As much as it pains us to say it, the Nintendo Switch is not a perfect product. Due to various factors that make the Switch what it is, certain sacrifices have had to be made in certain areas to make sure its versatility is properly realised, and for some of us at Nintendo Life Towers, one of the biggest problem areas comes down to our own massive meat-based grippers - or 'hands' as you may choose to call them.
Of course, from a sensible perspective it's much safer for a controller to be slightly too small for larger-handed people than slightly too large for small-handed people - especially when children are such an important chunk of the market - but suffice to say for big ham-slab bearers playing the Switch in handheld mode can be troublesome and uncomfortable, especially for long periods of time. So a sort-of grip that the console can be slid into should be the order of the day, shouldn't it? Yes.
Satisfye's Pro Gaming Grip started off as a Kickstarter/Indiegogo campaign that was ludicrously successful, and we've been taking a look at it and giving it a right ruddy good test so as to bring you this review. The idea is as basic as it gets - it's a large plastic and rubber bracket designed to hug the unit, support it, and give your grabbers something a bit more ergonomic to latch onto. It's not a revolutionary idea, but where things get funky is when you see just how seemingly lopsided the whole thing is.
It seems like a mistake, and it does look a little odd, but there's some supposedly sound thinking behind it. Because of the way controllers have been manufactured for goodness knows how long now, our muscles and tendons are expecting controls to be in certain places, and the design of the Joy-Con means that having the right side offset and more heavily angled allows the controls to fall more naturally under your thumb. That's all well and good in theory, but how does it stand up in practice?
In short, it's strange at first, but after about two minutes it just feels like you're using a Pro Controller. It was a surprising and blessed relief when we snapped out of our game and realised we'd just been able to play a session of Paladins without having to adjust our grip or anything like that. It just works. The long back strut also gives your Switch an incredibly sturdy feel, and any stress you would've been placing on your Joy-Con rails is completely negated as the grip does all the supporting for you.
There are a few tradeoffs however; the portability of the Switch is significantly reduced as this really is one chunky monkey, you won't be able to fit it in most standard Switch cases for the same reason - and for a similar but not quite the same reason, your console can't be docked when it's attached. If you're constantly bringing your Switch about town you are going to have to invest in one of Satisfye's cases as well, which admittedly are nicely made, but also quite colossal.
The docking issue is understandable, but it's still a bit of a shame, and a problem that doesn't seem to have a simple solution without sacrificing what makes the grip as comfortable and sturdy as it is. It is at least very easy to put on and take off though, as the Switch just slides in and out with relative ease. It doesn't scratch or cause any damage during application and removal, which is a big relief.
The issues present shouldn't detract from the main purpose of the unit, however, as it really can't be overstated just what an improvement it can provide if you're blessed with big hands. However, if you're not blessed with massive end-of-arm attachments, you may find that this provides a slightly less comfortable experience, as various buttons proved to be harder to reach with any kind of comfort in our tests involving smaller-handed folk (no smaller-handed folk were harmed during the creation of this review).
In short, if you have larger hands and find the Switch to be too fiddly in handheld mode, this could easily save you a lot of frustrated cramping. It's comfortable, ergonomic, feels natural, and provides additional structure making the Switch feel sturdier than ever. It comes with some sacrifices, mainly in the form of portability, but if you're a big person with big mitts, the extra bulge in your backpack is more than worth the consistent comfort you'll feel when playing - especially in games that require constant twin-stick controls.
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Ah, my big hands can hold the Switch in Handheld mode very well.
Very happy with my small woman-like hands!
Mmm im going to wait till actual reviews come up about the product. I have big hands so Maybe...
I realized right away that the Switch in handheld mode was nowhere near as comfortable as the WiiU Gamepad... so I quickly found a soft rubber/silicone "case" that provides grip-bumps on the back... it works REALLY well, it was super cheap, and the whole thing still fits in the small travel case that I use.
If anyone is curious, I highly recommend you check it out:
I got this instead.
It's so good, i don't know if its better than this other one, but i give the Orzly comfort grip a solid 9 out of 10.
Also judging from the comments section, Nintendo are really late getting this to market 😂😂
@holygeez03 yours is same as mine except price 😎.
@holygeez03 Also own that one. It has become a bit of a necessity for me, as it makes the Switch so much more comfortable to use in handheld mode. And it's reasonably easy to put on and take off once you get used to it.
The right wheel button is placed lower, so indeed that is the science behind it in how the right grip is formed. It's brilliant actually and why I just placed an order for this. Can't wait to get it!
I looked at all of them... without having them both side-by-side, I liked the look of the material on the JETech better... it appears to be more "matte" and less shiny which I might not prefer holding... also the grip-bumps appear a little different and I chose the ones that I thought would fit my hands better, and fit in my travel case without removing the soft grip.
I'm sure all of the different versions work fine... and everyone should choose the one they like best and get it... it really does make a huge difference in comfort for very little money.
Wait, can I get that NES controller styled joy con?
The Satisfye logo is wayyyy too close to Spring Man’s lol.
Also, as someone with giant hands, I find the Switch to be fine in handheld mode, my most played mode. Not great, not bad, but fine.
@holygeez03 yeah couldn't agree more.
My one has a robber feel to it. Really hugs it tight. I'd say only issue with mine is it can be annoying to take back off.
Just put it in the dock and use pro controller 😁
cool, just order one x
I have the same cheapo grip mentioned above, but it is pretty underwhelming and hard to get on/off. I was originally going to ignore this new grip, but I saw that the price was $18 + shipping (for now). At that price and with that form factor (my hands are definitely in pain during long handheld sessions), I've already gone ahead and ordered one. $25 with shipping to the US is pretty solid.
