Arctic Zephyr Install: Arctic Zephyr Kodi Skin for Elegance

Your Kodi skin is important and provides the overall look and feel of your HTPC media centre. Many people choose a skin solely down to this and often overlook the fact that a skin can also open up additional functionality of your Kodi setup. A good custom Kodi skin will give you the ability to change the menus, launch applications and add Kodi background music. A personal favourite Kodi skin of mine is Arctic Zephyr. The Arctic Zephyr Kodi skin offers great customisations and is perhaps the most elegant looking Kodi skin on the internet. In this post I provide a full Arctic Zephyr Kodi skin review and take you through the Arctic Zephyr install.

 Arctic Zephyr Install: Arctic Zephyr Kodi Skin for Elegance

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Arctic Zephyr Install – Arctic Zephyr Repo?

There is no Arctic Zephyr Repo. The Arctic Zephyr Kodi skin can be installed from the Official Kodi Repository. Simply download and install it from the “Look & Feel” section of this repo and Kodi will ask you if you want to switch to this new skin on completion. If you have never used the Official Kodi Repository before [Read: The Official Kodi Repository – Kodi Addons, Skins & Tools]

Artcic Zephyr Kodi Skin Look & Feel

One of the key differences in the look and feel of the Arctic Zephyr skin when compared to any other is it’s colour scheme. The majority of Kodi skins tend to opt for a darker feel to them with their menu systems being made up of blacks and greys. Arctic Zephyr is the complete opposite and the majority of its menus are made up of whites and off white shades. Archtic Zephyr has a rather calming feel to it and uses clouds as its main background image. As you navigate through your media collections the imagery and art work all fades in nicely emphasising the elegance of the skin and your Kodi system.

Fancy a customisable version of the new Estuary Kodi skin? [Read: Estuary Mod Install from the Guilouz Repository]

Arctic Zephyr Kodi Skin

Arctic Zephyr Kodi Skin in Horizontal Mode

As you navigate through your media libraries Arctic Zephyr keeps half of the screen for navigation and uses the other half for movie / album artwork. This works well as it ensures that you are continually reminded of the theme of the skin even if you are looking at the latest action movie. It also slightly fades the movie background artwork so that it is again in-keeping with the feel of your system. The Arctic Zephyr skin is very different to other Kodi skins and if you are used to the standard darker themes it will provide a much needed breath of fresh air!

Arctic Zephyr Repo

Arctic Zephyr Movie Browser

Arctic Zephyr Skin Functionality

The first thing to note with the Arctic Zephyr skin is that it is NOT designed to be used with a mouse. When you launch the skin, as soon as you move the mouse you will receive an on-screen notification saying that the mouse is not supported. Arctic Zephyr is designed to be used with either the directional arrows on your keyboard or a Kodi remote and is perhaps not the best skin for a desktop PC solution. As already stated the menu structure is divided into two halves. The main navigation menu runs along the bottom of the screen which expands upwards as you move across each icon. The top half of the screen displays your media file information and artwork.

Want to learn how to customise the Kodi main menu and add additional items? [Read: How to Customize Kodi Home Screen – Add Kodi Menu Items]

Arctic Zephyr Install

Arctic Zephyr Kodi Skin in Vertical Mode

The Arctic Zephyr Kodi skin menu icons are rather large in size when compared with other skins. This is a good thing. It complements the look and feel of the skin and also makes the menus simple to navigate. It also helps if you are using Kodi on devices with a smaller screen. If you navigate into a media library it displays your media files in a vertical format with a white misted box art background in keeping with the skin colour scheme. The Arctic Zephyr skin is extremely easy to use and find the media content you are looking for. This skin is not designed for tablet use but due to its larger icons and simple to follow layout it works quite well on most devices.

There is no Arctic Zephyr Repo. Download the Arctic Zephyr Kodi skin now from the Official Kodi Repo.

Arctic Zephyr Kodi Skin Customisation and Features

The Arctic Zephyr install provides you with a whole host of customisation features. Unlike the default Kodi skins the Arctic Zephyr install allows you to customise your main menu structure. You can add your individual libraries to the home screen or add an item for your games. This is all done with an easy to use GUI on the settings page and no XML file needs editing. I have talked about the standard layout of the Arctic Zephyr skin but you don’t have to use this. If you would prefer a vertical menu system then you can change to this. The skin comes with a number of options for you to change this and configure how things look and appear.

Arctic Zephyr Skin

Arctic Zephyr Customizations

You can also configure a movie or audio file to play on startup. This allows you to set a background track to play whilst navigating your Kodi libraries. There are numerous widgets you can choose from as extras to the Arctic Zephyr home screen. With the Arctic Zephyr skin there are numerous ways to customise your Kodi skin to get it exactly how you would like it to be.

There is no Arctic Zephyr Repo. Download the Arctic Zephyr Kodi skin now from the Official Kodi Repo.

HMP Verdict – Arctic Zephyr Skin

As I have already said, Arctic Zephyr is my chosen Kodi skin. It is different to the majority of other skins and is easily the most elegant looking one you will find. It looks great, comes packed with features and is highly customisable. Artic Zephyr is usable on tablet devices and HTPC media centre solutions with smaller screens. Due to its lack of mouse support it is perhaps not the best Kodi skin to use on desktop PC media centres unless you are happy to leave the mouse behind! There is no Arctic Zephyr Repo. Download it now from the Official Kodi Repository.

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