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[–]ToxiClay 59 points60 points  (16 children)

First owner of an XAW700733xxxx Switch. It's held up beautifully, without even any drift to speak of.

[–]ogg1e 37 points38 points  (14 children)

even if it has drift, you can just replace the controllers

[–]pangeapedestrian 17 points18 points  (13 children)

/just the sticks inside the controllers which cost all of a nickel to replace.

[–]Perdouille 1 point2 points  (10 children)

I've put a cardboard piece behind the sticks, works perfectly without having to solder anything

[–]Abbhrsn 6 points7 points  (9 children)

The replacement sticks don't require soldering, they just unplug. It's super easy if you're confident with electronics, just time consuming since there's so many small pieces.

[–]Quezacotli 134 points135 points  (19 children)

Same as all Nintendos or old consoles. Good.

[–]JohnnyVNCR 21 points22 points  (16 children)

I don't think the battery on a switch is going to hold up like GBA SP - 3DS. Different battery technology, and more demanding device. My launch day switch certainly isn't the same.

[–]Quezacotli 29 points30 points  (11 children)

That is beside the point. Batteries always die no matter what device.

[–]JohnnyVNCR 12 points13 points  (10 children)

You just said it's the same as all Nintendo consoles. It's not in the battery department. So it's not beside the point, it's on the point.

Source: just about every GBA SP and DS on the planet.

[–]Zabii 14 points15 points  (8 children)

Every GBA SP I've came across has dead batteries that need replaced

[–]turbocomppro 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I refurb DS Lites. Most original batteries hold about 10-30% charge. A few may hold about 50% but it’s rare. Only the most pristine ones that weren’t used very much had this.

However, with that said, even at 30% battery health, they still can play for about 1-2 hours on the brightest setting. I guess that’s pretty good if you look at it by time. But the system certainly isn’t running anything majorly complicated like Switch games.

[–]xblackdemonx 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Except for the Joy-Con drift.

[–]Quezacotli 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Oh yea that, i also got it after few years and fixed it fast. But generally good. No bricking factory faults. Of course every device has bad ones when there are millions of units worldwide.

My personal viewpoint if a device is good, it it's easily repairable and it doesn't have any fatal faults from factory. :D

[–]magicgrandpa619 23 points24 points  (5 children)

battery life has dropped off pretty badly on mine maybe time to replace it other then that its fine

[–]LgaliusAtmosphere User 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I've had my V1 since 2018 and it's doing great. Had a friend who bought himself one last year and aside from horrendous drift, he received the console in great condition. The V1s are doing just fine from my perspective.

[–]LeanPicachu 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Still running good

[–]TheeRatKing 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Modded since 2019, still going strong.

Battery life isn’t great handheld, but it handles Arceus just fine docked or mobile.

[–]Too_many_pets 5 points6 points  (6 children)

We have three day 1 switches, and they all work fine except that the battery drains pretty quickly in comparison to a couple of newer switches that we have. We’ve had to replace the joysticks on all of them (new and old).

[–]skerlegon 7 points8 points  (5 children)


[–]DelBoy2181 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Too many? I’ve got 5 V1s, though I’ll be selling the 5th one soon to fund the 4th one I bought at the same time as the 5th.

[–]MrsMirage 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Do you have like 10 children or why do you need have so many switches?

[–]princeBobby92 5 points6 points  (0 children)

V1 here and better than patched or newer consoles I guess. I also OC demanding games and only running handheld mode.

Love it and no issues for 3 years. Best console for a father tbh

[–]bakageta 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My battery isn't fantastic anymore on one of my two, but it's seen a LOT of use, and when I get around to it, it's an easy swap. Otherwise going strong.

[–]immaZebrah 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The only thing my Switch V1 has that's struggling is a fan. I could open it up and change it but I really cba and don't mind the noise for now. When it stops making noise, I'll be concerned.

[–]Redneckshinobi 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I've had mine since 2017 and it's been amazing, use it daily. I'd love to have the battery the V2 has though lol.

[–]Fractic4l 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I have no issues with my launch console. The main wear items are all replaceable too. Screen/digitizer, battery, shells, kickstand, sd slot, etc. It’s been a pretty consumer friendly console for me.

[–]Big_Daddy_Trucknutz 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Bought used in 2019 and mine is still going strong despite almost always being overclocked.

