Plexed skin closely resembles the default Steam skin but its design is a bit polished. Based on its general outlook, the creator must have drawn inspiration from Microsoft’s old-fashioned Longhorn interface, a prototype that gave way to Windows Vista. Nonetheless, the skin does offer a clean, unified and easy-to-use GUI.
Plexed is pretty similar to Steam’s default skin in terms of color. However, the skin’s panels and background come in dark blue shades that offer a somewhat charming backdrop. The address bar and menu are also blue and have a Longhorn-inspired textures, albeit subtle.
The taskbar is also designed with back and forward arrows, which by their very standing, look a little odd and ostentatious. Nonetheless, these additions still offer a slick choice, especially for gamers that want to give the Steam client a bit of color.
Plexed skin for Steam client also feature a few tweaks here and there in terms of font styles and sizes. The skin’s general overlay of various items and functions is simple and minimalistic, and it’s something that gamers who don’t like bulky skins would so much appreciate.
Plexed also introduces a new font, Segoe UI, which also comes with a reasonable font size that’s readable even from a distance. Though everything, including the section headings and sub-headings are all shown in white, they still don’t offer much problem in terms of legibility.
Perhaps the only issue that users might need to contend with is the sub-headings in the �RECENT NEWS’ section, which are a bit too close to the color background in terms of color. This makes readability quite a challenge.
With Plexed, the only way to access the Big Picture mode is by going to the skin’s �View’ menu. That can be a challenge to gamers who are used to accessing the feature by a shortcut. Checking messages with this Steam skin is just a breeze, all thanks to the bright green messages icon that lies on the right-side corner of the header. Plexed’s general maneuverability is great and that’s as a result of the skin’s minimalistic design.
While the Plexed’s interface and texturing (which is heavily borrowed from Longhorn) is not that impressive, there’s much the skin can offer in terms of a crisp layout and legibility. In a nutshell, the skin can be a great choice in terms of usability but might not appeal so much to those looking for a more vibrant, aesthetically-appealing and sophisticated interface.