The Genki Covert Dock doesn't look like a dock. It looks more like a wall stone that mimics the functionality of Nintendo's much larger Switch Dock, but is small enough to fit in a pocket. It's a great switch accessory when you travel a lot and want to connect your console to a TV anywhere.
This is part of what makes it great. Another reason is that the Covert Dock, unlike the numerous third-party dock alternatives sold on Amazon, uses the same performance specification as the Nintendo Dock. So there is no risk of long-term damage to your switch – or worse, bricking it up. With its retractable tines, this draws the right amount of electricity from the socket. It even comes with three international adapters, which is a nice bonus if you have the opportunity to travel again.
The concealed dock is slightly thinner and shorter than this 65 W Aukey Omnia charger.
The build quality is also excellent, since the matt, translucent black plastic envelops the GaN-based innards, similar to the Switch Pro controller from Nintendo. It's even slightly smaller than the 65 W Aukey Omnia USB-C charger that I have at home. Given that this dock replacement is much more powerful than the average Power Brick, it's an impressive feat.
These perks cost $ 74.99, slightly less than the $ 89.99 that Nintendo charges in the United States for its standalone dock. The latter also includes an HDMI cable and a power supply. The Covert Dock does not include an HDMI cable, which is difficult to understand given the price. However, what makes the cost more pleasant is that it can act as a laptop dock, which the standard dock cannot.
7.5 from 10
- Meets Nintendo's performance specification
- Includes a USB-C cable and global adapters
- Works as a laptop or phone dock if necessary
- Very expensive
- Peaks at 1080p 60Hz
- 30 W is not a ton of power these days
- Does not include an HDMI cable
In fact, this dock may eliminate the need to take multiple chargers on a trip. It has a single 30 W USB-C PD connector that you can use to charge your phone or laptop when you are not using the switch. Having just one USB-C port isn't particularly good if you need to charge multiple devices at the same time – or a laptop that uses more power than the 30 W USB-C port can offer. So there are cases where an additional adapter may not be required.
In addition to charging devices, the USB-C port can be used in conjunction with the HDMI input to mirror or expand your device's screen onto a TV. It is worth noting that regardless of the fidelity of your content, a maximum 1080p 60Hz signal is output.
The hidden dock also has a single USB-A port that can be used to charge a device. Alternatively, the connector can be used to connect accessories to your switch, e.g. For example, a wired gaming headset, a receiver for compatible wireless headsets or, if you have a laptop connected, a flash drive or a USB to Ethernet adapter. It would be great to have more ports, but if it is important to keep the size small or have more ports, I would choose the former over the latter.
The portable dock contains a USB-C cable with an L-shaped side for better cable management and three travel adapters.
Using the concealed dock is not as elegant as the standard dock. Instead of pushing the switch into position, simply plug the supplied USB-C cable (which has an L-shaped side for better cable management) into the console. If the entertainment center you are placing the console on is small, you may need to put the switch on the floor or in another precarious position because there is no bracket. When I use this portable dock, I have to worry about someone or a pet pulling the switch off the shelf. If there's one thing that's good about Nintendo's design, it's that it keeps things out of sight and possible dangers.
Despite its high price, the undercover dock does an easy job and it does it well. So I can play the switch with my TV as well as with the official dock. When I'm ready to become portable, the console is charged for my trip. It also serves as a laptop dock if necessary. If you travel a lot or just want to take a handy, pocket-friendly dock with you when you're away from home, this is a great option.
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