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Even if you’re using your Xbox every day, it’s going to build up a lot of dust, and any sort of random debris can get caught in its crevices. It might not seem like a big deal, but the build-up could potentially damage your device if you don’t keep up on top of it, not to mention all the germs and gunk that could live on your device.
You can use a cloth to consistently wipe the console down, but there are other options like lens cleaners or wipes that may work better. And when it comes to fixing your Xbox or getting deep into its gears? There’s no need to bring it to a repair shop. We’ve found some simple screwdriver sets that help you reach the places you wouldn’t have thought needed tending to otherwise.
Whether you’re trying to keep your Xbox disinfected or looking to make a few small tweaks to its system, here are some essential items to keep in your gaming toolkit.
1. Vastar T6 T8 T10 Xbox One Screwdriver Set
A screwdriver set is a good investment in case you’re worried about things actually falling into the Xbox and you being unable to get them out. If you’re willing to put your repair skills to the test, this kit comes with four different screwdrivers, a metal crowbar, two plastic crowbars, four plastic pry tools, a brush and a microfiber cleaning cloth. Everything in the set fits easily into an EVA bag, making it portable and easy to store.
2. Digital Innovations CleanDr
If your Xbox discs are having issues with loading slowly, skipping or freezing, you might need a laser lens cleaner. Just pop the CleanDr in the disc slot and the 10-brush “Cyclone Clean” process removes dirt and dust build-up. Digital Innovations says the lens cleaner can extend the life of the console while improving sound and image quality. It’s also compatible with Blu-ray players, DVD players and Playstations.
3. Allsop CD and DVD FastWipes
Sometimes it’s not the Xbox itself that you’re worrying about, but the game discs. Allsop’s wipes aim to prevent skipping, and help to remove dust and fingerprints. They’re made with 100% lint-free fabric and come in packs of 20. These are a good option if you need something to help with removing sound-degrading dust or if you’re experiencing mistracking.
4. Maxell Lens Cleaner
The Maxell 190059 lens cleaner works for DVD players, Blu-ray players and gaming systems. It features a “Thunderon Brush System” — basically three small holes on the cleaner that contain “brushes” that create a static charge to attract and pick up dust. If you’re not sure how it works, it comes with interactive on-screen instructions in eight languages so you’re not just popping the cleaner in your console and hoping for the best.