Venom Protective Shell Case
Review by Paul Fiander
The Nintendo Switch has been something of a revelation since it’s 2017 release. The home/portable hybrid has more than lived up to expectation and for many has become their go to gaming device. Personally I still float between the Switch and the PS4 but due to the portability of Nintendo’s device I am spending way more time using it. With this in mind as well as the rather hefty price tag attached to the Switch I like to do all I can to protect my gateway into the gaming world.
Enter the Venom Protective Shell Case a nifty little option that adds storage along with a great deal of flexibility and of course and increased measure of safety for the Switch. Each aspect works well and the integration around the flexibility the console offer is well executed and genuinely useful. The installation is very easy and it fits snuggly onto the Switch with no rattle whatsoever. This is hugely important as the loss of tactile control would be detrimental to gameplay and a definite failure. I feel like I’m holding onto an upgraded switch cover when holding the case and that adds a satisfying aspect to the experience.
The shape of the case as you can see from the pictures below are a little odd due to the game case that covers the central section of the Switch. I like this use of the space and the games storage is useful in keeping up to 8 games all in one place especially when traveling. The one drawback for younger users is that the games are held in tightly and they struggle to release cartridges without a helping hand (or finger). I can totally understand this balance as if they were too loose then you would run the risk of losing games.
Ergonomically the shell functions perfectly for me as I can rest my fingers on the games case and my 9 year old son still is able to grip the Switch as he always has (image above Right). These are both big pluses as for extended gameplay the ability to alter my hand position helps to relieve pressure on my thumbs allow me to keep on playing. The bulge around the bottom of the Joy-cons allows for a nice controller in the base of your thumbs which is another pressure offsetting mechanic.
Finally there is an acid test that the Case needed to pass and that’s it’s flexibility with the Switch. This is achieved by lifting the game case off of the back of the console. It has clasps under the bottom of the Switch that when released allow it to flip up and so easily enter the dock. This can create issues for those with less than perfects docks as the fear of screen scratch is ever present. Venom though have a dd a robust screen protector for those who are worried about this happening and to date I have not personally noticed my Dock applying adverse pressure to my screen. There is also the option of removing the Joycons from the case with ease which is an essential function of a lot of games especially multiplayer games.
All in all I’m pleasantly surprised by the Venom Protective Shell Case, it’s flexibility allows the user to make full use of their Switch and it adds a nice level of protection over the console itself. Apart from the slight issue with the difficult to open game case (which i prefer over a loose fit) I can easily recommend this as a protective option for the Nintendo Switch.
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