With the announcement of not just one, but two new Nintendo Switch consoles, there's bound to be some confusion about what the Switch concept actually means. On Sept. 20, Nintendo will be releasing a new Switch game system called the Switch Lite, while in mid-August, the original Switch design is getting a version 1.5 revamp, offering better battery life and a few other small tweaks. The biggest head-scratcher is that the Switch Lite won't offer any way to connect to a TV, and is purely a handheld device. You can only use its built-in screen, and the Joy-Con controls are now built right into the body and no longer detachable. In other words, it's a Switch that doesn't, you know, switch. That ability to connect via a dock to your TV and also go with you as a portable is why it was called the Switch in the first place. Now playing: Watch this: Nintendo Switch Lite first impressions 8:34 What surprised me more than anything else was the sheer number of … [Read more...] about Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander?
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I've seen VR, AR, iPhones, smartwatches, laptops and robots. But the gadget that impressed me the most, by a longshot, was the Nintendo Switch. It was a familiar story. Nintendo has a weird, wild idea. Detachable controls on a tablet. A dock that turns a handheld into a console. Even the name of the little wireless, button-studded mini-remotes was weird: Joy-Cons. Nintendo's done this before. The minimalist, motion-control-driven Nintendo Wii and its deconstructed remote control. The bizarre two-screened, stylus-laden Nintendo DS. I had some preparation this time, however. In fact, Razer had an idea that was incredibly similar for Windows PCs just a few years before, called the Razer Edge. When I reviewed it, I thought it was a sign of the future: it could transform from handheld to console, changing its form. Then there was the Nvidia Shield, the true predecessor of the Switch, which started as a funky Android game handheld with a flip-up screen and became a dockable, switchable … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch was 2017’s best gadget. What does it mean for 2018?
Nintendo put a great deal of thought into the design of the Switch with the exception of the alternative Pro Controller, which feels like an afterthought. It might be official, and a perfect way to play Nintendo Switch games on a TV, but it comes with a steep price tag, and a bulky design that flies in the face of the Switch’s best feature: portability. So I’ve been on the quest to find an alternative controller more in line with the Switch. And I’ve found it. If you need a controller that can be easily thrown in a bag but doesn’t feel as horribly cramped as a detached Joy-Con, 8Bitdo’s NES30 Pro strikes a perfect balance. The NES30 Pro has actually been available for a while now. It uses Bluetooth to connect to laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other devices that can play games, but don’t come with their own dedicated controller. In May the company updated the firmware for all of its controllers, which added support for the Nintendo Switch. … [Read more...] about The NES30 Pro Is the Perfect Portable Controller for the Nintendo Switch
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As with a lot of tech purchasing decisions, when it comes to buying a memory card you can’t just click on the first result that appears on your online retailer of choice and that’s that—today’s memory cards, with their small sizes and huge capacities, have features and specs all of their own. Here’s what you need to know. The memory card explained You’re probably most familiar with memory cards from slotting one into your digital camera or your smartphone. They use solid-state, flash memory similar to the internal storage inside your phone or laptop, with speedy read and write times, and the ability to pack a lot of storage into a small space. As time has gone on, memory cards have been packing more and more storage into cards that have gotten smaller and smaller: The (relatively) chunky cards of the mid-1990s had capacities as small as 2MB, reflecting one of their original goals—to replace the 1.44MB floppy disk. As the 2000s wore on, the … [Read more...] about How to Pick the Right Memory Card for Every Device You Own