Dongii© Nintendo Life

Yesterday, we introduced the inside track that Better Digi’s Dongii – a Switch dock that is sufficiently small to slot in your pocket – had hit crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. We’ve in reality had the sort of devices on the Nintendo Life place of business for a couple of weeks now, and feature been placing it thru its paces to peer what the entire fuss is set. The excellent information? This tiny little tool is one thing of a game-changer, now not best giving Switch house owners an inexpensive choice to the pricy and hard-to-find authentic dock, but additionally a perfectly moveable choice which is able to simply be transported with the console in case you are visiting a chum and fancy some docked motion.

The Dongii joins Human Things’ Genki Convert Dock within the class of teeny, tiny Switch docks and has a unmarried male USB-C on one aspect, which plugs into the ability provide (extra on that during a 2nd). On the opposite, it provides 3 ports: HDMI, USB-C and USB-A. The first two are lovely self-explanatory; they attach the Dongii for your TV and Switch respectively. The latter is for connecting bodily units, similar to stressed out controllers. There’s additionally Bluetooth five.zero capacity so you’ll be able to attach the unit to wi-fi audio units like headphones, with pairing treated through a bodily button at the Dongii itself (it is value noting that the most affordable model of the Dongii lacks Bluetooth give a boost to).

However, the Dongii itself is best a part of the image – it must be attached to a USB-C charger to paintings correctly, or even then, it must be a charger that may provide the specified juice. When totally assembled, the unit is considerably smaller than the unique Switch dock, which, lest we fail to remember, additionally wishes a cumbersome energy provide to function. The ultimate unit will send with its personal 65W GaN charger, however this wasn’t able when our overview unit used to be despatched to us, so we’ve got used a typical 45W USB-C energy block.

Dongii© Nintendo Life

While this powers the Dongii simply wonderful, it does not give you the fast-charging capacity of the stronger 65W dock. It’s additionally now not as great to have a look at because it clearly hasn’t been designed with the Dongii in thoughts, however the ultimate product will glance much more interesting. Another plus to the Dongii’s charger being removable is that you’ll be able to plug it at once into any moveable energy financial institution that helps USB-C PD and provided the proper quantity of energy – mix this setup with a transportable display, just like the C-Force CF016XT, and you are taking your ‘on-the-road’ setup to an entire new degree.

Of direction, in the case of third-party docks, the query of protection is all the time provide. We’ve had stories of docks bricking Switch consoles up to now, with some suggesting that, within the early days of USB-C, the protocol wasn’t usual throughout all merchandise. However, in keeping with Better Digi, the Dongii advantages from “years of optimisation” and “countless rounds of testing”, because of this it “delivers the proper voltage and amperage to the Switch based on its battery level and ensures the best and safest performance”.

While we will categorically say that is utterly true, we did not enjoy any problems the use of the Dongii over the last few weeks, even if working it throughout the aforementioned third-party charger. Better Digi additionally claims that since the Switch is not in reality ‘docked’ all through use, warmth build-up is much less of a topic. We’ve all heard the anecdotal stories of consoles ‘warping’ as they get scorching throughout the dock, however we aren’t positive it is as fashionable an issue as Better Digi may have you ever consider.

Dongii is a smart accent to your Switch, then, however that isn’t the top of its usefulness; as it helps the USB-C usual, it may also be used with units different than your Switch, similar to laptops. The USB-A port lets you plug in flash drives and different equipment, and you’ll be able to even use the tool to glue your smartphone to a track, turning it into a pc you’ll be able to lift on your pocket (assuming it has the capability this is, like Samsung’s telephones). It’s in a position to outputting as much as 4K answer for this goal.

Starting at simply $29 by means of its crowdfunding marketing campaign (it then rises to $65), the Dongii is prone to develop into essential tool for Switch house owners. It has already doubled its preliminary Kickstarter goal of $10,000, and in case you are these days at the fence about supporting this crowdfunding marketing campaign, we would suggest you give it a shot – particularly in case you are a willing traveller or are merely available in the market for a 2nd dock in your house.