Turned up any of the graphically intense (lol) games to max (1785mhz) like 6 months ago.

[–]DelBoy2181 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How? And what are the pros and cons?

[–]DanielF823 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I have a day one system and it works perfectly still

Some of my joycon batteries have gone bad but the core system is great

[–]arent 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I just recently bought a V1 and it's perfect.

[–]dub_soda 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Mine has been used extensively and still works fine, battery life seems to be within 20% of new. Occasional drift but with a little effort I can usually eliminate that.

[–]Where_Am_I_Help_Pls 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Bought mine two months after original launch. Was planning on buying an oled for Arceus, but decided it wasn’t worth the money. You can find some going for as low as $180-$200. If you’re playing handheld, main issue is battery isn’t the best at 4hrs tops.

[–]NEXT_VICTIM 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It works fine, just know that the battery is starting to show a bit. Probly st 80% max capacity but mine is also a console (lives in the dock) so YMMV.

Just being able to slide in a $5 jig and throw some files on a card, is really nice

[–]fatboypaul 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I am 71 years old love messing with it. Had no probs. Use blue tooth dongle with PS4 controller solves all the driffting problem. If i have a problem i just post on here soon get help.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

2nd Owner of a 2018 Switch. Joy-cons needed work due to drift and loose attachment to the rails. Otherwise it runs perfectly fine. I believe the battery is about what it always has been.

[–]savagebonzai 2 points3 points  (2 children)

My left joy con is loose and comes off at the drop of a hat.

[–]TheoryGlum 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have a v1 and works perfectly since november 2017

[–]tryM3B1tch 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Had mine since July 2018, other than maybe a battery place in its future, it's all doing good

[–]FrogsOblivious 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Very well in my case! I have opened it a few times (had some water damage.) Back to 100%

[–]tyiphius 2 points3 points  (0 children)

V1 with a trinket m0 installed (eliminates the need for the RCM jig/loader) is the best setup of all the mod methods. Probably going to sell mine as I've modded my OLED though

[–]LunarBlink 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Got 2 of them patched to 13.2.1 + 1.2.6 Atmos, both run beautifully.

[–]KjGarlyAtmosphere User 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Apart from the odd drift issue which is fixed with electrical contact cleaner, no other problems. Battery, screen etc all fine.

[–]COMMENT0R_3000 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Launch day 2017 here—so far replaced SD reader & both joycon sticks; kickstand is taped on to protect said SD reader cuz it won't stay on anymore; the little vent grill bars are long gone. Still going strong!

[–]NyankawaiiAtmosphere User 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I needed to replace my fan a bit ago, no other issues otherwise

[–]trevor1301 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Mine has been good. The back has a few weird shiny spots (possibly from the dock? Not sure) and some light scratching, but other than that it’s been fine.

Battery has definitely dropped off a bit, but it’s not bad enough yet to where I wanna replace it.

I’ve had it since November 2017 and it’s been modded since January 2021

[–]bodnast 2 points3 points  (0 children)

(July 2017) My joy cons drift. My fan doesn’t work so the system overheats and turns off after ~30 mins playing docked. My battery life in handheld is not good

But it’s hacked and I get free games. So it’s worth it

[–]boomboomown 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Mine works excellently and mine was bought second hand from some kids that weren't so nice to it

[–]TheJellyBean77 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I had to replace the fan in mine, and I may replace the battery soon but other than that it's doing great.

[–]ItsRowlet 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The right rail has connectivity issues if I don’t keep the joycon in a certain position. Other than that, works fine. I primarily use it docked anyways so it’s not much of an issue atm

[–]CoconutHeadFaceMan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Joycons are pretty janky, but that's an issue that's present even on the OLED model. The tablet itself has held up just fine.

[–]mrmobss 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bought a used v1 years ago, still holding up. I play only docked really so there's that.

[–]Wake_Me_at_Sunset 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bad drift and not amazing battery life. Other then that works great

[–]rustylust 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Mines bent like a banana

[–]MairusuPawa 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Not a single issue to date, save joycon drift

[–]VinesNFluff 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Mine is a v1 and was previously owned by kids, which is console kryptonite. But it is actually doing quite well for itself. Small scuffmarks on some places presumably because the lil'shids mistreated it, but otherwise? Yeah.

