Dream of turning your Android phone or Raspberry Pi into a fully-fledged laptop? Well, with the all-new NexDock Touch you can!
Like the original NexDock the new model is a 14.1-inch laptop shell, complete with keyboard, trackpad, and touchscreen, but no computer inside.
The idea is that you connect an Android phone or tablet (ideally one with Android ‘desktop mode’ functionality available) or attach a single-board computer (like the Raspberry Pi 4 or HardROCK64). It’s the peripheral that acts as the “brain” in the set-up, while the NexDock functions as the rest of the laptop.
Although it is not often publicised you can use the NexDock as a second monitor for an existing Linux laptop, Chromebook, or Apple MacBook. I won’t pretend that having a 14-inch laptop sat next to an existing laptop is an efficient way to work, but in a pinch it might just be handy all the same.
Design and specs wise the NexDock Touch is effectively an upgraded version of NexDock 2 sold last year. It has the same overall dimensions, a similar weight, same materials, and the exact same crop of ports.
Where it differs is:
- 14-inch touch display (1920×1080)
- Narrow bezels
- Large 60Wh battery
- Better speakers
- Bigger touchpad
One feature did get lost in the transition to touchscreen: the webcam. The NexDock Touch does not have a built-in webcam. Personally? I’d say a lack of a webcam is a pro not a con.
You can learn more about the NexDock Touch (and pre-order a unit) over on the official product page.
To score the early-bird pricing of $249 ($319 is the MSRP) you’ll need to slap down a $100 payment right away, with the rest paid prior to shipping. Which is when? Well, the company says it plans to ship pre-orders by 31 August 2020 so it’s not to far off!