PB Tails Crush – Controller with Swappable Faceplates

How is PB Tails Crush Controller distinct from other controllers on the market today? It has both Hall Effect Joysticks and Triggers (which only a handful of gamepads have), it has quite unique design with easily swappable faceplates and lots of customization options such as RGB lighting and different joystick caps. Let’s review it.

The Crush Controller feels good in hands. I don’t know what to compare it to (maybe Xbox 360 controller?), but it’s good glossy finish. The buttons feel a bit mushy. The triggers are quite small and have a short travel time, but feel decent. Bumpers are very clicky and I’m not a fan of them.

I also really liked the Dpad. I’m not a fighting games guy, so I don’t use it that often, but it felt a bit different. It’s a bit higher than usual Dpads go, but it feels really precise and nice to click on.

The build quality feels a bit plastic at first, but after using it for a few weeks it’s perfectly fine. I think it’s more of a design choice.

Swappable controller faceplates

The main feature of the Crush Controller is the replacable MagCase front plate. At first it took me a while to figure it out, but it’s really simple to swap it. It’s a nice customization option if you’re looking for giving your controller a fresh look.

You can also swap the thumbsticks, but I haven’t got them in my version.

Hall Effect joysticks

But the feature I was looking to the most are the Hall Effect sticks which prevent developing stick drift. I’ve already tested a bunch of controllers with these and here they work just as good.

I had a small issue when changing faceplates – the circularity got messed up one time after doing that, but all I needed to do was to restart the controller and it was fine.

On the back of the controller you can toggle between X and S. X is for Xbox and S is for Switch – you can choose which mode the controller will work with.

Polling rates

PB Tails Crush Controller works on 500Hz polling rate which is stable and it will give you around 2ms latency. To compare the Xbox controller works with 125Hz polling rate, which gives you 8ms latency. Here’s test results:

There’s also RGB which works well. Holding T button and moving the right stick you can change the color of the face buttons. And with T + left stick you will adjust the light bar color.

And you can choose from color presets such as: Famicom, Xbox, Playstation which once again give a fresh look to the controller.

PB Tails Crush Controller Specs

  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 4.05in x 2.61in (156.6mm x 103.05mm x 66.3mm)
  • Material: PC + Zinc alloy
  • Battery: 860mAh
  • Weight: 250g
  • Charging: 1-2hrs
  • MagCase colors: white, red, blue and metal
  • Connectivity: 2,4Ghz, USB-C, Bluetooth
  • Works with: PC, Android, iOS, Switch
  • One year warranty

Bottom line

I really like this controller. It’s a bit different, there’s lot of customization going on, but it does a lot of things right.

You can purchase the PB Tails Crush Controller on their official website.

Marcus Richardson

I love testing and writing about new tech. I'm also a gamer and an engineer. Check out my Twitter for keyboard stuff.

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