BinBok Wireless RGB Joycons

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When ordering these Joycons from BinBok you’ll receive a really nicely packaged set of controllers, a joining grip, charging wire and some very simple instructions. It’s a premium-looking package from the beginning, and one which doesn’t stop delivering throughout use.

Key Features

When looking on their website, BinBok advertise these with 6 main functions, I’ll go through each of them briefly below:

  • Dual Vibration
  • 6-Axis Gyro
  • Turbo Function and Back Button
  • LED lighting with 8 Colours
  • Screenshot and Wake function
  • Ergonomic Design

The vibration on both sides is adjustable to four levels through a very simple button combination. I found this to be very responsive, and although it isn’t quite the HD-Rumble from Nintendo’s controllers, it’s fantastic. The top-most setting is a little much, and gave off a strange noise but by leaving them on the third, I was happy enough.

I didn’t do much testing with the Gyro’s in these, but they seemed to be a solid implementation, with little to no issue aiming and shooting within Zelda – Breath of the Wild.

The turbo function here saw a main use for me in The Binding of Isaac – Afterlife ++ by making automatic fire easier. Each controller has a single turbo bind with two modes, each again set with a quick button combo. It’s nothing special but still incredibly helpful when running and gunning.

The Back buttons were the single most useful function on the controllers, and it really made some aspects of runs through Hades and TBoI-A++ much more convenient. I bound them to shoulder buttons, and because of their comfortable placement I never missed a beat.

The LED lighting is a nice touch but this is also where I found most of my issues with the controllers. 8 different colours with 3 modes and several brightness levels are a welcome aesthetic touch. I left my joycons on the ‘Breathing’ mode with all colours cycling, I couldn’t really choose a favourite.

The screenshot and wake functions mimic the original controllers, there’s nothing to add here.

Ergonomic Design is an understatement. These controllers add barely any weight to the console unit, but the extra size and confortable shape meant I was able to play for hours without cramp or numbness in my hands. All of the buttons are easy to reach, and the thumbsticks are indented to prevent slippage. The shells also have a grip texture making them an all-round great fit in the hand.

General Quality

In short, lightweight does not mean cheap. These are some of the lightest controllers I’ve held and they haven’t once felt as if I’ll break them by accident. I can honestly say that I would pay the $55.99 USD asking price (just under £42 GBP) and wouldn’t have a moment of buyers remorse. At this price point they are cheaper than the Nintendo originals, but an all-round improvement at the cost of Amiibo support.

All of the buttons are clicky and responsive, and I honestly can’t praise the ABXY inputs or Analog sticks enough. The D-Pad was a major let down in this department though. I didn’t have any double-input issues but it just didn’t match up to any other offering that I’ve tried. I’ve heard that removing the stickers on the underside of the plastic can improve things, but I haven’t yet gotten around to giving it a go.

The LED lights seem to have caused a major problem as well – Light Bleed. When playing in a darker room, tilting the sticks down leads to a shot of light straight in the eye, and the triggers give off excess light also. This is one of the downsides of lighting the controller so brightly, and dimming the settings helped but it wasn’t something I managed to eliminate. As someone who tends to play the Switch predominantly at night once my children are asleep, it wasn’t a dealbreaker by any measure, but it was definitely an issue.

Additional thoughts

The joining grip is a nice addition, and I actually made time to dock my switch while using these. When connected, it feels like a full-sized controller and it definitely has the premium-feel, without additional weight or bulk. Additional to the features above, these controllers are fully wireless as well, able to be used both on and off the console itself.

BinBok don’t sell a case for the switch and controllers so I found one on Amazon, it doesn’t quite fit perfectly so it would be nice to see them offer a somewhat official one, which doesn’t disengage the right-controller from the switch every time.

Overall I would genuinely recommend these to anybody looking for a more comfortable play-session, and for a bit more colour in their Switch lives. The D-pad is a let down, but with that fixed these could honestly be worthy of a perfect 10 score. In their current revision they are a solid buy, and anybody who needs to replace their Joycons, or suffers with cramps, should seriously consider the purchase.

Summary
Overall I would genuinely recommend these to anybody looking for a more comfortable play-session, and for a bit more colour in their Switch lives. The D-pad is a let down, but with that fixed these could honestly be worthy of a perfect 10 score. In their current revision they are a solid buy, and anybody who needs to replace their Joycons, or suffers with cramps, should seriously consider the purchase.
Good
  • Premium presentation
  • Solid build, with no fear of breaking
  • Comfortable to hold on longer sessions
  • Wireless functionality
  • Fully featured controllers
  • Lightweight
Bad
  • Light bleed is painful on the eyes
  • No case specifically for this accessory
  • Highest vibration setting causes rattling noise
  • D-pad is a solid 3/10 at most
9.4
Amazing
Features - 8.5
Build Quality - 9
Presentation - 10
Worth the Buy? - 10
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Hello Spoony Bards! I’m Chris. I’ve been gaming ever since I was able to hold a controller, from blockbuster AAA experiences, to Indie one-person efforts. My favoured genres tend to be Survival-Horror and JRPGs, but I'll play anything once! Happy trails!

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