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Topic: Switch or switch lite?

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Emwhaa

Everywhere is sold out at the moment, but as soon as I can I want to buy some switches so that me and my boyfriend can play together (Mainly pokemon) I like the idea of the lite as it seems more comfortable to hold, but I like the idea of multiple playing options for the original console ūüė≠ I keep changing my mind between the two.

I've watched multiple videos on YouTube comparing them but I want to hear from you guys. Which one do you have? Which one is best, and why?
Thanks ūüėĀ

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Eel

I have both models. The old switch stays at home mainly as a TV console, while I take the lite with me on trips and when I go out.

It mostly depends on what you want out of your switch experience. If you don't plan to use the TV at all, then the switch lite would be a good option.

Since you're gonna buy multiple systems, it could be nice to buy one of each model. Even if the big switch is meant for your boyfriend, you can add your profile to it and play your games there too.

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ThanosReXXX

I prefer the original model. Bigger screen and more options, since it's obviously the only model that can actually "switch" between being a handheld and a full-blown home console. Plus when you want to play with 2 players, or 4 players, if you get two of them, you'll always have four controllers ready, without having to buy any extras.

With two Switch Lite consoles, you'd have to buy either another set of Joy-Con, or two Pro Controllers. And personally, I like having the most options. The original Switch supports all scenarios, so whether you're a handheld-only player or TV only player, that doesn't matter, a choice you obviously don't have with the Lite.

But having said that, if none of that matters to you, and all you'd like to do is play in handheld mode, then the Lite would probably be a more fitting option.

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Tasuki

If you are undecided I would go with the original Switch as @ThanosReXXX said you have more options with that one over the Switch Lite. You said that you like the idea of the multiple playing option well you aren't going to get that with the Switch Lite so even if you are even the slight bit curious or like the idea of going back and forth between TV and handheld mode then I suggest the original model. Even if it turns out you never play the Switch on the TV at least you have that option whereas with a Lite you don't.

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SwitchForce

I would advise not getting the Lite unless that is your only options. The Switch(big brother) is the far better value to buy. Docking is one big advantage but also you can detach the joy-con for two player games rather then having to buy more controllers. So don't just go Lite and limit your options. Also the Switch screen is bigger then the lite and if you seen BOTW played on the Switch in portable mode you will understand why having the Docked options is the biggest reason.

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redd214

More options and flexibility with the original but I definitely prefer the feel of the lite. Its a bit too small for me use for extended periods but feels much more sturdy and well built. I'd say get one of each!

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Zuljaras

The only reason I will NOT get a Lite is because of the infamous drifting of the joycons. On the original model you can just get new joycons. On the Lite you have to send it for repairs.

The build quality of the controls is not very good.

For now my Original Switch has ZERO issues and I intend to maintain that as much as possible.

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jump

I will echo what others have said and get the original, the only pro the lite version has is that it's cheaper.

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MarioLover92

@Emwhaa Yeah I agree with everyone else - I'd recommend the original model, since you always have the option to play on the TV, and it's more multiplayer-friendly as a result. I never got a Lite since I'm perfectly happy with the Switch I got back in 2017. Maybe get one Switch for both you and your boyfriend to use for the time being? Then once the time's right you could get a second Switch. You mentioned Pokemon, so at that point you two could battle and trade if that's your sort of thing. Hope this helped.

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SkullDragr

@Eel This is the only good answer here. If you're on the fence, get one of each. I hate, absolutely hate the OG Switch handheld. It's big, heavy and uncomfortable. I played 95% of the time on the TV. Once I got the Lite, things changed the other way entirely. I rarely play my OG Switch because I refuse to use it handheld and the Lite is so sooooo much better handheld that I find myself just using that instead of sitting down in front of the TV. If you were only getting one system and thought you want to play on the TV, even just a little bit, it's an easy answer - the OG Switch, simply because the Lite cannot do anything but handheld. But in your scenario, buy one of each and I bet you, you'll end up finding that you LOVE the Lite way wayyy more than the OG Switch for handheld play. If they wouldn't have Nerfed the Lite by restricting it to handheld only, there would be almost zero reason to buy the original.

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Ralizah

If you're going to want to play on a TV for any reason, or play games like Ring Fit Adventure or Just Dance, get the bigger Switch. It has a longer battery life, it's fully functional with all games + Labo, and even though it's not great by default in handheld mode, it's relatively simple to find grips for the system that make it much nicer to hold.

Don't get me wrong: I enjoy the Lite. It's my preferred way to play games out of the house, as the original system is too bulky for my liking (especially with a grip on), but if I could only choose one, I'd pick the bigger Switch in a heartbeat.

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Tasuki

@SkullDragr I love it when people pass of their opinions as facts. Sorry to burst your bubble but your answer is not the only good one.

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1UP_MARIO

Get the one that can switch between tv play and handheld play.

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rockodoodle

I have never docked mine and I got it at launch practically. But I prefer the bigger screen. If portability is an issue and u think u will not dock like me, go for the lite. But if playing with BF, it sounds like u will play docked, unless he is interested in getting one also.

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rallydefault

I don't know. I almost never dock mine, but I would still buy an original instead of a Lite. Just having the option to dock is worth it.

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SkullDragr

@rockodoodle Can you play 2 player Pokemon on one system/screen? If not, then they will have to be in separate rooms or bring the 2nd TV to that room. Handheld, they can play side by side while snuggling on the couch.

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Heavyarms55

@Emwhaa I don't think there's any comparison. In my view the original design is strictly better in every sense but price. Giving up the ability to "switch" is like buying a convertible car where you can't actually put the roof back up or buying a laptop that needs to be plugged into a wall, or a smartphone that cannot actually make phone calls...

I know that some people do enjoy the smaller form factor, and other claim they only ever use their Switch in portable. But I consider the former to be such a minor detail that it's not even worth considering and the latter... well I don't want to call people liars outright but frankly I don't believe the people who say they'd never even consider playing docked on TV.

Me, I regularly use my Switch in both docked and portable mode and consider it one of the absolute best innovations in all of video game history. Simple brilliance at its best!

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Tasuki

@Heavyarms55 I couldn't have said that better myself. I especially like how you said consider playing it on a TV.

Granted I am sure that some people don't play it on the TV maybe they live in a household where they don't get the TV due to other members of the family but even if that's the case a Switch still has that option if in the rare moment they get the tv. Where as with a Switch Lite the don't have the option.

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Heavyarms55

@Tasuki People's situations and circumstances can always change. And one might find a game they really want to play on a big screen even if they previously didn't think they would before. The Lite simply doesn't have the option.

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SwitchForce

@Heavyarms55 #18 sums it up the best. I like to have both options Docked/Portable and especially playing on a BIG Screen has to be experienced and you will never go back. Take BOTW, experience on Big TV and you will wonder why.

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