- Product: Genki Covert Dock
- Created by: Human Things
- Release date: Available now
- Price: $74.99
- Review unit provided by Human Things
Introducing: Genki Covert Dock
I first became aware of Human Things, and their Genki brand, with the release of the Genki Bluetooth Adapter. At the time, I already owned an alternative device but what struck me immediately was just how well made the adapter was. Genki specialise in quality.
Last year, at Gamescom, I met with the founder of Human Things, Eddie Tsai, and he showed me the Genki Covert Dock, an all in one alternative dock option. Again, the quality shone through. What struck me this time was just how compact the device is. The form factor loosely resembles an old phone charger, but what you have here is a one-stop solution to the enormity of the Nintendo Switch dock.
Eddie explained in great detail how the Covert Dock adhered to Nintendo’s own current regulations and as such, wouldn’t cause any damage to the console. The Covert Dock, on paper, is a competent piece of kit, but how does it perform in real life? Read on for the full Nintendad breakdown.
As someone who (pre pandemic) travels a lot, the Genki Covert Dock immediately impressed me.
Out of the box, you’ll find the plug-like dock, a Genki branded USB-C to USB-C cable, various plug ends, offering UK, US and EU ends, and a handy little pouch to store your dock, whilst out and about. Everything has that aforementioned sheen that is synonymous with Genki and Human Things.
The Covert Dock itself is a solid piece of translucent plastic that has a fair amount of weight about it and feels like it can handle the rigours of multiple insertions into plug sockets, the world over. In fairness, it has likely been plugged in, removed and repeated hundreds of thousands of times, during the prototype and testing stage.
The supplied cable feels premium too, with one of the ends having a straight end and the other a right angle and the cable itself being braided and of decent girth. The pouch is a lovely little addition (a Kickstarter stretch goal I believe) and once more, is nicely finished, with quality stitching and made from heavyweight material, to tightly hug your dock during transit and provide an extra level of padding.
With the veg and potatoes out of the way, let’s explore the protein of the plate, the Genki Covert Dock.
To put it simply, it works. It’s an incredibly simple piece of kit, at least from a user’s perspective. Plug it into the wall, connect an HDMI cable to your TV (cable not supplied) and use the supplied USB-C to connect to your Nintendo Switch. That’s it. There is also an USB-A port, should you wish to add an ethernet port or wired controller into the mix.
After over 2 weeks off constant use, with play sessions often lasting well into the early hours of the morning, I’m delighted to report that my Nintendo Switch has not been bricked and given the length of extended use at times, the dock itself never went above warm.
On top of all of that, I found the Genki Covert Dock to be a godsend for capturing footage for video content. Rather than having to unmount my OG Switch dock from the wall in the living room, I could just put my Genki Covert Dock in my pocket and take it from there.
Not content with being a sweet AF Nintendo Switch dock, the Covert Dock can also connect anything with a USB-C port, to the big screen. As a Samsung user, this gave me the opportunity to play around with DeX a little bit, which was a lot of fun. My phone is infinitely more powerful than my PC, so seeing how far beyond the limits I could push it was a lot of fun. Simple screen mirroring is supported too, if your device doesn’t offer it’s own DeX like experience. Aside from that, I was also able to set my chromebook as an additional display and drag and drop content over to the big screen whilst continuing to work. All through my Nintendo Switch dock!!
Given its status as a travel dock, it goes without saying that it’s not primarily intended for use as your main dock. It can be, it’s just a little messy when in use, with cables protruding in multiple directions. This can be a little unsightly if at the forefront of your multimedia display. As far as critiques go however, this is my single one.
The Genki Covert Dock truly is a wonderful thing. Not only does it offer practically and portability in equal measure, it’s a stylish, technical marvel that just oozes class. Once again, Human Things has pulled out all the stops and spared no expenses in producing a polished product. Given that the entire product is smaller than the Nintendo Switch power supply, this truly is the perfect travel companion.
- Simply put, it works
- Safe to use
- Works with a multitude of devices
- Compact and lightweight
- Cables can get messy
Human Things strikes again. The Genki Covert Dock is the perfect supplement dock, ideal for traveling, streaming and quickly switching room.