steel.
  • The controller was made with Sanwa in mind, but it supports a variety of buttons.
  • It also supports Neutrik connectors.
  • Also available is a Stick Edition.

Performance

The Snack Box V2 – Buttons Only edition can be as barebones as you would like it to be, meaning that you can choose to only buy a part of it or simply buy the finished product. Furthermore, the texture adds nuance to the feel of the panel should your skin brush up against it, which will likely happen to your palms. The stock buttons are fine when it comes to responsiveness, travel distance, and the whole nine yards. A major downside, however,  is the lack of stabilizing feet at the bottom, but you can buy some pads.

Hardware

The controller feels quite strong and bulky in a good way, thanks to the material of the top and bottom panels, which has high impact resistance. Although the weight of the controller is a tad bit heavier than most controllers, the weight increase is still noticeable but in a good way again. The machine screws make the controller sturdier, and machine screws are also provided to mount the PCB on the panel. Otherwise, you can upgrade to stainless steel pins if you want to accessorize with shoulder straps. The buttons are not Sanwa by default, but, again, the controller was designed with Sanwa in mind, so modding the controller with Sanwa buttons should be a breeze. Even the top, bottom, and side panels can be swapped out with ease. You would need a screwdriver for this controller, though. Unfortunately, there is no cable compartment.

Aesthetics

Since this is a highly customizable controller that you can order however you like, there is not one look to critique. However, in general, the texture adds nuance to the look in addition to the feel. Furthermore, the texture is resistant to scratches and fingerprints. Given the diverse customization options, you can end up with a good looking controller despite the awkward silhouette, and the lack of a brand name and other text on the controller is a breath of fresh air, catering to the minimalist crowd. Should you want to print your own artwork, go for the acrylic top. Otherwise, the Walnut edition looks nice, but nothing special.

Price

The price is neither good nor bad. You can downgrade to just the case itself or add even more onto the final product, which would change the price. The price of the case is the price of some final products of other brands, and the price of the final product is quite high, though the latter is understandable since you are going for a heavily customized experience. Otherwise, you can always go for the standard premade Hit Box. Also, be sure to check out the Stick Edition of this controller as well.

Verdict

ProsPlethora of options
Texture is pleasant
Sturdy and robust
Very appropriate weight
ConsNo feet
Screwdriver needed
No compartment
Awkward silhouette
PerformanceGood
HardwareGood
AestheticsGood
PriceAverage
Score⭐⭐⭐⭐

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