Genki Covert Dock Review
The Nintendo Switch dock is an amazing piece of technology that allows me to stream my little portable console to my TV, but it’s not exactly as portable as the Switch itself. Thankfully, the fantastic people over at Genki have come up with a solution. Meet the Genki Covert Dock for the Nintendo Switch, which is 90% smaller than the original Switch’s dock and able to come along with you wherever you go around the world – all without taking up the much-needed space in your carry-on bag.
I’m not really sure how Genki did what they did, but this dock is awesome. It comes ready to use without any extra installation of software. You just plug it into the outlet, and connect your Switch and HDMI cable to the dock and that’s it. It just works!
Out of the gate I tried Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Pokémon Sword with the Genki Covert Dock and both games played just as well as they would have on the standard Switch dock. The only small quibble I have is that I did notice that there is a slight bit of over saturation of color on the screen when using the Genki dock. It was not a deal breaker for me, but it was noticeable and something that is easily remedied by tweaking your TV settings if it bothers you too much.
The dock also includes a USB Type-C PD 3.0 which can be used for charging iPhones, Android devices, and tablets. The dock also supports USB 3.0 accessories so you could use your Gamecube controller adaptor for the Switch with the Genki dock, although it only has one USB port so the vibration function for the controllers won’t work.
You can also take advantage of the USB port to plug in your hard drive or flash drive to stream movies or other media content making the Genki Covert Dock extremely versatile. The dock sells for $74.99, which is a steep price to pay, but considering that a Nintendo Switch standalone dock is $89.99 and almost impossible to find at stores, it’s still a cheaper option and much smaller and portable with functionality to boot.
Unfortunately the dock is not compatible with the Switch Lite due to the console not having streaming capabilities built into it. It would have been a great addition to such a versatile piece of technology if it would have given Lite owners a work around for streaming their games to the big screen, but it’s completely understandable.
Shipped alongside the dock are multiple outlet converters for foreign countries’ wall plugs. Having traveled abroad myself, I can’t tell you how nifty this is to no have to worry about charging your Switch back up. I imagine it would be fantastic to have when I go back to my Airbnb and play my Switch on the big screen without having to lug the original dock along for the ride. Also included is a power cable for the Switch which is high quality and recommended to use with the dock as it will charge your console faster.
The Genki Covert Dock is a fantastic little piece of technology that can do pretty much everything the standard Nintendo Switch dock can do while being 90% smaller, more portable, and even a bit easier on your wallet. If you’re looking for something that you can pack in a small space in your backpack for a long trip abroad or just going over to your Switch-less friend’s house to play some Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and you don’t feel like lugging your dock around, then the Genki Covert Dock just might be the best solution for you. Those interested in learning more or purchasing one can go to the official site!
Genki Covert Dock Review
- Form Factor - 9/109/10
- Reliability - 10/1010/10
- Functionality - 10/1010/10
- Features - 9/109/10
Final Thoughts: EXCELLENT
I would recommend the Genki Covert Dock to anyone who travels domestically or internationally frequently and loves to game on the go. It includes everything you need to play your Switch on the TV. Just keep in mind it’s not compatible with the Switch Lite.
Tony has been gaming ever since he could walk. Pokémon Blue Version helped him learn how to read. His greatest accomplishment is not just having played the entire Kingdom Hearts series but also understanding it.