I have something similar, very useful. Not using it every day on handheld but you can tell the difference when you do.
I just use my pro controller..
I've seen similar stuff in stores, maybe even exactly this. It looks ridiculous.
Now my hands aren't big and meaty, but I do have long, thin, creepy fingers. Now sure if it would help, but the size of the attachment alone makes me pass.
Finally, I can play Mario Kart in handheld for more than 5 minutes without my right hand cramping.
I bought the GripCase and so far have no issue plus with that it can Dock trying doing that with the current grip here and it won't work. That's something others should look at as well. Looks good to table stand but then again if that is all your looking for there isn't a way to keep it charged unless you buy or find a 90 degree C cable but then your putting more money into it when they should include that as part of their product sales. That would make it more appealing.
I might see if I can pick one of these up. I've been doing 3 hour + Hollow knight sessions and have had to stop as thumb cramp makes me cry like a baby after a few hours I tried another but it was totally pants.
I hope somebody designs an asymmetrical grip for just the joycons. I never felt good about the little square grip.
massive meat-based grippers - or 'hands' as you may choose to call them
big ham-slab bearers
Long, strong, and great girth
That tag... I'm dead!
Is it just me, or did I read that entire article in Alex's voice...?
@Rect_Pola they also have that product
This one is less money, though not as good for those with super-big hands. Smaller hands would benefit from the Orzly, medium (like me) can do well with...
Though frankly this review makes me want to buy the Satisfye one anyway.
I was all set to dump on this product as being overpriced, ridiculous and unnecessary, but then my hand cramped up from too many hours playing Hollow Knight in portable mode without this grip and I couldn't type a word of it. So the more I thought about it, and saw the current price ($18?), it seems pretty reasonable for what you get. Maybe I'll check it out (EDIT: Pledge submitted). It seems like it could prevent flexing of the Switch itself, which is one of my inner Geordi La Forge's concerns when it comes to the structural integrity of the system.
@SwitchForce Yeah, I got the GripCase, too, actually backed it right away for the early bird discount when I read about it here on NL and never really looked back. It works pretty much flawless for me. It barely adds and weight or bulk to the Switch (well, beside the grip extenstion itself), it's ALOT more comfortable to hold, at least to me, and as you say, it still fits neatly into the dock without any issues. Plus, I got a free carrying case, that also fits perfeclty. Yeah, the carrying case is rather bulky, but I for one cannot imagine using the switch portably without the GripCase anymore.
Maybe I am overly sensitive in that regard, but I just never felt neither comfortable nor like I had a solid hold on the system (which is more an issue for some games than others) with the vanilla system, so to speak. The GripCase is easily the best non-game purchase I made for the Switch, hands down.
The concept itself is not that complicated though, hence I don't doubt that by now at least, there are plenty of other decent alternatives out there. Still, I see no reason to change anything about the GripCase right now, it even feels good haptically in terms of materials used and build quality and it was actually cheap on KS back then for crying out loud!
I'd like to feel it before switching out my Gripcase.
Has anyone tried out the RDS Goplay Grip? Similar in design to this, though without the ergonomic asymmetry as far as I can tell. It's only $15 on Amazon US, and with family coming from the States soon I was thinking of having them ferry it over for me.
I got the Cyber Gadget grip for Switch more then a year ago, and it's awesome (just like its 3DS brother before it). Slides in the dock with the Joy-con attachments still on just fine. It was $30 from Amazon Japan, so perhaps a bit pricey. Though not as pricey as this one it seems, with $17 extra shipping to EU.
This probably the first Switch accessory that actually makes sense to me.
It at least corrects one design flaw of the Joycons (the buttons are still too small).
In my opinion... yes. It is flexible material so it's pretty easy once you figure out you're method.
@PapaPedro I have it with RDS carrying case. I really like it. Makes it much more comfortable for long sessions. I picked it up after having the Mumba HD case when I was playing portable a lot and got a hand cramp.only issue with it was some slight downward joy con rock which was fixed with 2 layers of electrical tape. It's officially liscensed and easy to remove. You can get the entire kit for $40. I'd say its worth it.
Could be worth a look. Depending on the game hands can hurt on longer sessions in hand held mode.
I would love to see a joycon with that form factor though.
@Trajan Thank you! Glad to know of the minor problem, as well as the easy fix. Seals the deal for me. All the best!
@PapaPedro I forgot to say another advantage of the RDS over this is since it clips on and isn't friction fit, you can use the grip as a kick stand and have both joy cons detached. This appears friction fit so you would need to take this off to play tabletop. Plus idk about using friction on your joy cons.
"Long, strong, and great girth."
That's what she said.
Thank goodness I have smaller hands.
I have to think about this, as I have huge shovel like hands I can't hold the switch in handheld... Maybe get one of these
I couldn't get past those gorgeous Colorware NES Joy Cons in the opening picture. My goodness they look good. I wish they had sales on their products from time to time.
@Roam85 yup you can https://www.colorware.com/p-844-colorware-joy-cons-8-bit.aspx
Gotta get this asap! im a handheld only gamer!
@ValhallaOutcast Way overpriced! You can buy 4 sets of Joy-cons for that price.
After my nephew showed me the concept on Indiegogo I ordered one deluxe bundle for myself and a grip for him. Wonderfully ergonomic and logical design. Can't wait to get it!
Got mine this morning - I fluking cannot believe how great it feels. Had to stop playing in handheld mode in recent months cuz it was killing my hands after working all day on a laptop.
Does anyone happen to know if the Hori dpad joycon will fit into this case? I've been eyeing the Satisfye and aforementioned Grip Case, but I've heard that the Hori joycon is slightly different in shape compared to the official ones.
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