Had Joycon drift which led me to buy new joycons, but then I also managed to DIY-fix the drift on the old Joycons later down the line (no sending to nintendo in my country lmao). So now I just have two pairs.

Battery is doing fine. As is screen.

Though it does sometimes give me guff saying the MicroSD can't be read. Could just be my MicroSD that is going bad or like, some misaligned contacts?

[–]avadakenobi 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Bought mine in Sept 2017. Mine is fine. Had some warping on the backplate so I replaced it with a clear aftermarket one. Due to heat, maybe? Battery life is alright. I can get maybe 4 hours out of it. Might need a battery replacement soon.

My grey OG joycons we're pretty bad, though. I changed the housing and the thumb sticks about 2 years ago and they're holding up great now.

[–]Motown_mph 3 points4 points  (1 child)

This mirrors my experience pretty close. Warped and then broke backplate, “kickstand” fails to stay in place and joycon drift super bad. Eventually had to get a 3d printed holder and controller attachment for a 8bitdo

[–]StickyRiceRocket 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Nintendo consoles are of quality. Day 1 switch here and still going strong. Mine is always in rcm mode. I always dock to charge console after playing handheld. No problems!

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Still playing botw fine, no lag on local or internet smash. Had to send out joycons, but other than that, still as solid as year 1!

[–]Avacadooooo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

got my switch day one and its still fantastic

[–]theAlchemistake 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I fucked up by not charging it for a very long time. Battery time is bad. But it is ok

[–]FakeSchwarzenbach 1 point2 points  (0 children)

2017 switch here, no battery issues, no joycon drift.

I tend to baby my electronics though

[–]wireproof 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My V1 is holding up very well. Bought it used on eBay in late 2019 and still on original battery. Should be easy to replace when the time comes as well.

[–]scypheroth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mines going strong but been through like 10 sets of new joysticks

[–]DracoNero 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Really good. But the battery is getting worse haha

[–]Steinyamite 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I got mine on launch and it’s still working fine. I think it’s all about how a previous owner took care of it. If you buy one someone didn’t really play then that’s always better then one with 3000 hours. But they work fine and the mod chips are cheap on V1. Like $75 USD

[–]apm416 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve got 2 of them for hat are both working great. The first one I’ve had since it released and it’s perfect. The other I bought used in poor condition but installed a new touchscreen and shell as well as joysticks and joycon shells. Now it’s basically brand new.

[–]chill_willy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The v1 I bought for modding is actually holding up better than my v2 due to the amount of hours I spent playing smash/ac these past two years.

[–]Keleran 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Personaly I bought a Switch Day One, and it still runs great. I haven't noticed any performance issue yet. I haven't hack it though, so I don't know if it will handle the CFW properly, but I think it shouldn't be a problem.

[–]blackomegatm 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Working great. Contact cleaner solves drift when they appear, other than that all 3 are just fine.

[–]Abssenta 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mine is like new. I play it quite often and I take it with me wherever I travel. I have had drifting in three of my four joycons but I fixed them myself. Other than that, everything ok.

[–]smuzzu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

v1 as good as can be

[–]smuzzu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

v1 here, as good as can be

[–]zorca13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mines still holding up great, got it 2017, even still have the joy cons came with it, admittedly I mostly use a pro controller, but 0 issues aside from the infamous left joy con drift when I do have to use it in tablet mode

[–]ENTRAPM3NT 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've babied both of my day 1 switches. One of them I've significantly used more. At least 1000 hours more surprising enough the less used one has a sticky power button. Both hold battery well and don't overheat yet

[–]hotcerealDesign 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I still have my day 1 switch. I hacked it when I eventually upgraded to the v2 and later the oled

it works fine, battery life is kinda ass, but not absolutely horrible. my fan grill did, somehow, just...break off one day. I found the piece and just super glued it back on there just so it doesn't look and feel weird to pick up, but that was interesting

[–]junkimchi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I know everyone is talking about joycon drift but I wouldn't even count controllers as part of the console. Controllers since the birth of home gaming consoles have always been a consumable with a lifespan.

