- Products: Bluetooth Adapter and Bluetooth Adapter Pro
- Created by: HomeSpot
- Release: Available Now
- Price: $34.99 / $59.99
- Review units provided by HomeSpot
Introducing the HomeSpot Bluetooth Adapters for Nintendo Switch
I’ve been a gamer my whole life. Surprisingly the Nintendo Switch is the first console I’m that I picked up at launch. The hybrid flexibility made it the perfect system for my taste and I knew I had to have one. I still remember taking my son to the midnight release party so we could dive in without delay. Except the long lone road in my rural town was blocked by a broken down train. I was panicked. I didn’t want to arrive late and miss the early pickup. An alternate route would add thirty minutes to a ten minute drive. We had to decide to wait or turn around. Fortunately we only had to wait another fifteen minutes. We arrived in the nick of time and secured Nintendo’s latest system.
Once we got home we spent some time setting up the Switch. My son and I took turns exploring our scant launch catalogue of games before going to bed. Deciding I would take advantage of the handheld feature, I soon found a problem. No Bluetooth support for a wireless headset. It seemed like a simple feature to add. I was boggled to say the least. Even my PlayStation Vita, which many considered a dead system had Bluetooth support. Luckily, several innovators came to the rescue to Do what Nintendidn’t. HomeSpot is one such company and they sent me two Bluetooth adapter models to test and review. So let’s get this review paired up and see how they work.
Like Night and Day
There are two versions of Bluetooth adapters for the Nintendo Switch from HomeSpot. The first edition is quite simply called, Bluetooth Adapter for Nintendo Switch. The second, and newer model is the Bluetooth Adapter Pro. For the purpose of this review, I’m going to examine how HomeSpot’s adapters differ and then get into the similarities. So what makes them unique? Take a look.
Original Bluetooth Adapter
- Dual Streaming
- Two Button Control
- TV Mode Support
- USB-C to USB-A Adapter
- Supports SBC, aptX and aptX Low Latency
- Storage Pouch Included
The basic bluetooth adapter offers one of the lower prices I found when searching for ways to pair my Airpod Pros to my Nintendo Switch. It’s cost effective, simple and gets the job done. As you can see from the images, there are two buttons on either side of the unit. These allow you to pair not one, but two sets of wireless listening devices at the same time. This came in handy when my son and I wanted to face each other in Tetris but keep the game noise to ourselves. It easily paired with both our headsets and we were able to simultaneously hear the in-game sounds without distracting my wife from her work.
Though we haven’t been able to fly anywhere for some odd reason, I can see why this would be a must-have accessory for any pair of travelers. Using noise cancelling headsets paired wirelessly with the Switch would make flying more entertaining and comfortable. One important note, it is not usable in tabletop mode. Since the adapter is plugged in at the bottom, it puts the Switch off balance with its native kickstand. You would have to use an additional stand to make it work. Not that I’d want the weight of the Switch shored up by the adapter anyway. The only other issue I had was with the mic. I don’t play a lot of games where I need to chat with other players, but from time to time I’ll join my kids in Fortnite. To test this feature we jumped into a match. The sound was great and I couldn’t detect any latency. However, I couldn’t get the mic to work so I was unable to chat with my kids and develop a solid plan for a victory royale.
Bluetooth Adapter Pro
- 2-in-1 Audio Mixer
- Voice Chat
- Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth chipsets and advanced DSP algorithm
- Built-in Digital Mic
- TV Mode Support
- USB-C to USB-A Adapter
- Storage Pouch Included
The Bluetooth Adapter Pro, much like its predecessor was easy to set up and use. Thanks to better LED icons, it was easier to tell what was going on during use. The form factor is a bit longer but it still fits the depth of Switch smoothly. Slight grooves at the back help it fit snug against the Switch in handheld mode. Again, this accessory will fill the basic function of being able to hear the Nintendo Switch sounds without a wired connection. It differs from its first generation in a few key ways.
First, I wasn’t able to get a second player paired at the same time. This will only cause an issue if you do a lot of co-op gaming and need to keep things quiet.
Secondly, the voice chat worked like a charm in Fortnite. My kids and I entered a match and took the top spot. Not only did it help to chat with my kids and stay informed, but I could find enemy players by their footsteps. Having the ability to block outside noise to focus on the game with precision audio locating gave this old man a much needed edge.
Third, and perhaps the most defining feature is the ability to pair your Switch and phone to the adapter simultaneously. Allow me to clarify. While I was immersed in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice with my noise cancelling Airpod Pros, my wife called. Normally I would miss the call as the outside world is silenced. With this adapter, I was able to hear and talk to my wife while playing and listening to my Switch on my Airpods. Just don’t tell her that. I was skeptical about the feature at first and it took a little more work to pair, but it’s incredibly helpful.
Two Peas in a Pod
Each of the HomeSpot adapters fulfill the basic need of using wireless headsets with the Nintendo Switch. There are a few things that set them apart from each other, pricing aside. Now let’s look at how they are similar. Both of them come with a USB attachment so you can use them while docked. I made good use of this during my nighttime game sessions when I wanted to relax in bed and keep the noise down. The range was surprisingly decent too. Another thing I found helpful is once you pair some headphones with the adapter, you can plug the adapter into any Switch and keep going. As I use my standard Switch in its dock and my Switch Lite for handheld gaming, this allowed me to swap between them without having to pair my headset everytime. As I mentioned above, you won’t be able to use either of these in tabletop mode without getting creative. Both adapters have a little wiggle when plugged directly into the Switch so you’ll want to be careful so you don’t damage your hardware.
HomeSpot has some great adapters on the market. One is more affordable and allows for two people to connect. On the down side, I couldn’t get voice chat to work which I felt was its biggest limitation. The Pro model is ideal for a single player but will allow you to chat with other friends online. The added feature of pairing your smartphone at the same time was a nice bonus. If you commute and don’t want to miss incoming calls, this will really come in handy. Both adapters have some ups and downs but ultimately get the core job done. Either one had crisp audio with little to no latency. The Pro adapter does have additional volume control buttons located directly on it. The form factor of each adapter fits nicely with the Switch but could cause a problem if you have a case.
Tested with the Following Wireless Headsets
- Apple AirPods Pro
- Apple AirPods
Depending on your needs and budget, these accessories are a must-have for any Nintendo Switch owner with a wireless headset.