Nintendo Switch: Unboxing & Review

by birtanpublished on November 24, 2020

Let's go on guys Mike here the Detroit Board with a look at the very first nintendo product i've ever reviewed so this is the Nintendo switch this is sort of a combination between a game console and the portable and it has a lot of moving parts which come included with this package which allow you to really do a lot of different things with this console which makes it one of the most compelling new systems we've seen in a long time now at launch there are two different colors to pick from so you have the neon with a multicolored joy cons or just classic gray of course I have both of them so we'll take a quick

Look at the differences in this video and one is going to a giveaway which you'll find linked in the description below so getting into these boxes the first thing we'll see here when we pop the lid is some instructions along the side pretty basic here they just want you to charge it up and make sure it's ready to go so lifting up too late the first thing we'll see here is the 6.2 inch tablet / console on the right and the two joy cons obviously with a neon version we have these two colors but if you get the grey version they're just gray and that's the only difference

Within the packages so this very compact tablet is actually in the plastic bag which slides right out we're gonna take a close look at the console in just a moment getting to the joy cons again they're just in these little plastic bags and they fall right out so once we get the top tray out of the way in the bottom of the box is a ton of accessories including an HDMI cable which is great so you can connect this to your TV right away of course we also get our power supply now the interesting thing here is that it's actually using a USB type-c connector of course there's a

Lot of values to charge both in the joy cons and within the tablet itself unfortunately it's not a really fast charge so it does take a while to charge the entire system from zero also included here is the joy con grip so this basically turns the joy Khans into sort of a classic game pad setup the joy comes just slot in the place and you're ready to start using it overall it does feel like a very comfortable game pad it's got this nice wide grip for your hands and of course all the buttons are in roughly the same location as you might see on a classic Xbox one or ps4

Gamepad of course there's even more accessories in the box including the joy con straps so they slide on to the sides and give you this hand strap allow you to connect it to your wrist so that doesn't fly out of your hands but also gives you additional buttons and controls which effectively turns these into dual controllers for multiple players now these hand straps are adjustable and feel high-quality and do include a nice clasp that keeps it in place there's also a release mechanism want to change out these hand straps and lastly in addition to some brief

Paperwork we do get the doc which is wrapped in lots of plastic and bubble wrap so the doc itself is very simple it's mostly plastic and it's very lightweight and compact if you look closely at the inside you'll find the USB type-c connectors surrounded by a bunch of guides that help to slot the tablet into place so all of this helps you to line up the console when you're connecting it now hidden behind a door is our cable management and all the connectors so we'll find our AC adapter USB and HDMI output but also on the outside more easily accessible our use B

Type e connectors for connecting other accessories so really what makes the system so unique is the joy con controller design so these are removable and independent controllers which mount either to the sides of the tablet or to other accessories or can be used independently so this really gives you three genres of gaming types from the handheld portable to the standard gamepad to the we style remote controller that uses motion capture and sensing so each one has their own internal battery and radios we also have a vibration motor there are a few

Features within the write to Joy con that the Left doesn't have such as an NFC reader so you can transfer information from amiibo toys to the joy cone controller it also has an infrared camera at the bottom which is used for motion capture now if you look at the inside ledge of the Joye cons you'll see some LED indicators and a pairing button so basically this tells us the current pairing status of the Joye cons the Joye cons do have some electrical connections which are actually kinda hard to see they're hidden in the bottom edge so when they slot into place they make the

Connection for recharging the battery and for pairing so the console itself is basically a 6.2 inch tablet so we have a resolution of 720p which certainly isn't sharp by today's standard but it's ideal for mobile gaming it prioritizes bear life and speed over high resolution and the display does look great it's an LCD IPS panel so we have good off excess viewing it is very bright and colorful with good contrast now it shouldn't come as any surprise here that the display is actually covered in plastic rather than glass of course with a mobile gaming system that's used by family members you

Don't want this to shatter when it's dropped so this makes it a little more durable but it is more scratched prone so you're gonna run into scratch issues unless you cover it in a screen protector or keep it out of your pocket with your keys the other issue here is that the display is very reflective you're gonna see a lot more glare on this panel so it may not be the best system to take outdoors and there's also an air gap between the LCD and the front panel again for durability but it does mean there is more light refraction which reduces the quality of

