The Steam Deck is fantastic hardware that makes the Switch, at the very least, look over its shoulder and raise an eyebrow. The Steam Deck can technically run more games and make them look better and perform better than the Switch, but it lacks an important piece of hardware that makes the Switch magical: the ability to easily switch between handheld mode and TV mode. The Steam Deck is able to do this, but it requires additional hardware not included in the Steam Deck package, where manufacturers like JSAUX come into play.
When the Steam Deck was announced, Valve introduced an optional dock alongside it, but that first-party hardware was delayed indefinitely. JSAUX isn’t the only one stepping in to offer an alternative, but it’s among the first and it’s a solid alternative to whatever Valve is cooking up. We’ve spent some time with its aptly named 6-in-1 USB-C Multi-Function Adapter and have generally been impressed.
The docking station includes a non-removable USB-C cable that plugs into the top of your Deck when it’s resting on the docking station. The dock itself has an extra USB-C port (to replace the one you no longer have access to on top of your Deck), a 4K 60Hz HDMI port, three USB-A ports and an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port. The device also features 100W fast charging and 5Gbps data transmission.
In the end, and I say this positively, there is not much in the dock. It is made of sturdy metal and features soft pads for the bridge to rest on comfortably. There is little fear of scratching when randomly dropping the Deck in the dock or picking it up. Unlike the Switch with the large slot that you have to gently slide your Switch into, the Deck simply sits at an angle and you plug the USB-C cable into the top.
In my experience, the Steam Deck knew exactly what was going on and switched to video output to my TV without me having to adjust any settings. I connected a wireless PlayStation 4 controller and played Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge on my TV through my Steam Deck.
The attached USB-C cable that plugs into the top of the turntable is a bit long and tucks behind the turntable a little farther than I’d like. So you can’t push the setup close to a wall or the back of a cabinet. It’s a minor gripe, but it’s surprising given that it would have been very easy to shorten it to the perfect length. Everyone’s Deck sits in the dock the same way, so there’s no need to compensate for different sizes.
The JSAUX 6-in-1 USB-C Multi-Function Adapter is a simple device. It’s basically a USB docking station with useful HDMI and Ethernet ports. Technically, it doesn’t do anything a comparable device not built with the Steam Deck could do, but there’s something satisfying about putting your Steam Deck in a purpose-built device that lets you both use your Deck on your TV. , and show it on your shelf.
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