This amazing Switch dock is transformable and can be used with phones and laptops

When it comes to third-party Switch docks, there are quite a number of choices out there. The pitch for the vast majority of them is that they’re a lot smaller than the original dock that comes in the box. The same is true for this new dock called the Jumpgate, which recently hit Kickstarter. 

The Jumpgate has a more open design, allowing the console to be used in tabletop mode in addition to docked mode (all you’ll need to do is unplug the HDMI cable). It has a pop-in-pop-out mechanism that allows it to lay flat for transport, and then popped out for when it’s time to play. You can even remove the main hub which is just a small, flat box. Using it this way will make it even easier to transport. In this form, it can even be connected to a laptop like a modern Macbook to expand your port functionality without having to rely on a dongle. The Jumpgate also supports smartphones with Samsung Dex compatibility, which allows them to be dropped down into the dock and transform into a mini PC when connected to a mouse and keyboard.

Indeed, the Jumpgate is quite an ambitious piece of tech and the Switch community seems to be impressed with it. Despite being a new project, its Kickstarter page has already blown up with support. As of the time of writing, $26,723 has been pledged from 578 backers. The original goal was just $14,775. The Kickstarter will still be active for 44 more days, so things are clearly off to a great start.

Now, as neat as this all sounds, there’s still one key concern that needs to be addressed—can the Jumpgate be trusted? It was only but a few months ago when the highly controversial 5.0 firmware update was released for the Switch, The reason it was highly controversial was due to it causing several types of third-party docks to not only stop working, but some of them even ended up bricking Switch systems. As a result, using third-party docks have become a big no-no since then.

The creators of Jumpgate are aware of this and there’s a video on the Kickstarter page showing a Switch system being used with the dock and updating to firmware 5.1.0. The system performed normally, although it must be noted that the video was only a minute long. Once again being aware of that, the creators mention that they’ve tested the power delivery chips in the Jumpgate Dock and AC adapter to make sure that the correct volt and amperage are delivered to the Switch. This is what seemed to be causing the bricking issue with other docks; incorrect USB-C protocols on other docks ended up drawing too much power, which then damaged the system. So, if the Jumpgate creators have really done their homework to avoid issues, then this might turn out to be pretty amazing.

According to the Kickstarter page, the Jumpgate is planned to enter production by October and units will begin shipping out in November. If you’re interested in backing the project, there are various rewards up for grabs.

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A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.