Packaging & Accessories: 7 out of 10
TourBox really does take a minimalistic approach to their shipping container and accessories. While we take nearly zero issue with the former the later… is less than optimal. Considering the price, the lack of an additional cable or at the very least Type-A to Type-C adapter gives the impression of cheapness not frugality… and undoes a bit of the good first impression buyers get from that rather pretty ‘black box’ shipping container.
Functionality & Aesthetics: 14 out of 20
From a aesthetics point of view the TourBox 2020 is attractive in a utilitarian way. This is not a bad thing, as it will illicit comment on all those that see if for the first time while at the same time being able to fit into a wide range of environments. From a functionality point of view, it is obvious that it was meant for ‘two handed use’ and that is just sub-optimal to say the least. It can not replace a mouse/trackball/pen and when one does start using it one-handed… efficiency and even ergonomics get frog marched out the nearest exit. I.E. It still is very functional, just not efficient in the workflow you will need to use.
Build Quality & Warranty: 14 out of 20
One the one hand TourBox has a really robust design on their hand. One that makes the Contour Design Shuttle Pro v2 look like a toy. On the other the feel of some of the interface options leaves a lot to be desired resulting in an obvious ‘unrefined’ or ‘unfinished’ impression. On the warranty front a one-year warranty is pretty much industry standard for these types of devices so while not above average, it is not below it either.
Performance: 24 out of 30
The real-world performance of the TourBox 2020 will vary greatly. For A/V editing duties it is a touch sub-optimal compared to the competition. Still much better than just a keyboard and mouse, but not nearly as efficient due to the layout and design of it. Mix in lack of software features (right now) and all but true novice video editors will probably find it lacking. On the other hand, if you use PhotoShop and Lightroom it is extremely good. This goes double for Wacom tablet+pen users as here is where it really shines. We have split the difference and called it a decent 24 out of 30.
Value: 12 out of 20
Unfortunate, by thinking outside the box the TourBox 2020 is going to be the poster child for ‘controversial’. Some will find it great for their workflow, others will feel like it was not worth its rather high asking price. Quite honestly, if the 2020 was priced liked the Kickstarter version (~90 bucks) it would be a lot easier to justify. As it stands it will vary from OK to poor.
Final Score: 71%
Much like a fine Cuban cigar is an acquired taste so too will the TourBox 2020 not everyone’s cup of tea. One where some will love what it has to offer and not mind the constant hand repositioning. While others will not ‘get’ it and be puzzled by its price point vs performance abilities. As such we would recommend thinking about what you intend to use the TourBox 2020 for, then and only then make your decision. Alternatively, if you know someone who owns one… try it before you buy it.