This is a bit of a mixed bag for me.
I understand the reasoning behind going for a handheld only model, that $100 difference is a pretty substantial difference. This looks like the model that the handheld audience has been waiting for, plus parents who were hesitant on shelling out $300 to get the OG Switch can instead get them the Switch Lite. It essentially covers both audiences that the 3DS was selling to for its entire life span and really banked on towards the end. This is going to sell extremely well and lead the Switch to new heights.
But making it completely portable with no compatibility to the docking station so you can't play it like a the regular console kind of goes against the to purpose of the Switch. I mean, they could make another, smaller docking station and sell it separately like they're already selling the regular docking stations separately and these Lite models will be compatible with those, rendering this point moot. But from what I've seen and heard, there is no such thing in the works, so it just makes this model seem a bit contradictory. It's just a nitpick, not a major problem and not something that I think will have an impact in the long run, but it's something I can't help but notice.
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