The HyperX Chargeplay Clutch charging case for Nintendo Switch is a multi-use mobile case, detachable battery pack, Switch stand, and controller holder. It’s exceedingly strong in the creativity and innovativeness departments, but misses the mark a bit when it comes to comfort and practicality.
Let’s start with the Clutch’s strengths. The construction is sturdy, clearly built to last, and I appreciate how adaptable the entire presentation is. It can be used in two ways: 1) in handheld mode with the joy-cons attached to the screen, or 2) in tabletop mode with the kickstand swung open and the joy-cons reconfigured into controller mode. The Switch slips into the case securely (with a hinge on top to secure the body in place) and converts between modes easily: just slide out the joy-cons, pull the joy-con holders out of the battery pack (they’re fastened magnetically), snap the two holders together, flip up the holder flaps (for securing the joy-cons), then slide your joy-cons back into the holders.
It’s also easy and convenient to charge the Clutch. Users can charge it in either tabletop or handheld mode while they’re using their Switch due to the charging port being located on the back of the accessory. The battery is advertised as giving up to 5 hours more playtime, which seems like a good increase to me, especially for the older Switch models. Turning on the external battery and seeing how much charge is left it is clear and intuitive, since the power button and 4 charge lights are neatly displayed on the back of the battery pack. It’s also important to note that the Clutch has “pass through” charging, where charging the Clutch will also charge the attached Switch (prioritizing the Switch if both external battery and console need charging).