By creating a hybrid portable console, Switch, Nintendo stumbled upon a gold mine, immediately satisfying the needs of both console and portable gamers. The main feature of the device is easy switching from portable games to the TV. However, the manufacturer decided to go even further by introducing the Nintendo Switch Lite.
Nintendo Switch Lite Design
The Nintendo Switch Lite console is almost 2.5 cm narrower and 255 grams lighter than the original version. Therefore, it is more compact and does not look fragile. You can easily take it with you, putting it in the pocket of your bag or backpack.
Despite its compact size, it is more convenient to use the new portable console than its predecessor. The layout of the controls differs slightly, which is also due to the size. The triggers in Switch Lite are higher, and the launch buttons have a longer shape than on the original version. In addition, instead of the usual four independent buttons with the arrows shown, the developer has implemented a D-pad, thus achieving more accurate input.
The new model of the Nintendo portable game console is presented on the market in three colors - gray, turquoise and yellow - in combination with ivory buttons that beautifully complement the yellow and turquoise parts of the device and contrast with gray. In general, Switch Lite looks aesthetically very beautiful, and thanks to the variety of color variations and small size, not only Nintendo fans but also children will like it.
Features and Performance
The Nintendo Switch Lite prefix works as smoothly as other Nintendo game console models. However, all the problems that arose in terms of gaming performance in the original version of this controller migrated to the new model. So, you can still enjoy the smooth movement around the castle in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game, but in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 problems with loading textures remained unresolved, and in Link's Awakening, a random drop in frame rate is still periodically slightly noticeable.
In the process of testing, we compared how the games look on the Switch Lite screen in comparison with the original version. We noticed that the 5.5-inch display in Lite with a resolution of 720 pixels provides a clearer and brighter picture. In general, Switch Lite has most of the same features as the original. In addition, given that the operating system of both consoles is the same, the new version still lacks internal support for chat and Bluetooth for audio.
Some users may be frightened by the lack of Bluetooth support on the console for pairing with wireless headphones, but there is a port for connecting a wired version here, thereby providing yourself with better sound quality. In addition, if it is important for you that the audio transmission occurs via Bluetooth, you can always purchase an adapter - a special accessory.
All potential buyers should also know that Nintendo Switch Lite does not support the entire catalog of games in the Switch library, but only those that can be run in portable mode. And this is understandable since the new model can't be connected to a TV, so it doesn't have an HDMI output. In addition, there are no motion control sensors, as a result, the kit does not include a docking station and Joy-Cons controllers. With this console, you can't play Just Dance or Nintendo Labo, you'll have to buy the original Switch for them.
The Switch Lite has a small, but energy-efficient Tegra chip, which, according to the manufacturer, helps to increase the battery life. This configuration is due to a key feature of the model - mobility.
Nintendo claims that the battery of the Switch Lite battery lasts 3–7 hours of play, while the original Switch provides 2.5–6.5 hours. During testing, we launched the Link Awakening game at a brightness of 50%; as a result, one battery charge lasted for about a four-hour game session, and at full brightness for about three and a half hours.
Of course, for a long flight, the battery in Lite is not enough, but to keep children busy or diversify their leisure time during the trip, it is enough.
Switch Lite alternatives and warranties
It could compete with the Nintendo 3DS, but it offers a much smaller variety of games. Sony's PlayStation Vita is no longer supported, and the manufacturer is not updating this platform, in addition, both devices are already outdated.
Nintendo provides its prefix with a 12-month warranty that extends solely to factory defects. As for the utility, Switch Lite will be relevant until the release of a new generation of such portable devices from Nintendo.
Nintendo Switch Lite will delight any portable gamer. Its compact size makes it a more mobile system than the original version, and its ergonomic shape ensures comfort even during long sessions. Improvements and the replacement of the four arrow buttons on the D-pad, as well as a clearer display, added to Switch Lite's appeal, making the console Nintendo's best handheld device for gaming.
However, portability requires sacrifice, as a result, the equipment cannot be connected to the TV or to the docking station, and you cannot use the Joy-Cons controllers as in the original. But the battery life is longer than the original version.
Is it worth buying?
Yes. Nintendo's Switch Lite is not just the best in its category, it's the best portable console ever made.
- Convenient design.
- Sharp and bright display.
- Has the legendary D-Pad.
- Improved battery life.
- A smaller library of games.
- No support for TV mode.
- No motion control.