Creators looking to move beyond the keyboard and mouse in video and photo editing applications should take a look at the TourBox Neo ($169), a compact USB controller with a solid array of customizable buttons and dials. It’s smaller than big keyboard-style devices, like the Loupedeck ($249), so you can more easily find a spot for it on your desk, and a less expensive proposition than the $549 Loupedeck CT. Our Editors’ Choice winner in the category is the Loupedeck Live, but you might find the Neo to be a better fit if you prefer buttons and dials to a touch-screen interface.
Editors’ Note: This review has been updated to reflect changes made in the updated TourBox Neo hardware and software. It was originally published on August 5, 2020.
The Neo is an updated version of the TourBox. They’re basically identical from a design perspective, so we’re updating our coverage of the older version of the hardware. The Neo has the exact same layout, is finished in slightly darker plastic, and adds click-in functions to its central and flat control dials.
The TourBox is a stealthy accessory. Its matte black finish, modest footprint (3.5 by 4.5 inches, HW), and lack of flashy lighting makes it almost invisible on the desk, especially if you prefer to edit photos and video in dim light. The only on-device lighting is a small green power indicator.
presets for DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, or and others. TourBox also has user-made profiles for Affinity Photo and Capture One available for download. Profiles you create are more limited, though, when moving away from standard apps—you’re only able to assign key presses and mouse clicks.
The TourBox is all about slider adjustments in Lightroom Classic. Its buttons switch between different adjustment tools and the central knob is used to dial in changes. Lightroom is very reliant on slider controls, they’re used to adjust pretty much everything, ranging from canvas rotation to exposure to color channels.
By default, you get quick access to exposure, contrast, black, white, highlight, and shadow adjustment via button taps, and the Scroll wheel is used for color channel adjustments.
February 4, 2021