This $70 accessory is a must if you want to play your Nintendo Switch with wireless headphones
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- The Genki Bluetooth adapter for the Nintendo Switch lets you listen to your games with Bluetooth headphones - something the Switch cannot do by itself.
- Human Things, the company behind Genki, was kind enough to send me a Genki Audio Combo, which includes an adapter for mobile play, a dock adapter for when you're at home, a microphone, and a stand.
- I've been trying the Genki audio combo for a handful of weeks, and I've come away impressed.
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The Genki Bluetooth adapter started as a successful Kickstarter project in June 2018.
It surpassed its $30,000 goal in less than two hours - raising more than $530,000 from over 9,000 backers.
I've had a chance to try the Genki audio combo over the last several weeks, thanks to the kind folks at Human Things, who sent me the combo to review. The Genki audio combo consists of:
- the main Genki adapter, which plugs into the Nintendo Switch's USB-C port for mobile play;
- a dock adapter, so you can use Bluetooth headphones with your Switch while it's connected to your TV;
- a microphone, so you can play games that support voice chat like "Fortnite" (although this doesn't work so well in docked mode);
- and a foldable stand, which lets you play your Switch, with the Genki attached, on a tabletop.
The Genki audio combo costs $70, which I would highly recommend getting if you plan on playing from your TV at all. Human Things also sells a standalone Genki mobile adapter for if you only play your Switch on the go; that costs $50.
If you're interested in learning more about the Genki, including its benefits and limitations, read on.
First of all, Human Things sends your Genki in an adorable Nintendo Switch case, which is perfect.
All of the components fit neatly inside the case.
The Genki case also looks great next to your other Nintendo Switch games.
Setting up the Genki couldn't be easier.
I paired my AirPods with the Genki right away. The AirPods case has a button on the back of the case for manual pairing; push that, and it syncs with Genki like a charm.
The Genki supports up to two pairs of headphones, in case you want to sync your AirPods and a pair of over-ear headphones.
What's really neat is that the Genki supports multi-broadcasting, so you can actually play with a friend, and both of you will receive audio simultaneously. That means you and a friend can both play "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" while you both wear wireless headphones.
You'll never have to worry about recharging Genki. It has no batteries, and gets power from the Nintendo Switch via the USB-C port.
The only slight downside, which I noticed almost immediately, was that there was some audio lag — but I would call it minimal. It did not detract from my experience, and the audio cues were never so bad that it affected my performance in a game.
You might be tempted to buy the $50 version of Genki, which only includes the adapter, but I would highly recommend buying the $70 combo that includes the dock adapter.
Overall, Genki is the total package.
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