Although the size of smartphone displays every year shows a tendency to increase the diagonal, six inches will not be enough for a long work with an office software. And here special docking stations like HP Elite x3 Lap Dock, called lap docks, come to the rescue. They are a kind of laptop, devoid of the entire "filling". The role of the latter is assigned to the hardware of the paired mobile device, without which the laptop is of no value to the user. The assortment of docking stations of this format intends to replenish in the near future the Openbook model, the fundraising for the release of which was recently launched on Kickstarter. This is not the first smartphone docking station, which also started with the (now defunct) Motorola LapDock, and new players such as NexDockand Mirabook also appeared on the market.
Openbook is a laptop with a 14” screen and resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels, a full-sized chiclet keyboard, and a touchpad. The innovative docking station is equipped with an additional 10,000 mAh battery, a microSD card slot, a pair of speakers and a built-in microphone, a 3.5 mm audio jack, and a USB port with DisplayLink support.
The dock is designed to work with smartphones equipped with at least: a quad-core processor @ 1.5 GHz, 2 GB RAM, free built-in memory of 50 MB, USB-port type C or micro USB OTG-port and running Android 5.0 or higher. Because the stock interface of Android does not exactly offer the best desktop, the company Cloud Media has a template with LeenaOS, a multi-window launcher that will bring a desktop operating system to your mobile device.
With such a product, the manufacturer is sure, most tasks will be solved faster and in more comfortable conditions, rather than with a small display of a smartphone, say, in the office.
Externally, the Openbook does not differ much from an ordinary ultrabook, but when you are first acquainted with the Openbook, a sense of trick provokes the small mass of the device which is no more than 2.78 lbs. The device measures 329mm x 220mm x 12mm (W x D x H), which makes it very portable. For full interaction with Openbook, the authors recommend installing the Desktop UI Pro application from the Google Play Store on your smartphone that turns mobile Android into a kind of desktop operating system for working on a large screen.
“You'll have more flexibility than ever before, whether you are a student, an entrepreneur, a frequent flyer, a road warrior, a business person, a gamer, a writer, an artist, a reporter or anything else,” says Cloud Media, a Hong Kong-based company, which is behind the Openbook project.
Cloud Media (formerly Syabas) is more known for its OpenHour and Hour Popcorn TV boxes. The company has a close relationship with Pine64 and helped them make the Pinebook notebook which uses the ARM Allwinner A64 processor.
At the stage of early preorder, the first 50 buyers can preorder the Openbook for a price of $109. Delivery of the Openbook is scheduled for December 2017. All the other members of the crowdfunding campaign will have to pay $129 for the docking station. With 22 days to finish the Kickstarter campaign, the Openbook’s developers have managed to raise $12,070 of the targeted $30,000. The people who are behind the company Cloud Media, have extensive experience in bringing products to the market, so failure is unlikely.
So, let’s give them a full support. A cool gadget like this is definitely worthy to be on your desk.