The Bionik BT Audio Sync Dongle Fixes Nintendo’s Switch Shortcoming

Evaluation:
8/10
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1 – Absolute Hot Garbage
2 – Warm rubbish
3 – Highly imperfect design
4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
5 – Acceptably flawed
6 – Enough to buy for sale
7 – Excellent, but not the best in its category
8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
9 – Shut up and take my money
10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $ 40

The Bionik dongle adds Bluetooth audio functionality, which inexplicably lacks in the Nintendo switch. Michael Crider

Why does the switch use Bluetooth for controllers, but can not use Bluetooth headphones? Inconsistent explanations contribute to user discontent. the BT Bionik audio synchronization aims to solve this problem, however, cheaply and effectively.

This is what we like

Easy installation
Direct loading
Cable included for mooring

And what we do not do

Left or right channel hiccups infrequent
Sometimes slow to pair

The gadget is a dedicated Bluetooth dongle that draws its energy from the switch's USB-C port, thus avoiding charging it, as it does with some solutions that use the headphone jack. The dongle hangs under the screen, away from the hands and most other accessories, even if it will not work with protective cases.

Some smart additions to the design make it easy to use: a USB-C port for reading while charging and a USB-A-to-Female-USB-C cable for connecting the unit to the docking station. ;Home. This is necessary because with the dongle mounted at the bottom, it does not fit in the standard dock.

The supplied adapter cable allows you to use the Bionik dongle when the switch is connected. The supplied adapter cable allows you to use the Bionik dongle when the switch is connected. Michael Crider

The connection is quite simple. Hold down the pairing button for a few seconds until the amber LED flashes quickly, then put your Bluetooth headset into pairing mode. The linking process itself is a bit haphazard without a screen return, but two or three attempts will be enough for most headphones or speakers to connect. Once paired, the connection is restored immediately. As a bonus, I did not notice a significant drop in battery life when audio synchronization was active.

When playing with several different wireless headphones, I noticed the very short usual delay (2 to 5 milliseconds, in my opinion) between onscreen action and the sound, in portable and anchored modes. The music and sound effects were exactly what I thought, although in rare cases the left or right channel was cut off for a fraction of a second. Overall, a fairly typical performance for Bluetooth.

An intercommunication port allows you to charge the switch in portable mode with the dongle in place.An intercommunication port allows you to charge the switch in portable mode with the dongle in place. Michael Crider

$ 40 seems to be a heavy load to remedy a deficiency that Nintendo should have attacked. But if you have invested a lot in beautiful Bluetooth headphones for your phone or laptop, the upgrade is pretty reasonable. I appreciate the simplicity of the package, as well as the intercommunication port and the included USB cable for use when connecting. Overall, this is probably the best solution unless Nintendo officially supports Bluetooth.

Note: BT Audio Sync has been tested on the original switch, but it should work properly with the recent hardware upgrade. It may not be compatible with the new Switch Lite hit the market in a few weeks because this design uses a different plastic body.

This is what we like

Easy installation
Direct loading
Cable included for mooring

And what we do not do

Left or right channel hiccups infrequent
Sometimes slow to pair

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