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Making Sense of Nintendo Switch Controllers

The Best Stand for Nintendo Switch

March 10, .

2017 Did I mention I’m a fan of Nintendo Switch

The Switch ships with a much maligned plastic kickstand stand on the back of the console: The kickstand does feel extremely insecure and it make clicky noises like something is breaking when deployed.
Also, when the kickstand is open, your micro SD card slot is exposed.
The kickstand is detachable by design, I assume because children will wedge a console with an open kickstand into a dock.
This kickstand will likely be used by everyone because it’s built into the console, making it the stand of convenience .
The most reported problem is that the USB-C charging port on the bottom of the console cannot be used in table top mode.
The port is on the bottom because that’s what makes the dock work.
I’m not sure if Nintendo could have added a second port on the top or perhaps on the back.
I assume the sides of the console won’t work because of the joy con rails.
A bigger problem to my mind is that the viewing angle is not great: I’ve played a some Fast RMX in tabletop mode and the only way I’ve found to make the viewing angle better is to place the console higher than table level.
HORI makes an officially licensed “Compact Playstand” that sells for $13: I mean, is it just me or does this look like a piece of crap.
It ticks the boxes of better (and multiple) viewing angles, and it’s high enough off the table so you could plug in a charging cable.

If you look closely on the Amazon page

you can see two very tiny rubber rails on what’s otherwise a hard plastic shell.
I assume the pegs in the foot that holds the console is designed to rest in the holes on the bottom of the Switch.
I’ve not had an opportunity to hold one of these (as of March 10, 2017, the item is listed as shipping in 1-2 months) so I’m guessing based on photos that it doesn’t look particularly pocketable.
It folds down into a 4″x7″ block.
I travel a fair amount and I don’t think I can spare room in my bag for a stand that only works for Nintendo Switch , and I’d prefer something with a better build quality.
Either it has to be small enough to justify being a Switch only stand or it should be flexible enough to work with an iPad or phone as well.
I have a very tiny, ultraportable stand that is designed for iPhone/iPad: It doesn’t get more minimal than this.
While this can hold a phone or even an iPad mini , the slots in the base are too narrow for switch: It does work fairly well for small tablets, though I would not recommend this as a stand for anything other than viewing video as there’s zero support when you press targets on the top half of the screen: Next, I tried the Amazon Basics Tablet Stand which sells for $9: This is a great stand for tablets in general, especially 9″ iPads.
The legs sport soft foam and it supports multiple viewing angles.
This stand also folds collapses to a fairly packable shape: It’s still pretty thick folded down, but it’s hard to fault the stand at this price.
This would be a perfect multi-use stand except that you still can’t charge the Switch as the bottom of the console is too close to the table.
If you’re ok with that, this stand is a no-brainer because it’s flexible and works with more than just your console.
Third, .

I tried the Compass 2 iPad Stand by Twelve South

It’s priced from $25-$40 depending on where you get it, so it’s a lot more expensive than the other stands, though not unreasonably priced if you can find it at the lower end of the range.
I have a few BookArc stands by Twelve South, so I’m already a fan of their products.
Like the BookArc.

The Compass 2 is made from aluminum and feels extremely solid

and also much heavier than the other stands.
As you can see from the images, there are tiny feet that extend from the legs of the stand to hold a tablet above the table.
The question is, is it high enough to plug in a charging cable.
Just barely, but yes.
You cannot route the cable behind the stand as it’s too close to the table to bend that way.
It does work fine if you route the cable in front of the stand.
I tried two different USB-C cables: The one on the left is a 3′ Anker USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable.

The one on the right is a 6′ Anker PowerLine+ USB-C to USB 3.0 cable

The Powerline+ adaptor has a fabric shell is is thicker than the 3′ cable, but there was effectively no difference in the angle of bend in the wire on the table.
Both are snug, but it works.
It’s also possible to change the angle of the feet holding the console to raise it slightly higher.
Like the Amazon stand, the Compass 2 collapses to an easily pocketable shape: The Compass 2 is much higher build quality than the Amazon stand, and as seen in the picture above, there’s rubber surfaces on all the touch points.
Where this stand loses out compared to the Amazon stand is it only supports two viewing angles.
The “upright” orientation is just right for playing games.
It would be nicer if you could tweak the angle, but this is much better than the built-in kickstand.
I can’t say this of the “flat” angle this stand offers: I can’t imagine why you’d want to use the Switch at this angle.

The Compass 2 is designed to be used with an iPad

and this angle is to turn an iPad into a typing surface: This angle does work reasonably well for typing on an iPad, though less well if you want to tap anything in the upper corners or press the home button (short of pinching it between your thumb and forefinger).

Neither the Amazon stand nor the Compass 2 is a slam dunk

but for now I’m saying the Compass 2 is the best stand for the Switch if you’re looking for something that won’t take a lot of room in your bag and can moonlight as a stand for an iPad or a phone.

In many ways the Amazon stand is superior – it’s more stable

cheaper, and supports more viewing angles.
The case against is it’s bulky (though lighter), .

And there’s no way you can charge the Switch or an iPad in portrait mode

For now, I’m going to try traveling with the Compass 2, the 6′ Anker USB-C cable, and an Anker 40W 4-Port USB Wall Charger.
That should be a fairly flexible set up for phones, tablets, and Switch.

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