The Definitive Protection for your DS Lite?

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by AeroScap, Jul 5, 2006.

Jul 5, 2006
  1. AeroScap
    OP

    Member AeroScap GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2006
    Messages:
    199
    Location:
    Oxford
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Finally it has arrived!

    Earlier I had ordered one of those "fabled" scratch proof and damn-near invincible covers for your Nintendo DS Lite.

    Initially I was sceptical about the claims it had been making but after glancing at some videos on the net, I ordered one with a conservative click.

    I ordered from "Best Skins Ever" and it was my first time ordering from them so it was a stab in the dark. Unlike another company which supplies a similar product I was extremely satisfied with the coverage provided (the other with a piece of the plastic which covers the speakers and does not include anything for the inside bar the aforementioned and the screens).

    The product is here @ 10.99


    1.
    [​IMG]


    It came in the envelope shown above. Initially I was a bit suprised as it lacked any sort of packaging (unlike another company) but it is much cheaper so that's probably why.
    I opted for free delivery as I was initially sceptical and it took a resonable time to arrive. It is nothing I wouldnt expect from free delivery and from the USA (to UK).
    I ordered on the 29/06/06, it shipped the same day and it arrived today 05/07/06 taking about 6 days.

    2.
    [​IMG]

    Here in the picture is the entire contents of the envelope, consisting of:

    - 1 x invoice / application instructions for ipod ( @_@)
    - 3 x pieces of the skin for your DS lite.

    3.
    [​IMG]

    A close up of the skin. You remove each piece by peeling it and it is very easy to do so.

    4.

    I used a bowl of soap which is applied to the back of the skin before I stuck it on and a bowl of boiling water to get rid of dust specks etc.

    5.

    Wetting the pieces of the skin with the soap water (thin layer) you place on skin on your DS lite from one end. You then gently from the end lower the piece of skin onto the DS lite (possibly using a credit card) (I didnt have any bubbles as i systematically moved from the end through the skin to the other end)

    6.

    Apply the rest of the skin as in step 5 and just wait. (For those pesky corners, you can hold your palm over the corner and the heat from your hand will mould the skin into shape)

    7.

    Once finished you leave for about Quote "24 hours". I only did for 6 and it looks pretty sweet (see the pictures)

    -----------

    My Impressions:

    Delivery: For cheap people like me xD the delivery time was OK but for people who has the money to spend best spend it. The waiting time is a bit long

    7/10 (FREEE)

    Packaging: It's an envelope. Very minimalistic. (if it is that which leads to it's cheap cost, then it's perfectly acceptable)

    8/10 (very refreshing change)

    Application: It took me about 1 hour to apply the entire thing on (maybe sorter because during the process I dropped my Ez-flash IV lite in boiling water >.< it's working fine now though), which is slightly longer than expected. I am not going to sugar coat the process and say that "it's worth it" etc. It is certainly a long time. Patience required. Addition stuff required e.g. soap but should be easy to obtain.

    6/10

    Fitting: The fit is fantastic everything is picture perfect and fits like a glove to the millimetre. I certainly didnt expect this so it raised my opinion of it.

    It covers everything shown here:

    [​IMG]

    and yes there is a cover for both the screens.

    9.5/10

    Screen cover: I am sure this is a major worry for everyone ordering this product and the alternative. The coverage of the top screen is perfect and covers the entire area of "glass" for the top screen. Now the touch screen. The plastic that comes with the touch screen is about 2mm smaller than the top screen cover and that is to allow people to extract it easily.

    Many say the sensitivity is reduced with these plastics. I can confirm that in sessions of Trace Memory, Rub Rabbits, NSMB (minigames), Bleach DS and Brain Training that:

    The sensitivity is THE SAME AS BEFORE!
    (obviously I am not saying it's the EXACT same but it just isnt possible to tell)

    Also lots of people have been worried about the reduced brightness and.. *just look at the pictures*

    8/10
    ----------

    The DS Lite's Best Skin Ever Skin (< lol) gets a 77% or 38.5/50

    ---------

    Now for some random pictures!

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    ------

    Side notes: All you guys can now drop your Ez-Flash IV lite into boiling water and FEEL SAFE that it will still work! [​IMG]


    Hope you guys enjoyed this!
     
  2. litesaber

    Member litesaber GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2006
    Messages:
    114
    Country:
    Canada
    nice review ^^

    i would've got this if it had covered the non glossy parts of the ds, because the white ds gets dirty easily on the outside that's non-glossy.
    glossy parts are already dirt preventive.
     
  3. slandar

    Newcomer slandar Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    45
    Location:
    Central United States
    Country:
    United States
    Greetings. Thanks for the pictures and review.

    Two things.

    First: The pictures are huge.

    Second: Can you take some detail pictures of the corners?

    My concern is that you are shipped flat pieces, but the DSLite has round corners. I am wondering just how well they fit, and if you think the corners will hold up to use/abuse.

    You mention in step 6 the heat from your hand molding the corners. Does the product actually fit like a glove or is it slit like the pictures seem to show leaving the corners vulnerable? It just seems like a weak point where the product would catch or snag on something as you were putting it in your pocket or something and loosen up.

    [​IMG]

    Thanks for your time.

    -Zach

    Edit: If your camera has a macro function, turn it on. [​IMG]
     
  4. HugeCock

    Member HugeCock Oh My....

