We first heard about NexDock almost two months ago. It's basically a laptop without the smarts - a dummy terminal. Now, it has reached its $300,000 goal on Indiegogo, making it one step closer to becoming a reality.
Of course, NexDock requires another device to be plugged into it. The most obvious use is Continuum for phones; however, the device can be used for anything that's compatible with HDMI.
One obvious use is a small Windows tablet, which would effectively turn it into a full PC. PC sticks are another option, as is a Raspberry Pi. It also promises to allow you to turn your iPhone into a game controller using AirPlay.
Here are the official specs:
Dimensions & weight: 351 mm x 233 mm x 20 mm, 1490 gr
Display: 14.1 inch 1366*768 TN Screen with 16:9 display ratio
Keyboard and Touchpad: Bluetooth class 4.0
Battery: Li-ion battery, 3.8V / 10000mAh
HDMI port: mini HDMI
Connectivity: 2x USB port, 1 x TF card slot, 1 x 3.5mm headphone port, built-in dual Speakers (NexDock works as expansion dock when connected via USB)
Power: DC 3.5mm 5V/2.5 A
But that's not all. At the time of this writing, the campaign sits at $306,346. The company promises that if that number reaches $500,000, one of the USB ports will be a USB C port. If that number reaches $1,000,000, the display will be replaced with a higher resolution one.
If you wish to grab a NexDock, know that while the retail price is going to be $149, there are still various backing options available at the time of this writing.
$79 (250 out of 250 claimed): One NexDock from the first preorder batch.
$99 (750 out of 750 claimed): One NexDock from the first preorder batch.
$119 (900 out of 900 claimed): One NexDock from the first preorder batch.
$119 (199 of 500 claimed): One NexDock from the first preorder batch.
$129 (26 claimed): One NexDock from the first preorder batch.
$219 (115 out of 250 claimed): Two NexDocks from the first preorder batch. Save more than 25 percent.
$539 (3 claimed): Five NexDocks from the first preorder batch. Save 27 percent.
$2,100 (0 out of 25 claimed): 20 NexDocks.
$10,000 (5 out of 10 claimed): 100 NexDocks.
The NexDock is slated to ship in June 2016, so if you want the discounted price that comes with backing it, you'd better hurry. You can grab one right here.