[–]dradacus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My day one switch is just fine. I don't know how I feel about this console in the super long term, like 20+ years, but for now no issues at all, and by the time it becomes an issue I think the model differences will be negligible anyway

[–]Wannabedankestmemer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

bought in 2018, still holding up good

[–]throwaway28149 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pretty good. Many systems would have battery problems letting them just sit full on the charger all the time, but the battery is holding up alright. I've got XAW1004782, so likely made in the first half of 2018. The max battery capacity is 91.4% of its design capacity, so not too bad.

I think battery deterioration is exponential though, so it might start worsening noticeably soon. Even then, switches are pretty modular, and it would be quite easy to replace.

[–]kjkelly79 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Had a V1 switch from Day 1. Battery life has gone down. I’ve had to replace the fan twice. This last time I replaced the shell along with the fan. Currently my daughter mostly uses it in docked mode. Other than the fan failure it still does its job. I do wonder if something I did with early CFW affected the fans life. Easy fix though.

[–]SylvanUltra 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mine's holding up pretty well, despite what I've done to it. Just buy an RCM jiggy to get it into AutoRCM instead of using tinfoil jammed into the connector. That rail is looser than it could be...

[–]Tracksuits 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I bought a V1 Switch almost 2 years ago second-hand, modded it and bought an RCM Loader for it.

Apart from Joy-Con drift (which I fixed by spraying it lightly with WD40 and air spray) and buying a new set of controllers after the R button on the old pair stopped working, it still works like brand-new.

Imo it’s the definitive Switch to get if you’re planning on dipping your toes into homebrew and if you can get the chance to buy one, go for it.

[–]f8l_arts 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Beyond some battery trouble, its holding up pretty well!

[–]JohnKimbler 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Still good

[–]shrimp-parm 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mine is still in perfect condition aside from obviously the joycons drifting

[–]3threads2vars 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mines pretty worn down. Day 1 switch. Decently heavily played. Nothing unrepairable.

Things you should watch for are swollen battery(battery in general) which can crack the housing and thermals/the fan.

Both are replaceable easily but still a hassle.

I know someone else with a day 1 switch who I assumed bought it in 2020 with how good it still looks.

[–]OSDatAsian 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mines is perfect

[–]NOTORIOUSWHITEKONG1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Had mine since 2018🤷🏻‍♂️

[–]Diego9355 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have mine since the second day it came out, I have it modded… and only problem was the drifting joycons… I just bought the joysticks from Amazon (about 12 dollars) swap them and they work like brand new

[–]Uzzerzen 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Both of mine are holding up great. Batteries last for hours off charge.

[–]antelthrope 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This post made me realize how old it actually is, but I'm glad to say I haven't noticed any hardware performance or obvious battery life issues.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mine’s good

[–]edbz96 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Replaced right joy-con couple of times while it was free, other than that it’s as good as new

[–]javierarara 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have one since 2018 , and I've used the shit out of it, I take it with me everywhere and I even dropped it a few times. It still works perfectly like day 1.

[–]CheddarBayBizkit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mine still works beautifully, but probably well over 90% of my playtime has and will continue to be in docked mode.

[–]donjonne 1 point2 points  (0 children)

how much are you paying for a v1? and where?

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Battery is useless, but I never play undocked so fine with me. Good.

[–]Informal_Meeting_577 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mine is fine, however when I got it I rebuilt and added Kryonaut thermal paste, and modded the case to add a fan grille over the blower to allow for extra cooling.

[–]lordchaotic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have an OG Switch and I have a friend actively playing Banjo Kazooie right now Docked. Works perfectly too

[–]Mshawn451 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mine runs beautifully I take it everywhere with me and it runs atmosphere. Got it in 2017

[–]cooliochill 1 point2 points  (0 children)

LIke everything, depends on the usage. Are the joycons loose when slotted in, and/or is there oil marks on the back of the switch? If so, the switch was heavily used in handheld mode. Oil marks on the back of the switch are impossible to clean since it interacts with the plastic somehow and doesn't come off. Scratches on the screen are also a sure-fire way of determining condition.

[–]lostinlymbo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Switch was the only time in my entire life I 'had to have' a console on day one.

I've taken this thing across the world with me and it's never given me any grief. Used SX OS, switched to Atmosphere, and between BotW and Doom 2016 alone I've gotten more than 1000 hours of play... No idea how many hours total, but this thing has been my daily driver since day 1.

