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Everyone likes to have something that represents them in one or another, whether it be a snazzy new phone case or a custom designed controller for your favourite gaming console.  So when I asked the fine folk over at NiftyModz if it would be possible to review one of their controllers and they agreed, I began looking forward to it.

I spoke with Ben from NiftyModz via email to let him know what I would like on the controller.  I mentioned that I would like my favourite colour in there somewhere (green), my gamertag (TootieTazzy), and the logo for the site that I am Community Manager for (XBLGamerhub).  Armed with these few details, he went to work.

When I first saw my controller, I was instantly impressed.  The marble green that he had used as the main shell colour was gorgeous, and coupled with the all pink inserts and buttons, the colours just matched each other so well.  He had included the XBLGamerhub logo on the left side of the controller and my gamertag, in a really nice font, on the right side.  The paint job itself is very high quality with no drip marks or roughness.  Just a very smooth and glossy finish, which is what you would expect.

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Flipping the controller over, there was even more goodness.  He had included the paddles on the back and had assigned them to the buttons that I chose – in this case, X and Y.  The paddles fit nicely in with the way you hold the controller and are not intrusive in any way.

When I used the controller for the first time, I went through and checked that all of the buttons, triggers, thumbsticks, and paddles worked as they should – which they did.  I found the paddles a nice addition and will also find it hard to play without them now that I have gotten used to them.

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Overall, I am really liking the controller.  The finished product is much better than I ever thought it would be.  If you would like to see more designs from NiftyModz, check out their YouTube channel and give them a follow on Twitter!

Big thanks to NiftyModz for sending this controller out for review.

Hey guys,

I have another t-shirt giveaway for you today.  The t-shirt that you have a chance to win this time around is an Elgato Gaming tee – they are very nice, even if I do say so myself.

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To be in with a chance of winning one of these amazing tees,  you have to be following myself @TootieTazzy,  @XBLGAMERHUB & @elgatogaming on Twitter (I will be checking :) ).  Just click the red names and it will take you to the correct Twitter profiles.  Once you are following us both, just tweet the following message:

I’m following @TootieTazzy, @XBLGAMERHUB & would like to win an @elgatogaming tee! #TTXBLGEG

This giveaway will run until Monday evening UK time and the winner will be announced shortly afterwards.

Hey guys!

I’ve been a little quiet recently, I know.  I do have a couple of reviews coming up over the next week or so.  One for the Roxio Game Capture HD Pro and also the Hauppauge HD PVR 2.  There will be a comparison review between the Roxio and Elgato Game Capture HD as well.

On a slightly different product – ok, a big difference – I should have another product from KONG to review.  I think I look forward to receiving stuff for my dogs more than they do.

For a chance to win an Elgato Game Capture HD device, check out this blog post over on XBLGamerHub.  There are also other cool things in the works, so keep your eyes peeled!

Thanks for reading – I’ll be sure to post the reviews as soon as they are ready for public viewing!

***The kind folk over at Wrappz have given me a 20% off code for you to use against your next order! Just enter the code “haley20″ at the checkout and the discount will be applied!***

Today I am going to be reviewing a Custom Skin that I purchased from the folk over at wrappz.com. They are a website that give you the ability to fully create and customise your own phone cases and skins. They have a set list of products that you can make cases/skins for, which I will list at the end of this review.

The premium vinyl skin that I have for this review is one for the iPhone 4/4S model. I was able to choose my own design for this skin, so I went with a basic lime green colour. This was my first time designing a skin and really didn’t know what I wanted to have, so decided to just go with my favourite colour. When creating my design, it was very straightforward to do and the steps were very clear to follow.

When the skin arrived, it was in a white envelope and the contents were as follows:

Hard cardboard insert
Phone Skin – in 3 parts
3 x £5 Gift Certificates
Invoice – on the back of the invoice were the instructions that show you how to apply the skin to your phone.

When I removed the skin from the envelope, I was pleased to find the hard cardboard insert. This was included to stop any folds and creases from getting in the skin during transit. The quality and colour of the skin was excellent – very crisp and clear, and looked exactly like it did in the preview when I designed the skin.

