Best Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Adapters 2020 Detailed Review.
Best Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Adapters: Nintendo Switch users have long been able to wear a USB headset or pair of speakers. When compared to speakers, they provide an immersive gaming experience for a fraction of the price.
HomeSpot Bluetooth Transmitter for Nintendo Switch
The HomeSpot Bluetooth Transmitter for Nintendo Switch is a small, 0.16-ounce Bluetooth transmitter that connects to your Switch’s USB Type-C port. It’s only 1.89 inches wide and 0.35 inches high, but it packs a lot of information onto a small display surface.
There are three LED indicators, along with a pair of buttons, which control the dual-channel connections. The HomeSpot is available in 9 different colors, which provides you with enough selection to match whatever color Switch you own.
Dual-channel means that two people can listen simultaneously. The Switch has put a big emphasis on social gaming. If you like playing with friends, it’s nice to see a Bluetooth adapter that’s designed for players to play together.
Each of the buttons on the HomeSpot is designed to pair it on either Channel 1 or Channel 2. That way, there will be no confusion when you’re pairing with which pair of headphones.
The left side button controls the Player 1 channel, and the left LED indicates the channel’s status. A green light indicates a normal connection, while a flashing green light indicates that the channel is currently pairing. When the light is amber, the channel is connected, but the player has their microphone muted.
The right side button and right side light do the same thing for the Player 2 channel. The center light indicates what type of codec you’re currently using.
If it’s off or blue, you’re using a standard codec. If it’s amber, you’re using the aptX Low Latency codec. The blue light indicates the standard aptX codec. Otherwise, the HomeSpot defaults to a standard SBC codec.
Rayvol Bluetooth Adapter
The first thing we noticed about the Rayvol adapter was its unique, charming design. It’s painted to look like a controller for the original NES, albeit with a black and gray pattern. This is simply adorable, and it’s something that will bring a smile to the face of any retro gamer.
It’s tiny, at only 2.8 inches wide and 0.7 inches high. However, it’s heavy for the small size, weighing in at only 0.8 ounces. A small button on the left side is used to sync the Rayvol to your headphones or headset.
The Rayvol also features a USB Type-A pass-through port, along with a USB Type-C to Type-A adapter. This allows you to use your Bluetooth headphones or headset even when your Switch is docked. As a result, you won’t have to bother everyone else in the house just because your Switch is charging.
As with the HomeSpot, you will not be able to use the Rayvol if your Switch has a protective case. There just won’t be enough clearance for the USB Type-C plug to fully insert.
ZIOCOM Bluetooth Adapter
The ZIOCOM Bluetooth Adapter has a blue, black, and red tri-tone design. This matches the default coloring of the Switch, if not some of the alternative options. When plugged in, it looks like a miniature version of your controller is attached to the bottom.
It measures 1.97 inches wide by 0.9 inches high, making it larger than our previous choices, but not by much. A black display on the center features built-in pairing buttons. A pair of LED lights are located between the buttons, to show when a connection is active.
Connectivity is easy. Like our first two selections, the ZIOCOM is designed to support dual-channel audio. This means that you and a friend can play together, and each of you has your own private channel. The button on the left of the ZIOCOM is used for connecting the Player 1 headset.
The right button is for Player 2. Similarly, the left blue light and the right red light indicate an active connection for those respective players.
Much like the Rayvol, the ZIOCOM Bluetooth Adapter does not feature a built-in microphone. If you already own a headset, this isn’t a concern; two-way audio is supported. But if you were counting on using your headphones for multiplayer gaming, you might want a mic on your adapter.
Choosing the best Nintendo Switch Bluetooth adapter was a challenge, not least because the options are all so similar. They all use the same codecs, and they all support dual-channel connections. That said, there are a few key considerations that helped us decide.
To begin with, the Rayvol adapter has an attractive design. And there’s a lot to like about it, including all the things we just mentioned. That said, there’s not anything in particular that made it stand out. At the end of the day, looks aren’t as important as function, and Rayvol didn’t offer any extra functions.
The HomeSpot adapter is our top choice for most applications. This is primarily due to the display and the layout of the controls. It’s easy to use, and you’ll always know what devices are connected. What really put it over the top, though, was the built-in microphone. This is a significant improvement over many Nintendo Switch Bluetooth adapters.
Finally, the ZIOCOM adapter is our top choice if your Switch has a protective case. It’s one of the few adapters on the market that has enough clearance to accommodate. And it also has a convenient display.