HIGH GRADE Aluminum Control Panel [ORIGINAL HITBOX]
What is a HIGH GRADE ALUMINUM Panel?
Other metal panels on the market use steel or iron and is then powder coated with the paint color of choice. This method works if it's made for it's own case design, but is not the best method if you're going to use this panel for other cases
Our definition on what makes our panels HIGH GRADE focus on these three categories: Aesthetics. Perfect Fit. Customization.
When we set out to make our High Grade replacement panels, we didn't just want it to serve the minimum requirement, which is to change the button layout. We wanted to create a WOW! factor in terms of the way it looks when it's fully assembled. To us, a premium panel meant it had to add something to the look and also feel. What we concluded was a panel that was anodized for color and brushed on the surface for a premium look and feel. Other metal panels out on the market use the powder coated metal simply because it's cheaper to do as well as easier to do, but the end result is a panel that we feel only serves as a button layout replacement, not one that turns heads
A Perfect Fit
Using aluminum, we're able to cut the sheet to the exact dimension of the panel it replaces. What this means is the length, width and most importantly, height is perfect and fills in all the gaps. The result? A panel mod that looks like it came straight from the factory and not one that looks like an after market product
You can add more of the wow factor by personalizing your panel with custom artwork or logo with our engraving services. With an anodized aluminum panel (coloring the panel by an electric charge) you're able to create artwork or text that is razor sharp because the whole panel is the color you see on the top, including the layers below it. What this does is when you laser engrave a anodized panel, you're not chipping off paint (as you would with a powder coated steel panel), but actually "painting" the image with a fine pointed laser
Brushed Aluminum vs Steel Panels
While some say the quality of steel is better than aluminum, we don't argue that one bit when it comes to strength
We agree with this point so much that we use a steel panel as the bottom support panel (for applicable models) for strength, where it's needed and a brushed aluminum panel for the top, where it shines, for presentation. Read more below to see why our choice in how a metal panel separates us from the rest
Where applicable, we will use two layers of panels (a bottom and a top) as mentioned above to preserve the stock dimensions. This is important if you want to keep the original height of the joystick as well as provide more support for the buttons and joystick (less vibration). Up to this point, the steel panels consist of only one layer, which would include the joystick mount, leaving some dimples behind for where the joystick plate is mounted
Over the past few years, our Madd Modders have modded a fair share of original Hitbox controllers. What we discovered which we never knew previously was the body of the Hitbox is constructed of metal while the top is plexiglass
Ever since we launched our High Grade Aluminum panels in late 2019, we've always wanted to make a panel for the Hitbox to turn it into a fully metal constructed controller
Like our other High Grade Aluminum panels, the top is brushed aluminum. We will offer custom and EX artwork laser engraving services to this in the upcoming weeks
**NOTE** This product is for the top aluminum panel only. The image is only there to show the fully built Hitbox with our panel