Binbok or Split Pad Pro? BINBOK ALL THE WAY!A gamer
I bought both the Hori Split Pad Pro and now this transparent Bin Bok Joycons. I first played with the Split pad for about a week and then I got the transparent Bin Bok joycons in the mail. I heard through some YouTube reviews that Bin Bok made these transparent joycons with some upgrades compared to the plain black ones, so I decided to buy them to compare both. I’ll make a quick pros and cons list for both based on my experience.
Split pad pros/cons:
Pro: officially licensed, has great rubberized thumb sticks and lots of cases that fit the switch properly with the joycons attached. All buttons are clicky and feel pretty good. Both the split pad and the bin bok are easily dockable while the joycons are attached.
Con: the split pad pro is not flush with the screen, no rumble, no gyro, and the plastic feel a little rough on the hand after a long session. I really don’t like how it doesn’t sit flush with the screen and how it doesn’t wake the switch. Also even though it’s officially licensed it doesn’t make the signature switch “click” sound when attached to the switch. (The bin bok does)
Transparent Bin Bok:
Pro’s of Bin Bok: The grip feels great in your hands. The plastic is much better quality than the Split pad. The Bin Bok is a little more rounded in the back compared the split pad, which cups my hands nicely and is more comfortable over longer sessions. Bin Bok has rumble (love the rumble while playing smash bros), gyro and it wakes the switch with the signature click sounds when attached. The lights are cool and they don’t bother me while playing. Also, I think the whole system looks way better with the bin bok joycons than the split pad. I think it has a lot to do with how flush it is with the screen. Also, you could use this as an actual controller while docked, which is nice. I would still much rather use an actual pro controller or an 8bitdopro 2 while docked. So I’ll just be using bin bok as my mobile gaming controller.
Cons of bin bok: The material of the left and right thumbsticks are a little less premium-feeling than the Split pad. The split pad has rubber thumbsticks and the Bin Bok thumbsticks feel more plasticky. I have fixed this by putting on some Skull and Co ps4/pro controller thumb grips and it feels amazing. The Bin Bok D-pad is fine and acceptable but it’s not the same as my 8bitdo D-pad.
Overall I will be returning my split pad and keeping the Bin Bok. I really hope Nintendo releases their own large joycon like this in the future because this is such a better mobile gaming experience than the regular joycons. They could call it Joycons pro or something. If you are thinking about either the split pad pro or bin bok, I would choose bin bok transparent joycons every time. Just make sure to order some pro controller thumb grips with it as well.