NexDock

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  1. bluedeer

    bluedeer Member

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    Does anyone remember the NexDock, the Laptop-without-guts? Meant for plugging into things like a Raspberry Pi, or some smartphones, or other devices with USB and HDMI connections?

    It's coming back. As of apparently October 1, 2019, they will be filling Pre-Orders. You can place a Pre-Order on the site right now. If you have any micro devices that may be compatible (And they advertise a Raspberry Pi as a compatible device, so others should be as well), it might be worth snagging one as a sort of all-in-one solution.

    Looks like the Pre-Order Price is about $229 + $30 USD shipping. Might be worth checking out.

    http://nexdock.com/
     
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  2. TrashyMG

    TrashyMG Sarcasm Dispenser Staff Member

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    I'm interested in this, but I'll likely only hop on it if I see real units in the wild.
     
  3. bluedeer

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    I'm tempted to see about picking one up, since I missed out on the last one. I could use it with various things, like my GPD Win.
     
  4. levi

    levi Still fresh, damnit!

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    It looks like it does contain some kind of battery as it says:
    Edit number 3: I just accidentally clicked on the picture of the rPI setup at the bottom and it took me
    here. It shows that you need a USB-C to microUSB (for power) and type A for everything else USB Y-cable. And you need a HDMI cable for the screen (apparently full sized/type A, which is nice).

    Edit4: And it seems their product name is in part an emoji ;)
     
  5. bluedeer

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    Yeah, you'd need different cables but I presume it would come with a few. If not, they should be fairly easy to obtain. There looks to be a small octopus in one of the lower images which looks like it might handle a USB C and a USB A breakout of some kind. It will be interesting to see what it comes with.

    Well, the X D is automatically populating on the forum, and I have no idea how to unforce it. Hah!
     
  6. SNESFAN

    SNESFAN Retro game fanatic

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    They would have had me with VGA in. A mobile crash cart, yes please.
     
  7. Chip

    Chip [Insert Custom Title Here]

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    I recently put together a crash bag for work.

    9" USB-powered HDMI monitor
    Foldable USB keyboard/touchpad
    VGA to HDMI converter
    10" tablet bag

    It hooks up to pretty much anything and cost about half what the nexdock is selling for.
     
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  8. Hellfleck

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    they ran a kickstarter a while ago with better description :


    also a vga-to-hdmi converter is 10€ these days
     
  9. SNESFAN

    SNESFAN Retro game fanatic

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    I understand, my gripe is truely minor, I'm just saying, it probably wouldn't have been terribly hard to add the converter internally is all. Enumeration to hdmi means most things would require a converter rather than much cheaper and smaller adapters.
     
  10. levi

    levi Still fresh, damnit!

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    Given they're targetting phones and SBCs, show me one of those with a VGA connector on it. Most things they're targetting talk native HDMI, although the size and shape of ports may vary.
     
  11. SNESFAN

    SNESFAN Retro game fanatic

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    On their website under features http://nexdock.com/features/ (at bottom) they advertise a server crash cart as a use case. It's technically possible for blades to have HDMI, but 100% of servers I've messed with, and the poweredge they show only have VGA out


    Edit, if you look closely, you can even see the front VGA port in their picture on the left by the usb/power (One in the rear as well)

    Edit2, technically possible with a graphics adapter, but bad due to LoM normally having embeded video drivers in the image, you would very likely lose access to stuff like idrac etc.
     
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  12. Grench

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    Have you ever felt like someone has browsed your posting history to harvest your ideas then make crowd funded products based on them? I have...

    https://pyra-handheld.com/boards/th...for-ed-small-hdmi-monitor.82319/#post-1428859

     
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  13. Swordfish II

    Swordfish II Very Active Member

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    Too expensive for basically an hdmi monitor, keyboard and battery.

    I'm highly unimpressed
     
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