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A fully transparent Steam Deck mod is on the way

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We've had transparent backplates for the Steam Deck for a while now but what about the front? Well, they're on the way from two different companies.

Firstly, JSAUX, who make the most popular transparent backplates (I showed off one here) are working on their own fully transparent case for the Steam Deck. From speaking to JSAUX they told me this will be available in Krystal, Purple and Brown and they told me the backplate has a new design too as they've added new ventilation and improved the heat sink as well. Their first teaser posted to Reddit can be seen below:

In that same post, JSAUX also teased they're coming up with "several" new RGB-related stuff to make your Steam Deck look even more wild. So I'm very curious to see what they're cooking up, especially as I thought their OmniCase 2 Pro was fantastic.

On top of that, JSAUX just today showed off and sent me over a little teaser clip of what they will look like:

Looks really nice! Glad to see they've looked to improve the backplate at the same time.

The other is eXtremeRate, another company that makes various gaming accessories. They've begun teasing their own full shell for the Steam Deck, including transparent options but we don't know much more than what they showed in a brief GIF on Twitter:

I wouldn't mind grabbing some backplates from eXtremeRate when they're available, to compare with what JSAUX have, especially since eXtremeRate don't seem to have the heat sink on the back which can get quite hot on the JSAUX versions.

Just a reminder: if you're going to take apart your Steam Deck - make sure you take out your Micro SD card. Don't snap it like me and many others ended up doing at some point. It's really easy to forget - so try not to, or you'll be sad and out of pocket.

The main issue here is that changing the frontplate is pretty intense, as you need to take the whole thing apart. Not something that's particularly easy and even iFixit note it down as "Difficult" to do in their guide. There's a fair amount you could mess up but still, no doubt many will go for it because it looks awesome.

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Pengling Jun 6
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Quoting: StoneColdSpiderMaybe the mod is made of clear plastic from old recycled bomberman merch
Well, that would technically make them Bomberman Steam Decks, wouldn't it? Pair them with keyboards bearing these and this, and it's all good!
Quoting: CatKillerIf I'm ever tempted by any of these modifications I'm definitely just going to go to my local phone repair place and point them at the ifixit guides; let them have the stress.

Seems like a high risk, low reward proposition to me. I'm content with software customization since worst case, I just have to reinstall the firmware.
Quoting: BogomipsIt's prison-cool, because every electronic equipment needs to be in a transparent case to prevent inmates stashing things in them.
Eri Jun 7
Quotemake sure you take out your Micro SD card. Don't snap it like me and many others ended up doing at some point
I wish I knew this in January when I killed a 256GB microSD. But yes, listen to this wise man.

The atomic purple from Jsaux looks sick, but the solid red from eXtremeRate too. I guess I'll buy one of those when they come out, but my concern is the heatspreader from Jsaux, I removed the thermal pad from my Jsaux shell because on games that used more than 15W made it a very hot surface. So the improvements are to prevent that from happening or now will draw more heat making it even hotter?
shadow1w2 Jun 7
I'd go for a transparent forest green case personally.
While I'd rather avoid JSAUX's heat sink addition I do find I'm not too eager to try Extremerate's either since I had a green joycon shell from them that took only a month to fall apart completely so I'm not sure I'd trust one for a whole machine.
Hopefully more options than these two start popping up eventually.
Linuxwarper Jun 13
Quoting: PenglingI maintain that clear plastic is still 90s-cool, and I'll not hear otherwise.

Though this is cool to see, in a sense it's a pity that there's not also an official option for something like this - I think that a translucent "smoke" colourway would look really smart on the Deck!
It's also practical, you can get a glimpse of the inside and see if the visible parts are intact and in correct positions or a fall from table has lead to damage or parts coming loose or/and bent.
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