Tech Review: Which Nintendo Switch Model Is Right For You?

Tech Review: Which Nintendo Switch Model Is Right For You?


If you’re in the market for a Nintendo Switch, you might be wondering which of its three versions is right for you. After all, they’re all great consoles, so it can be hard to figure out which is the best for your needs. Today, we’re looking at the base model, the Switch Lite, and the OLED upgrade to help you decide.

Nintendo Switch

The baseline Nintendo Switch comes with a dock, two Joy-Con controllers, and a tablet console with an LCD screen. It also has 32GB of internal storage, so you’ll want a Micro SD card to bulk that out pretty much immediately. This is because once you load a few games onto the base console’s tiny internal storage, it’s time to upgrade to an expanded memory card.

The base Switch can connect to a TV to emulate the behavior of a home console. If all you want out of your Switch is to play it on the couch in your living room, then you should opt for the base model. It’s $300, and it can function as a handheld system in a pinch. However, if you can afford $50 more, you could upgrade to the much-improved OLED model.

Nintendo Switch Lite

The Switch Lite is an odd console. It’s a lightweight, handheld-only version of the Switch that doesn’t connect to a TV or come with a dock. It also doesn’t come with any Joy-Con controllers, though users can theoretically pair them with the system if they really want to. The Lite also costs $200, making it a good budget option for people who don’t care about using the console on a TV.

The Switch Lite is ideal for younger gamers, people who don’t like to use TVs, or people who are always on the go. The Switch Lite is smaller and lighter than its bigger siblings, so it fits snugly in a bag for people who are always going from place to place.

Nintendo Switch OLED

The OLED Switch is an upgraded version of the base model. It sports a bigger OLED screen that looks gorgeous compared to its predecessors’ LCD screens. It’s got improved speakers that blast out great sound and a stylish new set of white Joy-Cons. It also comes with an upgraded dock that includes an ethernet port.

The OLED Switch is $350, making it the priciest model. However, it’s also got the best combination of handheld power and home console functionality in one. You even get 64GB of internal storage with the upgraded Switch, meaning you can download a few more games before its storage fills up!