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Kodi Aeon Nox Skin Review: a modern look for your HTPC

written by Alejandro December 15, 2015

There are many ways to customize your Kodi-powered HTPC, to make its interface look cleaner, or minimalistic, or even emulate the experience you would have in a movie theater, with plugins such as the Maximinimalism Kodi skin or the Back Row skin for Kodi, among others. Skins certainly add a layer of customization and enable you to adjust your experience to your liking. We will take a look at the Kodi Aeon Nox skin in this artcle; a skin that brings to your Kodi HTPC a modern look with sober bluish gray tones, big fonts, and a neat way to browse your media. [Read: 10 Top Kodi skins for tablets and smartphones]

Kodi Aeon Nox Skin main menu

The Kodi Aeon Nox interface is modern-looking and resembles Confluence at first glance.

In this Kodi Aeon Nox skin review, we take a look at one of the most popular skins for Kodi, and also one that has been modified quite a bit; a quick search online turns up several results for modified versions of the Kodi Aeon Nox skin plugin. This skin works best with a wireless HTPC keyboard that includes a trackpad, or even with pointing devices such as the Lynec C120 air mouse; since this is not a Kodi Skin for touch screen use.

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Kodi Aeon Nox skin: snappy fast, with big fonts

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That was my first impression upon installing this skin. The Kodi Aeon Nox skin addon boasts a Confluence-like ribbon on the main screen, though with more items on it, such as Concerts, Live TV or Apps. A submenu below some of the options makes it easier to access certain features, such as Video Add-ons, as a submenu of Videos. This ribbon can be customized, to add menu items, even with submenu options that are useful to you. In this example, I configured the Genesis Kodi Addon to be accessible from the main screen, and added submenu items to head directly to movies, TV shows, or their respective search features. [Read: Kodi Amber Skin Review: ribbon Kodi Skin for touchscreens]

Aeon Nox Skin Review ribbon

You can customize any addons as menu items on the ribbon, even with submenu items.

Transitions on the Kodi Aeon Nox skin are smooth, feel snappy and look neat. Text flies from different directions into the screen whenever you switch from an inner menu to the main one, and does the same, but in the opposite way, when you click a menu item. Visualizations are also very pleasing, and range from icons to banners to panels showing cover and information, as well as a list of available movies or TV Shows. To switch visualizations, you have to click on the top-left corner to bring the appropriate menu. This distinguishes Kodi Aeon Nox skin from other skins for Kodi, because in other skins you just hover over the left side of the screen, usually. This alternative prevents bringing out the menu accidentally, so it looks like a nice addition. You can appreciate more visualizations offered by the Kodi Aeon Nox skin in the pictures below:

Skins for Kodi posters

To close the side panel, you should click the X. To bring it up, click the top-left corner. Note the poster visualization for movies.

Aeon Nox plugin bannerwall

Bannerwall is an interesting visualization that combines large illustrations, fanart and information about media.

Kodi skin addons fanart

Low list lets you see the year, title and ratings for movies, as well as fanart, a cover image and some other relevant information.

Kodi menu interface icons

The icons visualization is great to browse all your addons at a glance.

Aeon Nox interface plugin Shift

The Shift visualization is a great way to browse addons as well, including cover images of these, as background.

Aeon Nox graphical interface for Kodi onscreen keyboard

The Aeon Nox on-screen keyboard looks modern and is very responsive, in line with the rest of the graphics present on this Kodi skin.

Kodi TV shows visualization Showcase

TV show seasons can be browsed easily with the Showcase visualization.

Kodi Aeon Nox skin review: Do you recommend this skin?

Kodi Aeon Nox customization playback

Playback with the Kodi Aeon Nox plugin is very customizable thanks to the menu buttons and the fully functional seeking bar.

The Kodi Aeon Nox skin is an amazing option to customize the interface of your Kodi HTPC. Its transitions, ability to customize the ribbon, great deal of visualizations and the fact that it includes a fully functional seeking bar and working buttons for in-playback settings, make this skin a great option to customize your HTPC to your liking. There are other options, of course, like the 5 Best Kodi skins for Raspberry Pi, or even a skin with more than one appearance, such as the Nebula Kodi skin. Be sure to try them until you find one that you like and feel comfortable with, after all, they are completely free to download and use!

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