The Switch may be selling incredibly well, but Nintendo’s new hardware isn’t without its issues. The left Joy-Con connectivity problem was identified and Nintendo is willing to fix affected units, but there’s a new issue that looks a lot more serious. Some Nintendo Switch units are warping, with the suggestion the warping occurs when in docked mode.
The problem was first highlighted in a post on Reddit showing the Switch tablet with a clear bend across its length. Then a NeoGAF thread started and other Switch owners postied images of their bent Switch tablets.
When the Switch is in docked mode and hooked up to a TV it increases the resolution of whatever game is being played and spins up the cooling fan inside the Switch to cope with the extra heat being generated. But is this heat enough to make the Switch bend with extended use? That seems unlikely.
As the iFixit teardown of the Switch revealed, the non-flexible components are very tightly packed and are then covered by a metal shield mounted on the back of the tablet. It would take a serious amount of heat to make it warp, probably more than the Switch could generate without shutting down first to avoid permanent damage.
What seems more likely is this warping has been present since purchase and is a quality control problem at the manufacturing stage. If the bend exists, but the Switch still works perfectly, Nintendo is letting it through the QA process and shipping the unit. Alternatively, nobody is noticing at the point of manufacture.
Another explanation is that the Switch tablet isn’t very strong and over time through holding the tablet to play, it is slowly bending at one or both ends. That’s a serious problem if it’s happening as eventually something inside will become unseated and stop the Switch from working.
For now, the reason for warping is unclear, but it’s another issue Nintendo needs to look into and inform users as to their findings. If your Switch is warped, contact Nintendo Support and explain what you’ve found. They may already know about this and advise you it’s not a problem, or offer to fix it.