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What do you think of the 3DS Build quality?

Discussion in 'DS, DSi & 3DS' started by Jon Weaver, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. Jon Weaver

    Jon Weaver Active Member

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    I have always been happy with the build quality of my DSLite and then XL, and was encouraged by early reports that the 3DS was even better.

    But I am not overly impressed.. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with it, but it doesnt' feel as solid as I expected.

    For me, I think the hinge is a bit loose, making the top screen a bit floppy.. And I don't like the volume slider.. Why they have gone back to a slider is beyond me.. Its right in the way, so I keep moving it when I am playing.

    Also the 3 (Select, Home, Start) buttons at the bottom of the screen are a bit disappointing.. They are hard to see in the dark and because they are flush, you can't feel them... So if you need to pause a game in the thick of things, its very difficult to find the 'start' button.

    And finally the plastic, just doesn't feel particularly good quality.. Its got ripples in it, specifically around any edges and it doesn't ooze quality to me.


    For me the only area of concern is the hinge, just because its a bit loose.. How is everyone finding theirs?

    Mine is black by the way.
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  2. daroca

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    Hi John,

    I think the build quality is ok, I had a black DS Lite before and it's doesn't appear to be a as "polished", personally I preferred the matt finish on the inside of the case, as it's shows less finger print marks.

    My hinge is not loose at all, the sliders are a little bit but that's expected

    I don't like the cover for the SD slot, as I think that will break off after a fair amount of use, especially if you use it to transfer photo's / music. Would be great if that could be done via wifi. Time will tell

    I agree with you regarding the 3 buttons I with they had a back light.

    Overall I'm really impressed, I think the 3D is far beyond what I had expected. I still keep moving my head to look around the image, then loosing the 3D effect. This just gives us a glimpse of what is to come in the next couple of year.
  3. Jon Weaver

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    Maybe my hinge isn't right.. It locks in the 2 positions as the DS has always done.. But when its locked it can still flap about a little... If I put a ruler at the top and 'flap' the top screen, it moves about 10mm.

    Jon
  4. daroca

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    Hi Jon,

    I think see what you mean, on the first "lock" there is some play on the screen, I can wiggle it a little with my hand, and it moves if I shake the console.

    So it looks like it's not just yours, which is a good thing.
  5. Jon Weaver

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    Yes.. THats exactly the same.. I just found it a little disengaging, as I was playing Pilot Wings and as I moved, the screen appeared to "flop" about a bit.. It didn't inspire me much and I didn't feel it was as strong as previous "DS" products I had owned before.

    But I am nit picking.. Overall, its a fabulous device and exceeded my expectations in every way!
  6. gdbagley

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    I have the same floppy issue, looked around on the web some people saying they have no movement in the first lock ( in 10 to 3 position), some people saying they do and its a design to prevent the hinges damaging. It's a bit distracting on the AR games.

    Have to get some Viagra...
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    Mine has a small amount of play in the first lock position but is firm enough to not move on it`s own when moving the device around (if that makes sense?). Hinges have been a problem in the past so it wouldn`t suprise me if this has been done deliberately to take some of the strain off them.
    Otherwise I think the build quality is OK, nothing special and the 3d slider feels particularly flimsy to me.
  8. Spoonablehippo

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    May sound like a daft question, do your top screens "snap" into place with a loud "click"?

    I have two 3ds's and one opens and locks with no noise and the screen feels less wobbly, and the other makes a loud "snap" noise as it locks into place and the screen moves more if you move it around!

    Which one is "right" :blush:
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    Mine makes a click noise
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    Mine doesn`t :confused:
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    There seems to be a design issue, the wobbly screen is apparently not right.

    I picked up a black one, had the "wobble", and I picked up a blue one as I wasn't sure what colour to have.

    The blue one doesn't have the wobble.
  12. gdbagley

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    So, does anyones black one not wobble at all?

    I'd hate to have to take mine back already! Although, the place I got it from seemed to have them in stock still"...
  13. daroca

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    I just noticed this page on the 3DS troubleshooting site.

    | Nintendo - Consumer Service | Nintendo 3DS - Troubleshooting - System

    System Hinge Problems (Loose)

    Situation:

    The Nintendo 3DS system's upper screen will not stay open during use
    Upper screen won't click into place
    Upper screen flops back when opened

    What to do:

    To resolve this issue, the system will need to be repaired.
  14. stu.artd

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    I'm impressed with my blue 3ds build quality so far but it's definitely disappointing to read of hinge issues. Needing a repair done on something thats just been purchased puts a downer on the whole experience. Good luck to everyone with the problem.
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    My 3ds hinge stays open perfectly fine, it just wobbles a bit if your moving it around, for example when playing face raiders.