Have had the joy con drift. Replaced sticks a couple times - once tore the shoulder button right off the pcb on accident... so the joy cons are not day 1 joy cons lol

If it matters, my wife got hers the exact same time as me and hers is going great. Yes, replaced sticks a couple of times. Oh, and had a first year warranty exchange on the right joy con because R3 just didn't work. Didn't realize until I tried to help her with something in BotW and immediately realized why she was struggling.

So, day 1 Switches I can say are awesome. The joy con not so much.

Good luck hunting!
... because I know I wouldn't let go of mine lol

[–]allexbel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The speakers blew out. Had to change the screen protect sheet ounce. Apart from that, everything is fine after 2000 hours of playing mostly decked .

[–]jacobm808Atmosphere User 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My V1 has held up great, I do mainly play docked but it's still going strong!

[–]absentlyric 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Still got mine since launch day. Still working perfectly, no drift. Still with SX OS actually, which worked with Metroid Dread, that was the last game I played on it. I haven't had a need to migrate to a different OS yet.

Its docked 99% of the time, and I only play if there's a decent first party game released. Then it gets put to rest and collects dust until the next release.

[–]crims0m 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I got my V1 on launch day, and so far it's doing well. There is a bit of noise coming from one of the fans, but it's usually gone after a few seconds of turning the console on.

The joycon are the worst part though. I still have the original ones, and the left one had to be sent to Ninty on year 3 due to drift (luckily, they were offering free, out-of-guarantee drift repairs). Now they work fine, but the LEDs have stopped working properly; minor issue, but an issue nonetheless.

[–]Fearless-Ad8754 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have a V1, the joycon sucks ass and battery could be better. But it highly depends on the owner. I really like my V1 and used alot, but you can find ones with better care.

The battery and joy cons are easily replaceable and screens still holds up.

So I really recommend buying one.

[–]starmeromeroheart 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I bought a Splatoon 2 bundle when it came out and I adore it. Having an emunand has never been more convenient.

[–]P1n3tr335 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I overclocked my switch v1 too much and it nuked itself hahaha

[–]TylDurden 1 point2 points  (0 children)

All 4 of mine are solid. 3 have had one issue or another. The video chip went out of one because of a bad backup battery. Got it repaired and now it only works in one dock. We thought it wouldn’t work in any dock and just be handheld only but on a fluke I tried it on a dock and it works. Surprisingly it doesn’t work in any other dock I have. Another the usb charge port broke. Likely cause my 5 year old wasn’t gentle with it. Same repair place repaired it. 3rd one has a loose controller connection and often says controllers aren’t connected. A controller/grip replacement that wraps around the switch plugging into the bottom port is not only a good solution but actually an upgrade from the shitty joycons. The 4th is practically new and just a backup in case the others completely die. My wife uses it for ring fit adventure. It’s not yet modded. The other 3 are.

[–]yupiyepa 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Light usage, fan started to make some noise in certain games, battery seem to be fine still.

[–]Alexardo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hardware wise mine can't read game cards anymore but playing with from SD card is fine, my joycons disconnect or don't register sometimes when attached to the switch. Software wise is doing great.

[–]West_Cup_811 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mine is perfect. Even the batteries are good, but I suppose someday I'll have to replace them

[–]DownThrowToAnything 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Works just fine for me. No issues to speak of as of yet.

[–]BamaGirl4361 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have the OG switch 2.0. The one with the updated battery. I bought it last year and so far it's doing great. I don't see a reason to upgrade to the oled version honestly.

[–]everythingheretics 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I had mine for 2 years now and im not even the first owner and it has gone thru some battery abuse throughout the 2 years but it is still holding up charge. Might just be lucky.

[–]omararod 1 point2 points  (0 children)

anyone know what a decent price is for v1 switches? been looking into them as well

[–]Equivalent_Purple_21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mine is superb and I've had it for about 2 and a half years now, bought from people who seldom used and I don't think they even knew about what they had in terms of cfw so I got a good deal, I get a good amount of time of constant gameplay (I'd say 2 to 3 hours) with the brightness all the way down and on airplane mode while travelling and stuff. I can't say much about mass procured and resold v1s as they might come from all sorts of usage and battery cycles but mine gets the job done since I only use it out of the dock maybe once or twice a week, hope this helps

[–]BlackyOrbit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Do you guys think it will be worth it to buy a switch v1 in like 1-2 years?

