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Wonderful Filter--If You Follow Directions
on August 1, 2008
This product was far better than I had dared expect.
If you have read the other reviews carefully, there are a number of skeptical reviews for this product. Because of this, I debated long and hard whether to get it. In the end, I decided that $7 was worth the risk.
Here are a few important advices:
-For this product to work perfectly, you MUST read the short 2 page manual that comes with it. Read and follow it carefully.
-You only get 1 try. Once you put the filler on, its there to stay. Even if there are air bubbles or any problems with it, DO NOT TRY AGAIN. It will definitely not make it better. Wait a while to see if it improves, if not, then you should probably just get a new filler.
-Since you only get 1 try, be sure to remove all dust particles. From my experience, I don't even notice the dust particles during game play. However, I can imagine it being annoying if there are too much.
There were 3 issues I was originally worried about:
1. The air bubbles.
When I first placed the filter on, there were immediately a lot of air bubbles (notably in the lower screen). At first I was rather disappointed because bubbles are obviously annoying. HOWEVER, after about 3 hours of game play, the air bubbles quite miraculously DISAPPEARED. ALL OF THEM. The filter will 'learn' to fit your screen. Don't even bother to push them out (which is what the manual suggests) because they will go away on their own. But you MUST wipe the screens completely. Don't reapply the filters. It will not make them better.
2. I read in one of the reviews that the lower screen gets scratched (/get marked) anyway even if the filter is on.
This is not true. I already had a few scratches on my ds before I applied the filters, and the filters actually canceled out all those scratches (they disappeared). Eventually (about a month), there will be some scratch marks on the filter but I consider the quality of the filter extremely high regardless and none of this distract game play. There will never be any scratch marks on the ds screen itself once the filter is on (I removed my filter once to reuse it on another ds and noticed no new scratch marks on the screen).
3. "the green logo sticker they glue in the center of each protector" (from another review) that damages the screen.
If you read the manual, you will notice that this sticker isn't even on the filter itself. Both filters have 2 filters (one on each side) that originally protect it and the logo is on one of the disposable filter protectors.
This product is perfect. But for it to work, the manual must be read because if you even try to remove the filters, they will in effect be ruined.