The display and of course the other issue with a plastic panel is that it does like to pick up fingerprints and they're harder to wipe off because there isn't that oleophobic coating which is usually on glass displays now there is quite a bit built in here so this is powered by Nvidia's custom Tegra processor along with 32 gigs of on-board storage which you can expand thanks to a micro SD card slot that is hidden behind the kickstand that means you can add up to 2 terabytes of additional storage now there has been a lot of fuss made about this kickstand the fact that it comes

Off kind of easily and isn't that stable but I like how it's designed it's really easy to deploy and it covers the micro SD card slot but I think over time a lot of people are gonna lose this because it's pretty easy to snap off along the left and right edges you'll find those metal rails for connecting the Joye cons and it does look quite well built so there's a lot in the middle a lot of screws going on here so it looks like it should stand the test of time and disconnecting and reconnecting these often there's also our USB port toward the bottom so you do

Not need the dock to recharge this you can connect the USB cable directly along the top edge we'll find the very flush power bun and volume but so they're not easy to trigger accidentally but the are conveniently placed also toward the top we'll find a game card slot now these game cartridges come in these very large containers for their size they're roughly the size of a SD card the full sized SD card but they are a thicker and of course they slot into the game card slot on the console and the great thing here is that you don't have to waste space on the internal storage and you

Can easily take this card to other devices without having to read download the entire game now this tablet does have a built-in fan for cooling but it seems to only run when it's connected to a TV running 1080p resolution so the native 720p doesn't seem to spin up the fans like it does when you're connected to a TV the fan is otherwise very quiet it certainly isn't intrusive we also get a set of front-facing stereo speakers which are etched in the bezel on the front panel which also exhausts where the back which delivers a much more immersive and fuller sound

It definitely is very effective it's a really good sounding system when it comes to battery life of course it will vary depending on the game your plane so you should see about 2.5 hours to six hours of game time depending on the graphics requirements of that game so a Zelda is getting about three hours of play time which isn't too bad now we have a fairly modest battery in here it's around four thousand three hundred and ten million powers that's not much bigger than a smartphone battery which can hover around 3,500 so when it comes to using this with a TV it

Really couldn't be any simpler once the dock is connected to your TV all you have to do is drop the console into the slot and it makes the connection automatically and if the console is powered on this will transfer whatever is on the small screen to the big screen instantaneously it'll even power on the TV if you have that configured so once that's docked you can go ahead and remove the joy cons and continue using the console from a distance right on your big 1080p TV of course this also works in Reverse I have to do is reconnect the joy Kahn's remove the

Gamepad and the game that was on your screen connects right back to these small screens so nothing is interrupted now to power this off or put it in sleep mode I have to do is hit the power button and it switches off everything of course with a higher resolution display gaming definitely looks much better versus the smaller 720p screen but I did run into some performance issues when gaming on the big screen so sometimes I'll see some hesitation and frame dropping but for the most part it's not a big concern at this point there may be software updates that improve this over

Time and the joy cons work fantastically and overall graphics do look great on the big screen but they won't challenge something like the ps4 or the Xbox so just to walk you through the device one of the great things here is the joy content when they connect you'll see that little animation here that corresponds with a color of the joy so in this case is that neon red color and again I can use that button along the back to release it and slide it back into place you get that little sound effect now you just want to make sure that it clicks in all the way there's

That little snapping sound that doesn't necessarily correlate to be a device sound so just want to make sure it's fully engaged now when it comes to unlocking this device first you have to press the power button to wake it up and then you have to hit any one of these buttons three times some of them have actually unique sound effects so let's go take a listen to that now getting into this interface it is pretty basic the main splash screen has all of your games loaded up top right now I just have one which is currently running in

The background so you can see that I'm currently playing that game so I can tap on it to bring it forward or roll back home you can also quickly jump to my account by double tapping on my icon here so you can see my account list and my friend list and of course not much going on because I just joined we also have our battery status so we can tap on it to see the percentage we have our Wi-Fi indicator as well as the date and time we also have our options down here for the news so you can double tap on it to bring up the news we can go back we also have our store so this is where we