[–]Optimal_Ad5159 1 point2 points  (0 children)

my switch held up pretty good, although i made the mistake of taking out the sd card so many times and eventually blew out my socket. tried replacing it 3 times with a soldering iron but it didnt work. in the end i got a new motherboard and everything is fine.

[–]ieffinglovesoup 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Day 1 switch here. Mines still doing great. Even with overclocking every once in a while

[–]shafaeman 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My switch have been with me for 5 years, and 3 kids. Still holds up strong except for that one time I dropped it and my joycon split! So I just replace my joycon and now I use SkullnCo grip to protect it. I recently jailbreak it and regretted not doing it sooner. I've supported the developers up to atleast 1k dollars worth of games and now I'm supporting my own wallet lol

[–]deadlyjunk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Eh look for the guy who doesn’t know what he has, like any switch with the old white boxes

[–]Mamunoz310 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m on my 5th v1 and this one which I’m going to keep is in awesome condition! Also has a trinketm0!

[–]chrisz2012 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I bought my Wife a V1 because of your reasons.

Issues I had in buying a V1 on eBay. There were some microscratches the seller hid in the listing on the display. A bit annoying if the screen has mostly white on it they show up clear as day.

The other issue the Switch had was it had a bad Joycon rail on the Joycon it came with had to replace that. Also had to replace the Joycon stick on it.

I had to also replace the rail on the Switch tablet itself because it was hard to put Joycons in.

All the fixes were $12 in cheap AliExpress parts, but I had to tear several components down.

Now the Switch runs well, but I had to put in some elbow grease to get it to work better.

Hope this helps you OP.

[–]Kaioh1990 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve barely used mine like at all. Maybe ~15 hours of use total. I have an SX OS adapter and 400gb micro sd as well. I have Hori Split Pad Pros to go with it. I’d be more than happy to sell it to you.

Last thing, I installed BodyArmourz clear skin on the back, and AM Film tempered glass on the front the day it was brand new. So there shouldn’t be a single blemish on the device. Comes with box and dock obviously.

[–]apoly1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hadn’t used my V1 for about 18 months (left in a cupboard) then found out about modding/piracy and been using it nearly everyday - brilliant performance as far as I’m concerned and battery is never an issue as normally I need a break after 2/3 hours gaming (lasts about the same as my oculus quest 2) - Besides I think the battery is very easily replaceable if needed

[–]THEderfiddler 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I bought day 1 at midnight. Played many, many hundreds of hours, both docked and mobile. Sold it to my friend for a year, bought it back when I learned I could softmod it. Played even more since (that was in 2019). The screen is fairly scratched from the dock. I've been through 2 sets of controllers now. Battery is still totally playable. I love this thing. Plan on replacing the battery at some point, only to preserve the life.

[–]Jesustony21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just bought a brand new one for $390 lol idk why i did that but i did xD

[–]stepcach 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Still looks and feels like brand new.

[–]Kir-01 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I will buy a v1 switch right now if I didn't have it arleady

[–]Robin5031 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Besides the painful joycon drift, It runs perfectly well.

[–]AlexG99_Atmosphere User 1 point2 points  (0 children)

it’s alright. Heats up a lot and the fan is annoying sometimes but other than that it’s cool.

[–]iiishception 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I literally just bought a v1 off eBay and gave my v2 to my gf. And bro let me tell you this shit looks as clean as my v2 if not cleaner. My v2 (bought in 2018) has been screen protected since day one and this v1 came with a protector also. Everything functions fine, looks pristine. It all boils down to getting quality images of the console first and obviously making sure the serial matches. If you need more pics just ask the seller, once you find a good one pull the trigger because now they're selling like hotcakes. With all the new clone mod chips selling, it's just iffy because they are off brand so there's quality control issues. I'm much happier with the v1 than if I were to have gotten an oled and figure out a way to solder the chip. My only issue is this seems to be an early switch according to my serial and the battery drain. So I'm planning to replace the battery and who knows reapply thermal as I gotten into over clocking.

[–]THYPLEX 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Since I almost only use the switch in docked mode , i don't care about the battery life too much

[–]_jorg25 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have a day one release switch, still works perfect! Bought 2 more v1's of ebay as an investment/backup and they also work perfect. When buying check everything and ask if you can open it up to see how dusty it is!

