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For those wanting a portable Pi...

Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:27 am

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/01/1 ... _2_review/

Apparently (if I'm reading it right) the intended use of the Nexdock 2 is to be used with a smart phone, but the reviewer started out with a Pi4B.

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Re: For those wanting a portable Pi...

Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:13 am

What exactly is it, a laptop like device you can control an externally attached Pi or smartphone from?

It's quite the heavy beast too, at almost 1.5KG

The price tag is a bit high for what's on offer as well. As mentioned in the linked article, you xan get a second hand netbook with more power at a lower weight and cost.
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Re: For those wanting a portable Pi...

Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:39 am

So far as I can tell, it's a screen, a keyboard, a touchpad and a battery. The weight is probably in the battery and making the shell reasonably robust. I believe the intent is to have a way to turn a smart phone into a sort of laptop, since modern smart phone SoCs are pretty powerful, but the screens are smaller than one might want to do serious work on and a keyboard is far easier to use.

Whether or not there is an actual market at their price....I dunno. For the *concept* there probably is. Look at all the lapdocks that got turned into sort of laptops using Pis. That was considered reasonable because they were sold surplus and cheap.

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Re: For those wanting a portable Pi...

Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:13 am

I have one (as already mentioned here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/view ... 3&t=236386).

I use it with a Raspberry Pi and this works very well (2B, 3B). Compared to a VNC connection the image is much better (no scaling issues).
You could say the Nexdock is the modern terminal: no CPU, you must connect it to a computer or a smartphone (that supports an external desktop, not every phone does that).

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Re: For those wanting a portable Pi...

Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:22 pm

As with many things, I guess its utility depends on your use case. If you need access to the Pi i/o pins, and need to be away from a power outlet at the same time, I suppose something like this is necessary.

For a portable Pi without use of i/o pins, I have a couple options. If I'm in a hotel, say, I can just plug the Pi into the TV along with a keyboard and mouse. If I have to be away from a power outlet, and/or away from something I could use as a monitor, using an old laptop with RPD x86 on it gives me a Pi-like desktop environment in which to work (I recognize that such is not truly a Pi).

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