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Messages:
    534
    Country:
    United States
    Nice review, I emailed them a while back and asked if they were gonna do graphics and the they said no....seems like a shame now. I liked that NES mod that kid did and was hoping these guys would make a classic skin. Oh well.
     
  5. Psyfira

    Member Psyfira Credit: 0ml. Insert tea to continue

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2003
    Messages:
    3,887
    Location:
    England
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    For the love of god man, resize or thumbnail-link!
    (As a side-note, am I the only one who finds Firefox grinds to a slow crawl over large jpg images?)
     
  6. AeroScap
    OP

    Member AeroScap GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2006
    Messages:
    199
    Location:
    Oxford
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Right well with the corners being round the flat pieces if left to their own devices will leave a "boxed" skin. In-order to counter the boxed skin they have left about 0.25cm of the corner free (0.125cm eitherside from the corner).

    This space is present on the top lid's left and right corners and bottom lid's right corner.

    Also about weak point thing, with my thumb and against the edge of these spaces I am rubbing as hard as I can. With intent to get it off and it doesnt even budge. Fantastic!

    With the DS Lite in my hand and with the skin on the whole thing is REALLY tough. It might be hard to visualise this "toughness" but I can vouch for it.

    I refer to the heat in terms of the smaller sections of the skin, where the bigger pieces (whole piece naturally straight) causes the smaller pieces to be straight with it rather than bend around.
    This problem only exists in the application given say 30 mins, the drying soap causes it to hang on like a rock.

    Hope that's helped

    + pictures fixed
     
  7. nintendofreak

    Member nintendofreak Around. Shoot me a PM.

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2006
    Messages:
    1,333
    Location:
    Cal Poly Pomona / (323)
    Country:
    United States
    Nice review [​IMG] might consider getting one...
    Thats some POS packaging though... what if it got bent? [​IMG]
     
  8. AeroScap
    OP

    Member AeroScap GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2006
    Messages:
    199
    Location:
    Oxford
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    funny thing is I tried to cut the excess from the spares I have just for fun... I couldnt..

    So I wouldnt worry about bending [​IMG]
     
  9. strid3r

    Newcomer strid3r Newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2006
    Messages:
    7
    Country:
    United States
    Nice review Aero. I also received my BSK DS Lite skin the past weekend and agree with most of your review. It took me about 20 minutes to do the outside of the DS (still deciding if I want to use the inside protectors). The instructions are very simple to follow. The corners on the skin are very tight so it doesn't seem like an issue. For anyone that is thinking about getting it, the only thing I would suggest is keep an eye out for the air bubbles, cause after it dries, it's impossible to get them out. For around 10 bucks, there's no reason not to get one if you're looking for some protection for your DS Lite.
     
  10. pelago

    Member pelago Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2006
    Messages:
    879
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    So if you want to remove this skin later on, is that possible?
     
  11. Squiffy

    Member Squiffy GBATemp's Little Embarrassment

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2002
    Messages:
    1,192
    Location:
    Northern Ireland
    Country:
    Ireland
    Requesting link to that wallpaper.
     
  12. Psyfira

    Member Psyfira Credit: 0ml. Insert tea to continue

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2003
    Messages:
    3,887
    Location:
    England
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Muchos ta [​IMG]
     
  13. AeroScap
    OP

    Member AeroScap GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2006
    Messages:
    199
    Location:
    Oxford
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    It is possible to remove. To remove it, intent is needed to do so and things like contact will not accidently remove it.

    1) Lift an edge
    2) Pull firmly and lightly

    There we go! [​IMG]
     
  14. Noobix

    Member Noobix GBAtemp Fan

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2003
    Messages:
    333
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Yeah very nice review...might get a couple one I sort out my EZ4 Lite and G6. [​IMG] !

    [​IMG]
     
  15. yuwing

    Member yuwing GBAtemp Fan

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2006
    Messages:
    387
    Country:
    Canada
    does it still show finger prints easily? Or better than before?
     
  16. TheVirus

    Member TheVirus GBAtemp Fan

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2006
    Messages:
    404
    Country:
    Uganda
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?sk...d=1142289337289

    I bought those, took all of 2 seconds to apply and 0 bubbles and 0 dust. I peeled it off and then slowly applied it while still peeling it off and using the card to press it against the DS. Cleans off with the included cloth in a breeze.

    Love it. Not a full case cover, just the screens. They are 100% clear too, not like PDA protectors that have that haze over them.
     
  17. ridgecity

    Member ridgecity GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2002
    Messages:
    759
    Country:
    Mexico
    They are just the same. I had one of last year's batch and wasn't as clear as they could be, I actually could see the screen better when I removed it after a few scratches.

    Now I bought a couple of these for my old ds and a new lite and try to apply them in a hermetically sealed space. I found out after many tries is to put a bit of soap on the sticky side and apply them the bubbles will dissapear overnight...

    I also recommend them to avoid damaging your DS. worth the $3...
     
  18. AeroScap
    OP

    Member AeroScap GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2006
    Messages:
    199
    Location:
    Oxford
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    It shows them much less than the normal lite without it. Rather than get fingerprints from the touch you only really get marks on it if you hands are greasy. Which will mark the lite with or without.
     

Share This Page