The Nintendo Switch OLED was given a repairability score of 7/10 by iFixit. But for the most part, it probably wouldn’t come to that. As a durability test shows, it is a bit tougher than the original.
YouTuber JerryRigEveryting puts the Nintendo Switch OLED through the usual abusive testing process. Most of the process is a familiar one if you’ve seen the original get torn apart. There’s some flex, especially where the Joy-Con controllers attach to the main body. But at least nothing is broken here just yet.
There are a few material differences, literally and figuratively, as well. One example is that the larger kickstand on the Nintendo Switch OLED is made of metal, rather than the plastic on the original. It’s also a lot more secure.
There’s also the usual scratch test for the display. It scratches at level three of the Mohs scale of hardness, but it’s not exactly surprising. After all, Nintendo did say that the Switch OLED does come with a plastic film on top of the screen that prevents the glass beneath from flying all over the place if it shatters.
Overall, JerryRigEverything says that with all the structural improvements in addition to the OLED screen, “I am surprised that the price only jumped by US$50 (RM208). Which is quite the endorsement, even he says that it’s not a must have upgrade if your original Nintendo Switch is still working fine.
(Source: JerryRigEverything / YouTube)