Genki Covert Dock
July 31, 2020
Type Mobile dock
price $ 74.99
I love my Nintendo Switch console when it is portable, and I like to play games on the big screen. I hate to take the thick official harbor with me when traveling. But I’m terrified to seal my Switch. It’s not too long ago that people at the fairly infamous Nyko dock and a few other unofficial products reported that their Switch would no longer charge or was bricked up entirely. These reports are horrifying to anyone who sees a console as a big investment, and as a result, I stayed away from unofficial docks, to the point of even taking my big official dock abroad so I could play comfortably with friends . It certainly isn’t handy, but it felt like the only option I had left. Up to now.
The fear of bricking systems has essentially closed the unofficial dock market, and it’s only now that we see competitors stepping on the plate and swearing by their products, and one of the biggest right now is Genki and the Genki Covert Dock. This is the size and shape of a regular power cord, comes with multiple adapters for use in the UK, US and EU and promises to do absolutely everything the regular Nintendo Switch dock does, but with a much smaller profile. This is an incredibly attractive proposition for any Switch fan who likes to bring their games. But is it the best or even the most cost effective?
It comes at a strange time because I only made my own portable Switch dock a few months ago. No, I’m certainly not an engineer, but I just bought an official Switch dock from ebay and transplanted the guts into a much smaller shell that I bought on Amazon. The process only took an hour or so and was fairly straightforward. Now I already have a portable docking alternative that I know won’t block my console, so the Genki Covert Dock definitely has more to live up to.
But Genki seems to have the problem with the blocking. In a blog post on Reddit, a Genki engineer took a detailed look at why they think unofficial docks would cause bricklaying, and what the Genki dock does to fix it, and it all comes down to power supply. The jargon can go over your head, but the bottom line is that the Genki Covert Dock shouldn’t be blocking your Switch, and during my testing, everything was great. The Genki Covert Dock works exactly as intended.
You plug the Genki Covert Dock into a power supply, you plug in an HDMI cable and the Switch itself, and you’re done, it delivers 1080p on whatever screen you’ve connected. Just unplug the HDMI cable and you have a fast charger for all your USB-C devices. There are no switches on the Genki Covert Dock, no switches and nothing to mess around with – it does exactly what it’s intended for, and this simplicity is a beauty. Of course, a built-in 4K upscaler would be nice, but the product might be a bit more expensive at the time.
In terms of features, it’s almost identical to the official dock, apart from the fact that it lacks the two extra USB ports you’ll find on the official dock – although the Genki Covert Dock has a fast USB port that you can use as a USB hub plugged in for more accessories, like wired controllers. Once everything is plugged in and tidy behind your TV, the Genki Covert Dock and my portable official dock and almost identical. The main difference is when you try to transport them.
At first I didn’t think the Genki Covert Dock would have many advantages over my own portable dock, but I was wrong. The Genki Covert Dock is smaller in profile than Nintendo’s official power adapter. That’s right, the entire dock is smaller than the power adapter found with the official console. I haven’t thought about it until I have compared them, but one thing my own portable option can’t do is work without a separate power adapter. If I choose to take my own portable dock abroad, I would still need to bring an official power adapter, and that takes up space that the Genki Covert Dock doesn’t need.
It didn’t take long for the Genki Covert Dock to become a distinctly more convenient way to dock and carry games, but then I discovered what else it could do. I only thought of the dock as an accessory for my Nintendo Switch, but it can do much more. On the box, the Genki Covert Dock advertises itself as compatible with Switch, MacBook, iPad Pro, iPhone and Android. I don’t own all those devices but I plugged in my Black Shark 2 phone and it immediately appeared on my monitor without any delay. The throughput was crystal clear, audio came through perfectly, and it would have been an easy task to plug in a recording card and record perfect mobile footage, something that is notoriously difficult on certain Android devices. I did a test to see if the device would mirror my iPad Mini 4, but clearly there was something between the lightning charging cable I was using and the USB-A to USB-C converter wrong. After speaking to other Genki Covert Dock users, I was also told that it effortlessly casts the screen of a Chromebook with little effort.
The last question to answer is whether the price is right – and I have to say yes. The price Genki charges for their Covert Dock is no different from what you’d expect to pay for a new official Switch dock and comes with the ability to cast several other devices. If you’re thrifty, you can do what I did and build your own little Nintendo Switch dock, which, while less expensive than the Genki Covert Dock, will still be a lot bigger and less portable since you have a power adapter and have fewer functions.
I wanted a portable Nintendo Switch dock that wouldn’t block my device, and it seems I found that and more. The Genki Covert Dock is so small in profile and works so effortlessly that it has already convinced me to stop traveling with the portable dock that I have worked so hard to make myself. The Genki Covert Dock is the perfect travel companion for Nintendo Switch, and is also a great way to cast other portable devices to monitors and TVs. The Genki Covert Dock is more than a handy way to play games, but can even be used as a handy gadget to improve your productivity.
Review unit provided by the manufacturer. You can buy it from the official website.
The Genki Covert Dock works not only as a great portable dock for Nintendo Switch, but also as a great portable screen for your other mobile devices, such as MacBooks, mobile phones and Chromebooks. Whether you just want to charge your phone or cast a movie for all your friends, the Genki Covert Dock is a great way to do it. But trust me, if my Switch is ever bricks, that score will change …
- The most portable dock yet
- Cast a wide variety of devices to monitors and TVs
- Multiple adapter adapters for international compatibility
- It feels like I can break the attachments of the power adapter, because they fit very tightly