Genki: Covert Dock is already a beautiful portable kit that allows you to mount your Switch at a friend’s house without having to carry around a bulky piece of plastic and a bulky AC adapter with you. We even said in our review in 2020 that “The Genki Covert Dock is a flagship product that will likely put you off using the standard Adapter Dock and AC adapter for a variety of reasons.”
So how the hell do you improve that? Make it even smaller, of course. Is a part of Genki: Waveform Headphones Kickstarter – which one ends in three days – Human Things includes a Cover Dock Mini as part of their expansion target. But the smaller stand proved to be so popular that the creators decided to make it purchasable on their own!
The panda color design perfectly matches the OLED Switch and comes with an HDMI output adapter, which means you can connect multiple devices to the display while charging the Switch. And it’s 20 times smaller than the actual Switch dock, essentially pocket-sized. Our only real complaint about the original dock is that it didn’t have an LED indicator to let us know if everything was connecting fine, but Human Things listened and included this in the update model. Japan. Cheering!
Don’t just take it from us, though – here are the dock details from a blog post on the headset’s Kickstarter page:
It’s Mini. Original base without charger measures 17.5 * 10.4 * 5.0cm = 910.0cm^3, with charger is 6.6 x 5.1 x 3.6cm = 121.2cm^3 ( and that doesn’t even take into account the fact that the prongs don’t fold in. On the other hand, the Covert Dock Mini is 3.3 * 4.2 * 3.4cm = 47.1cm^3. Sorry we’re doing that. This is all by index, it’s just easier to multiply out but that’s (910.0 + 121.2) / 47.1 = 21.89 times smaller!
It’s 4K. Now, we’re happy to announce that the Covert Dock Mini supports 4K/30 output. This means you can play 4K games with it on SteamDeck or Switch 2 (?), but it also means you have You can enjoy movies in higher resolution if you are using it to output your laptop, tablet or phone to your TV.
And some other things. There’s a new LED indicator at the top that lets you know when the device is only in charge mode or if it’s in dock mode. It comes with a 6ft/1.8m USB-C 3.1 cable (required for charging and video output). And it has foldable prongs and can fast charge most phones and tablets at 20W (or slow charge a laptop). Some of you may be asking what it lacks that the original Covert Dock didn’t have? Mostly no 5W USB-A accessory port and no universal adapter pack – and it really is!
You can commit to just the plug for $49 or around £38. A lot cheaper than buying a new Switch dock. Not only that, you’ll be able to choose whether you’ll receive the plug in the US, UK or Europe once the campaign for the headphones is over and the surveys are sent out.
If you need an update on what we thought of the original dock and want to see it in action, the lovely Zion from our video team has it up and running. how good that is. And this new one looks even better.
Will you commit to a Genki: Covert Dock Mini? Drop us a comment to let us know what you think of it.