Stop the dock scratching your Switch screen.

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    1. armourdillo

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      Hi everyone,

      I hope you are all enjoying Nintendo's great new console.
      There have been reports on the Internet regarding the plastic on the dock scratching the edges of the screen.

      Now this rang alarm bells as I am one who likes to try to keep everything as new, I would also hate to have my screen marked.

      So here is my soloution.

      1, Go and buy a screen protector.
      This is not a glass screen, its plastic. This means it is going to mark easy so should have a little protection.

      2, (and this is the important bit) Go to Hobbycraft or a similar craft shop.
      Ask for "Stick On Black Felt" it comes in an A4 sheet and will cost you £1
      Black Self-Adhesive Felt Sheet A4 | Hobbycraft

      3, Cut two pieces 45mm x 10mm. You are going to stick these inside the dock.
      Take the dock with the switch logo facing you and look inside.
      At the left and right front and back you will see two raised plastic rails.
      You need to stick the felt on the two FRONT rails only. (It will be too tight if you do the rear)
      Be carful not to cover the rubber at the bottom of the rail. (It's a little bit tight so small fingers may help)

      4, Slide your switch back into its new home, scratch free.

      Hope this helps and cheers for reading.

      Al
       
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    2. ukpetey

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      Again, this sort of protection really should have been standard build.
      To be honest, what is this thing even doing with a plastic screen???
       
    4. BJQ1972

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      Hmm.. I've got some of that felt here already and it's actually quite rough. Have you tested this yourself to make sure it doesn't scratch as I'm not convinced.
       
    6. ukpetey

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      Thanks for the advice, I've cancelled my felt delivery!!
       
    7. addyb

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      The whole dock thing and scratching the screen is baffling to me. I'm nowhere near close to catching the screen when I dock it. How the hell are people placing this back in the dock? Dropping it in? Are people yanking it out at an angle?

      Maybe I'm missing something
       
    8. Paperlantern

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      Agreed, I'm confused.
       
    9. Houghsx

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      I've not unpacked the dock so not seen it yet. I was watching a video earlier from Blunty and he has scratched his in the doc. I will put a tempered glass on mine anyway to help protect it.
       
    10. dacdesigns

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      I've not bought a switch (yet) but the first thing that came to my mind when I seen the dock was that I hope they don't scratch the screen.
       
    11. armourdillo

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      Hi Miss Mandy,
      Yep I have it on now.
      Would not recomend unless I tested it.

      Also took a strip onto a glossy plastic black surface.
      Gave it a REAL good scrub and there was no trace of any marks.

      At the end of the day just get somthing real soft and dont smash the Switch in and out of the dock.

      Al
       
    12. BlueOrange25

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      I wonder if this might be the main cause. It's a baffling design choice by Nintendo but I wonder if some people are a little less careful than they should be given what the screen is made of.
       
    13. iwb100

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      I suspect the scratches come from two things, people misaligning the console in the dock and jiggling it into position, and dust, a dirt on the screen or in the dock. Any fine dirt could scratch the screen as it is docked. Like sand will absolutely wreck an iPhone screen and that is glass compared to the plastic switch.

      I'd be very wary of putting any materials at all in the dock as felt or microfibre cloths will have dirt stick to it far more than plastic will. If you then dock your switch against that dirt, chances are if will scuff worse.
       
    14. Munkey Boy

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      Is it the runners in the dock causing the problem, or some other issue?
       
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      It seems like it as those runners brush against the bezel of screen which is where the marks are reported to appear. So by and large it appears to be the bezel rather than the screen that gets scratched.
       
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    16. ukpetey

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      A bit of a design flaw I feel.

      I'm a bit OCD when it comes to keeping my toys pristine, but I also detest screen protectors. For me they detract from the intended experience from the designer. However if it gets scratched I'll be gutted.

      What to do? :(
       
    17. iwb100

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      Be careful? Keep docking to a minimum? You only need to dock when you want to play on TV. Rest of the time it can charge just with the cable.

      That is my plan for now.
       
    18. safcalibur

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      However much I also loathe screen protectors I felt as though there wasn't any option with this if I wanted to keep it scratch free so I got a set of glass ones and tbh you wouldn't know it's there. It gives the screen a nice glass finish which feels good to touch and there's no loss of brightness. It just adds the tiniest bit of width to the screen which makes the switch a little 'sticky' to take in and out of the dock but it's a non issue really if I'm honest. For the peace of mind it's worth it and I think it makes the screen feel nicer.
       
    19. Tooms

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      Have you seen the reports that the extra heat in the dock may be making screen protectors come off ?

      Which protector did you get and any sign of this (I too am intending on a glass protector, just waiting for it to arrive ...)
       
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      You and me both. There's a pretty wide gap to put the console back into and it doesn't even touch the front of the dock when in or when I'm docking it.

      You would have to be pretty clumsy to scratch the thing on the dock. I probably wouldn't trust anyone who was clumsy enough to scratch the console on the dock, to even be able to use it without dropping it to be fair!
       
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      I got these mate

      2 x FoneM8 Tempered Glass Screen Protector For Nintendo Switch - Twin Pack | eBay

      They're very good and so far no sign of the heat making it come off, I think that problem would be more for the plastic ones rather than the glass.
       
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      It sounds like the runners are actually a feature to stop the clumsy people scratching the screen itself and limiting damage to the bezels. Given what the dock actually does they could have had a flap on the front or even no front at all and this would be a non issue.
       
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      See post 4! :)
       
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      Or just use charmin double quilted velvet bum paper. Measure it by the sheet.
       
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      make sure its not pre used tho
       

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