Thursday, January 20

What are the best accessories for the Nintendo Switch?

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Nintendo’s console is perhaps the one that benefits the most from accessories. Covers, chargers, controllers… A quick overview of the best accessories for your Nintendo Switch.

Released in 2017, the Switch was an undeniable success. Its nature as a hybrid console, usable either stationary or mobile, has created an incredibly rich ecosystem of accessories. Whether it’s playing comfortably in bed or sitting in the subway, we’ve been sorting out the wheat from the chaff.

If you are particularly interested in dedicated Switch headphones, you can consult our dedicated guide.

The best controllers and JoyCon for Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch Pro controller: the reference

We can say what we want: nothing beats a real controller to play in dock mode with the Switch. The Joy-Con are just not comfortable enough besides being quite fragile.

Fortunately, Nintendo offers a very good official controller which is reminiscent of the Xbox controller in its layout. If the finish is a little behind what we find at Microsoft, the ease of use is indeed there. Too bad, however, that it is so expensive.

JoyCons: essential, but fragile

Let’s say it right away: you are very likely to have to repurchase a pair of Joy-Con at one point or another. Ideally, it will be for playing with several people, but there is a good chance that it will be to replace a controller suffering from the very annoying Joy-Con drift …

We would really like Nintendo to sort out the reliability concerns of its controllers, but for now if they are no longer under warranty you have no choice but to go back to the checkout for a new pair of very expensive Joy-Con. official… or repair them yourself.

8BitDo SN30 Pro: a retro alternative

Are you especially interested in the retro Switch catalog? Why not invest in the SN30 Pro? Signed 8BitDo, it is a revisited version of the classic Super NES pad to which a pair of joysticks have been added.

Unlike many controllers available on the market, it supports vibration and movement control. The touch of the buttons is at the top and the device is recharged in USB-C. Only 100% nerd nitpicking point: it adopts the horrible livery of the American Super NES.

There is also a Pro + version, tested in our columns, which offers a more pleasant handling.

Charge your Switch

Aukey 32 W GaN charger: powerful and compact

If the charger supplied with the console, we must admit that we have seen more compact and more practical. The console does require some power to be used in dock mode, however. With its 30 W, this model of Aukey is quite capable and offers as a bonus a second conventional USB connector.

It uses GaN (gallium nitride) technology which allows it to be more compact than a conventional charger. Last advantage: the cable is detachable here, which makes it easier to use. We recommend you a long enough cable (2 m minimum) and angled for more comfort.

Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD: recharge your battery anywhere

If any battery can charge a Switch, better to choose a Power Delivery compatible model like this Anker PowerCore Essential. Not only does its 18W output power charge the console while playing, but you’ll be able to charge it just over three times on a single charge.

Relatively compact, it offers in addition to USB-C a classic USB socket.

Orzly charging station: controllers that can always be used

Joy-Con are fun, but by default they can only be recharged on the console. Not very practical if you have several pairs. This small support is able to charge two at the same time or a controller and a pair of Joy-Con.

In addition to a better tidy interior, you will be sure to have controllers always loaded (unless you do not store them, there is little more for you). Note that this dock is only delivered with a USB cable, so it will have to be connected to a USB charger.

SanDisk Extreme 256 GB Micro-SD: Store Your Games

With only 32 GB of internal memory, you quickly find yourself cramped when you buy your games especially on the Nintendo shop. Unlike Sony and its PS Vita, however, we do not need to invest in a proprietary card format: a simple micro SD will do.

This 256 GB SanDisk Extreme is in our opinion a good compromise between speed, reliability and capacity. There is certainly a bigger one, but the prices are soaring.

Great sound for your Switch

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless: the benchmark headset

Few cables offer a wireless connection to the Switch. To achieve this result, SteelSeries has been smart and provides a dongle that plugs into the USB-C port. Unlike the Bluetooth models discussed below, this is a dedicated connection which therefore does not suffer from lag.

