The battery life of the Nintendo Switch isn't great, meaning regular visits to the dock for a recharge are essential. The dock also limits how you can use the Switch while it is charging because it covers the screen. It's not portable either, so you are left relying on just a cable away from home, rendering the Switch's integrated stand unusable while you charge. Peripheral manufacturer Nyko is about to offer a solution to this problem, though.
Nyko is launching a portable Switch dock on October 31 for $49.99, which is $40 cheaper than buying a second official Nintendo dock. It also offers a number of advantages including not covering the Switch's screen and being small enough to fit in most Switch carry cases (or your pocket). Nyko is also including a Type-C AC adapter and a HDMI cable in the box.
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The portable dock is so small because Nyko made the stand to hold the Switch in place detachable. When not in use, it can be stored in the base of the stand making it much easier to carry around. When in use, you have multiple options: attach it to a TV via HDMI and play on a big screen, use it in tabletop mode, or simply let it charge without having to lie it down on a surface somewhere.
The fact Nyko's dock is $40 cheaper than Nintendo's own will make it a popular choice as both a portable dock and a replacement if you break the official one. I think the fact it doesn't cover the Switch's screen is also a big advantage for those who want to play with a Pro Controller but don't always have access to a TV.