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NexDock is a 14″ Lapdock Alternative for mini PCs, Development Boards, Smartphones and Tablets (Crowdfunding)

February 17th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

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.

NexDockNexDock technical specifications:

  • 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.

Next Generation NexDock Concept Design with USB C Port

Next Generation NexDock Concept Design using CPU Modules with USB Type-C Ports

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.

  1. bv
    February 17th, 2016 at 11:56 | #1

    I think this is great but not at that resolution.

  2. davidlt
    February 17th, 2016 at 13:45 | #2

    I guess, we all have our perfect ideas. E.g. mine would be 12″ or 13″ with small bezels, IPS 1080p panel. Basically make it more compact and add a better display.

  3. Leon
    February 17th, 2016 at 14:07 | #3

    I still have a Motorola lapdock and I often use it for demos. Couple of weeks ago, during FOSDEM 2016, I showed a DIY laptop with it and Tizen. So many people were asking me about the lapdock.
    NexDock looks nice. In my opinion it is a bit overpriced because right now NexDock is more expensive than the Motorala lapdock that I bought 3 years ago. The hardware is similar so I don’t see any innovation. The fixed goal of $300,000 also sets a high bar for the project.

  4. Johnny
    February 17th, 2016 at 20:55 | #4

    I was excited about this concept years ago, but I suspect it will always be niche.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001LJSRJK/ref=cm_cr_mpr_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8

    I still might pick one up though. I like the idea of laptop you can upgrade. Velcro an Odroid on the back with a power pack or two and away you go.

  5. onebir
    February 17th, 2016 at 21:28 | #5

    EOMA68 FTW!

  6. February 17th, 2016 at 22:07 | #6

    Phones are a complete computer system, they should make these for development boards or even go bigger like modular laptop. This is a niche product and as neat as it is I would not pay more than $80 for it without the wait and only 1/2 that if I have to wait for it to be designed. I would pay $200 for a modular laptop that included a raspberry pi zero especially if it was upgradable. But this as it currently is is nothing more than a toy.

  7. onebir
    February 17th, 2016 at 23:14 | #7

    @birdog
    Not sure of pricing, but EOMA68/Rhombus Tech have plans for just this kind of thing:
    http://rhombus-tech.net/
    https://www.crowdsupply.com/eoma68/micro-desktop

    See also Lilliputing podcast (LPX?)

  8. February 18th, 2016 at 22:07 | #8

    @onebir
    I am talking more like the One Laptop per Child project called XO infinity modular laptop. Doesnt need to be as rugged as theirs and would like more modern components but one where you could build and just plug in different development boards. All it really needs is a screen battery and places to put in specified size dev boards and modular ports… very much like the XO Infinity.

  9. onebir
    February 19th, 2016 at 00:33 | #9

    @birdog
    I believe the Rhombus Tech device will have a ‘pass though’ card that lets you plug in dev boards.

  10. February 19th, 2016 at 04:08 | #10

    @onebir
    I must be looking at the wrong thing then because I did not see anything but a board and a desktop project. I did not see anything at all the was laptop or anything with a screen even.

  11. February 19th, 2016 at 09:15 | #11

    @birdog
    The Crowdsupply link only shows the micro-desktop, but they are also developing a laptop -> http://www.cnx-software.com/2016/01/26/rhombus-tech-15-6-libre-laptop-is-user-upgradeable-with-eoma68-cpu-cards/

  12. February 19th, 2016 at 20:33 | #12

    i’m just finishing up the libre 15.6in laptop casework (installing the bamboo panels which arrived last month) and will be taking some photos in the next few days. sign-up will then be activated on crowdsupply. and yes, birdog: when you put in a pass-through card into an EOMA68 laptop (or tablet, or desktop, or anything else) it effectively becomes an HDMI+USB enabled docking station, providing a 2nd screen, keyboard, mouse, touchpanel, audio device – whatever the “base” unit has, it becomes available to the PC or the laptop or the smartphone it’s plugged into. HDMI and USB are universal.

  13. February 20th, 2016 at 00:28 | #13

    Thanks, I do remember seeing that and have been looking for an update. That is exactly what I would love to buy. Although if I am extremely picky would love to see it in 11.6″ or ideally 13.3″ and that would have a bonus of extending the battery a bit. None the less I am sure you are not going to change now and will buy one anyway or a diy parts to build my own? Have you though of doing a blog or a running post in forums like the evildragon does for the Dragonbox Pyra? I bet he would welcome your posts there and would even sell them in his shop.

  14. February 20th, 2016 at 00:29 | #14

    @cnxsoft
    Thanks for clarifying, here is where i first saw the article. Love you posts btw.

  15. onebir
    April 2nd, 2016 at 00:55 | #15

    88% funded, 16 days / 300 Nexdocks to go…

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