Few companies on the market really know skins like dbrand. Precision laser-etching and a truly massive variety of devices covered makes dbrand products generally right on the money, and recently, the company has started experimenting with materials beyond the vinyl they became famous for.
Say hi to dbrand's limited-edition leather range. If you ever looked at your Xbox and thought, "Man, I wish it looked a little more like the furniture," dbrand's latest product is certainly for you.
Much like dbrand's other skin products, these essentially function in the same way. Between now and the end of the month, dbrand is selling three color types for a huge variety of devices, including black leather, tan, and brown. Using 100% genuine leather "full-grain" skins, they behave much like real leather, with scuffs and marks creating a "time-worn patina," giving it a wholly real leather feel.
Attaching them is a relatively straightforward process. You simply square up the edges with your console's edges and features, such as ports and the like, and gently work the adhesive across the device. It's advisable that you clean your Xbox Series X beforehand, of course, as dust and the like could interfere with the adhesive process.
Included in the kit is a microfiber cloth, which dbrand asks you to use to smoothen out the seams to give it a more natural feel. Given the thickness of the leather, lining it up the different panels can be incredibly difficult, but dbrand skins are relatively easy to remove and re-attach if you make a mistake, at least for the most part. With the more fiddly bits, take extreme care not to separate the leather from the adhesive layer like I did, or you'll be unable to reattach it properly.
I use the brown leather skin for this piece, although the red paint in my room gives it a red look in the photographs sadly. In real life it does look quite classy, and makes me want to get a shot of whiskey for some reason. In fact, brb.
If you change your mind they're easy to remove without any risk of leaving adhesive residue on your console, although you'll want to make sure that you still have the paper to put back on it if you plan to use them again in the future, otherwise the adhesive will lose its potency.
dbrand is also building these slick leather skins for a range of other popular devices, including the Surface Pro 8 which we showcased here, alongside the Nintendo Switch, PS5, and various others.
Is it worth it? Ultimately, that's subjective. These skins are $70 apiece for the Xbox Series X, and would make a living room set feel "complete" if you're already rocking various leather pieces. I am a fan of leather (interpret that as you will), and happen to think it looks rather great, even if it was quite fiddly to attach correctly. Either way, these skins are limited edition, so if you fancy pulling the trigger, you'd best not wait too long.
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