I am really happy with the look and feel of the shell. The texture is different from a stock shell, but I like it. Only issue I had is the button holes for A and B were way too tight. I had to scrap away some of the interior with a craft knife so they would work. Not a deal breaker, but worth mentioning
I got a clear shell to paint the inside of, at the bottom it had some surplus plastic that resulted in some small streaks of plastic breaking up the white paint. The hole for the light also seemed to be offset relative to the glass faceplates from this site. But overall nice quality, feels sturdy!
I bought this case mainly so I didn't have to permanently modify my original in order to fit the new parts inside. I was happy to find out that the quality of this shell might actually be better than the original! The feel of it is different too, but in a good way. It's hard to explain without actually touching it, but it has sort of this "rubbery" feel to it...definitely not cheap feeling in any way. All of my mod parts fit inside as expected and the whole thing buttoned up nicely.
I have purchased RetroSix/HHL shells for my GBAs and decided that I would get one for my DMG. Great choice. These shells are so well made, and I love them. If only they would produce a shell of this quality for the DS family, I would be in heaven. Hint, hint.
this is a very nice replacement shell but i have a few issues. 1) the text that is moulded on for volume, contrast etc is mostly misaligned/crooked. 2) the two middle screw posts are very easy to strip because the screws provided in the kit are all the same size. i ended up striping the threads from both of these posts using the included screws such that perhaps the top 2 mm are stripped out. these two posts really need slightly longer screws (luckily i had some) and how they are fine. 3) i bought the clear case and the handheldlegend and retrosix logos moulded on the inside of the top half of the shell are visible. on an opaque shell this would be no big deal but on a clear case its a bit distracting.
but these issues aside it is a very nice case and look forward to using it for many years to come.