In the near one full year since the Switch has been on the market, there have been quite a few peripherals and accessories released for it. However, this one is probably the most…odd I’ve come across.
Accessory maker DOBE Brand has recently released a new product for the Nintendo Switch: a cooling unit. This device is powered by USB, such as the three that are located on the official Switch Dock. It has been designed to slide onto the Dock and provide added airflow to the Switch console by means of three mini cooling fans. The speeds of these fans can be adjusted with two levels: “Slow” and “Fast”. DOBE Brand claims that this product will cool the Switch down “quickly” and “effectively”. It’s only going for $15 on Amazon and is even eligible for the Prime free two-day shipping. So, what do you have to lose? Sounds pretty good right?
There have been many ‘cooling solutions’ for devices over the years, particularly consoles and laptops. Here’s the thing: unless you’re using your system in the middle of a desert or a sauna, then these cooling devices will make a negligible difference. Even if you are using your system in those kinds of environments, you should be more worried about destroying them and yourself from exposure to extreme temperature conditions.
Simply put, don’t waste your time with this thing. Nintendo has designed the Switch to keep itself cool with three exhaust vents located at the top and bottom of the system. The official Dock also allows air to pass through. Does the Switch still get warm? Of course it does, but that’s because it’s an electronic device—they all get warm. In case you forgot a few lessons in science class, allow me to remind you. Electricity always carries heat, and when you have electronic components all crammed together in a small space, it’s only natural they’ll create a warm/hot surrounding temperature. This is why as soon as you plug most devices in, they get warm over time. Ever ran your hand over the outside of your fridge? It’s built to keep things cool, yet its the outside of its surface will be warm in the area where its major electrical components are located.
Simply put, don’t slip in this puddle of snake oil. Save your $15 and use it to pick up a decent Nindie title for your Switch instead.