Confused about dock penny test

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  1. SquidgyBean
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    I am confused about the Dock penny test to see if the dock is bent. I have been seeing videos pop up about the penny test. I know my dock is not bent as I placed it up against something straight and it was pressed up flush with the object. But i am seeing pennies being used at the bottom and slid up to top of gap to test. I was curious and tried myself but I can't even get the penny in the bottom it's way to big. So I am confused. There's no other currency that has a penny right other than British pound right?
     
  2. YourHero

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    The dock is bent in more at the top. From what I have seen it's common among docks. Mine is, and like every friend is too. I think it's to what degree. Mine does not scratch the switch screen. From all I've seen it seems like it's the design to have less space at the top. Probably to "grip" the console a little? But I could be wrong. However the penny test tends to result in more people having the top of the dock having a smaller gap than the bottom.
     
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    Ok I understand that, thanks but I meant I actually can't even do the penny test like in the video i watched cause the penny won't even slot in the bottom of the gap, the penny is way too big

    The guy in the video puts a penny starting at the bottom of the dock and gently but easily slides the penny upwards but half way up it starts to get a lot of friction which was because the dock was bent. But when I start to put penny on the gap starting at the bottom it won't even go in the bottom for me to even test if the dock is bent
     
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    Fits in mine just fine. However mine is bent in to the point it would never move anywhere.
     
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    A fair few places, including the US, will call the one cent (or whatever the equivalent is) a penny.

    Going by https://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/index583f.html?action=coin_specifications such a thing is 19.05mm where http://www.royalmint.com/discover/uk-coins/coin-design-and-specifications/one-penny-coin reckons a UK one is 20.3mm.

    There are other means. A good one is A4 paper is usually a great single use square as it will be cut pretty damn accurately, straight, 90 degree corners, parallel and all that good stuff. That should allow you to reveal it easily enough (keep it parallel to the back face and the bottom, move it along and if it touches at the same time along the length it is parallel and if it touches at the top first then it is bent).
     
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    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    This is mine. As you can see it stops I guess about half way. I assumed this was normal. I actually force bent mine outward a little too the other day.
     
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    Lol thank you makes more sense, I must have been watching a video from America and he called it a penny. A UK penny definantly wouldn't fit it's like a mm to big

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    I can see yours is bent at the top without the penny.
     
  8. YourHero

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    Yep. Seems normal. I've asked quite a few people and it seems a majority is bent like that. My assumption is either this is a flaw design or it's purposely made this way to grip the console slightly to prevent wobble in the dock.
     
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    That's a good theory.
    My assumption also is that the angle is to keep the walls of the dock from rubbing flat against the switch or just to give it extra ventilation room.
     
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    Thats a good one too. I based my theory on how USB ports break a lot on cellphones. If Nintendo is does anything, they do try to be revolutionary. But yea, most people I ask say their is bent in. It's to what degree is it bent. Thats where the scratches come in.
     
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    I haven't seen this problem in my dock or any of my friends. It seems to be a defect on a larger scale, but one that can either hinder or help the user. Or it could just mean that a perfectly straight dock is the actual defect.
     
  12. YourHero

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    Yea from a video I watched I now realize that. The person who made the video claims this is a defect and I should call Nintendo on it. Thing is, it doesn't scratch my Switch, and also I use screen protectors. I guess if it got worse I would call but as it stands I don't see the need.