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April 5, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

If your Switch's dock heats up enough to bend metal, you may want to become a blacksmith

Can a Nintendo Switch get this hot and warp? Doubtful.
Most of us own a few devices that get extremely hot, yet don't seem to cause metal to bend. Furnace, stove, oven, clothes dryer...
For the uninitiated, this article is steeped in sarcasm...

There's been a report from a Nintendo Switch owner about a slight bend in his Switch tablet. He claims an over-heating issue in the dock is the culprit. Others are coming out and reporting similar "warps", but I'm not convinced. Is this a change that's occurred over the month since release, or was this distortion a facet that was not realized until now - might it have been a pre-existing condition?

Can a Nintendo Switch get this hot? When I see folks posting images depicting the warp or bend in their Nintendo Switch tablets, they are showing this alleged defect using various straight edges from books and tables to hunks of cardboard. I'm certain a carpenter's level would be the best tool to verify such a determination. After all, we're talking about bending a metal frame with heat. Might a blacksmith have some useful input here?

I haven't visited a Renaissance Faire in quite some time, but that's the last place I've encountered a blacksmith. My recollection was they used fire to shape metal. From what I saw, this process took a great deal of heat and some additional force.

Take a look around your home. I'm sure you can find a few things that generate significant heat inside an enclosure. I'm not a big fan of microwave ovens, but I adore my toaster oven. A properly-crisped piece of toast is a breakfast delight. And let's not overlook the deliciousness of a small pile of tater tots.

Both of these dishes of savory sustenance result from fairly high temperatures inside my toaster oven. I've owned this awesome little oven for ten years and at no time has the thin metal rack inside, ever bent, warped, or lost it's shape - even from extreme heat. For comparison, your game console gets nowhere near as hot as an oven.

The tablet should maintain proper rigidity when exposed to heat and it certainly looks as though something may have caused the warping in these tablets. But to speculate it was from heat build-up in the dock seems dubious. None the less, oodles of people are now claiming Nintendo is incompetent and delivered a sub-standard product. These people typically come out at any opportunity to deride Nintendo.

I'm sure Nintendo will address these claims and resolve it appropriately for those effected. Lets give Nintendo some time to investigate before dropping the hate. Tirades and outrage doesn't accomplish anything. If your tablet is bent, contact Nintendo. Don't be a dick.

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