Join The Fun With The Nintendo Switch or the Switch Lite
The Nintendo Switch has been a major success since its release. Now with the Switch Lite, you might be wondering which is best for you. Here’s how both consoles compare to each other and how to decide which you should buy.
Nintendo Switch — 9.4 ” long, 4″ high
The Nintendo Switch is the perfect size for a console you can take on-the-go. As a handheld, it’s big enough to still be able to get any game’s full experience. It’s also small enough to comfortably carry it around with you, leaving a smaller footprint than a standard iPad.
Switch Lite — 8.2″ long, 3.6″ high
The Switch Lite may be too small for some, but if you’re looking to use it solely as a handheld, it shouldn’t be a problem.
The regular Switch comes with two Joy-Cons that you can remove whenever you want to play on your TV, of use Tabletop mode. The only gripe I have with using the Joy-Cons while playing is they sometimes dislodge themselves, disrupting gameplay, if you grip them too hard.
This is why I’ve opted to buy a separate Pro Controller and Gamecube Controller rather than use the Joy-Cons.
The Switch Lite is one solid piece, so no detachable controllers. A con to this is you won’t be able to utilize tabletop mode, a fun feature highlighted before the Switch’s initial release.
You’ll also lose the Rumble featured on the regular Switch’s Joy-Cons. This means you won’t feel any vibrational feedback when playing your games — something we’ve come to expect these days. On the upside, the Switch Lite still features a touch screen!
The Switch Lite‘s battery life ranges from 3-7 hours, a step up from the regular Switch’s 2.5-6 hours. However, the latest Switch model has an improved battery life of 4.5-9 hours. You would think one of the Switch Lite‘s main features would be a longer battery life, so maybe they’ll see improvements in later models.
The beauty of owning a regular Nintendo Switch is you can play it on your TV with the provided dock, handheld and with Tabletop mode. This makes the console a neat party trick whenever you want it to be!
The Switch Lite lacks the ability to be connected to a TV, and can only be used as a handheld. This takes away from the idea of being able to play any co-op games with friends and family on the same console. It’s also worth noting the Lite does not feature the built-in IR Camera.
The Switch Lite is great for those looking to save a few bucks and still experience Nintendo’s magic. It may be smaller than the regular Switch’s handheld mode, but if size doesn’t matter, this may be the option for you.
I’ll always recommend the full size Nintendo Switch over the Lite. It’s worth the extra $100 to enjoy the Joy-Cons, multiple play modes and the experience of playing on a full size TV. There are also a lot more accessories to use with the full size, such as separate USB controllers.