@ About and Quality @
This faceplate is designed for the standard Xbox 360 not the slim, and I have had it for 2 years. I got it as a replacement for my old one because white just seemed a bit dull, and it cost me £5. The main difference with the silver faceplate is (colour obviously) but also texture. It's much smoother than the ones Microsoft give you when the console is new. The faceplate is assembled with hinges on the memory unit slots and also at the bottom near the USB ports. The hinges have started to creak recently and I am really not impressed with the clips on the back.
Fitting this faceplate to your console is easy but takes time. You first have to align all of your clips to the side of the console to make sure you don't break one of the clips off. It's very fiddly and requires some attention to see where the clips are. There are six slots the faceplate connects to.
@ Wear and tear @
The faceplate has a small clear plastic surround on the back of the power button and this clips down at three points. After a few months of turning your Xbox on and off by hitting this button, the plastic surround has become weak, and loose on the pins that it is held down by. The plastic now rattles around when you press down the power button.
On the front of the faceplate the power button has scratch marks on the plastic. Quite possibly from nails scraping down on the power button but for some reason my original faceplate never had this problem and is intact. There are some surface scratches around the outside of the faceplate but that's exactly what this is designed to do. Take damage so the inside of your casing stays intact.
The USB port clip has now completely snapped off and the spring clip is still in place but the actual plastic cover for the ports is still inside resting on the inner case. There is no way to repair this since the clip has snapped into two pieces and is tiny. To clean this faceplate you need to have some cotton buds to get into the ports and around the bottom. Dirt also builds up inside the clips either side of the faceplate. It attracts dust quite a lot here.
@ Overall @
Once again Microsoft have attempted to make a huge profit out of a rubbish product. I honestly thought the original faceplate was great and that this would be no different. Wrong, this is worse. If you're thinking of doing up your Xbox 360 and fancy a new faceplate, don't get this. I have since removed the faceplate and put the old one back on. Believe me the original is considerably better.
I purchased this when I first got the xBox in order to blend in with the rest of my Home Cinema set up,
Having a silver Television, silver sub, silver DVD player and silver freeview box (all situated within a silver stand), it only seemed logical to get a silver faceplate for the console.
It's a great little add-on to make your console a little more personal, a real pity though that the entire case didn't have a faceplate (without needing to break the warranty seal).
It can be used to make your xbox blend in or stand out, as there are a range of different colours available throughout the internet, some people design their own and sell them on youtube.
I found that the on/off button on mine lost sensitivity a little with this faceplate though, the hole was just a fraction too small so this needed sanding down to prevent having to really stick the finger in to turn it off!