Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con9.8/10 (Expert Score)
About this item
- 3 Play Styles: TV Mode, Tabletop Mode, Handheld Mode
- 6.2-inch, multi-touch capacitive touch screen
- 4.5-9 plus Hours of Battery Life will vary depending on software usage conditions
- Connects over Wi-Fi for multiplayer gaming; Up to 8 consoles can be connected for local wireless multiplayer
- Video Output: HDMI; up to 1080p resolution when played in TV mode (up to 720p when played in handheld or tabletop mode)
- Audio Output: TV Mode supports 5.1 channel surround sound. Using the system’s built-in audio jack, stereo speakers or headphones can be used when played in handheld or tabletop modes.
- Nintendo Switch has 32GB of internal storage, a portion of which is reserved for use by the system, and has the option to expand its capacity using microSDXC or microSDHC memory cards.
- USB ports on the Nintendo Switch dock can be used to charge accessories such as the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and Joy-Con attached to a Joy-Con charging grip. The USB ports can also be used with a USB LAN adaptor to connect to the Internet.
Get the gaming system that lets you play the games you want, wherever you are, however you like. Includes the Nintendo Switch console and Nintendo Switch dock in black, with contrasting left and right Joy‑Con controllers-one red, one blue. Also includes all the extras you need to get started. Model number: HAC-001(-01) (product serial number begins with “XKW”) This model includes battery life of approximately 4.5 – 9 hours. The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 5.5 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (games sold separately).
Introducing Nintendo Switch, the new home video game system from Nintendo. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system can be taken on the go so players can enjoy a full home console experience anytime, anywhere. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system, with unprecedented new play styles brought to life by the two new Joy-Con controllers.
Home Gaming System
At home the main unit rests in the Nintendo Switch dock, which connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room.
Lift Nintendo Switch from the dock and instantly transition to handheld mode for on-the-go gaming. By sharing Joy-Con, players can go head-to-head while away from home. You can also enjoy the same great games in tabletop mode by using the included stand to prop the system up.
- Unique console with three play styles: TV Mode, Tabletop Mode, and Handheld Mode
- 3rd party content is now being pushed on the Switch
- It is easier to get games on the Switch
- The pro controller has a solid design
- The built-in display is a low-quality TN panel with washed out colors
- Joycons have a design flaw that causes them to wear out and “drift,” leading to costly repairs
- The Switch lacks basic OS features such as streaming services, a web browser, and customization options
- Cannot connect Bluetooth headphones without a 3rd party adapter
- Game cartridges are more expensive, resulting in higher game prices
Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con Prices
Specification: Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con
This review is targeted at newcomers so for veterans of Nintendo products, not much new information here! As for everyone else looking at this gaming system wondering if its right for them, I’ll do my best to explain what this model in particular brings to the table. In my particular case a: “Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy‑Con – HAC-001(-01)”Introduction to the system/What is a Nintendo Switch?:The Nintendo Switch is a “hybrid system”. Lets break it down to its core do understand what people mean by “hybrid system”, lets start with what is basically a gaming tablet with a plastic screen and a multi-touch-touchscreen. This is the “Switch itself” so to speak. For a “console”, it is EXTREMELY thin in comparison to a PS4 or Xbox One for example. This also means it takes significantly less energy to run. The internal cooling fan is also significantly quieter than either of the prior two other consoles mentioned.That multi-touch-touchscreen allows for certain mobile games like Muse Dash, VOEZ, Deemo, and many others to be ported to the Switch without compromising their touch screen gimmicks from their mobile phone counterparts. Despite this, many of them do have support for button controls. Many Switch games gives you options on how you want to play and this is a running theme with the Switch.Now for the controllers which are “hybrid controllers” in a way. For those of you who used the Nintendo Wii, these “Joy Cons” share and improved upon the motion controls from the Wii days, except in addition to the motion controls, Nintendo also made the actual button layout resemble a regular controller like the button layout found on a Xbox One controller for example. Not that weird button layout on the Wii for example. This means both the Wii crowd can assimilate into this new generation of Nintendo, along side the core gamers who would prefer a more “traditional” controller button set up.Normally a player would use both Joy Cons together as a pair, whether that be attached to the Switch Tablet itself to be played on the go like a 3DS (be it much longer than