The sound itself is decent, although at this price one would obviously not expect the audiophile. The microphone is on its side correct to coordinate in game with his teammates.

Note that two versions exist, a “Wireless” compatible PS4 and a “Wireless Xbox” for the Microsoft console. Both work with the Switch, but we recommend that you choose the one that matches the home console you own (or dream of buying).

EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid: player wireless intras

Do you prefer intras to helmets? All is not lost since EPOS (Sennheiser’s gaming brand) offers the GTW 270, a pair of true wireless headphones dedicated to gamers. In addition to the Bluetooth connection, they come with a USB-C dongle allowing them to connect to a Switch or even a PS5.

EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid intras tutorial

EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid intras // Gamesdone: Frandroid / Melinda DAVAN-SOULAS

In practice, we must admit that no particular latency is noticed. A real tour de force for this kind of headphones. The sound rendering is more than satisfactory, with a balanced spectrum and very dynamic bass. You can find our handling here.

Homespot Audio Bluetooth: built-in microphone

Compact and taking the colors of the Switch, this dongle includes a microphone. The audio chat is therefore available with, we must admit, a rather mediocre quality. Finally, Bluetooth 5.0 is supported, as is aptX Low Latentcy. The latter will be the only way to really avoid the lag. It is also necessary that your headset or pair of headphones support the standard.

Ziocom Bluetooth adapter for Switch: Bluetooth while charging

Most Switch adapters take up the USB-C connector and therefore prevent charging and using a Bluetooth headset at the same time. Boring for a long trip then. This Ziocom model ignores this limit and adds a second USB-C passthrough connector for charging. Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX Low Latency are in the game. A small microphone to plug into the jack port is also provided, but the sound reproduction is not terrible.

The covers and protections for Nintendo Switch

Spigen Screen Protector: Barrier to Scratches

We’re not going to lie to each other: the Switch’s plastic screen isn’t exactly a solid model. It scratches very easily, especially if you use the console on the go.

Well known for its protections for smartphones, Spigen obviously offers protectors for the Switch and the Switch Lite. Made of tempered glass, they are resistant and relatively easy to install. As a bonus, you’ll find two in each package.

Switch Daydayup cases: safe transport

There are countless numbers of diverse and varied cases on the market. We particularly appreciate this model, because it is able to carry most of the essential accessories in a compact volume.

It also has the good taste of protecting the screen from possible friction by concealing it under a thick sheet of fabric. You can also safely store 20 cartridges. And not to spoil anything, it is particularly affordable.

Understand everything about Nintendo Switch accessories

Are there alternative docks?

A number of alternative Switch docks exist, but we do not recommend their use. The Switch is indeed quite sensitive on this point and it is possible to destroy its dock or Switch quite easily.

For the moment, we therefore recommend that you stay at the official dock despite its high price and its imperfections.

How do I use my Bluetooth headset with my Switch?

Although it supports the protocol (it is used for example for its JoyCons), it is not possible to connect a headset or Bluetooth intras to the Switch. However, nature hates a vacuum, smart kids offer Bluetooth dongles that allow you to use any audio device. These are connected either to the jack or via the USB-C connector.

In both cases, the microphone will not be functional and we will suffer from the major defects of Bluetooth, namely high latency which causes an often very annoying sound / image lag. However, some dongles are compatible with aptX Low Latency. If your headset has this protocol, you will be able to achieve a correct result.

Is my wireless gaming headset Switch compatible?

If you already own a wireless headset for Xbox or PlayStation, chances are it can work with the Switch.

Nintendo has indeed quietly added support for these wireless headsets in 2018. Unfortunately in practice things are not easy since no certification program exists.

Some headsets do not work at all while others will offer sound, but not the microphone … Generous users do try to publish lists of compatible headsets, but it is more of a bandage on a wooden leg than anything else . We would really like Nintendo to clean things up.

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