Leaked pricing suggest that Motorola and Verizon Wireless may be pricing the unique LapDock laptop dock accessory at $300, a far cry from affordability considering that users can get a full netbook that is capable of so much more for the same price. The LapDock garnered a lot of attention at CES earlier this year when it was released for the AT&T Mobility Atrix 4G smartphone, but since then, it has also garnered a lot of criticism for pricing.
Not only is the accessory itself costly, and is priced like a notebook, AT&T also required an additional mandatory tethering plan add-on to use the LapDock. Given that the LapDock itself is a ‘dumb’ accessory that has no OS, no CPU or GPU, and is basically just a shell with a large keyboard, screen, added battery, and touchpad, it makes no sense to require a tethering plan as everything–OS, processing power, modem–was driven from the smartphone itself.
At this stage, it’s unclear if Verizon Wireless will be requiring users to add the extra tethering plan to use the LapDock.
The $300 pricing leak comes by way of The Droid Guy, which obtained a screenshot of Verizon’s system depicting the $299.97 price tag.