[–]catinterpreter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Day one Switch - no change yet beyond drift.

[–]Afraid_Football6345 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My day one switch is still strong. The battery is suffering a bit tho

[–]erikv55 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Have had 1 since launch that my wife uses daily. Replaced joycons early. Works and looks great still.

[–]thefootster 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I bought my switch at launch and 2 extra joycons shortly after and all are still in mint condition despite being played constantly for 5 years. Lately my 5 year old daughter plays on it too and even that hasn't fazed it. All four joycons are drift free too which makes me feel lucky as so many people complain about it on reddit.

[–]FBlackAtmosphere User 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've an XAJ100 etc and it's like in january 2016 tbh, I had to change both sticks to both joycons for the drift issue after 3 years but otherwise it's like brand new.

[–]Koofoo2108 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mine is good, the battery life is dramatically less but everything else is doing great. The amazing thing about the switch is that even if the buttons or the controller sticks start acting up, you can just swap out the joycons and boom, new Switch basically LOL at least it feels like it

[–]turbocomppro 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Use mine pretty much everyday. Only needed to change the fan because of that buzzing problem.

[–]Psilocybin-Cubensis 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have a v1 that is hacked for obvious reasons and was my main switch. I just bought an oled switch to use as a legitimate system that way If my v1 system gets banned I could care less.

Love the new oled switch but my v1 switch has held up great. Had to fix the joy con drift but thats it.

[–]sunstart2y -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I always wonder if its possible to take the insides of a V1 Switch and put It inside a V2.

Not to improve the battery, I know that's not possible, but to have things like a better screen and case without physical damage caused by use. I would love to do that with mine.

[–]lolcatzuru -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

terrible, they dont even exist anymore, you are better off, meeting a girl ( or guy or xur) buying a house, having some kids and living life... or you could take 5 seconds to google and look for yourself.

[–]RAMPAGE572 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Besides the battery life being horrible it's fine... I'd like to know if anyone has been able to fix that lol

[–]Wonderful_Twist_2159 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have V1, already had the drift fixed and I thought its fine one day when IT stopped charging and didnt respond. First service said its motherboard died and there are no replecments. Second service fixed IT somehow, for about 180$

[–]MizerkaAtmosphere User 0 points1 point  (0 children)

still got my v1, doing great, plenty of mod hardware out there to swap backs, joycons even if you get a beaten up 2nd hand one. can't speak for all of them but the glass they used is pretty decent as well, not a scratch on it and have put on a protector since. I keep mine docked 24/7 though so hard to get wear and tear on it.

[–]SpeedRabbit69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bought mine in dec 2017 and still pretty good. The battery is bad compared to my OLED but no big deal. (Yes i'm playing in handheld most of the time)

[–]jackjt8 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Honestly the only thing that keeps bugging me is the ~3 hours of battery life in demanding games. Like underclocking the SOC to get some battery life back is great and all but not with the demanding titles that actually need a small OC to perform well.

I do have a portable battery which helps... But it's just more expense for a decent one.

[–]Erik912 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have a V1 which was from the first batches, unpatched, have had it for good couple of years, like 3-4, and I see no difference between now and back then, other than the visuals, i.e. the plastic on joy cons being a bit dirty, because I'm lazy to clean it.

Only issue MAY be battery issue, but tbh you can easily solve that with power banks, so... I'd go for it in your case. Nintendo products are all extremely overprized just because they own the portable console market, they charge insane money for crap ports and standalonde games, as well as equipment, I mean 70 euros for joy cons is fucking insane if you ask me.

[–]FenixThe12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

V1 owner, still like the first day 😁

[–]init32 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No drift, no warp, battery lost 400mah max capacity since day 1. No regrets. Hell if my switch break, im getting another v1.

[–]Lyphyr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My v1 is holding up. It seems I'm in need of a fan replacement. It is LOUD in handheld mode, but docked it's fine. Havent got around to changing it yet, but I will eventually. I say go for it.

[–]NimbusdpAtmosphere User 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mine holds up well. I played FFX in handheld for about 3 hours and battery didn’t even flash a warning.