a 3DS), at home and connected to a plastic grip that gives you those controller “thighs” to make it easier to hold and to make it feel more like a more traditional controller even more. You can even use the Joy Cons without them being attached to anything like the Wiimote and Numchuck, but without that annoying wire in between your controllers. This “detached” controller style option with the Joy Cons allows you to play in positions otherwise impossible with a more “static” controller. For example, you can play with one arm behind your head while the other arm is resting on your stomach as you play from your bed or couch.These Joy Cons also have two buttons on the plastic rails that connect them to the Switch Tablet piece. These buttons are functional and you can actually use just a single Joy Con per player in certain supported games.Key word “supported games”. This is where the main issue with the Nintendo Switch lies, Nintendo laid the foundation for developers to have the best tools at their deposal but not all of them use them. Some developers have games that cost less overall on the Switch than their original releases on other systems, or from mobile with mobile’s atrocious micro-transactions , meanwhile there’s other developers that neither have the full game on the physical game cartridges while having the audacity to be more expensive on the Switch. But again, its ALL developer based. Research the game developers in question to see if you’re getting the best value for buying their ports (or original) releases on the Nintendo Switch.Oh right, this gaming system uses cartridges. Don’t worry, they’re not those huge ones from the Nintendo 64 days! They’re more Nintendo 3DS sized if anything. If the developer you choose did it properly, a entire game can fit on these cartridges. This means you can play those properly done physical releases immediately without any additional downloads. But again, developer based. Some of them DO only “partially” have the game on the Switch Cartridge(s). Do your research.Now to talk about the Dock that connects the Switch Tablet to a TV.If you open up the back side of the Dock, there should be two slits near the bottom of the Dock. The Switch Tablet has two air vents that when “docked” should be right up against those vents. Please try not to block off those vents so the Switch Tablet as a easier time cooling itself off while you (and others) play in “TV Mode”. The Switch Tablet also has a air-vent on the top. So keep that area of the Switch Tablet clear as well.This particular model of the Nintendo Switch, model number “HAC-001(-01)”, is different from day one Nintendo Switch systems in the sense that Switches with the model number “HAC-001(-01)” have better battery life. For example, day one Switches would run really graphically/resource intensive games for about 2 hours 30 minutes (or 2.5 hours) minimum. Whereas this new “HAC-001(-01)” numbered Switch(es) can run those games for up to 4.5 hours minimum in “handheld mode”. The way these “new Switches” accomplish this is by having a more efficient component in the inside of the Tablet piece. This also means these new Switches are more energy efficient and less prone to overheating than the day one models. So this is even helpful for people who would use this gaming system for TV use.If you don’t have a Switch yet, I recommend this model for its versatility. You never know when you’ll change your mind on “how” you want to play. I used to use it mostly in TV mode but eventually started using it more and more while outside in general. For example, on the bus, while waiting for something to start whether it be a class, jury duty, meeting, you name it. The Nintendo Switch will make that wait all the less painful. Waiting to be called or dismissed for jury duty especially.Oh, I almost forgot! You CAN use power banks with the Nintendo Switch! The minimum power requirements for a power bank to work with a Nintendo Switch is 5 Volts, and 2.4 Amps. The cable you use to plug the Switch Tablet with a power bank can be found bundled with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, or the Nintendo Switch Charging Grip. Both of those products come with the USB cable required to use a Nintendo Switch with a power bank. So even if you manage to drain this new Switch’s battery life on a long trip, bring a battery bank and you can extend its battery life even further. But again, this mostly won’t be needed unless you’re on a air ride for over 7 hours or so. Anything less than that, if you’re smart about it, you can get away with just the Switch’s battery life.Speaking of battery life, the Joy Cons each have a estimated battery life of 20 hours each. Let me repeat that, 20 hours. That brings its competition’s controllers to shame!So if you keep your Joy Cons charged overnight (they charge when connected to the Switch Tablet while the Tablet is charging in either the Dock or via battery bank), they ain’t going to die unless you deliberately go out of your way not to charge them at least once a week.When their batteries are completely dead, both the Switch Tablet and one pair of Joy Cons takes about 3 hours to fully charge everything. So if you’re able to, put the Switch Tablet with the pair of Joy Cons connected to it, and leave the three of them in the Dock overnight to keep everything nice and charged for tomorrows