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NexDock 2 laptop dock for Samsung DeX, Raspberry Pi starts shipping to backers

The NexDock 2 lapdock, now shipping to Kickstarter backers, is up for general pre-orders. (Source: NexDock)
The NexDock 2 lapdock, now shipping to Kickstarter backers, is up for general pre-orders. (Source: NexDock)
NexDock has started shipping its NexDock 2 to Kickstarter backers. The device is a ‘dumb’ terminal for connecting to, and working, off the brains of smartphones and micro PCs like the Raspberry Pi.

Smartphones these days are incredibly powerful with flagship devices boasting performance suitable for use in PCs. All you have to do is look at devices like the soon-to-ship Galaxy Books S which runs Windows on Qualcomm’s 8cx chipset, which is a PC-optimized version of its popular Snapdragon 855 chipset found in most 2019 Android flagships. Tapping into that power in a laptop form without needing to buy a new laptop has long been a dream of many and the NexDock 2 could be just the way to do it.

The NexDock 2 is now shipping to backers of its Kickstarter campaign. It doesn’t have a CPU, RAM or operating system and is entirely dependent on a user’s smartphone or micro-PC like a Raspberry Pi to actually become functional. It looks like a premium laptop and is made from aluminum, incorporates a large trackpad, features a full-size edge-to-edge keyboard and includes a USB-C port (3.0), USB- A port (3.0), a headphone jack and a microSD card reader.

Although it will create a desktop-like UI experience for all compatible smartphones, it is also the first device on the market to take full advantage of Samsung’s DeX experience in a laptop dock form factor. While early bird backers were able to pick up the NexDock 2 for as little as US$199 on Kickstarter, pre-orders are now also being taken through the company’s official website. Although not quite as cheap, it will ship in March for US$259 plus postage.

The NexDock 2 also supports Raspberry Pi microPCs. (Source: NexDock)
The NexDock 2 also supports Raspberry Pi microPCs. (Source: NexDock)
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-01-27 (Update: 2020-01-27)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.