The company behind the NexDock 360 lapdock has announced a new tablet dock and a new monitor to further maximize your smartphone capability.

There is no denying the fact that smartphones of today are crazy powerful. A mid-range smartphone of today has better performance than a similarly-priced Windows or Chrome OS laptop. With such an abundance of firepower, it will be a complete waste to not utilize it beyond social media browsing.

Nex Computer LLC, the Californian-based company that has been developing a universal laptop docking station (or lapdock as widely known by most tech enthusiasts) called NexDock since 2016, believed that your smartphone is capable enough to be a pocket PC. Their current NexDock 360 lapdock shows their testament to that belief, and they continue to do so with the launch of NexPad and NexMonitor at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022 show last week.

  • NexPad

NexPad with a smartphone connected to the tablet dock and kickstand opened. Photo courtesy of Nex Computer LLC.
Photo: Nex Computer LLC

For the NexPad, Nex Computer made it look like a tablet. Surprisingly, there is no built-in keyboard and mousepad, unlike other detachable screen lapdocks like the UPERFECT X Pro and Alldocube Expand X. Think of it as NexDock's portable screen counterpart. With an embedded USB-C cable slot and a magnetic mount below the screen, you don't have to worry about bringing a spare cable or using a third-party magnetic smartphone holder. The magnetic mounting base and the kickstand also has a secret trick on their sleeve as it can be used as a second monitor by attaching it to a laptop. Not only it can boost on-the-go productivity, but it can also reduce neck strain and improve body posture.

NexPad mounted on top of a MacBook laptop. Photo courtesy of Nex Computer LLC.
Photo: Nex Computer LLC

Hardware-wise, you get a 12" 16:9 IPS LCD screen panel with 1080p resolution, two USB-C 3.1 ports for video output and Power Delivery, one USB-C 2.0 port for general use, and one mini HDMI 2.0 port. Since this is more of a portable monitor, there is no built-in battery and 3.5mm audio jack. The whole package cost $249 and is expected to be shipped around July 2022.

  • NexMonitor

NexMonitor with an Apple iPhone on the magnetic base and a Mac Mini under the monitor screen. Photo courtesy of Nex Computer LLC.
Photo: Nex Computer LLC

Perhaps the biggest surprise coming from a lapdock-centric company is the announcement of an external monitor. After all, there are numerous monitors out there available to purchase. However, just like their lapdocks, this is also aimed towards maximizing the full potential of your smartphone.

Like the NexPad, the NexMonitor has a magnetic mount on the right side of the monitor. However, it has the added bonus of wireless charging support. Nex Computer also made this monitor compatible with Apple devices as the iPhone can be used for wireless charging while the base stand can be used as a compartment for Mac Mini.

A Samsung smartphone in DeX Mode connected to the NexMonitor. Photo courtesy of Nex Computer LLC.
Photo: Nex Computer LLC

That said, Android smartphones and Windows laptops can still enjoy the connectivity of this monitor thanks to a USB-C 3.1 port with ALT DP compatibility, a full-size HDMI 2.1 port, and a DisplayPort 1.2 port. There is also two USB-A port, a USB-B port, a 3.5mm audio jack, an RJ45 Ethernet port, and an SD card reader. As for the screen itself, it's a 27" 16:9 IPS LCD screen panel with two options of 1440p@100Hz for $449 and 4K@60Hz for $549. Like the NexPad, they are expected to be shipped around July 2022.

Are you tempted by Nex Computer's new product or still content with your current lapdock? Do you even use or own a lapdock in the first place? Let us know in the comment section down below.

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