There is no doubt, the kickstand on the Switch isn’t all that great. To top it off, when you aren’t playing in handheld mode and you don’t have another set of Joy-con or a Pro Controller handy you are leaving your rails and the connectors in those rails exposed to things like dust that could ultimately prove harmful to your Switch console. What is one to do?
Gravilogic has it covered (quite literally)!
Switchblades by Gravilogic is currently running a highly successful campaign on Kickstarter that has already met its funding goal sitting at $22,946 of a $5,000 goal with 19 days to go! The guys at Gravilogic have been kind enough to send us a review copy of their product to help spread the word and we are more than happy to oblige.
It is worth noting that the Switchblades we received are prototypes and not representative of the final product that will be shipped in March of 2019.
Switchblades will be offered in several different varieties so be sure to check out the Kickstarter to see what all they have on offer. The copy we received was Walnut, made of real walnut wood.
As I mentioned earlier, the two important factors that make the Switchblades unique are 1. The extra stability to the Switch console when playing in tabletop mode and 2. the protection they provide for your rails. The extra stability is an incredibly welcome feature in and of itself, however, not only do they provide this extra stability by having kickstands on both sides but they are also adjustable allowing you to play from whatever angle you feel most comfortable with; a feature the Switch kickstand just doesn’t offer. Not to mention, it provides your Switch with a nice classy look as well (even when docked!).
When testing these out with my own Switch, I have to admit that sliding them into the rails did prove somewhat difficult due to the snug fit, however, I’m sure this is primarily due to it being new and it just needs to be “broken in” after a few uses. After sliding them in and out of the rails a few times I did notice it getting a lot easier.
Removing them was a little difficult at first. You remove them by releasing a tab at the top of each Switchblade and sliding them off of the rails. The tabs sit just below the top of the cover and if you have big fingers (like myself) you will have some difficulty in sliding the release.
Each rail has connectors found at the inside bottom of each rail for the Joy-con to connect to. When you do not have Joy-con attached to the rails this will leave these connectors open to the elements to such harmful things like dust which ultimately can cause damage to your Switch. The Switchblades provide extra protection to these connectors to ensure longevity of your Switch unit which we can all agree is a benefit that will help us get the most out of our investment.
The Switchblades also come with a handy bag to store them in when you aren’t using them to help protect them from getting dinged and scratched.
After spending a little bit of time with these, I have no problem giving them my approval as they provide you with extra functionality and protection. Are the a necessity? Of course not but they are great for what they are trying to accomplish and quite honestly they are an accessory I didn’t know I wanted. I will definitely be using these for the foreseeable future. I highly recommend you guys chip in on the Kickstarter to reserve yourself a copy today!
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Thanks goes out to Gravilogic for providing a set for this review! Nintendo Playroom wishes you guys all the best and great success!
SourceCode, aka Lucas Hughes, is the creator/owner of Nintendo Playroom. He spends his days primarily as a husband/father/programmer/gamer. He loves all things Nintendo and is very passionate about the Nintendo community.