Top 10 Mixboxes 2022

10. RAC-J500K

RAC-J500K-P4

Included in the controller is an SOCD cleaner. Secondary buttons can be found on the right side. The casing is made of hard plastic that is quite durable. The controller itself is moderately sized, and the bottom suction cups help provide stability. This is a lighter controller.

Available to order from RetroArcadeCrafts and Amazon

9. Fightkeys

Fightkeys: Common Layout

Yet another all-keys controller, this one packs an interesting layout in which the rightmost keys are aligned in a skewed fashion. Also, there are two analog sticks with L3 and R3 buttons. Additionally, you can choose the switches, which include Cherry MX and Kailh Choc, and you can even omit the analog sticks. If you choose a Brook printed circuit board (PCB), there is a switch to change the SOCD type between neutral and last command. SOCD avoids registering opposite directions simultaneously. You can upload your own custom artwork, and there is a custom layout building service. At The Arcade Stick, we offer a custom artwork service.

Available to order from Fightkeys

8. PXN-X8

PXN-X8 Keyboard Arcade Joystick

The buttons have the Vewlix layout, and they feel good. There is a turbo function for automated rapid button presses. Furthermore, there is a touchpad button. As for the green axis mechanical keypad, it packs 70 g press strength and can outlast a whopping 50+ million presses. It feels snappy and responsive. In addition, the USB cable comes with Velcro. There is a headphone jack, and included in the box are extra micro USB and USB-C cables.

Modders can unscrew the six case screws to open the controller, and the interior is quite organized. Interestingly, there are small weights within to make the controller heavier and more stable. Note that you can get a controller in another artwork option that is white and orange.

Available to order from PXN and Amazon

7. vsFIGHTER

vsFIGHTER

This is another all-keys controller that aims to be smaller, slimmer, and more customizable than the average arcade stick. Featuring programmable buttons, most are Cherry MX compatible, and the rest are menu/auxiliary tactile buttons. Quantum mechanical keyboard (QMK) support is available as well. The top plate is clear acrylic, and it supports sandwiched artwork. Regarding the base, it is also acrylic and has anti-slip foam. This controller is quite easy to open up and mod. The open source firmware runs the low latency DaemonBite.

Available to order from LeafCutterLabs and Etsy

6. Fightboard

Fightboard

The Fightboard is more like an all-buttons controller, although the inspiration is clearly from keyboards, especially judging by the leftmost buttons. There is an arrow/WASD cluster at a 15° angle, and to its right is an array of square buttons. The Kailh Choc switches have an impressive actuation point, and they can be pulled out and swapped with any other alternative without soldering.

When not pressed, RGB LED indicates the function of each button, and you can change colors to your liking, excluding the D-pad. The LED turns off after a minute of inactivity. The weight and size of the controller make it possible to hold like an NES controller when navigating menus, which is convenient. It is lightweight, and it fits bigger pockets.

Available to order from Etsy

5. MakeKeyboard Pro

MakeKeyboard Pro

This is a variation of the MakeStick Pro. It features all keys in a southpaw layout. The bottom panel is comprised of acrylic. The controller is highly customizable when you order it. There was no noticeable input delay when testing the MakeStick Pro on any platform.

Available to order from IST Mall

4. MakeStick Pro Mixbox

MakeStick Pro MixBox Style

This is another variation of the MakeStick Pro. Again, the bottom panel is comprised of acrylic, and you can customize more options when you order. The Mixbox Style itself has keys on the left and buttons on the right.

Available to order from IST Mall

3. KeyCade KKL

KeyCade KKL UVP arcade controller

The KeyCade is available in numerous editions, with this variation having all keys, and the keys are very responsive. The build is quite solid, so the panel won’t flex if you apply pressure on it. You can get a custom acrylic plate onto which an image of your choice can be printed. Check out all of the other editions that include joysticks, all buttons, southpaw layouts, less compatible editions, and more.

Available to order from KeyCade and Amazon

2. KeyCade KBL

KeyCade KBL UVP arcade controller

This KeyCade variation sports the classic mixbox layout of keys plus buttons. Again, you can get a custom acrylic plate onto which an image of your choice can be printed. Remember to check out the other editions.

Available to order from KeyCade and Amazon

1. Mixbox

Mixbox - Universal Edition

This trendsetter has historical influence and also excellence. The most complex inputs, such as 360 motions, can be easily pulled off with the star feature that was revolutionary back then, which is having WASD keys for directions instead of buttons or the traditional joystick. State-of-the-art aspects are included: Sanwa buttons, the Vewlix layout, turbo mode, dual SOCD, and more. This weighty unit features visually appealing plexiglass that is easily removable if desired.

Available to order from Mixboxarcade

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2KeyCade KBLPrice
3KeyCade KKLPrice
4MakeStick Pro MixboxPrice
5MakeKeyboard ProPrice
6FightboardPrice
7vsFIGHTERPrice
8PXN-X8Price
9FightkeysPrice
10RAC-J500KPrice