MusicSkins Custom Wii Skin Review

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Have you ever wanted to make your Wii look different from all of the others out there? Sure white is nice,  but some color and maybe designs could spruce things up bit right? MusicSkins is a company that specializes in skins for most every type of device out there today including skins for some gaming consoles and the Wii is one that you can get. You could just pick from a pre-designed skin like your favorite band or artwork, or even one of the many other choices they have for you, but why do that when they offer a custom designer so you can create your own skin and make your Wii truly your own with your design and style to it!

Today for review I’m taking a look at a Custom Skin for the Wii. MusicSkins offers a wide variety of pre-made, top quality skins but they also offer a way to create your own. The skin not only offers a bit of protection for your Wii but also adds a personal touch with your own designs. The skin is actually several parts for the Wii, the Wii base and for one controller as well so things will match up nicely. it’s not a bad product overall especially if you’re bored with the plain white of the Wii. I went and created one for my Wii, so read on to learn about the design process and see the finished result…

Info:

Product Name: MusicSkins Custom Wii Skin

Author: Kristofer Brozio

Provider: MusicSkins

MSRP: $35

Our durable skins are made of premium vinyl, which will defend your device from the harshest scratches. The special adhesive is completely removable and leaves no residue so you can easily switch your MusicSkins for the latest release. MusicSkins add almost zero bulk so your device will still integrate perfectly with almost any case, bag, dock, iTrip or armband.

No Scratches
MusicSkins protect your precious device with a durable anti-scratch, anti-UV coating.

Easy On… Easy off
3M Adhesive technology prevents bubbles and allows easy application and clean removal.
Premium Materials
MusicSkins are Made In The USA. Ultra Premium vinyl sets us apart from all other skin products.

No Bulk
Ultra-low profile means flawless integration with all accessories including docks, iTrip, cases, bags, and armbands.

(This review was originally posted on my other site, Wii Digest)

The Review::
We’ll start with the designer on the MusicSkins website.

Open up the program and you’ll select what you want a skin for, in my case it’s for the Wii.

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I wanted my Wii to be black, so I changed the color of the skin to black, you can pick from virtually any color though. There are two sheets to the skin so you could make them be separate colors, but I chose all black. You can of course add your own art.

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Then you can upload images or even add test with the buttons at the top. I wanted mine to be custom for me so I used my logo from DragonSteelMods and the Wii digest logo as well. It’s minimalistic, but that’s the way I want it, you can of course add anything you want really and fill it up.

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Once you’d uploaded the images just add them to your design. You can rotate and resize them as need be.

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The customizer works well but it has no identification on it, you really can’t tell which way is up and which way is down unless of course you know your Wii by heart. For me I had to actually grab my Wii and figure out which skins part went where and which way on my Wii. We wouldn’t want thing to be upside down right? it would be nice if the template were labeled, or maybe even if they included an exploded diagram so you’d know exactly which piece of the skin goes where on your Wii and which way they go.

I’ve dealt with MusicSkins before and I got my order within 3 days of placing it, but for this order there were some issues with shipping and it took almost two weeks to get to me. That’s not normal though, and because of the problem they actually shipped my order Fedex to me instead of regular mail, they upgraded the shipping basically.

As I said I’ve gotten orders form them before and I learned that you need to use very high quality images or they don’t look that good. So if you’re thinking about it, make sure the pictures you use are very high resolution, or they will be fuzzy especially if you make them larger. It’s best to use the large image and make it smaller to fit.

The skin arrives in a plastic bag or envelope.

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MusicSkins uses 3M Controltac paper for the skins:

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The Wii skin is two pages so when you open it up you can see them both of course.

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As I mentioned I used two images only, my dragon and the Wii digest logo on the left and right sides of the Wii.

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Time to get started applying it. The first thing I did was apply the two large side pieces, I found that using a credit card helped to smooth it out. It’s not bad but I quickly found out that it doesn’t actually cover the entire Wii, white will be showing through.

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Next was the top, front and back parts. The top is in two pieces actually. It was fairly easy to apply, but it takes time and patience especially the back and front where you’ve got to line it up just right around the button and ports. I also cut out the Nintendo logo just for the heck of it…

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The next part was the base. There are four parts to it, and they don’t exactly line up perfectly, but you can get it to work by stretching it and moving it around.

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Next was the controller, this was pretty easy, but again you really have to be careful to get the buttons lined up correctly. I found that even if you get most of them lined up, it seems they all won’t be centered no matter what you do.

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Here’s a bunch of pictures of everything with the skin on:

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Overall it’s not bad, but the white does show through and I’m not quite sure if I like that or not just yet…

It will protect your Wii from scratches etc, and it does add a bit or personality to it. Once you get your custom skin on there it’s yours, you’ve got the only one like it in the world.

Conclusion:

The MusicSkins Custom Wii Skin is pretty good overall, but the actual designer program needs a bit of improvement. it would be nice if they showed you exactly where each part fo the skin goes on your Wii and which way they are positioned.

For $35 you get a truly custom skin for your Wii, your Wii will not look like any other out there and it will be protected as well.

it’s not a bad choice to add a bit of color and customization to your Wii truly.

 

PROS CONS
– Protects your Wii
– Truly customize your Wii to your own personality
– Skin is well made, tough and durable
– Only one controller skin
– Installation takes time and patience
– Hard to figure out what goes where in the designer

 

 

 

Scores:: 9 out of 10
Overall: score-9-10
Aesthetic: score-9-10
Price / Value: score-9-10
Quality: score-9-10
Usability: score-9-10

 

 

 

 

Disclosure:This product was given to Review the Tech for review by the company for review purposes only, and is not considered by us as payment for the review, we do not, and never will, accept payment from companies to review their products. This product may have also been bought by us for review purposes and does not influence the review.

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