Sometime early next month, ASUS will be launching a docking station for the Nexus 7. The device is the first of its kind, and is priced at 3,480 Yen, which is about $40USD. The pictures show the Nexus 7 being docked in landscape mode, with an audio port and micro USB port on the back of the unit.
A new Smart Dock for the Samsung Galaxy Note II has surfaced, turning the stylus-toting smartphone into a mini desktop setup with plentiful connectivity for a display and wired peripherals. Listed at Samsung US' site as well as at UK retailer Clove, the $99.99 accessory has three USB ports and a full-sized HDMI output, squirting up to 1080p Full HD onto a TV or monitor.
Details of Dell's upcoming Windows tablet pair continue to leak out, with the latest talk suggesting the Latitude 10 Windows 8 model due in mid-November will be preceded by a Windows RT version. The Dell Latitude 10 launch will bring a new docking station with extra ports and charging, according to Neowin's source, while the Windows-on-ARM tablet - name currently unknown - is tipped to arrive in October.
The HP pre-CES gush wraps up today with a trio of new displays, the HP Compaq L2311c 23-inch Notebook Docking Monitor along with the LV1911 and LV2011 LED Backlit LCD Monitors. Of the three it's the L2311c that's the most interesting, using a single USB connection to add a second display to your laptop along with a USB 3.0 hub, webcam and more.
Barnes & Noble's NOOK Color and NOOK Tablet are set to take another step closer to the desktop this month, with the launch of a new third-party Docking Station for the 7-inch slates. ReaderDock's NOOK Docking Station charges the ereader-tablets as well as adding stereo speakers; the cradle can rotate for portrait or landscape use, handy for watching video clips or streaming from Netflix.
There are a bunch of notebooks out there today that have at least one USB 3.0 port. If you are using one of those machines, you might want to check out the new docking station from Targus. This universal dock is the first from the company to rock USB 3.0. That means the single USB 3.0 connection has the bandwidth needed for video and more.
I mentioned last week that Intel was said to be working on a new wired docking device for the Ultrabook lien that is tipped to be using Thunderbolt. This week we have another new rumor that points to Intel working on a second docking system for Ultraboosk, and this one is wireless. The new docking station uses WiGig tech that offers more bandwidth than 802.11n.
This is pretty interesting. We know that Apple and Intel worked together to bring Thunderbolt to the Mac line of notebooks. The interface is very fast and allows for all sorts of connectivity options. Word has surfaced that Intel is at work bringing the Thunderbolt port to its Ultrabook platform for use with a docking station.
Sony has unveiled its latest performance ultraportable, the Sony VAIO Z Series, tipping the scales at under 1.2kg but still offering - thanks to a docking station that uses the same Intel Thunderbolt connection technology as Apple recently adopted - solid graphics performance with an external video card. The new 13.1-inch 1600 x 900 notebook runs up to a Core i7-2620M 2.7GHz processor paired with up to 8GB of DDR3 memory and up to a 256GB SSD, while the Sony Power Media Dock VGP-PRZ20C/VGP-PRZ20A packs an AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card with 1GB of dedicated memory, a choice of DVD or Blu-ray drives, and support for a further two simultaneous monitors.
HTC's docking station for the Flyer tablet has turned up for pre-order in the US, with Best Buy listing the cradle ahead of delivery in 1-2 weeks time. Pocketables spotted the $49.99 accessory, which holds the Flyer in portrait orientation and basically provides a pass-through for the USB connector on the bottom edge of the slate. Unfortunately, that means the dock as a whole is pretty underwhelming.