I Just Received my Dbrand Skins for 16" MacBook Pro

littlepud

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I've learned to not worry about normal wear and tear on the keyboard, trackpad, and palm rest of MacBooks, especially if the plan is to keep the machine longer than 3 years. When (not it) it comes time for an eventual battery service, Apple will replace the entire top case assembly with a new one.
 

RedTheReader

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I think that looks stunning... did you do the bottom too? I ask because I wonder how that would effect heat dissipation.
Yes, mine is done on the bottom too. I hadn’t noticed fans spinning up more frequently after the install and the machine doesn’t generally seem much warmer. Do keep in mind that I’ve got the weakest 6-core 2018 machine, so the thermal issues are least present on my model.
 
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Checksix2x

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Here is a photo of my 16" with the clean skin installed on my 16" MBP. Its installed on the top, palm rests, trackpad, and bottom of the laptop. Again, this is a wet install so you have to do it with care but its virtually undetectable when its installed properly and keeps the laptop really clean and free from any scratches.

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I installed mine on Saturday when it arrived and haven't decided whether to install the Touch Bar skin or not. Have you installed it on your machine?
 

Glenny2lappies

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A skin on a super clean MacBook Pro cheapens it lets be honest. If you do it for protection sure but most are hideous and not needed unless you are clumsy....
However... the space grey macbooks scratch incredibly easily - mine's scratched within a week and it's *never* happened to me on all my other Macs I've owned (back to 2003). The space grey also collects smudges and looks filthy within moments. Same with the trackpad.

Personally I'm looking at some of those dBrand skins as a way of protecting the case. As you're fitting a skin, then one may as well go the whole hog and bling the thing up. OK, orange in a StarBurger's coffee shop would be a bit too much. But in a meeting with all the other bland plastic -- or Microsoft Surface Mac clones as is common now -- maybe orange or marble would bring some colour to the bland corporate world.

Thinking of the leather look.

Question: Trackpad sticker; what's the feel like when using the trackpad? Is the dBrand skin smooth?
 
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x-evil-x

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However... the space grey macbooks scratch incredibly easily - mine's scratched within a week and it's *never* happened to me on all my other Macs I've owned (back to 2003). The space grey also collects smudges and looks filthy within moments. Same with the trackpad.

Personally I'm looking at some of those dBrand skins as a way of protecting the case. As you're fitting a skin, then one may as well go the whole hog and bling the thing up. OK, orange in a StarBurger's coffee shop would be a bit too much. But in a meeting with all the other bland plastic -- or Microsoft Surface Mac clones as is common now -- maybe orange or marble would bring some colour to the bland corporate world.

Thinking of the leather look.

Question: Trackpad sticker; what's the feel like when using the trackpad? Is the dBrand skin smooth?
I have the 2016 space grey 15" for 3 years and it was flawless. not a mark on it. I also brought it to school a few times a week and out to coffee shops here and there. I also go caseless on my iPhones since 2010. I guess I take care of my stuff better than the average. Still skins not my thing. They ruin a otherwise professional classy looking machine. I tend to like the way things are without things covering them. I can't stand cases and I don't want a different feel other than the glass trackpad and aluminum. But that's me
 
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petterihiisila

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Trackpad sticker; what's the feel like when using the trackpad? Is the dBrand skin smooth?
On my previous Mac I had dBrand's Dragon Skin on the trackpad, and it took quite a long while before it lost enough friction to become comfortable again. But within a few weeks it did. Initially it was very grippy. In the end I liked the texture. Black leather and rose gold looked awesome together.

For my current Space Gray MBP 16" I opted for the Titanium finish for the trackpad. Black metal looks functional next to black leather. Whatever friction it has, it's sideways only. In other words, it provides a bit of vertical guidance for the fingers, due to the tiny grooves in the titanium texture.

The friction varies between materials, some are better suited than others for the trackpad. You can email them and ask, which materials have the least friction. To play safe, don't cover the trackpad. There are primarily aesthetic reasons to do so. Usually it needs little protection, and you probably don't grab your Mac from it.

For the rest of the MacBook: it's an important improvement for grip, durability and peace of mind, and I always buy them.
 

Glenny2lappies

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dBrand skins: look great, what's the texture like? Is there any texture imprinted upon the the different patterns, such as a particularly the leather-look effect.

Regarding the Toast leather covers; are they resillient to wear or do they scratch and wear with normal use? Can they be removed if they get damaged or you're selling the laptop?
 

