A handful of companies have been producing laptop docking stations for years, giving customers the flexibility to use their smartphones as laptops.
Today, one of the companies that helped create this space is going beyond the laptop docking station and introducing two new types of docking stations. the NexMonitor is a new desktop docking station from the makers of NexDock which allows you to connect your phone to a 27 inch display for use as a desktop computer, while the NexPad is a 12-inch dock that turns your smartphone into a tablet. Both are on pre-order now and are expected to start shipping in July 2022.
With the NexPad selling for $ 249 and prices starting at $ 449 for the NexMonitor, these devices would likely be hard to sell if all they acted like extensions of your phone. Fortunately, there are other ways to use them.
The NexPad, for example, has a removable kickstand that lets you use it as a portable monitor for just about any laptop, tablet, or other device. And there is a magnetic part at the bottom of the device which is designed to hold your phone in place, but which can also be used to attach the docking station to the back of any laptop with a metal cover. , giving you a second screen that can rise above your primary display.
With USB-C and HDMI inputs and touchscreen support, the NexPad can function as a touchscreen monitor. When used with a phone that supports Samsung DeX or a similar desktop environment, this allows you to use your phone as a big screen tablet (albeit with a rather unusual design and huge bezel). But honestly, it might be best to think of the NexPad as a small, portable display that also works as a second display for smartphones when you need it.
One thing to keep in mind is that the NexPad does not function as a standalone tablet. It does not have its own processor, memory or operating system and is really just an extension of any connected device.
It also has no battery, which means it will be powered by a connected device.
The NexMonitor, on the other hand, is a 27-inch desktop monitor available with a 2560 x 1440 pixel display at 100 Hz or a 3840 x 2160 pixel display panel at 60 Hz. With HDMI, DisplayPort and USB inputs. 3.1 Type-C, you can use it as a display for almost any modern laptop or desktop.
But there is also a magnetic part on the right side of the screen where you can attach your phone to the monitor and support wireless charging so that you can charge your phone while it is on. And, of course, you can run a USB cable from your phone to the monitor to mirror your screen or use DeX or similar software for a desktop computing experience powered by your phone.
This type of dock can also be very useful if you are using a linux phone or tablet like the PinePhone or the Purism Librem 5, which are capable of running Linux desktop apps as well as mobile optimized apps.
Unlike the NexPad, which doesn’t have speakers (which means your phone’s speakers will have to do all the work), the NexMonitor has 5-watt stereo speakers. And with an SD card reader, Ethernet jack, USB ports and 3.5mm audio jack, it can also work as a docking station or USB hub for your phone or other connected devices.
Here are some key specs for Nex’s new docking stations:
1920 x 1080 pixels
2560 x 1440 at 100 Hz
3840 x 2160 at 60 Hz
|Ports of entry||2 x USB 3.1 Type-C
1 mini-HDMI 2.0
|1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
1 DisplayPort 1.2 port
|Other ports||1 x USB 2.0 Type-C||2 x USB Type-A
1 x USB type B
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 SD card reader
|Other characteristics||Removable crutch
Wireless charging for smartphones
|audio||N / A||2 speakers 5W|
|Dimensions||277 x 250 x 6.3 mm
10.9 “x 9.8” x 0.25 “
28 ″ x 21 ″ x 7.9 ″
|Price||$ 249||$ 449 (2.5K)
$ 549 (4K)
Honestly, even after considering all you can do with these docks, they always I feel a little hard to sell as it is 2022 and most people still don’t plan to use their smartphones as desktops or tablets. But if you’re one of those looking to do just that, pre-orders are now open.
Note that Nex requires customers to pay a deposit of $ 100 up front, with the remaining balance to be billed a week or two before devices are shipped. But the company promises that down payments are refundable if you change your mind before your order ships.
Going through Android Authority