Your perfect Continuum lap dock just got launched... (for September)

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The accessory Holy Grail for Windows 10 Mobile flagship users (so Lumia 950, IDOL 4 Pro, Elite x3) was always an affordable lap dock. The idea is to plug in via USB Type C and have the entire OS/UI extended to the lap dock screen (while the phone screen acts independently). No need for Bluetooth or wired mouse or keyboard, no need for a separate charger or power source. Just plug in and all your phone's apps and accounts and files are ready for big-screen use, all in a package no bigger than a typical Macbook. The HP lap dock was crazily priced, at £500 or so, but the new NexDock 2 is only $199 at the moment. The main caveat? You'll have to wait until September!

I backed this with my own money immediately, as I want to see this made and succeed. Both for use with my Windows 10 Mobile handsets and also my Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S9+.

NexDock 2

In terms of ports, there are three USB Type C, one USB Type A, HDMI, 3.5mm audio, and a SD card slot. Which, I think, covers all bases. In theory, the NexDock 2 then also acts as a hub for your smartphone. So you can plug in USB storage, for example, and it just appears within the OS's file system, just as an internal microSD might do.

Although the Kickstarter page doesn't mention Windows 10 Mobile explicitly, I'm 99.9% sure it will work fine as a Continuum display, since this tech was pioneered by Microsoft and in all my own experiments Continuum docks and accessories also work with my Samsung Galaxy flagship and with review Huawei devices.

There are still plenty of $199 'early bird' slots left as I write this, so sign up quick if you want to be in the first manufacturing batch for shipping this September.

Yes, it's a pain to have to wait six months, but I've been crying out for exactly this piece of hardware, at this price, for the last three years - so if someone's actually making it then shut up and take my money, etc.

Comments? Will you sign up too?

Source / Credit: Kickstarter