Can buy games so you do not have to buy the cartridges you can go ahead and log in with your account and buy games directly from the Nintendo store you can see the animation to load the game store and there's a lot of sound effects throughout the system which are actually quite nice so we can see some of the recent releases which fills up all of one page so there's not a lot going on right now but you can see zelda is up there and the pricing is identical whether you buy the cartridge or buy the game but of course the games are quite large take up quite a bit of space so

You may want to buy the cartridge unless you want to buy an SD card to load them on your device now to purchase these just tap on them you can see the information so you can swipe through some of the screen art or just proceed to purchase we also have our album this is for our spring ramp so you can double tap to bring that forward now to take a screen grab I'm going to go back to the game here just tap on the game and we have a little button dedicated to that so we take a screen grab we can go back home and see that right here so you can see everything is really fast through

The system so what exactly can you do with these images well if I bring one up I do have some editing options so I can add text or I can copy this image or just delete it but then I can go ahead and post it and I can share this using my Nintendo account I can share it with Twitter or Facebook I'll have to do is login to those accounts unless they come up we also have our controller so this is where we can see the battery status for each icon including the console and then we can change the grip order so if you want to rearrange these so you have the options for the joy cons in the

Vertical or horizontal orientation as well as the pro controller we can also pair new controllers and there's several options to do this you can of course just dock them to the console itself or view other pairing methods which includes holding the button along the side of the joy cons so when it comes to settings we have a few things to take a look in here so of course we do have airplane mode because is a wireless device so if you want to activate it you go right here so you can turn that on or off we also have a screen brightness and it does include

Auto brightness which you can turn on and off there is a sensor right here which is actually pretty visible so this will help you adjust the screen automatically now if you want to turn off the requirement for triple pressing the button to unlock the device you can actually turn this off under settings so we go to the system settings and go to our screen lock options select on or off depending on your preference we also have our parental controls we have our internet settings so we can see our connection status as well as our MAC address in terms of data management you

Can see how much free space we have left on the device and we can also manage the software so if we wanna on this all games you can go here to do so under users we can add additional users so you can have multiple users on this device which is fantastic we could also load our me account so we can build characters or add existing ones and then we can also transfer our amiibo information in terms of themes we have black or white and white is default and we have our notification preferences we also have our sleep mode settings so this console by default will go off

After 10 minutes of inactivity but you can select never if you prefer if you really want to drain your battery but you also have options for when the device is connected to your TV so by default and the lowest setting is one hour but you can also select Never if you want we also have our controllers and sensors so we can change our grip order so you can see the devices that are compatible with this we can also turn off controller vibration which will help with value life but I prefer to keep that on we also have calibration so you can calibrate your devices as well

In terms of TV settings you can change the TV resolution from 4 DP to 720p to 1080p so have a few options here but I just leave it on automatic the RGB range can also vary from automatic to full range to limited range you can adjust the screen size and you'll have to use your TV to calibrate that we also have screen burnin reduction so this basically dims the TV to prevent any damage to the TV when the game is left in pause for an extended period of time we can also match the TV's power state so if the TV is compatible with this it will automatically turn on when the

Console turns on and turn off when the console turns off and then we have our TV sound options so we can go with surround sound stereo or mono under system this is where we have a few options you may want to know about one of them is console battery so if you want to see the percentage of the battery on your home screen I have to do is click it on it's off by default and then you'll see that it appear so you have a tap that anymore now if you tap and hold the home key no matter where you are in the system this brings up your valet status

The date and time as well as your brightness controllers so if you're within the game just tap and hold here this brings you right to that interface so in the end that's really hard to tell you exactly how this is gonna turn out in the end there's a lot of tools here for game developers to develop games that are really impressive but unfortunately those games are not here yet so you might want to take some time to see how this evolves before investing into it but even in that case I think the switch is a really polished product and it's quite a bargain for everything

You get in the box alright guys hope you enjoyed this look at the Nintendo switch if you did please give this video a thumbs up and I'll see you again in the next video

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