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After the recent issue dbrand had with their Killswitch magnets causing issues with some Steam Deck fans, they've issued an update on how it's going and other changes due to Dock compatibility.

Firstly, for the Killswitch Case redesign, it sounds like it's going well. In a post on Reddit, they showed off some fresh pictures of the new lock design without magnets, along with an upgraded kickstand that now includes Micro SD card holder slots:

As a result of the changes, the kickstand they say is now "10% lighter" too.

When to expect them? They are on target for January 2023.

Remember when they said reservations would get free Portal Stick Grips that didn't happen? They apologised and said they've now had time to make more so if you did place the reservation and ordered, they will be sending them out.

The other subject is Docking Station compatibility. The Killswitch Case does not fit in a lot of docks, like the official Valve dock. So they're now going to be doing a USB-C extender so you can actually plug it in and a low-profile plastic "bucket" that serves as an adapter so it can actually sit in the dock with the case on. dbrand said they are not aiming to make a profit on those, as they will be "priced according to parts and labor" and that anyone who received the older magnetic version of the case would get them free in the upcoming reshipment of the new case. For everyone else, you can buy them standalone or add them to your order.

Here's how the USB-C extender and bucket look:

The bucket looks fine but wow that USB-C extender sure does look ugly and out of place, they probably can't make it much shorter though so it will have to do.

I do find it odd they only posted this on Reddit, and not in an email to actual customers though. I guess they assume they will reach most people there but if you don't go on Reddit, you would miss it.

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6 comments

Klaas 11 Nov
The extender looks like an accident waiting to happen that breaks the USB-C receptacle, the angled plug or both.
Izaic 13 Nov
Quoting: KlaasThe extender looks like an accident waiting to happen that breaks the USB-C receptacle, the angled plug or both.

100%. There's got to be a better solution... Perhaps at least some kind of plastic piece that grips onto the case to give it support so it can't bend?
metamorphic 13 Nov
Aye, there is a better solution: not buying dbrand's overpriced and hypermarketed tosh. There will be plenty of better cases compatible with both the official dock and others.
Quoting: Izaic
Quoting: KlaasThe extender looks like an accident waiting to happen that breaks the USB-C receptacle, the angled plug or both.

100%. There's got to be a better solution... Perhaps at least some kind of plastic piece that grips onto the case to give it support so it can't bend?
CZiNTrPT 13 Nov
With my order I had black stickgrios and red/blue stickgrips included. I was confused but happy. I think I at least had ordered one set and the second one was the reservation bonus
CZiNTrPT 13 Nov
I actually like the magnetic kickstand, although I have the "bad" fan. But replacement is on the way. I would prefer them updating the magnetic kickstand (or case) with a sd card holder. So far I'm actually using a magnetic solution to always have my 2nd sd card with my steamdeck
GeeksOnHugs 13 Nov
So why couldn't make the extender shorter?
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