[REVIEW] Skinit.com "Switch Safe" Skins

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  1. SonyUSA
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    We were generously given a set of skins to review from Skinit.com that are supposed to be "Switch Safe" ( i.e. they do not damage the plastic when removing them from the unit itself). Let's take a look!


    Shipping and Product:

    The skins arrived in a no-bend document envelope, perfecting for making sure they don't get any bends or kinks in them that would render them useless.

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    The skins are a nice thick vinyl with strong adhesive that are cut -perfectly- to fit each of the different components of the Switch console. I opted for the White and Red Carbon skins (for reasons I will get into later). The cool bumpy "carbon" texture also feels really good to hold onto.

    Application:

    True to their word, they do not damage the plastics if you want to change out or re-center any of the skins-- though to be fair, it seems only a small number of skins were actually doing this in the first place.

    The skins, for the most part, look fantastic. Some of the pieces where edges are supposed to meet are either a hair too long, causing overlapping (on the dock unit mostly), or are too short and leave a small gap in between layers of the skin. Thankfully, unless you are scrupulous in your inspections of the applications, you will never notice this. I did also notice that some of the long, skinny bits weren't exactly cut straight, and had small curved deviations, but these weren't really noticeable once the skins were applied.

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    A couple of the pieces were a little tricky to apply, especially the front skin for the Switch unit itself, because it is one large, very intricate piece. It was a little intimidating at first, so I started at the top, making sure all the ports were aligned, and as I smoothed it down onto the console, the rest of the skin seemed to line up magically without much effort needed to re-adjust anything, even the bottom ports ended up perfectly aligned!

    The only major drawback I can find to the skins themselves is that your fingers catch on the edges where your hands rest, i.e. the Joycons and Joycon controller adapter-- meaning sooner or later the sticky edges will start to push up and curl, then the adhesive will wear out, and you'll be left with a dirty, semi sticky application of the skin at the edges... and at $34.99 a piece, you may want to just remove it as opposed to replacing it. Perhaps they should consider selling the joycon bits as a separate, more cost effective package for replacement purposes?

    Variety:

    My final issue isn't necessarily with the product, but with the company itself. The skins that they offering are BORING. Everything just looks like a screenshot or press kit that has been cropped down and centered, then printed onto the skins. They have absolutely no original designs (that I could see), so unless you are in to sports teams (REALLY into sports teams) or directly-copied logos of games or other franchises, you will probably just stick to the flat colors like I did.

    Despite that, I was more than happy to receive and apply these as I had already picked up a mysterious scratch right through the logo on the back of my Switch-- bummer! The skin on the front of the Switch also covers the "bump" area inside the dock that has been supposedly scratching the screens on the unit during docking/undocking, so you don't necessarily need to go put on a screen protector on top of the skin.

    If you want to check out some designs or order one for yourself, you can can check them out :arrow: HERE !
     


  2. DeslotlCL

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    Do not want to sound rude, but i think you missed the switch forum section :P

    To anyone wondering, op posted this in the wrong section.
     
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    Shhh... you saw nothing....!
     
  4. Saiyan Lusitano

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    Looks good but meh, maybe I just gotten older for this type of thing as I just prefer it to be as is and not apply anything to it. I used to find applying stickers/skins cool to a console though those days are gone.

    The closest to it nowadays is, silicone cases. I've bought one for my Nintendo Switch to play it on the go and waiting to see when Chinese sellers put up a listing for Switch Pro Controller silicone case too.
     
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    That looks pretty sleek.
    What's the skin on the bottom right for? I can see where all the other pieces fit, but I can't seem to figure out what the bottom right one is for.
     
  6. sks316

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    Seems like someone copied dbrand and forgot the warning label that says not to order Switch skins.
     
  7. SonyUSA
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    The sides are for the Joycon straps, they go on top, and the center is for the top and botton of the back of the Joycon/controller adapter block :)
     
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  8. Sonic Angel Knight

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    Wait this is a review? Why is it not under review? *CONFUSION* O_O

    Oh snap, look at that red! I like this. I hope is good. So how much have you played the system with the skins? Are they reliable, do they feel good on your hands? :)
     
  9. TheZoc

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    So... Reasons are...? You like Red and White, but hate sports team and game logos?
    Or there were no other solid colors other than red and white?
    Or, perhaps, you REALLY like red and white? :P
     
  10. SonyUSA
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    Everything else was just copy+paste from the internet, there wasn't anything original that I went "Cool I gotta have that one!". My Wii has a really dope Twilight Princess custom skin from it that I got yearrrsss ago, cause I "had to have it" :P

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    Yes the grooves of the skins feel really nice to touch and hold, they have a very cool textile feedback. I just put them on a couple days ago, they haven't given me any trouble yet.
     
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    As you said, they could really benefit from selling everything separately. I would probably only want to customize my dock with a sticker
     
  12. Jiehfeng

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    Damn that White skin on the Dock looks pretty slick! I might buy that.

    EDIT: lol no ok, let me first invest my money on games without spending $35+. xD
     
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    So do your hands ever sweat while using them? How do they handle it you do?
     
  14. orcid

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    The dock looks fine, but the switch itself....
     
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    They offer lame skins, and they cost alot [+$30 for one skin, and it looks like a ripped image from internet]
    Not worth even looking at this site...
     
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    Wow, that looks SWEET!
     
  17. Pluupy

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    Better off with DecalGirl skins. Get dat wood grain radio skin. Maybe mod one of those extendable antennas onto the base for funsies.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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  18. DarkWork0

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    Pretty expensive considering the officially licensed PDP one is $20 at Walmart.
     
  19. Pluupy

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    Considering the PDP skins damage the device, no thanks.
     
  20. leonmagnus99

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    i don't think i'll need a skin for my switch, as the console /joy cons are thankfully not glossy.


    i always use Decalgirl for my skins, and i usually always order custom made ones (i put my weeb sh*t on it XD).

    and they are very good quality mostly, so i love them.
    but wouldn't every skin get sort of damaged while you have it sitting in the dock due to the heat?

    and like i stated above, i usually only buy skins if my console's(controllers) or handheld is glossy ,otherwise i don't.