Not too long ago, we reported on the Up-Switch Orion, a crowdfunded accessory that promised to make up for the “heavy” and “minuscule” Nintendo Switch screen (Up-Switch’s words, not ours). “By increasing your actual gaming screen size by up to 188% and upgrading your audio experience with integrated stereo speakers, your Nintendo Switch combined with the Orion will deliver the gaming experience every gamer deserves!”
The pitch was clearly reassuring as more than $165,000 was raised, completely destroying the $50,000 funding goal. Shortly after we ran our news story, we were sent one of these $299 devices for free to test out, but sadly, the final product is a bit disappointing.
The first and most obvious issue we found was that the unit – when the switch is attached – is really more weighty. So heavy, in fact, that it’s actually inconvenient to hold, which is a slight drawback when billed as a ‘portable’ solution. And before we get into the extra weight that a battery pack will contribute; Up-Switch didn’t send us a pack with review samples, you see. Given that you need a power cell that provides enough oomph to juice up not only the screen, but the switch itself (in docked mode, no less), one can only guess at how heavy the combined system is. On this goes the stage. We had no choice but to connect the Orion to a power supply, which negates the ‘portable’ aspect of the product.
Next up is the fact that the screen itself isn’t a 1080p panel, as advertised, but a 768p panel, which our video guru Alex believes was intended to be put in one more The device (a laptop, perhaps?) and has been sought for use in Orion. So put aside any notions you might have of getting full-HD performance on the go – the resolution here is only Some Better than the Switch’s built-in screen but expands to almost twice the display size.
Then we have the fact that the IPS panel inside the Orion really isn’t that impressive. For starters, it’s covered in a matte finish that prevents glare and fingerprints but makes the image look a bit dull – and that’s an issue when you consider that the display already lacks punch. Sure, it’s probably unfair to place it next to the Switch OLED, but it’s also not quite as vibrant as the display on the original 2017 Switch. Oh, and those ‘dual stereo speakers’ (don’t all stereo speakers come in pairs?) Far flung From you on the back of the unit, which means they look pretty weird.
The only position we could see that this device is useful, even from afar, is for tabletop mode, as it means you’ve got a bigger screen for when you’re playing with friends (and the kickstand on this thing is decent). Is). The problem here is that if you’re looking for this type of portable solution, you can also buy one of the many 1080p portable monitors available on the market, almost all of which are true HD and offer better picture quality. ,
Verdict, then? Miss the up-switch Orion. For $300, there are many better options on the market.