Nintendo Switch, Is it worth the Switch? Product Review

The Nintendo Switch is essentially a hand held gaming console with the capability of being played on your TV via a docking station. The concept of its versatile gaming capabilities could very well revolutionize the gaming world as we know it! commonly referred to simply as the Switch, the Nintendo Switch is considered a hybrid console and was released on March 3rd 2017

Versitility Capability

Within my first ten minutes of familiarizing myself with the Nintendo Switch I was thoroughly amused and pleasantly surprised at how Nintendo successfully managed to make a gaming console similar to something you might find in the Transformers series! In fact, I was half expecting it to morph into some sort of Nintendo “auto-bot” with it’s insane versatility!

The typical Nintendo Switch (not bundled) will come in a considerably small box with contents consisting of seven different parts (not including the HDMI or power chord.)…That’s Seven different peices for a single gaming console!

First and foremost you have the console itself which is basically a 6.2 inch LCD screen functioning a lot like your typical tablet as it also has touch screen capabilities and is surprisingly thin considering it’s exceptional performance! Additionally there is a little arm that extends out the back to allow it to be a stand alone tabletop screen.

Secondly you have your two wireless Joy-Con Controllers with their two straps and one Joy-Con grip! This is where my sizzling enthusiasm instantly reached it’s peak! You see, each Joy-Con Controller has it’s very own handy little set of ridges down their side that allows for them to slide down their corresponding channels provided on the console and accessories. You can slide them onto both sides of the console itself for a handheld experience, insert their straps onto them for more of a Nun-chuck or two player/split screen approach, or place them into the Joy-Con grip accessory to create a form of game pad! Both Joy-Con controllers have the rumble feature and motion sensor feature as well.

Last but not least is the docking station. complete with three USB slots (one on the back and two on the side) the Nintendo Switch docking station is very basic with no extra special features outside of charging your console and providing the ability to put your gaming experience on the big screen (which we all certainly appreciate) I would have to say the greatest aspect of the docking station is simply its ease of use. No matter what you are doing on your Nintendo Switch or what you are in the middle of, placing or removing the console to and from the docking station simply transitions the game screen on or off your TV with ease.

Pros and Cons:

 PROS:

  • The best aspect of the Switch is simply how versatile it is
  • The ability to play my video games on the big screen or on the run
  • Two controllers in one allowing two player split-screen without the purchase of an additional controller
  • $299.00 retail price is quite affordable for a gaming console of this caliber
  • Great video game selection with titles such as Mario Kart 8 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Motion sensor and rumble feature with controllers
  • Online gaming
  • screen shot game play with the touch of a button
  • Touch screen capabilities
  • Ease of use, you can turn the system on and start a game in seconds
  • Great user interface

CONS:

  • battery life is a little short lived for a handheld gaming device
  • Console screen supports resolution of 720p (1280 x 720)
  • a more standard form of hardware including the chip-set of Nvidia’s Tegra’s line utilized. supposedly to make programming more compatible with existing gaming engines, not so competitive in the graphics for the gaming industry
  • Current streaming apps only consist of Hulu and YouTube (originally just Hulu)
  • the virtual console featured on previous Wii systems has gone MIA and replaced with a subscription based online service which only provides an assortment of about thirty retro games currently for 3.99/mo
  • Right Joy-Con analog stick has been placed in a bit of an awkward position when used by itself. it’s placed more so in the middle than the standard left side

The Verdict

Nintendo Switch Console Stats:

SizeApproximately 4 inches high, 9.4 inches long, and 0.55 inches deep
WeightApproximately .66 lbs 
ScreenMulti-touch capacity touch screen / 6.2-inch LCD Screen / 1280 x 720
CPU/GPUNVIDIA Custom Tegra processor
Storage32 GB of internal storage, a portion of which is reserved for use by the system.
WirelessWi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)(*) Bluetooth 4.1 (*In TV mode, Nintendo Switch systems can be connected with a wired LAN adapter – sold separately)
Video outputUp to 1080p via HDMI in TV mode Up to 720p via built-in screen in tabletop mode and handheld mode
Audio outputCompatible with 5.1ch Linear PCM output Output via HDMI connector in TV mode
SpeakersStereo
ButtonsPower button / Volume button
Headphone/mic jack3.5mm audio jack
Game card slotNintendo Switch game cards
microSD card slotCompatible with microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC memory cards *Once the microSDXC card is inserted, a system update will be necessary. An Internet connection is required to perform this system update.
SensorAccelerometer, gyroscope, and brightness sensor
Operating environment41-95 degrees F / 20-80% humidity
Internal batteryLithium-ion battery/4310mAh
Battery lifeApproximately 2.5 – 6.5 hours depending on game type and activity
Charging timeApproximately 3 hours *When charging while the hardware is in sleep mode. Console will still charge during play when in docking station, it will just take longer.

Nintendo Switch Dock Stats:

SizeApproximately 4.1 inches high, 6.8 inches long, and 2.12 inches deep
WeightApproximately .72 lbs
OutputUSB Port (USB 2.0 compatible) x2 on the side, 1 on the back System connector AC adapter port HDMI port

Joy-con Controller Stats:

 Left Joy‑ConRight Joy‑Con
SizeApproximately 4.02 inches high, 1.41 inches long, and 1.12 inches deep
Weight1.7 oz1.8 oz
ButtonsLeft Stick Up, down, left, right, L, ZL, SL, SR / – Buttons Capture Button Release Button Sync ButtonRight Stick A, B, X, Y, R, ZR, SL, SR, + Buttons HOME Buton Release Button Sync Button
WirelessBluetooth 3.0Bluetooth 3.0/NFC
SensorAccelorometer GyroscopeAccelorometer Gyroscope Motion IR Camera
VibrationHD Rumble
Battery lifeApproximately 20 hours *This is an estimate. The battery life may be shortened depending on the usage.
Charging timeApproximately 3 hours 30 minutes * Joy-Con controllers are charged by attaching them to a console or charging grip connected to a power supply.

Joy-Con Straps Stats:

SizeApproximately 3.98 inches high, 0.57 inches long, and 0.55 inches deep
WeightApproximately .66 oz

Joy-Con Grip Stats

SizeApproximately 3.98 inches high, 5.67 inches long, and 1.58 inches deep
WeightApproximately .21 lbs

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