Can’t Imagine Traveling Without This Tiny Nintendo Switch Dock

By | December 1, 2022

The Human Things Genki Covert Dock Mini on top of the Nintendo Switch OLED model.

Photograph🇧🇷 André Liszewski | Gizmodo

As portable as the Nintendo Switch is, its dock, used to charge the console and connect it to a TV, is not. It might be convenient for home use, but it’s difficult to travel with, so anyone wanting to connect the Switch to a TV while on the road absolutely needs to add the Genki Covert Dock Mini to their kit.

Some might argue that needing to hook up a Switch to a TV while traveling is unnecessary, because the console works great as a portable gaming machine on its own. That’s true, but it limits nomadic gamers to just 720P resolution on a 7-inch screen (in the more sophisticated OLED model🇧🇷 🇧🇷To exchange”ing the key to the console’s dockable design: you can easily recreate a big-screen gaming experience anywhere, and that becomes even easier if you leave Nintendo’s docking hardware at home and take the Genki Covert Dock Mini with you.

As small and simple as a Switch Dock can be

The Genki Covert Dock Mini is actually an update of the Human Things original Genki’s Secret Dockwhat debuted as a crowdfunded product in 2019🇧🇷 Was released as a much smaller alternative to the Switch’s dock and chunky power adapter. When we reviewed it a year laterwe were impressed with the device not only as a travel accessory, but also as a cheaper way to add docks to other TVs in your home, and we’re glad it didn’t destroy our Switch – a problem that plagued some of the previous switch dock alternatives🇧🇷

The Genki Covert Dock Mini by Human Things next to the Apple 5W iPhone Charger.

The Genki Covert Dock Mini isn’t much bigger than the 5W charger Apple used to ship with iPhones.
Photograph🇧🇷 André Liszewski | Gizmodo

The new Genki Covert Dock Mini is an attempt to make the Genki Covert Dock even smaller and cheaper, although with some functional sacrifices, and the results are even more impressive than the original. The Covert Dock Mini is almost as small as the 5W chargers Apple used to ship with iPhones, but it does so much more, even including a pair of folding pins so the adapter is compact. when not in use.

The Human Things Genki Covert Dock Mini next to the Nintendo Switch OLED dock and charger.

The Covert Dock Mini replaces the Switch dock and power adapter with a single device.
Photograph🇧🇷 André Liszewski | Gizmodo

The Covert Dock Mini is designed to replace the Switch’s dock/charging dock, as well as the power adapter that plugs into a wall, but while Nintendo includes all the necessary cables to power and connect the Switch to a TV, Human Things only includes a USB-C cable with the Covert Dock Mini – you’ll have to supply your own HDMI cable.

The Human Things Genki Covert Dock Mini connected to a power bar, with an HDMI and USB-C cable connected.

The Covert Dock Mini doesn’t replace the need for USB-C and HDMI cables, but at least it comes with the former.
Photograph🇧🇷 André Liszewski | Gizmodo

Using the Covert Dock Mini is as easy as it gets. You plug it into an available wall socket, connect it to the Switch with a USB-C cable, and then to a TV with an HDMI cable. The Switch does the rest, sending a 1080P signal to whatever HD screen it’s connected to. But since the TV plugs into the wall rather than the console, it might not be a bad idea to travel with a longer HDMI cable, just if there are no free electrical outlets near your destination TV and you are forced to travel a greater distance.

Perfectly Portable, But Not Quite Perfect

I wish I could say the Covert Dock Mini just shrink all components within the original secret dock, But it’s not the case. Human Things had to make some concessions to reduce the size of the new version of the Mini. the most unhappy is that the additional USB port of the original Covert Dock, which could be used to charge another device like the Switch Pro controller alongside the console, is gone. If you travel with a wireless controller, it will have to take turns with the Switch to charge in the Covert Dock Mini or charge elsewhere.

The new Covert Dock Mini also delivers just 20W of power instead of the 30W provided by the original Covert Dock and the 39W provided by Nintendo’s power adapter packages. That’s definitely not a problem, as it’s enough power to keep the Switch charged while gaming at 1080P, but it may limit charging speeds and usefulness if you intend to use the Covert Dock Mini to charge other devices as well.

And as clunky as Nintendo’s dock is, it holds the Switch securely while it’s connected to a TV. While using the Covert Dock Mini, you will have to leave your Switch somewhere else, so it’s also a good idea to take a longer USB-C cable with you to make sure it’s somewhere safe. The last thing you want is to accidentally step on your Switch in the middle of the night.🇧🇷

The Human Things Genki Covert Dock Mini shown connected to a power bar and blocking a nearby outlet, while the Nintendo Switch OLED Power Adapter is not.

The position of the pins on the back of the Covert Dock Mini covered a neighboring outlet on the power bar I tested it with, but this wasn’t an issue with the device plugged directly into an outlet.
Photograph🇧🇷 André Liszewski | Gizmodo

I was also dismayed to discover this because the power pins extend from the middle of the Covert Dock Mini. Çchicken connected to an energy bar, made the outlet above unusable for other devices with a grounded plug. In comparison, the placement of the pins on the Switch’s power adapter resulted in less coverage of a nearby outlet. However, when the Cover Dock Mini was plugged directly into a wall outlet, this was not an issue.

A must have if you travel with your Switch

The Genki Covert Dock Mini didn’t replace the original version, and if you travel with a Switch and Nintendo’s Pro controller, it might be better spending $75 on the Genki Covert Dock🇧🇷 which offers an extra USB port for charging accessories. If you want an extra $25 in your pocket and are the type who prefer to travel with nothing more than a shoulder bag, the Covert Dock Mini is almost half the size of its predecessor and still lets you use your Switch for big-screen gaming. 🇧🇷

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