The Nintendo Switch has no shortage of accessory packs for purchase. I recently had the opportunity to test the inexpensive Collen Protective Set, which is available on Amazon for just under $13. The set includes a screen protector, a plastic protective shell for the Switch unit, and Joy-Con Gel guards that provide protective and rubbery cover for the Joy-Cons themselves. For the price, the set is a solid and inexpensive accessory package.
The best part of the package was the screen protector. The piece was incredibly easy to apply. Sometimes I fear putting on screen protectors myself because of the potential for bubbles and other screw-ups. In this case, lining up the screen protector with the physical features of the Switch was quick and easy.
Next up are the Joy-Con gel guards. They are very easy to put on the Joy-Cons, but that comes at a cost. Although most of the time it’s unnoticeable, the gel guards can sometimes seem a bit loose when on the Joy-Cons. There is a lot of leeway to work with; it seemed a bit weird at times, although it never affected my experience. For something that’s supposed to exist to guard the Joy-Cons, I would have thought the silicone would be a little tighter around the Joycons. Another oversight was the lack of any protection for the analog sticks. The gel guards have holes for the analog sticks to pass through, but as one of the most vulnerable parts of the console, that would have been one of the most important parts of the hardware to have covered.
Finally, the package includes a plastic guard that snaps onto the back of the Switch. I really liked the quality of the material and it gave my Switch a solid set of protection. Unfortunately, the material might be a bit too thick. Unfortunately, the plastic casing does not fit into the Switch dock. Essentially, that means that players will have to snap the cover on and off each time they take their Switch on the go. It’s not a huge deal because the package already includes a screen protector, but it does add a little bit of annoyance to using the product.
On the whole, the Collen Protective Set is a solid beginner set for protecting your new Nintendo Switch. At just $13, the package will give you a sure sense of security, from the screen to the Joy-Cons to the hardware. Unfortunately, there are a few oversights in the set that may make investing in a more expensive package worth it for those who can afford it, but on the whole, the protective set is well worth the cost.