Nintendo Switch model: HAC-001(-01)

Ranked #4 among Tablets priced $275 - $525.

Nintendo Switch

Quick Description

The Nintendo Switch is the game console you can either use in the living room as a "regular" game console, or on the move as a tablet. This slight revision of the original Switch looks mostly identical except for improved battery life.

Guillaume's pick!

This console stood out to me on 8 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected last weekend, selling for $400.

This is a good console for...

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this console which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Available at 12 locations, from $400

Based on 105 days of observation, the Nintendo Switch usually costs ~$400 in Canada. I would say that waiting for a rebate is unlikely to make much of a difference for this product.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Nintendo Switch to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon, Walmart, The Source, The Source, EB Games, EB Games, Best Buy, Best Buy, B&H, Newegg, Newegg or Walmart at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Nintendo Switch ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Consoles

Bang for the Buck4.5/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price0.5/5
Durability4.5/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory1.5/5
Storage1.5/5
Portability5/5
Autonomy5/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

Tablets

Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price4.5/5
Price1.5/5
Durability4/5
Power2/5
General-purpose power1.5/5
Graphical power4/5
Memory4/5
Storage2.5/5
Portability4/5
Autonomy1/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

Small Tablets

Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price4/5
Durability5/5
Power4/5
General-purpose power3/5
Graphical power4/5
Memory5/5
Storage4/5
Portability1/5
Autonomy3/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck1.5/5
Versatility for the Price4.5/5
Price0.5/5
Durability1.5/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power2/5
Memory1.5/5
Storage0.5/5
Portability4.5/5
Autonomy2/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Nintendo Switch (TV mode & Tabletop mode), Nintendo Switch (Handheld mode)
Processor: Nvidia Tegra X1
Graphics: Nvidia Maxwell 256
Memory: 4.00 GB
Storage: 32.00 GB
Screen Size: 6.2"
Screen Resolution: 1280×720(236.87ppi)
Dimensions: 23.88 × 10.16 × 1.40 cm
Weight: 0.400 kg

The features

  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)
  • Touch Screen
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • HDMI
  • USB 2
  • USB Type-A
  • NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 1/5
    Design Websites 2/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 0/5
    Music Production 0/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 0/5
    Photo Editing 0/5
    Video Editing 0/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 0/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 5/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (0 / 2)

Texts & Numbers (0 / 9)

Drawing and Illustrations (0 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 3)

3D and CAD (0 / 9)

Music Production (0 / 11)

Photo Editing (0 / 5)

Video Editing (0 / 10)

Enthusiast Games (18 / 68)

Video Games (3 / 11)

Triple-A Video Games (15 / 70)

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