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Nintendo has filed a patent for an alternative Switch dock design that allows the interior port module to rotate to face one side or the other. The benefit is to have option of having the power and video output ports either side, for better cable management options.
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The idea is to provide more flexibility for different setups, depending on whether you want the HDMI cable to come out of the left or right sides. These diagrams show the guides for allowing the module to rotate 180 degrees between configurations. The little knob marked #76 fits into the semi-circular groove #57, guiding the rotation. The two flatter circles marked #77 fit into the holes marked #58 to lock the module in place.

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An alternative design has the entire rear of the Switch dock rotate instead of having a small interior module. While this looks a bit cleaner, the design in the first post allows for some vents (marked #54 in the diagrams) to help cool the switch when docked.

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