Nintendo Switch Lite Durability Test! – Will the cheap switch survive?


The Nintendo Switch Lite. This is Nintendo’s
attempt to make their already portable gaming system even more portable. They did have to
remove a few things in order to shrink it down. Today we’re going to find out how durable
this new console from Nintendo really is. Let’s get started. [Intro] The game cartridges for the Nintendo Switch
Lite are the same size as the regular Switch, and reminiscent of the old-school Gameboy
cartridges. I remember saving up for a Gameboy Color back when I was 12 or 13. And Link’s
Awakening was one of my favorite games of time growing up. It’s cool to see that Nintendo
has remastered. Let’s see what else comes in the box. Remember, the normal Nintendo
Switch comes with a dock. This dock can output 1080p to a TV or screen while gaming with
friends. There is no dock with a Nintendo Lite since it’s specifically meant to be a
portable console and can’t be connected to external displays. So it only has that USB-C
charger in the box. It is possible to connect more than one Switch to your Nintendo account,
so games you already own for your normal Switch can be downloaded onto the Switch Lite at
the same time. Let’s start with the scratch test. I’ve never
really tried gaming one-handed before, so let’s see how this goes. The numbers 1-10
on this slip of paper indicate different hardness levels on Mohs scale of hardness. Plastic
would scratch at a level 2 or 3. Glass will be a 5 or 6. And sapphire would be a level
8 or 9. If the Nintendo Switch Lite screen was made from diamonds, it would of course
be a level 10. Since this little guy only costs $200 at launch, we can pretty safely
assume that the screen is going to be made from plastic. And since we visibly see scratches
at a level 3, with deeper grooves at a level 4, a plastic screen is confirmed. The downside
of a plastic screen is that is scratches relatively easily. Maybe not with coins, but any rough
or sharp object will scuff up the screen. The positive side to plastic screens though
is that they will never shatter, and I think that’s what Nintendo is going for here – longevity.
So putting an uncrackable screen on Nintendo Switch Lite is a good idea. There is a way to get the best of both worlds
though, and that’s with a tempered glass screen protector. Our video sponsor dbrand sells
a 2-pack of tempered glass protectors for less than $10, and they’re an exact fit. It’s
a pretty inexpensive way to get the scratch resistance of glass. And if it ever does crack
or shatter, it can be easily replaced because, you know, glass is glass, and glass can…..that’s
going to be hard to clean up…..It’s a worthwhile method of protecting your plastic screen,
so I’ll put a link down in the description if you need to get some for your Switch. The other big design change besides no docking
ability is that now the side controllers are not detachable. The builtin left side joystick
is covered with a very thick rubber material. And it’s very well attached and won’t be wearing
off or falling off on it’s own. It’s a very durable coating. There is a new d-pad that
replaces the circular individual buttons. This guy is made from a single color, solid
piece of plastic. On the right side we have more of that super thick rubber covering on
the joystick. It’s easy to see how thick and well attached it is with a little help from
my razor blade. It’ll take a very long time for this exterior covering to wear off on
it’s own. The circular buttons up here at the top have
the letters molded into the button itself, so these letters will never physically wear
off which is pretty smart. The Nintendo Switch Lite comes in 3 colors: this turquoise blue,
the yellow you saw earlier, and a gray color. All of which are made from a solid single
colored plastic housing. The SD card slot has a little flap covering the port. This
is held in place with a thick rubber hinge. We’ll have to see how this connects on the
inside when we take this apart, but from the outside, it looks like it’s never going to
come off on it’s own. There is no kickstand this time around since
the joy-cons are not detachable. And pretty much every side, button, and surface of the
Nintendo Switch Lite is made from plastic. Even the power and volume buttons. There is
a massive vent for the internal cooling fan that’ll be fun to check out from the inside
as well. And it also has a headphone jack. The game cartridge flap is held on with the
same thick rubber straps. The back panel of the Switch has 2 more grills…also probably
for that internal cooling fan. And both have a paper thin plastic grill attempting to keep
out dust and debris. This console is definitely not water resistant. If you’re trying to decide between the Switch
and the Switch Lite, I think it’s all dependent on how and where you like to play games. Personally
when I’m out and about, I hardly ever game. The only time I plink around on Breath of
the Wild is when I’m sitting down in front of a TV, with my detached joy-cons. So it’s
worth it for me to spend the extra $100 for the full sized Nintendo Switch. But if you
mostly game on the go, this travel size $200 Switch Lite might be the better option. Leave
a comment down below if you know who this guy is. The screen on the Lite is still 720p, same
as the regular Switch. Just a tad smaller at 5.5 inches instead of 6.2. And under the
heat from my lighter we can see the little ripples start forming on the melted plastic
before the display underneath starts to turn off and go black. This shows that Nintendo
is using and LCD panel. The burned pixel recover however and do eventually come back on. But
the melted front plastic is still melted. The first portable Nintendo Gameboy console
was released in 1989 and that thing is a tank. Today, 30 years later, it’s time to test the
structural build quality of Nintendo’s newest portable system. I was worried that the plastic
might be fragile or the screen could pop off, but after a substantial flex from the front,
and a very hard flex from the back, there is no permanent damage done to the Switch
Lite housing. The Switch does flex in both directions, but it’s not enough to damage
the internal components or crack that LCD screen. Everything is still in place and it’s
a solid little device. The Switch Lite gets a thumbs up from me. It can handle some aggressive
Smash Bros, or crazy Mario Kart races, and probably any physical abuse kids, or kids
at heart can throw its direction. I’ll put a link for the Switch Lite in the video description
for its current pricing, along with some of those tempered glass screen protectors from
dbrand. Now if you’ll excuse me, Link’s Awakening
and I have some catching up to do. Tell me your favorite video game down in the comments.
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100 thoughts on “Nintendo Switch Lite Durability Test! – Will the cheap switch survive?

  1. This little guy is way cheaper than many of the phones he destroyed… But this was hard to watch for some reason… 🙁

  2. I feel like just scraping over the switch with a stanley knife or box cutter is just pointless and doesn't show or prove anything.

  3. 2:37 Surprise Spider-Man. I know you like to draw on phones but making Spider-Man from shattered screen protector is a whole new level 😀

  4. now jerry is gonna make an ad on ebay: switch lite for sale, almost new, didnt even play a single game, only 1 day old.

  5. I remember watching your durability test on the regular switch just like it was yesterday was wondering when you were going to get around to a switch lite durability test

  6. No matter it's lite version or real version my dad will never gonna buy me this 🙁 i didn't have a single console i just have a decent pc with gt1030 for gaming that can barely run games at 30fps it's not that we are poor we are middle class but my dad thinks gaming is bad and very addictive…😭😭😭

  7. How is it still called a switch if the joycons aren't detachable and it can be docked? There's nothing to switch.

  8. Nobody :
    Also nobody :
    Me : It'll scratched at the level 6, with deeper grooves at level 7
    Zack : Well it's confirmed because the screen scratched at the level 3, with deeper grooves at level 4
    Also me : Wait, what? Is that legal yet?

  9. Hey guys, about a month ago i bought new note 10+ 5g and it keeps on making wired noises when i shake it as if somethings is broken on the inside i haven't dropeed it although i have used it under rain water so i am not sure but whenever i shake it makes a ratteling noise of sort.Any idea's on what i should do?

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