When I first saw an ad about the TourBox, two thoughts came to mind. “Look, another console promising to change the way you edit” and “this looks weird”.
With a Frankenstein mash-up of buttons, dials, and wheels, it definitely didn’t look as sleek as the Palette Gear or the LoupeDeck consoles, both devices that I own and have spent many hours on trying to find ways to cut down on my edit time. Both worked to a certain extent, but if I wasn’t editing with it regularly, I would forget where the buttons were and had to figure it out again, wasting precious time in the process.
I love gear, but ultimately, it has to make my workflow substantially faster to find a place on my desk.
Despite how it looked and my initial reservation that it was yet another device that would just clutter up my desk, I found the idea of the TourBox intriguing and promising.
The TourBox came pretty well packaged and presented in a slick all-black box. I’m not a hoarder, the box was so nice, I actually kept it to keep random cables and photos accessories.
I was pleasantly surprised by the weight and feel of the TourBox. It weighs 386 grams, so that’s about .85 lb. The thing felt solid in my hands and stayed put on my desk when I was playing around with the buttons. The console is covered in a smooth matte rubber that I really liked. Except for the scroll wheel that shares that same rubber material, all the buttons and dials were plastic. It’s small enough that I plan on packing it with me when I travel and edit on the road.