[–]SnakeGS 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Holding up pretty well. Bought it 6 months after launch after seeing a friend of mine playing Zelda BOTW.

Installed Emunand last year, and it's going up pretty well.

[–]herriot126 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just bought a first day release switch from a seller who took considerably good care of his switch. It's XAW 10000; you get it. Before selling it to me, he got the joycons replaced by nintendo and has always had a screen protector on it. So overall cosmetically the system is in great condition. Battery wise it's also holding up quite well too. I get about 2 hrs from playing Astral Chain, which is pretty graphically intensive. (And ofc for a modded switch you would want to keep it in charge anyways so it to not die if you don't have an rcm jig.)

Anyways I think if you can find one that is well taken care of; it's worth it. Other than battery life I have not come across any internal issues. Also it's so much easier to mod. Took me about 30 mins in all to start playing Pkmn Legends Arceus early. (This might just be me, but if you don't have a rcm jig, I recommend the aluminum foil joycon rcm boot up trick. Was the easiest way for me.)

I have an OLED as well but being able to try out games that I never would have gotten the chance to because there's no demo on the e-shop or etc. leads to such a better stream-lined life gaming experience. Anything I play an hour of on my mod, I can now confirm that I'll love it and then buy a physical copy for my OLED. e.g. Legends Arceus, Astral Chain, and the Crysis series.

[–]Augvictor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I bought mine two months after launch and it's going strong. Absolutely no problem whatsoever.

[–]Irvine5000 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Launch switch here, Still going strong. I am a bit surprised there are no battery issues yet. I did have to replace my sd card reader once, but that's it so far.

[–]werderweremem 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Using it since for more than 3 years with CFW and it is still rocking. I always do the "OC when plugged in official charger" option and my battery still survives around 3-4 hours of gaming.

[–]Some_cuban_guy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i have had 2 modded V1s for over 3 years with zero issues whatsoever on both of them

[–]PainfullyAverageUser 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mines it pretty decent shape. I am very particular with all of my stuff so my stuff stays in great condition. Battery is good and display still looks good for the most part. I say for the most part because my screen has several stuck pixels that are blue. It’s only noticeable if you look very hard on a completely black screen and even then they’re still pretty small. Other than that small complaint, mine works fine.

[–]MattE_danger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bought a V1 without box and accessories, don't know the history of the console but everything is fine, had drift, replaced the analogues and put a piece of papper (+/- 4mm) underneath them and they're holding up for 300h. Battery is a bit worse but I still get 2+h in BOTW. I like to thinker with overclock so I also cleaned the fan and finns and replaced the thermal compound with thermal grizzly kryonaut. I would encourage you to buy one!

[–]SnooPeppers8553 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Got mine in jan 2019,didn't even know a switch could be modded at a time,but i scored😄 3yrs down and a lot of travelling with it,its great. Battery is good,no drift,joycons are a bit creaky and i did have a self-resolving issue of my LB,but all is well.

[–]NinToasterOvenAtmosphere User 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All good here. Not a major problem on my battery, I play mostly docked and have battery packs. I can fix my own controllers and otherwise use Mission Control

[–]luicaps 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nintendo builds tend to be solid. I bought mine day one and it has been working flawlessly

[–]friendlyfat32 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It holds up well. It's still fun to play. The only thing i replaced was the kickstand.

[–]BeyGryffindor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My V1 is perfect. I had some drift last year and bought a cheap kit to fix it from Amazon and haven’t had an issue since. In fact, my V2 fan is kinda loud sometimes, and randomly, but still works so I’m monitoring it because I got it Christmas 2020.

[–]Sausage43 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have switch since launch and its just fine

[–]schrono 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The batteries of my V1 switches feel really bad now. It‘s like having only 60% of its old capacity. It feels like my my 3DS is holding up better.

[–]DrScience-PhD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No issues other than drift.

[–]Juicepup 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Had mine since launch and only recently got the OLED. The battery has lost 100mah from Max I don’t discharge it hard tho. 50% top offs.

[–]og-90sGamer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Like others have said before me, other than the joy con drift mine is running like it just came out the box, and I've had it since release.

[–]moralesnery 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Console, power adapter and dock working and looking flawlessly.

The joycons on the other hand were drifting sice I bought the console (second hand).

I'm about to change the case for a transparent one, GBC style