Quick look Nintendo 3DS charging dock

first_imgIn addition to a stylus and a 2GB SD card, the Nintendo 3DS ships with a charging dock. Some people guessed that this was a way for the company to counter the 3DS’ limited battery life relative to the previous DS models. That might definitely be part of it, but it is also be a way to increase the usefulness of the 3DS when its on the desktop.While primarily for charging, the dock gives the gaming device a slight upward tilt so it makes it easy to use the stylus on the bottom display, to use the touchscreen, or to watch videos on the top one. The 3DS is very low to the desk and you can’t grasp it, so it’s not ideal for controlling games but this could be done for short periods of time, with the right game (plugging the charger right into the back of the 3DS would be easier though).AdChoices广告The dock has two main advantages over the 3DS when it comes to charging/desktop use. The first is that the 3DS only has to be slipped into the dock for charging–the wall adapter simply stays in the dock and you don’t have to plug anything in to the actual 3DS. The second feature is that the dock has soft rubber feet on the bottom so that it stays put on a hard surface better than the 3DS (which doesn’t have rubber feet like the DS Lite).In the video I point out one strange part of the dock, a flap in the back that flips down. This seems to be there so that users can have access to the game slot while the 3DS is charging, but it’s so easy to just pull the handheld from the cradle that I can’t really see the point. You can also put your stylus back into its silo with the flap down, but you can’t remove it because it is flush with the end of the 3DS.So overall the 3DS’ charging cradle is a nice accessory to have included with your purchase but it’s not anything amazing. It will be useful for some buyers, but there is definitely room for improvement if any third party companies want to step in an design something nicer with a few more features.last_img

first_imgIn addition to a stylus and a 2GB SD card, the Nintendo 3DS ships with a charging dock. Some people guessed that this was a way for the company to counter the 3DS’ limited battery life relative to the previous DS models. That might definitely be part of it, but it is also be a way to increase the usefulness of the 3DS when its on the desktop.While primarily for charging, the dock gives the gaming device a slight upward tilt so it makes it easy to use the stylus on the bottom display, to use the touchscreen, or to watch videos on the top one. The 3DS is very low to the desk and you can’t grasp it, so it’s not ideal for controlling games but this could be done for short periods of time, with the right game (plugging the charger right into the back of the 3DS would be easier though).AdChoices广告The dock has two main advantages over the 3DS when it comes to charging/desktop use. The first is that the 3DS only has to be slipped into the dock for charging–the wall adapter simply stays in the dock and you don’t have to plug anything in to the actual 3DS. The second feature is that the dock has soft rubber feet on the bottom so that it stays put on a hard surface better than the 3DS (which doesn’t have rubber feet like the DS Lite).In the video I point out one strange part of the dock, a flap in the back that flips down. This seems to be there so that users can have access to the game slot while the 3DS is charging, but it’s so easy to just pull the handheld from the cradle that I can’t really see the point. You can also put your stylus back into its silo with the flap down, but you can’t remove it because it is flush with the end of the 3DS.So overall the 3DS’ charging cradle is a nice accessory to have included with your purchase but it’s not anything amazing. It will be useful for some buyers, but there is definitely room for improvement if any third party companies want to step in an design something nicer with a few more features.last_img

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