The skins are made from a a 3M material that allows for the skins to easily be applied to your device and then easily removed and allowing you to use them over and over again. This comes in handy if the skin is not on straight when you first apply it – you can just remove and re-apply it again and again, until you are happy with it. Because of the material that are used when making this skin, you will be able to apply it and end up having no air bubbles at the end of the process.

The skin comes in 3 pieces – the back, and two separate pieces for the top and bottom parts of the phone. The back part includes the holes needed for the camera lens and the flash, and the front has holes for the speaker, front facing camera and home button. Before applying the front sections, I chose to put on a fresh screen protector so that the screen was nicely protected, as well as the phone – they actually work very well together!

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Back

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The range of skins that are available range from iPhones to laptops to cameras to hockey sticks. You would have to check out their site at wrappz.com for the full range. The prices start from £7.99GBP + postage, so nothing too extravagant price wise.

In my opinion, the Custom Skins that you can purchase from the guys at Wrappz are a must have if you want to give your device a unique and fashionable look. They will most definitely be my first choice from now on!

***Giveaway in progress!!

Head over to my review of the Custom Hard Case from wrappz.com for details on how to win a £5 GC to use against any of the products on the Wrappz website. Ends Monday.

***The kind folk over at Wrappz have given me a 20% off code for you to use against your next order! Just enter the code “haley20” at the checkout and the discount will be applied!***

Also, I have used a black iPhone 4 for the purposes of this review. My white iPhone has currently got a skin applied to it from wrappz.com that I will be doing a separate review for.

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Today I am going to be reviewing a Custom Hard Case that I received from the lovely people over at wrappz.com. They are a website that give you the ability to fully create and customise your own phone cases and skins. They have a set list of products that you can make cases/skins for, which I will list at the end of this review.

The Custom Hard Case that I have for review is one for the iPhone 4/4S model. I was able to choose my own design and have it the way I wanted it, so I chose the logo for XBLGamerHub and included my Twitter ID on it also. The design itself is one that wraps around the whole of the case, not just across the back. This was something that appealed to me because I had owned so many that either had to be one solid colour, or it only had the design/image on the actual back and not the edges. You can see from the images how easy it is to create the design, and also how the design itself is applied to the full case.

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If you do not want to use your own image, you can use from the large amount of images and slogans that are included on the wrappz.com website. There is most definitely something for everyone.

I ordered the case on Tuesday afternoon and received it on Thursday morning. It arrived in a white jiffy bag and the package contents were as follows:

Phone Case in a zip lock bag.
3 x £5 Gift Certificates
Invoice – on the back of the invoice are the instructions required for when you apply a SKIN to your phone. The instructions aren’t important in this review because I have the case and not the skin (separate review coming shortly).

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When I removed the case from the zip lock bag, I was instantly impressed at how the image did actually go from edge to edge. The quality of the image on the case was also very good, as was the build of the case itself. It feels very sturdy, does not bend easy and is a very snug fit on my phone. You have the usual access hole for the volume controls and mute switch, as well as the gap in the bottom of the case for you to plug in your charger and the hole for the camera and flash on the back. Another great thing about this case is the fact that I don’t have to remove it to use my docking station, unlike some other cases that I have had before.

The case itself is also light, so it doesn’t add any unwanted weight to the phone, as well as no unwanted bulkiness. The cases themselves are fmade rom high grade hard polymer.

The list of devices that they currently cover are as follows:

Phones:
iPhone 3 – 4 – 4S – 5
Samsung Galaxy Ace – S – SII – SIII – Note & Note 2
Blackberry Curve 8520 – Bold 9700 & 9900
HTC Desire

Tablets:
iPad 2 – 3

iPod Touch 4th Gen

The prices start from £18.97GBP + Postage.

For the price you pay, the quality is awesome, the images are very clear and crisp – depending on how clear the image that you upload is – and the case fits very well.

I will definitely be using them again when I need to replace my case, or even when I fancy something different.

Giveaway Details:

Purchase your Custom Cases & Skins at Wrappz.com.