initial impressions – LapDock

Recently, Motorola quietly killed the LapDock.  This drove down the prices and and made it financially accessible to acquire one(went from ~$150 to about ~$50!)

 

I acquired one for the Raspberry Pi laptop project(this has been done many, many times already), but while I am waiting for some parts to arrive(micro HDMI female to male), I have a lapdock to play with.  Using my girlfriend’s Bionic, how was the experience you ask?

It’s pretty nice!  I mean, it’s definitely limited in power(noticeable lag when typing and seeing the text display on screen, for example), but it is an impressive accessory.  Definitely ahead of its time.  If given a chance, this could have been the gateway to a series of products which could have competed against tablets and netbooks in the world.

 

The experience was definitely rough, and here’s why.  The LapDock I bought was designed for Atrix 4G – but got it to work with the Bionic via the use of extension cables(for micro HDMI and micro USB cables).  Why?  Because LapDocks are phone specific, like the phone docks.  Luckily, because Motorola used HDMI and USB instead of a proprietary cable, just getting those connected to the phone was enough to establish a connection and launch the WebTop mode.

 

The LapDock is essentially a screen+keyboard+trackpad+2 port USB hub+battery(will charge the phone!).  It’s a great idea and honestly, should have gotten a better response from the market than it ultimately did.  Well, I have my own ideas on why it didn’t catch on… the price being the main cause.

 

at $150 – $200, it is a very costly accessory.  And the overal responsiveness was sluggish.  But at a fire sale price?  It’s like the HP Touchpad – I wouldn’t be surprised if Motorola(Google?) realizes the sudden popularity and this concept gets re-introduced.  It is definitely a neat accessory to have if you have a compatible phone.  Or if you have a Raspberry Pi!

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