challenges.Get creative, once you get used to the options the Nintendo Switch offers, going to anything else, you’ll realize that you’d taken for granted with the Nintendo Switch! In my particular case, using the two Joy Cons in each hand unconnected. I can’t do that with a keyboard and mouse! So get your Joy Cons, get them in a position that works for you, get cozy on your couch, bed, etc. and have some fun with your game(s) of choice!Just keep in mind it is a GAMING SYSTEM FIRST, and the “entertainment media center” SECOND. So as of January 15th, 2020 don’t expect things like Netflix to be on this machine. If you treat it as a DEDICATED gaming system, you’re in for one hell of a ride!Just don’t forget your screen protector since the Switch Tablet’s screen is made of plastic!If you don’t want to go through all of them, get this one:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XDWBPMZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1It should serve most peoples’ needs. Its durable, cheap, anti-glare, self heals from minor scratches, etc. Its the most value for the price I’ve found from searching through all of what Amazon has as far as Switch Tablet screen protectors go.As far as the “system itself” goes, this is pretty much all of the information that you’d need. Everything else is developer centered, game wise. Do your research, and think very carefully which developers will give you the best bang for your buck!
The switch is a very well designed console that remains versatile and great for portability. However, the hardware, high reoccurring costs for getting games, and exclusivity to Nintendo store causes it to not be perfect, especially when the price remains close to original.This console does a lot of things right. The controllers are easy to use and come with accessories for different handheld modes. Battery life on both the switch and the joycons are pretty good. Touch screen is very responsive and rarely causes mistakes. Easy to use out of the box and setup is painless. Has the ability to backup save data to the cloud and restore on another switch if needed. And of course, putting it on the big screen makes things that much better.Below are some of the major problems that I believe will impact purchasing decision.Cost is the most important to me. When you are spending around $300 for a console, you shouldn’t be expected to pay extreme prices for the games. However, Nintendo continues to sell to you that way. While many games get discounted during sales, there are still a lot of popular games that will sell for $60. Games that are available on PC that are on the Nintendo store also seem to sell higher there. The entry cost may be $300, but the expect to rack up a couple more hundred if you want the latest games. Don’t forget, you also need to pay for the Nintendo online membership to get full functionality on a lot of these games.Hardware is another big issue. Hardware is very lacking at this point. First time launching into the Nintendo store, I’m already experiencing lag that really shouldn’t happen. For most games, things run fine. But newer games have already had users reporting poor user experience. The hardware is in dire need of an update to be able to support new games. If considering OLED version, I would not buy unless you really value the larger screen and like playing on the go. Switch still only supports 1080p when docked. And for those of you who like using bluetooth speakers, know that once you hookup a bluetooth speaker, you are limited to pairing 2 controllers.Nintendo environment reminds me a bit of Apple. Nintendo likes to make their things exclusive to them. This means that only the switch can use the Nintendo store for games and it’s also the only place. If the game you want to play is not on the Nintendo store, then you’re out of luck. There are other competitors out there that allow you to put any software on their handheld consoles, which allow for a plethora of different options. However, with Nintendo, you are stuck in their environment.Overall, still a fun console with some of the best Nintendo games. However, unless you already have a number of games you like, it’s not worth spending the money on an outdated console for 1 or 2 games.
The titles and controls are too expensive for this platform. I really got this as another gaming option beside PC for more accessibility and Group fun. However, the individual joycons as controllers are unmanageable for most people I’ve tried to play with. I looked into buying more controllers to have more people play at the same time, or to give two-player sessions more comfort, but it’s just ridiculously expensive. Clearly, the remotes are not actually worth near what they charge for them. But when you add the little thing that you put the joycons in to make them a single controller, and a charging platform for the additional controllers, you’re looking at well over $100. Maybe I should have done more research. But for this amount of money, I could have set my pc up to double as a living room local-play gaming console and pay for BOTH AAA games AND low price indie games. It would have put me in a better position to start paving the way to a VR setup down the line.Setting all that aside, the quality of the games is good, the quality of the hardware is good, and the unique wired-to-handheld gimmick is nice.