Recycled Tech Made Chic – Review Geek

Evaluation:

9/10

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  • 1 – Absolute hot waste
  • 2 – A kind of lukewarm waste
  • 3 – Severely flawed design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptably imperfect
  • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
  • 7 – Great, but not best in class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price:
From 199.99

Sarah Chaney / Geek Review

The technology (smartphones, handheld game consoles, etc.) of the 1990s and 2007 is iconic, and for good reason. Many of these devices defined my childhood, and I’m sure it’s the same story for many other people. XreArt Studios makes framed art from these well-known devices, and oh my, the result is stunning.

This framed technical art actually has a hilarious origin. XreArt Studios was established in 2019 as a photography studio, but later that year the idea of ​​framing deconstructed technology arose after the company’s lead photographer, Zach, broke his iPhone 6. And when I say “broken his iPhone 6”, I mean accidentally dropped it off a five-meter roof, rendering it useless. But as this Apple product lover stared at his lifeless iPhone 6, an idea germinated, and so was born the beautiful framed art of XreArt.

It wasn’t actually until so many of his friends and family commented on Zach’s disassembled iPhone 6 hanging on Zach’s wall that the company decided to pursue the idea as an extension of the existing photography business. by XreArt Studios. As of 2021, people were able to buy some deconstructed devices, most of which were old iPhones or handheld game consoles.

It should be noted that at the end of 2020, a similar company – Grid Studio – was founded, creating almost identical framed artwork from old phones, game consoles, etc., and the only difference notable between the products of these two companies is the choice of design – how the components are laid out, the font and line style used, and the black external frame. We have revised Grid Studio Google Pixel 1 Framed Art in 2021 and found it to be a quality product. Given that XreArt Studios frames didn’t officially hit the market until 2021, it’s not entirely clear which company came up with the idea first, but both companies’ products look fantastic !

I was fortunate enough to receive two framed works of art from XreArt Studios to inspect and review: The Sony PSP 1000 and Nintendo Game Boy Pocket. As a lover of technology, especially retro game consoles, I was in heaven with these two products. Without further ado, let’s dive into what exactly each framed art has to offer and why I love them so much.

Here’s what we like

  • Gorgeous to watch
  • Interesting to know what components are inside and how they work
  • Such a unique work of art

And what we don’t do

  • The frame could be made of more durable materials
  • Expensive

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Manufacturing quality

The design and general structure of the two XreArt frames I received are excellent, but not without slight flaws. Starting with the outer frame, it’s super light – which leads me to believe it’s made of cheaper material – and one of my two frames had scratches in the upper right corner on the front that were not erased.

Then there were more scratches on the bracket that held everything in place, and it was impossible to move the fasteners without creating more scratches. But seeing as you’re not really looking at the back of a frame, and most people would probably hang it, those scratches didn’t bother me or affect the aesthetics of the piece.

For how much an XreArt piece costs, I wish there was a more upscale wooden frame – or at least the ability to upgrade to a solid wood frame, possibly in different colors. It would also be nice if you could upgrade the existing plexiglass, which is clear acrylic plastic, to real glass for an additional charge. That said, Plexiglas is generally stronger and more shatter resistant than glass, as well as better able to withstand the elements.

Sony PSP1000

Sony’s PSP 1000 was first released in 2004, an interesting fact that XreArt includes at the top of the relevant frame. At the top, you’ll see the main console body with branching lines going to the deconstructed buttons and joystick. There are the left and right back buttons, the arrow button cluster on the left, the four separate PlayStation icon buttons on the right, and the three joystick pieces. Then the PlayStation icon buttons have an additional branch going to the button array underneath, which was responsible for registering your button presses and displaying the appropriate command on the console screen .

