How Many Times Can the Nintendo Switch be Dropped From 5 Feet and Live?

Apparently 11 times will kill it, but aside from a few scratches the screen remains intact.


People will likely take good care of their new Nintendo Switch units, given the $300 price tag. But just how many times could you "accidentally" fumble the unit onto concrete before it stopped working? Apparently, 11 times, but with the screen remaining intact.

The guys over at GizmoSlip put the unit through an endurance test to see just how clumsy you could be before the Switch bit the dust. They simulated playing with it and it slipping out of the hands onto pavement from about five feet. After the first couple of drops, the side controllers were already seeing some damage, but asside from some scuffs, the main unit was holding up.

One drop popped the game cartridge out, while another prompted a low battery alert.  The front screen started to see a few scratches but through the tests, it did not crack, even when dropped directly on the screen. The controller joysticks, which protrude a bit more than other part of the unit, took some extra damage and at one point stopped working. Only after some massaging did it begin to function again.

Overall, it took 11 drops before the Switch shutdown entirely, a rather impressive number given that one would likely never drop it on concrete that many times throughout the course of the unit's lifespan. However, a screen protector is recommended to cut down on the scratches the screen might receive from inadvertent plummets.

Now, we just need the guy doing the dropping to learn that the hero in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Link, not Zelda.

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    March 7, 2017 5:08 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, How Many Times Can the Nintendo Switch be Dropped From 5 Feet and Live?

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      March 7, 2017 5:16 PM

      wh... why would you do that....

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        March 7, 2017 5:19 PM

        why not?

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        March 7, 2017 5:21 PM

        Because an amazing number of people can't hold on to things and break their mobile devices constantly.

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        March 7, 2017 6:45 PM

        Nintendo are notorious for creating mobile products that can withstand higher than normal damage considering a lot of their customers are kids. Here they are testing that.

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        March 7, 2017 6:54 PM

        Youtube ad money.

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      March 7, 2017 5:55 PM

      but will it blend?

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        March 7, 2017 7:57 PM

        Hah. I was just about to post this

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      March 7, 2017 6:51 PM

      Wow, that thing can take a beating better than I thought.

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      March 8, 2017 6:45 AM

      I love that this thing is built to last. I actually like that they are using a 'plastic' screen to increase durability. I want this thing to last 4+ years.

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        March 9, 2017 6:57 AM

        Great for not shattering,terrible for preventing scratches. From what I understand,a screen protector is an absolute must. Don't know why they didn't go with Gorilla Glass.

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      March 8, 2017 6:55 AM

      Now this is a great article!

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