Unboxing and Review: Orion Gaming Monitor

This portable display is meant to enhance your portable Switch experience, but does it deliver visuals and sound to match its size and footprint?

The Nintendo Switch is pretty good for what it offers in its visuals and sound, especially in OLED, but electronics peripherals company Up-Switch thinks it can do better. Enter the Orion game screen. This big screen is meant to enhance the visuals and sound of your Switch with an 11.6-inch IPS monitor and offers a host of compatibility even beyond the Switch, but does it offer a decent enough upgrade to a price reasonable enough to compensate for the weight and size of the device? Our own Greg Burke verified this first hand.

In this unboxing video, Greg shows how easy it is to insert your standard Nintendo Switch or Switch OLED model into the Orion Gaming Display. Unfortunately, you’ll either have to plug the whole setup into a wall or have a battery handy. It is not powered by anything internal. Greg also takes issue with the weight of the device, saying it feels even heavier than a Steam Deck (1.65 pounds), which is remarkable compared to the original 0.88 pounds of a normal Nintendo Switch. with Joy-Cons attached.

Even so, there are quite a few positives to the Orion Gaming Display. Its anti-reflective screen is beautiful and the sound passes well on the screen. This is most definitely an upgrade in gameplay and overall performance from the normal Switch.

Those nice things said, Greg also didn’t like the fact that the Orion Gaming Display doesn’t seem to offer access to the Switch’s cartridge port, which means you have to remove the Switch to change physical games. Add that to the weight of the device, which for Greg came to about 2 pounds, 11 ounces, and the Orion might just be a bit too heavy to overcome its advantages.

Nonetheless, the Orion Gaming Display is available through the Up-Switch website and authorized retailers for $249.99. Want more unboxing and rewatching videos like this Orion game screen? Be sure to check out our YouTube channels on Shacknews and GamerHubTV for the latest reviews, gameplay, interviews, unboxing and more on the latest video games, tech and toys.

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TJ Denzer is a gamer and writer with a lifelong passion for games. He found his way to Shacknews’ roster in late 2019 and has been working his way to senior news editor ever since. In between news coverage, he also helps out with livestreaming projects like Indie-licious focused on indie gaming, Shacknews Stimulus Games and Shacknews Dump. You can reach him at [email protected] and also find him on Twitter @JohnnyChugs.

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