Xreart PSP 1000 framed art sitting on a desk next to another Xreart frame
Sarah Chaney / Geek Review

All the technical components are shown at the bottom of the paper model, including the motherboard, circuit board, card slot for playing games, charger connector, optical drive, and an optical drive gear. If a part is from a specific part of the motherboard, a line is drawn between the part and its former location on the board. Then the speakers are displayed separately towards the center of the model paper.

It’s incredibly cool how many components powered the PSP 1000 and fueled my childhood memories. I like that everything is labeled so that you know exactly the title of each piece, to improve my own knowledge and make it easier to find the responsibility of each piece when running a game.

Nintendo Game Boy Pocket

Even though the Game Boy Pocket is from Nintendo and the PSP 1000 is from Sony, it’s nice to see the side-by-side construction of each handheld console. Obviously many parts are similar, but the internal configuration is different, and the Game Boy Pocket needed two AAA batteries while the PSP 1000 had a rechargeable lithium battery.

Xreart GameBoy Pocket framed art sitting on desk next to another Xreart frame
Sarah Chaney / Geek Review

The Game Boy Pocket’s outer casing is split in half, with the rear half showing where the two AAA batteries would go and the front half stripped of its buttons, displaying a game of Tetris. All of its buttons are properly labeled – the D-pad, the A and B buttons, the Select and Start buttons – and connected to the console with drawn lines.

Next, the speaker appears below where it was housed in the console, and the MGB CPU is the star on the right side of the frame. You can see where the headphone jack and DC-in ports were on the bottom and where the power circuit was in the processor. All in all, it’s a stunning work of art, just like Sony’s PSP 1000.

Other frame options

If you didn’t grow up playing Sony’s PSP 1000 or Nintendo’s Game Boy Pocket, there are several other portable consoles to choose from. From Nintendo there is the Original Game Boy (1989), the Gameboy color (1998), the GameBoy Advance (2001), and the Game Boy Advance SP (2003). From Sony there is also the PSP 2000 which was published in 2007.

Or, if you don’t care about old handheld consoles, there are other devices to spring on, including a First generation Apple Watcha First generation iPod Touch, and older cell phones, although most of them are Apple iPhones. You can find a deconstructed Nokia E71 and Samsung Galaxy Sbut all other phones are First Series iPhones extending over a period of 10 years.

For all devices, XreArt Studios has a frame for which you can purchase a DIY kit for a complete experience, from start to finish. If you already have one of these devices and it’s been sitting in your junk drawer for years, this is a great way to reuse it. Plus, there’s something special about knowing that the deconstructed device in the frame is actually yours and not just a randomly used phone.

Where does XreArt get the devices?

If you buy five PSP 1000 frames from XreArt, they will not be identical. Even though the pieces are all arranged the same way on the model paper, the device displayed inside is unique to that setting. XreArt Studio’s sources used phones and old handheld game consoles and then destroyed them rather than building replicas.

Once XreArt has a fresh batch of used devices, there’s a lot of work to do to get them ready for their close-ups. Each device is carefully disassembled, cleaned, sterilized, redesigned, positioned and finally framed.

The only part that XreArt Studios won’t source from the original device? The battery, if there is one. Instead, the company uses dummy battery case designs to avoid potential hazards, such as the battery swelling and then bursting or the leakage of dangerous gases and toxic chemicals.

Verdict: Yes. A thousand times yes.

Of course, the actual frame materials could be of higher quality, but considering that was the only minor negative thing I had to say about these gems from XreArt Studios, I highly recommend purchasing your favorite for yourself or your tech-savvy friends and family. . As soon as I saw these frames, I immediately started thinking about which ones would be fantastic gifts for people who are usually difficult to buy gifts for. Preserving old smartphones, game consoles and smartwatches in a neat work of art is a fantastic and unique way to recycle old electronics instead of throwing them away.

Evaluation:
9/10

Price:
From 199.99

Here’s what we like

  • Gorgeous to watch
  • Interesting to know what components are inside and how they work
  • Such a unique work of art

And what we don’t do

  • The frame could be made of more durable materials
  • Expensive