In this video we unbox and review the Nyko Portable Dock designed for the Nintendo Switch and available for nearly half the cost of the standard dock available from Nintendo.
The Nintendo Switch has pretty much taken the gaming world by storm, even more so than the Wii. Being able to play console-quality games on the go with 720P graphics and solid controls has really hit a cord. One downside to this is when you do want to dock it and play on the TV you have to have a dedicated dock. That normally meant shelling out $90 for the official Nintendo dock. Well popular accessory manufacturer Nyko announced a portable dock that promised to do everything the stock dock did, minus potentially scratching your display, and do it for only $49.99. Too good to be true? No, not really!
From the box the Nyko Portable Switch Dock is really well put together in-terms of packaging and included accessories. Nyko could have omitted both an AC power cable and HDMI cord to keep their costs down and margins up but both are thankfully included. They could have gone with a Micro USB connector, again to keep costs down and margins up but instead they included a robust power brick with USB-C connector. For $50 you're getting quite a lot.
Setup is super easy; simply slide the backstop out from the storage slot in the bottom of the dock and lock it into place on the top of the unit. Connect the power and HDMI and you're ready to play with portable power on the big screen in no-time.
During game play the system felt exactly the same as if I had been using the official dock from Nintendo. There wasn't any noticeable lag, latency or graphic reduction by using this 3rd party accessory. As weird as it may sound it was a bit awkward getting the Switch lined up in the dock since there it no-longer is aligned by itself like on the stock Nintendo unit. It just took a little extra eyeballing and I had it connected.
Please note that the reason why the game play for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is smaller compared to Double Dragon 4 and Sonic Mania is due to a copyright claim against my original upload which had Mario Kart in the large portion of the video. This was my work-around solution to that issue.
After testing I cannot endorse the Nyko Portable Dock for the Nintendo Switch highly enough. It works as designed for nearly 1/2 the cost of the OEM Nintendo dock. It has all the ports, all the capabilities, all the video quality for only 50-bucks. This has found a permanent home in my collection due to the fact it makes it so easy to play my Switch in a second room now. If you're looking for a second dock for your Nintendo Switch and don't want to shell out $89.99 the Nyko Dock will do what you need and save you money doing it.
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