Here at TechDissected we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing Toast products made by the folks over ToastMade such as the skin for the Chromebook C720, HTC One M8 and a couple of others along the way. Today I’m going to show you what the new XBox One S looks like with a bamboo Toast skin on it from those awesome folks over at ToastMade.
Before I get too much into design, let me talk about the packaging which is something I normally don’t do for various reasons. Toast does everything in their power to ensure your product arrives safely without damage. The put the Toast skin being shipped to you in a flat cardboard package and then put your skin on top of another flat piece of cardboard within that package. They seal it up, tape it up good and even put a sticker on it that tells the USPS to be Fragile and Do Not Bend the packaging.
I’ve had several packages arrive from ToastMade and not a single one of them has been damaged to this point. Knock on wood(pun intended) that my next one isn’t damaged.
The folks at Toast sent me over a Bamboo colored skin for my XBox One S, but you also have the option to choose from Ash, Ebony or Walnut at the price of $49.00. For an additional $5.00 you can get some custom text laser burned into your skin if you so desire for a more personalized skin.
A bit about Toast covers. Each one is made from real wood veneer, and is laser cut from a single piece so the grains line up once it’s fully applied. The back of each piece uses high quality 3M adhesive, and the average thickness of their covers is 0.9mm (1/32″) thin so you’re not adding much in the way of bulk when applying them to the product of your choice.
I can’t begin to tell you just how easy the installation of the XBox One S Toast cover is, or any of their products for that matter. For something as large as a gaming console, installation takes maybe 10 minutes, if that.
The package came with detailed instructions and everything necessary to Toast your Xbox One S. There are a couple of things you should be aware of before you begin the installation process. The first is to make sure you remove all pieces from the packaging and familiarize yourself with each one and where exactly on the console they will be applied. The second is that don’t worry about putting a piece on slightly crooked as they are removable. The trick to removing a mis-aligned piece however is to do so slowly, but do it as soon as you realize it’s not aligned properly because the longer it sits on the console, the stronger the adhesive binds itself to the console.
To start, make sure you unplug your XBox One S and set it somewhere that you can easily reach it without having to bend over or anything like that. I chose to use my chest of drawers as it was a higher surface and made installation simple. Once you do that, then use the included alcohol wipes to wipe the entire console down and get rid of as much dust and dirt as possible. Luckily I keep my consoles very clean so I didn’t really need to do this step, but I did it to ensure cleanliness.
At this point, you’ll just simply look at the inside of the XBox One S Toast package and follow the instructions as far as what pieces go on and in which order they recommend you installing them. For the XBox One S, Toast recommends doing the side two panels first, then the big top piece second, and then the front piece after that. Once you get those 4 things completed, then you can do the smaller edges on the sides and in the front, then finish it by applying the button covers.
Once you do the button covers and assuming you do them last, that’s it. Your XBox One S is now completely Toast, but in one hell of a good way.
Toast products aren’t guaranteed to not get scratched or anything like that, but they do help protect whatever device it is you are covering with their Toast products. For me, I’ve got devices laying around from 3 years ago that have no real visible damage or scratches to them at all. And that’s the good thing about doing a game console. It’s not something you’ll be carrying around with you in a lot of places, but even if you do take it to a friends house, this will help protect the plastic of the console itself from getting damaged as easily as it would without the Toast skin on it.
Toast offers the XBox One S at $49.00 currently and while that might seem like a bit of money for a “simple skin” for your console, it’s really dirt cheap for what you are getting quality wise. You are getting a real wood, or real leather, skin that is durable, beautiful and very easy to install and it makes whatever product you’re putting it on look even more amazing than it did prior to being Toast’ed.
I would recommend everyone to purchase their products regardless of what product you own because I know for a fact that when you get your product you’re going to sit there and look at and say….Toast has never looked so damn good in my entire life.