You're Going to Want a Screen Protector for Your Nintendo Switch

Sliding it in and out of the dock will inevitably scratch the screen

Sliding it in and out of the dock will inevitably scratch the screen


If you search for a Nintendo Switch online right now, you're inundated with product pages and offers for screen protectors and travel cases. If you've been thinking that these things aren't necessary – think again. 

The Switch's 6.2 inch 720p LCD screen provides gorgeous visuals – and is definitely the best we've ever seen on a Nintendo device – but it's way more delicate than we'd hoped, and appears to be made of plastic like a Vita rather than glass like a phone or tablet. We've been super careful with our Switch since it arrived a little over a week ago and we've been keeping it nestled comfortably in one of Miguel's giant woolen socks whenever we transport it. Unfortunately, after only a week of daily use it's already gathering a healthy collection of little scratches in the bottom left hand corner, as you can see in the photo.

The culprit? Sliding it in and out of the hard plastic dock. If you gently slide it in and "miss" the USB-C prong, juggling the device into the slot (even carefully) eventually scrapes it against the hard insides of the dock, resulting in little hairline scratches that start to build up over time. There's no insulation or padding on the inside of the dock – so nothing protects the screen if you're clumsy.

The easiest solution is to buy a screen protector. There are a bunch of them available – some officially licensed like Hori's and some that aren't. They're all around $10 though, and it's definitely worth investing in one.