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Nyko's Nintendo Switch Dock is Teeny-Tiny, Won't Scratch the Screen

The third-party peripheral maker steps in to tend to some less-than-ideal aspects of the official dock.

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As much love as we pour upon the Nintendo Switch, the official system dock is less-than-ideal. Its bulk and odd shape make it difficult to take with you, the edges have been known to scratch screens unless you handle it with caution, and getting a second one to plug into another room will cost you ninety bucks. Peripheral-maker Nyko has announced its own solution, and it looks to solve most of these problems.

Ars Technica got a look at the "Portable Docking Kit" coming in September. It's remarkably small–just a tiny platform for your Switch to rest atop. Since it has no cover along the front, it won't scratch your screen. The price is right at an estimated $40-45.

All of that sounds welcome, but of course we'll have to see how it stands up in real-world performance tests. The tiny size makes its Switch balancing look a little less stable than the full-body hug of the official dock, and there may be other unforeseen complications. Still, the Switch dock is essentially a pass-through connector for your TV, so in theory there's no reason why a company like Nyko couldn't make a perfectly functional and cheaper version.

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    June 23, 2017 12:45 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Nyko's Nintendo Switch Dock is Teeny-Tiny, Won't Scratch the Screen

    • Zek
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      June 23, 2017 1:12 PM

      Interesting, though what I really want is a horizontal/diagonal dock. The Switch doesn't fit vertically under my TV. The standard dock works if you lay it on its back but it's quite awkward to slide in.

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        June 23, 2017 1:37 PM

        Hmm all you need is a little foot that clips on to that Nyko one- I'm kinda surprised Nyko doesn't already have one.

        3d printing to the rescue; I bet there's one online you can grab and send it to a 3d printer service place to be printed.

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        June 23, 2017 1:53 PM

        Yeah, in my entertainment center the Switch just barely fits above the dock, so I usually just pull the dock out to slide it in and out. It's not nearly as convenient as all those commercials with attractive 20-somethings looks, but that's what I get for having a two-year-old that I don't trust not to touch the thing.

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        June 23, 2017 6:47 PM

        Someone should make one that looks like the old NES complete with toaster mechanism.

        And then the toaster mechanism would break and you'd lose the ability to get your Switch back out of it.

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          June 23, 2017 7:20 PM

          Of all of the NESes I've got and have fooled with over the years I've never run into one with a broken toaster mechanism.

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      June 23, 2017 1:18 PM

      A nice alternative for sure. No way I would spend $90 on a second nintendo one.

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      June 23, 2017 1:40 PM

      Good alternative, no USB ports though.

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        June 23, 2017 6:10 PM

        They said that the final version will have USB

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      June 23, 2017 2:21 PM

      Being Nyko, and the current state of USB 3.1C, I think I'll let some others try it out first.

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      June 23, 2017 6:04 PM

      If it is any good, would be the perfect travel dock.

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      June 23, 2017 9:02 PM

      Teeny-Tiny, Won't Scratch the Screeny