    Also ive notice the d pad is pritty loose, very loose infact.

    Other than that it seems fairly well built!
  16. captainH

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    My Blue one is experiencing this wobble as well so it is obviously very common. It's quite annoying though as there certainly seems to be a lack of consistency on the hinge quality. I can live with it but tempted to swap it at Game and see if I can get one that is better.
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    Yikes! I was just lightly dusting the screen (applying no pressure at all) and then all of a sudden the screen fell back, so the screen was totally flat!!! Is it suppose to do this?? Ive not owned any form of ds before so do not know if this is ok or not?
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    Overall mine seems fine. Its just the hinge as most of people have mentioned. I'm really not sure what is deemed normal, but once mines 'snapped' into position it's not to bad. Wobbles a little bit but no more.
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    :) yes this is normal. Al the DS models have two hinge positions; flat or angled.
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    Was watching my brother play SSFIV, i'd :eek: when people shake the top part since i find it loose

    Also i would like to know anyone have problem with the sound quality? mine is really low in and out of the game
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    Another blue one here that doesn't suffer from screen wobble. :thumbsup:

    Quite impressed with the quality for a handheld - mind you, if this had been manufactured by Sony then I imagine it would be more robust. :p
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    Mine will wobble if you shake the console but stays in place fine and to be honest it's not something that I would see as being out of the norm. I take it that those with issues can't keep their screen open or something (I.e. It won't stay tilted or just flaps shut if you tilt the console etc.).

    I guess the problem with these threads are that some people will feel that because their screen moves as all (I.e. When the console is shaken or the screen is pressed) they will feel that their console is broken. It's a similar effect that is seen in threads where people discuss their console noise etc.
    You will get a few people with some genuine issues where their consoles are broken and unacceptably loud and then because others can hear the slightest noise from theirs, they feel that they have the same issue and end up swapping their console many times without any change.
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    Just to add to my previous posts, I have just checked a couple of DS lites and the screens on those wobble just as much, if not more than my 3ds screen.
  24. Spoonablehippo

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    Same here! I think people are expecting to much for it not to wobble at all.
    The screen on my £899 Macbook wobble's too so i wouldnt worry about it.:smashin:

    But the only question i have is about the loud "click" mine makes when you lock the screen into place. My mates is silent so im not sure if its normal or not?! :confused:
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    Just to confirm, my 3DS does stay in its position when in the 'lock' screen, but wobbles. The reason I see this as an issue, or at least ask other people about it is, having owned all the versions of the DS - this is the only one that has wobbled when in the open position (except after x amount of time when the hinges break).
    Due to the type of games on the 3DS, the top screen movement can be quite distracting - such as playing FR/AR games. Maybe this is due to the weight of the top screen, a bit of momentum in the movement and the wobble is really noticeable.

    for £219, we probably just want to know if this is normal...before its too late to get our money back or exchange...
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    To be honest mine doesn't move any more than my 2 DS's (one original and one lite) and my mums DS lite.

    Mine does make a definite click when moved into position as well.

    I'd say that it would be obvious if the hinges are broken and if anyone is having to question whether they are or not then I really wouldn't worry.

    If it wasn't for this thread then it really wouldn't even enter into my mind to be honest.
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    Has anyone else's 3DS got crooked screens? The top screen on mine very noticeably leans downwards from right to left and the screen display is obviously at a different angle to the "frame" in the case, so the border is not even all the way round. The lower screen slopes to a lesser extent from left to right.
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    Well, I've compared it to another console, mine wiggles more. Nintendo support have mailed me and confirmed there is meant to be "a certain amount of 'give' on the hinges", I seem to haven been given more than I need!!!

    Also, it stopped charging yesterday - both from the cradle and direct - unplugging and plugging in seemed to resolve it eventually, but I'm considering taking it back for a replacement just in case...
  30. Spoonablehippo

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    Yep, seems normal to me!

    Remember, you wont be moving the screen with your finger when playing. So it wont wobble :lesson:

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