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Game Boy Pocket Prestige Shell | Housing
The shell (bought the clear blue one) is very good quality and I'm super stoked with how it looks. I would like to mention, though, that the included screws are shorter than the original external tri-wing screws and weren't to my liking, so I re-used my originals. Not a big deal, but I figured I would mention it anyway. The case still gets 5 stars and I will be returning to this site for any future projects.
This shell is well made but its unusable in my view considering it has no 'Nintendo' logo embossed on the front like the original. I assumed it had been cropped out of the photo for copyright reasons but its not there (see photo). Also not super happy with the screen printing for the start/select/a/b text as its not quite the same look as the original. Overall this is a fine case if you want it to be blatantly obvious this is a replacement, if you want the original look best to find a different shell.
I took a chance and ordered a few of these Prestige Shells. All of them have been terrible to work in. Every single one of these shells that claim to be IPS ready require more trimming to the screw posts in addition to "breaking the tabs" that is listed on the product page. If you only snip the "tabs" your screen will always be shifted to the left when looking at it from the front of the GBP.
Additionally, the hardware provided is VERY cheap. If you're lucky you can get the system back together without stripping the screw heads and even if you manage that the center screws on either side of the GBP shell are not long enough to securely connect with the screw posts. I was only able to get 2 of the screws to secure on these center side posts out of the 6 across 3 shells.
On top of this, the battery compartment is terrible. You have to take additional time to align batteries because there is nothing keeping them from slotting in at an angle. I get this is for future battery mods Retro Six is coming out with but 2 default alignment "tabs" that can be "broken off" to help with AAA battery alignment would have been great.
Lastly, the battery cover is bad. It doesn't have the proper indentation for a proper OEM sticker. It DOES have an indentation but it's not OEM-like at all being that its nearly a square instead of a long rectangle. Giving the product a 2 star rating because the thickness of the plastics and the general concept is there but this is by no means a premium product.
I also want to point out that HHL does not offer alignment brackets for IPS screens like other vendors do and if you misalign your screen and you're using the provided 3M double-sided mess you will likely break your thin IPS panel when attempting to reposition. Gross.
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A friend of mine wanted me to put together a custom GBP for him. He went with matte black with yellow buttons. The smooth finish of this shell compliments the vibrant buttons from Handheld Legend. These parts are awesome.
Great shell — well constructed, no tolerance issues, great color and texture (flat black). No issues seating the FP IPS display.