I've had a Switch for years and a Steam Deck since October 2022. Obviously the Switch is awesome if and when the games are worth it (once or twice a year). I'll never try to convince someone who isn't interested in a Steam Deck to buy one, but I do always just pause at some of the complaints - particularly the noise. I genuinely have no idea why people still bring this up, and I'm not being rude. It's just not an issue. Seriously. I didn't think it was an issue before they updated the fan driver, and I definitely don't think its an issue since. As for battery life, it is definitely not going to last as long as the Switch, but it's not like this thing dies in an hour. Honestly, I've never wanted to play the Deck for any period longer than the battery lasted. Perhaps if you weren't going to be able to charge it on a weekend trip or something it would be an issue. But I've traveled with it multiple times. Lasts just fine on 3-4 hour plane flights. Last just fine in a hotel room, and I've used it for 2-3 hours on car rides. Sure you can burn the battery down if you try to, but if you just drop a couple settings when you know you can't charge it quickly, it does just fine. The low native resolution of this thing makes low settings on games look great. It's strange and pretty neat, actually. The initial critic reviews of the battery life, in my opinion, really made a much bigger deal than is practical.The reason I never liked Steam Deck is the fact it was built around graphical performance.
The Steam Deck is bulky, big, heavy, noisy and has poor battery life.
When I buy a handheld I want:
-long battery life
-low weight and portability
-no noise or loud fans
❤ my Switch.
👎 Steam Deck.
*Edit, I had to go back and check. I actually received the SteamDeck in the first week of September 2022.