The market of third-party Switch docks continues to grow with the incoming arrival of the MicroDock, an upcoming dock from Japanese manufacturer Kaiunzan. It has a few party tricks up its sleeve (or in its circuitry, you might say) to set it apart from the pack.
What makes the MicroDock special is that, aside from its compact size, can also be used as a video capture card for gameplay recording and/or streaming, in addition to being able to dock your Switch to a display device and charge it. But, because of its components, that means you’re not limited to plugging it into a TV or monitor, you can also output the signal to a laptop via capture software.
The creators also made sure to add that the MicroDock won’t be able to brick your Nintendo Switch. It uses the original charger that comes with the system for power, and there’s also a component inside the MicroDock that will regulate the voltage passing through, so as not to damage your system. Using third-party docks was a bad idea in the early days of the Switch for the very reason of being a risk factor when it came to incorrect voltage delivery.
Small but sporty
What’s really interesting about the MicroDock is that, despite its decent list of features, it’s not extremely pricey. It will hit the market at $99; which is just a little more expensive than the official dock, assuming you can find one right now.
You can’t run out and buy a MicroDock just yet, though. As of the time of writing, it’s still being Kickstarted, though there are just three more days left to go. Kaiunzan initially needed just a meager sum of $7,996, but it’s already raised over $68,000 (USD) at this point. 620 people have backed it so far, so considering the crowd and the sum of money raised, there does seem to be some legitimate interest behind this dock.
This isn’t the only new docking option out there for the Nintendo Switch, either. The Gamecube-inspired dock from Brook Gaming boasts other tricks, such as a built-in ethernet port (in the latest version), along with Gamecube-controller ports and Bluetooth audio functionality. Clearly, there are some exotic options out there if you’re looking for Switch docks with more functionality (and that are more backpack-friendly than the original). And considering they all go for a similar price to the original dock and are a lot safer than earlier options, it might be worth the investment.