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Nexdock 2 - another shot

Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:22 pm

A new version of the Nexdock is launched on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ne ... /nexdock-2

A Nexdock is basically a terminal in laptop format. To turn it into a working computer you connect a smartphone, or a Pi, to it.

Nexdock 1 was discussed on this forum in 2016: viewtopic.php?f=63&t=136574&hilit=nexdock

Back then I ordered one, and after much delay I got it, but it never worked properly and I didn't bother to send it back to Hong Kong for repair.

I hope this one works better, I backed it.
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Re: Nexdock 2 - another shot

Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:14 pm

I have the original NexDock here, and its been fine,
seems they have addressed the main drawback of that:
bluetooth keyboard&trackpad (which aren't the best and can't be used pre-boot)

The new one connects the keybaord and trackpad by USB
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Re: Nexdock 2 - another shot

Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:12 pm

Won't be backing this time.
Whilst I still use mine Nexdock 1 because it is more convenient that dragging round a monitor, I have to carry a USB mouse to get the thing working.
Got charged import tax and ended up having to fit a replacement PCB.

At least they aren't on Indiegogo this time.
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Re: Nexdock 2 - another shot

Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:29 pm

Problem I have is that I could buy a couple of second hand Lenovo 120S computers, two Pi zeros, a couple of cases and the USB cables to connect them for the price of one of these.

Though poor at running Windows the laptop runs Linux great...

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Re: Nexdock 2 - another shot

Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:31 pm

I still see the need for a mobile Pi, so that is why I ordered the new NexDock.
There are other possibilities to create a laptop Pi, but this seems a pretty good deal to me.

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Re: Nexdock 2 - another shot

Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:47 pm

The first goal of $50,000 has been reached.
Good to know: on top of the price comes $30 shipping cost (to the Netherlands, other countries may be different).
And on top of that expect import taxes and duties (at least VAT) to be paid to the delivery service.

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Re: Nexdock 2 - another shot

Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:34 am

I think the funding campaign is a success: $422,000 with 6 days to go, a lot quicker than the Nexdock 1 campaign.
Just hope the manufacturing campaign will go equally well.

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Re: Nexdock 2 - another shot

Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:40 pm

buja wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:34 am
Just hope the manufacturing campaign will go equally well.
And that their factory doesn't have a fire.. and that they actually test them before they are sent out...
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Re: Nexdock 2 - another shot

Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:49 pm

scotty101 wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:40 pm
buja wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:34 am
Just hope the manufacturing campaign will go equally well.
And that their factory doesn't have a fire.. and that they actually test them before they are sent out...
Indeed.

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Re: Nexdock 2 - another shot

Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:07 am

Nexdock 2 is going to happen. 2166 backers raised $496,689 on Kickstarter in 30 days.
In fact the minimum goal of $50,000 was reached within one day, so it was never really a question.
The $500,000 stretch limit was not reached, however Nexdock 2 will come with a backlit keyboard anyway.

So the funding campaign has been very successful, now let's see if the production process can match that success. The planned shipping date is September 2019.

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Re: Nexdock 2 - another shot

Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:48 am

My new Pi year started with the delivery of the new Nexdock 2.
I backed the Kickstarter campaign for it in March 2019, and on Thursday I collected the Nexdock at the pick-up point. :D

Most important thing: it works! In fact, I am using it right now to write this post on a Pi 3B. It worked right out of the box with the Pi. the keyboard is good and the touchpad works too. I prefer a mouse over a touchpad, so I appreciate the function key to switch off the touchpad very easily.
So the first impression is very good. I will see if I can add a picture to this post and post other findings later.

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Nexdock 2 on Raspberry Pi 3B
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Writing this very post!
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