Motorola once launched the Lapdock, a device that looks like a laptop with a 11.6″ screen and a keyboard, but without processor or memory since it was instead designed to connect to the company’s Atrix 4G smartphone. Motorola eventually pulled the plug on this concept, and maybe it was just ahead of its time, as a startup has now developed NexDock, a device similar to Lapdock with a 14″ display, built-in battery and Bluetooth keyboard.
- Display – 14.1″ TN screen; 1366×768 resolution; 16:9 display ratio
- Bluetooth 4.0 keyboard and touchpad
- Video input – mini HDMI port
- Audio Output – 3.5mm headphone port
- Storage – micro SD card slot
- USB – 2x USB ports
- Battery – 3.8V / 10000mAh Li-ion battery
- Power – 5V/2.5A via 3.5mm power barrel
- Dimensions – 351 mm x 233 mm x 20 mm
- Weight – 1490 grams
NexDock is operating system agnostic and would work with Windows 10 with Continuum feature, Linux distributions, Android smartphones and tablets, iPhones, and iPad. It’s also convenient to use with small development boards such as Raspberry Pi, and TV sticks. Another use case is for a secondary display for your laptop.
Beyond the current NexDock design, the company envisions further products where CPU modules would just connect to the back of display via a USB Type C connector carrying both USB data, video and power.
NexDock has been launched on Indiegogo, where the company aims to raise at least $300,000. All $79 early bird rewards are gone, but NexDock “Not Too Late” rewards can be had for $99 for the next 750 pieces, after which it will go for $119. Retail price is expected to be $149. Be careful that shipping is not included, and while you won’t be asked for it when your pledge on Indiegogo, you’ll be asked around $25 extra, with the exact amount depending on your country, once the campaign is complete. Delivery is scheduled for June 2016. You can also visit NexDock website for more details.