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Kodi Eminence Skin Review: a sober and customizable skin.

A fully customizable Kodi skin with lots of surprising features, and also compatible with touchscreens, while still easy to handle with a wireless HTPC keyboard, a remote or even an air mouse. That’s how I would describe the Kodi Eminence Skin, which is a great option to make your HTPC look the way you like it, and have the most used addons and features of your Kodi install ready to be clicked with only a few keypresses. As a touchscreen Kodi skin, Eminence is easy to control on tablets and even smartphones, if you use Kodi with these devices; we can say it’s a very versatile skin, albeit not exempt of mistakes and occasional glitches. [Read: 10 Top Kodi skins for tablets and smartphones]

Kodi Eminence Skin main menu
A rather plain and sober interface is what we first see after installing the Eminence skin plugin for Kodi.

When you first use it, you will look at a rather plain interface, where gray colors dominate and buttons in parallelogram shapes are the norm. These buttons are a constant on the theme, where you will only find flat buttons (with no appearance of depth) in single colors and square shapes (or parallelograms, for the main screen). However, as boring as this sounds, as I went on with this Eminence skin review, I realized some of these aspects could be changed. You can configure it and -even though you will still keep the same boring shapes in the main menu-, the color scheme can be altered, and there are many options for that. Is the color scheme the only configurable thing in the Kodi Eminence skin? Not by a long shot. Let’s look at it in detail:

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Kodi Eminence Skin and your addons play along very well

Eminence Skin Review background
Configure your Eminence plugin a little, and you can make it look like this (or some other way you like).

A feature I like on skins is the possibility of associating your addons to shortcuts that allow you to get to your streams with the least amount possible of clicks and menus inbetween. While the Kodi Eminence skin doesn’t allow you to readily associate a specific section of your addon (for example, Most Popular movies on the Genesis addon for Kodi), you can still associate the addon to a button on the main menu, and even customize its name and how it looks.

Touchscreen for Kodi addons
You can associate addons to shortcuts and set them anywhere on the bottom bar with the Eminence skin.

When first installed, the Kodi Eminence skin has a pre-configured button for the YouTube Kodi addon, but you can make a shortcut for any addon you like. While I was checking out these configuration options for this Eminence Skin review, I found out that you can even customize the icon with which the addon will be associated, and there are tons of pre-loaded icons that follow the same look and feel of the skin, but this doesn’t mean you can’t create your own. [Read: Guide: How to install YouTube Kodi addon]

Eminence interface for Kodi addons
The icons for addons can be changed; there are several nice-looking default options.

In the main menu, you can also customize how the background looks like, with a slideshow of pictures or some included widgets. There are quite several options to make it look pleasant to the eye and functional at the same time. During playback, you get some useful controls such as rewind and fast forward buttons, and the usual pause, play, stop; however, the seeking bar doesn’t work, so if you plan on using the Kodi Eminence skin, good luck skipping to your favorite parts of the movie.

Kodi skins for tablets Eminence playback
Several ways to interact with your media during playback; except a functional seeking bar.

This is not a deal breaker though, since the Kodi Eminence skin offers several other good things to compensate; mainly in the visualizations department, where there are several options to look at your media and browse it. Small lists, or large banners (useful when you’re using a remote app such as Kore or Yatse from your couch), can be configured, with several options in between, for you to choose any you may like. You can take a look at some of the visualizations below:

Eminence plugin for Kodi posters
The posters visualization is neat, though it only lets you see three options at once.
Eminence skin for tablets Kodi movie wall
I find the wall visualization to be rather convenient for browsing your media in an efficient way.
Eminence visualizations Kodi Lovefilm
Lovefilm is a neat visualization on Eminence Kodi skin, but only lets you see one item at once.
Kodi interface Eminence banners
You could use the banners visualization to browse TV shows faster (or movies).

Do you recommend the Kodi Eminence Skin?

Eminence for Kodi addon weather
The weather page follows the same simplistic yet elegant approach present throughout all the skin screens.

Aside from some occasional glitches while configuring it with my mouse (some two-level menus didn’t let me move freely on the second level, and the on-screen back button worked occasionally), I must say this touchscreen Kodi skin looks very nice. The transitions are smooth and almost invite you to change menus just for fun, the skin has a sober look while still being customizable and functional, and it doesn’t affect the performance of your Kodi HTPC at all; in fact, it would seem it is even faster when you use this skin. One aspect I disliked of the Kodi Eminence skin was the lack of seeking bar functionality during media playback, but I consider that to be a minor issue. If you need more suggestions about skins, I recommend you check our earlier reviews on Back Row Kodi skin and Nebula Kodi skin, two great skins that bring even more customization options to your Kodi HTPC.

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Alejandro is an electrical engineer, working as a software developer and part-time writer. He has a passion for technology, languages and games, and has been around the web since 2004.

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