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Nintendo Switch OLED Review: Best Switch, Not Much Changed

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Nintendo Switch OLED Review – With rumors of a 4K Switch Pro running rampant, many are disappointed with the OLED model revealed last July. In addition to a wider screen and more vivid colors, this console lacks significant hardware modifications like the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X.

Nintendo Switch OLED Review

The Nintendo Switch OLED feels like a revision of the traditional hardware we’ve seen on previous Nintendos like the 3DS XL or DS Lite. Everyone may not well receive the OLED model, but by holding onto the console for a day, we got a chance to see if the upgrades are worth it or are just a more attractive option than its predecessor.

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Pros

Cons

  • Bigger and brighter OLED screen.
  • Better battery life than previous models.
  • The new stand makes it easier to play in tablet mode.
  • The matte plastic coating feels good to hold.
  • Ethernet port.
  • Heavier than other Switch units.
  • Still no way to charge while playing in table mode.
  • More expensive.

Nintendo Switch OLED: 7-inch OLED screen

So we start with the most significant improvement: the screen. The difference is visible when holding this console with a revised 7-inch OLED screen (from a 6.2-inch LED). Colors appear so bright that games on older models look dull.

This striking display can withstand any lighting conditions, whether it’s sitting on the bus in the middle of the day or quietly playing a few rods from Rocket League in the middle of the night.

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Going from 6.2 to 7 inches doesn’t sound like a huge change, but it’s very noticeable once placed side by side. Feels more satisfying to play with a bigger screen, and of course, an advantage for those who are a little short-sighted because the text on the screen becomes clearer.

The OLED model is bigger and heavier than the original, but that doesn’t make it feel thick and hard to grip. However, the screen takes up more surface than before and almost touches the edge of the console compared to the increased size of the console.

A final note that I’ve noticed is that some apps like YouTube haven’t been updated to suit wider screens. But while watching, it will be displayed in the same size as the old console with a black chart on the side. I imagine that this app will be updated to fit the new screen in the future, but this is something to keep in mind for those who have had it first.

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Changed dock

The console dock has received some revamps, with more rounded corners and plastic feet underneath to prevent direct contact with the surface. The selling point of the dock (sold separately at a later date) is the presence of an ethernet port.

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It is attractive to those who need a more secure connection when downloading games and playing online with friends. An advantage with many cloud-based titles – online like Dying Light 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy are getting more and more and don’t work properly with slow internet.

Nice look, but there are some designs that I’m not very happy with. On the previous Switch, the back of the console has a latch door that makes it easy for us to open it if we want to attach an HDMI cable. For OLED models, plastic parts must be opened and closed, which are vulnerable if we move them often.

The quality of the material from the dock is also more expensive and feels more plastic than the original. There was no intention of throwing stones at my Switch, but this one was easy to crack and shatter if you accidentally stepped on it.

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64 GB internal storage

Twice as large, it’s certainly a very welcome presence, although I’d expect Nintendo to go deeper up to 123Gb. You will still need a microSD to install larger games for your console digitally.

To help you imagine, Apex Legends on Switch is 25Gb, and Doom Eternal is around 17.5Gb (without DLC). Luckily if you have a MicroSD from your old Switch, it works for OLED models too but will need to be reformatted and re-downloaded games and apps from the eShop.

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Wider seat

Honestly, I never played the old Switch in tablet mode. Consoles without joy-cons look so tiny, and the tiny, flimsy stand feels easy to break. However, the Switch OLED model has fixed this issue, and I’m curious to use it.

The stand is extended to match the width of the console for a more balanced look, and the widescreen makes it easier for nearsighted players. The stand is also flexible with an angle adjusted from almost 90 to 180 degrees and is sturdy.

Conclusion

It’s not exactly the Switch Pro we hoped for, but the OLED model is still worth revising with improvements in both handheld and desk modes. The 7-inch OLED display is brighter and more colorful, with more storage and a stand that’s an excellent addition.

We would prefer this over the older model, but I’m not sure this addition will make owners of the previous model willing to spend another $47.89. But if you don’t have a Switch yet, or are looking for an upgrade from Switch Lite, then this is the right variant for you to choose.


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