Glenny2lappies

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I also go careless on my iPhones since 2010. I guess I take care of my stuff better than the average. Still skins not my thing.
Problems with the recent iPhones is they're made to be far more slippery than earlier iPhones [because that's a business strategy to sell more phones to people who've droped them]

I've had the Apple leather case on my iPhone 10 for the last three years (actually I've had cases on every one I've owned since the iPhone 1). Means the camera lens isn't damaged every time it's put down because some Muppet designer made the case too thin; the screen's protected as the edges are raised by a gnats tadger, so if placed face down and there's a grain of sand, you don't end up scratching it; and it can survive a light drop if it falls from your hand when getting out of the car (oops, butterfingers)... Oh, and it looks like new after three years.
 

petterihiisila

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dBrand skins: look great, what's the texture like? Is there any texture imprinted upon the the different patterns, such as a particularly the leather-look effect.

Regarding the Toast leather covers; are they resillient to wear or do they scratch and wear with normal use? Can they be removed if they get damaged or you're selling the laptop?
dBrand has texture in it, some materials have more than others. The photos are quite accurate in portraying, how much grooves and dents can be expected. For example, Dragon Skin has a ton, and marble has practically none.

They can be removed with a hairdryer and a bit of patience. Leaves no marks. I've done that process before.
 
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likegadgets

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It’s from BestSkinsEver. They are really good quality and I’ve been using them for years.
I too got the BestSkinsEver. Also been using these model after model, including several 15” MBP units. However, on the 16” the top case skin did not fit perfectly. it does not cover edge to edge, there is a slight gap on the edges (not an issue on my 15”). I emailed support, but lately they are very slow to respond (and very slow to ship). I always liked this company and their products, but they seem to be a one man shop, and the 16” model seemed rushed. I hope they eventually reply and replace the top skin with a perfect cut
 

Glenny2lappies

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Any chance of more skin photos please. Having a hard time deciding :)

Kind of fancy a leather top cover -- which everyone including me will see -- and a simple clear plastic undercover.

I like the dBrand leather *look*, but I've no idea what it *feels* like. The ToastMade leather covers look good (which is exactly what one would expect on a sales website), but I'm concerned that the edges will get ratty quite quickly. If anyone's any photos of theirs, I'd really like to see a closeup of the edge and corner.

My iPad has one of the Apple leather cases/covers which, after 7 years is beginning to look rather dog-eared, but the iPad looks like new underneath.
 

petterihiisila

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Here’s two views of dBrand Black Leather material. It looks like leather and feels like (plastic) leather. Something you might find on a plastic dashboard of a car. The grooves improve grip a little. For a more pronounced texture and much more grip, I’ve had the Dragon Skin material on some devices. I think I’ll have it again the next time.
 

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likegadgets

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REPORT on BestSkins Ever. The 16" top skin fails to cover edge to edge as it did on the 15". They are unresponsive to emails inquiring what the problem is. I suggest you hold off ordering the BSE for his model until they get their act together. They may have rushed releasing the skin for this size.
 
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REPORT on BestSkins Ever. The 16" top skin fails to cover edge to edge as it did on the 15". They are unresponsive to emails inquiring what the problem is. I suggest you hold off ordering the BSE for his model until they get their act together. They may have rushed releasing the skin for this size.
same issue...disappointed in BSE.
They took almost a month to release this skin and still didn't get it right.
 

Jitensha

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I received the Naked Skin from SlickWraps and virtually every piece in the kit was oversized and would have needed to be applied with a heat gun to shrink each section to fit properly. I cannot recommend them. BestSkinEver makes a vastly superior product and fits perfectly because they under-size the cuts. Therefore it is necessary to slowly and carefully stretch the pieces as you apply them. My only complaint with BestSkinEver is the design of the trackpad and palm rest skin is made three parts and not two.
 
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likegadgets

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I received the Naked Skin from SlickWraps and virtually every piece in the kit was oversized and would have needed to be applied with a heat gun to shrink each section to fit properly. I cannot recommend them. BestSkinEver makes a vastly superior product and fits perfectly because they under-size the cuts. Therefore it is necessary to slowly and carefully stretch the pieces as you apply them. My only complaint with BestSkinEver is the design of the trackpad and palm rest skin is made three parts and not two.
I have more than one complaint with Best Skins Ever, The top skin they sent me is undersized. No amount of stretching would apply correctly. They have also completely ignored every request for help (submitted several tickets and left them voice messages twice). The other skins (bottom, sides, trackpad, fitted fine). While they offer money back, they do not respond. I would dispute the charge, but most of the skin is Ok - only the top. Looks like they are one man operation, likely are aware they have a problem and rather not respond. I strongly advise not getting the 16" size for now (I ordered the Matte)/ Too bad about Naked skins, I am looking for a top all clear skin to replace the undersized BSE one.
 
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