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Nexus 7 Dock Review

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Review of: Nexus 7 Dock
Accessory:
Asus
Version:
Nexus 7 Dock
Nexus 7 Dock

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On 01/23/2013
Last modified:01/23/2013

Summary:

The Nexus 7 dock is a great looking Nexus 7 accessory that charges the Nexus 7 and plays music over speakers without the need to plug wires into the Android 4.2 tablet.

The $40 Nexus 7 dock isn’t a wireless charging dock, like we’re waiting on for the Nexus 4, but it does use four small pins on the side of the tablet to charge up and send an audio signal out the dock.

By adding the Nexus 7 dock to my desk I am now able to keep the Nexus 7 charged easier and I can connect it to my Logitech 2.1 speaker system for dramatically better sound.

When I need to go, I simply pick it up without worrying about cables.

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The Nexus 7 dock is a $40 Nexus 7 accessory.

The Nexus 7 dock is made of plastic with a rubber grip base and enough heft to keep it in place on a hard surface. A small opening cradles the Nexus 7, keeping it in place while I tap on the screen, even when I tap with too much force and end up lifting the front edge of the dock off the desk.

Nexus 7 Dock
  • Nexus 7 Dock
  • Rating: 4
  • Accessory: Asus
  • Version: Nexus 7 Dock
  • Reviewed by:
  • On 01/23/2013
  • Last modified:01/23/2013

Review Summary:

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The Nexus 7 dock charges the device and sends audio to speakers.

The dock does not include a charger or an audio cable, so you’ll need to use the one that came with the Nexus 7 and speakers. For $40 it would be nice to at least get a Micro USB cable to connect to a computer or a Nexus 7 power adapter.

Nexus 7 Dock Review Video

The Nexus 7 Dock video below covers the benefits and usefulness of the Nexus 7 dock.

While in the dock, users can enable DayDream mode which shows photos on the Nexus 7 in a screen saver style, or they can use it as a clock or as an Android tablet. In my time with the Nexus 7 dock I’ve primarily used it to control music or to keep an eye on Google Analytics and Twitter feeds.

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Watching Hulu Plus on the Nexus 7 in the Nexus 7 dock.

The Nexus 7 dock keeps the tablet at a good angle for watching movies or TV shows on the Nexus 7 while on a desk. It is also just right for the bookshelf built into my headboard.

Read: Best Nexus 7 Cases

Overall the Nexus 7 dock is a very nice accessory for Nexus 7 owners. For $40 Asus should include a second power adapter, but with the lack of Nexus 7 accessories it’s possible to overlook this shortcoming.

The Nexus 7 dock is available from Excalibur PC and B&H Photo for $40, but it is hard to find in stock.

Nexus 7 Dock Gallery

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

4 Comments

  1. Mohd Aktar

    01/24/2013 at 4:43 am

    Nexus 7 dock is great gadget. It has excellent design and i love this gadget so much.

  2. Jay

    01/25/2013 at 7:39 am

    Hi Josh,

    Is it possible to use this dock with a skinned Nexus 7? By skin I mean those thin PTU/silicone cases. Like the “Cruzerlite Clone Army TPU Gel Case ” from Amazon?

    Or is the dock tight enough to fit only a bare Nexus 7 (also, is the dock connectors – the small pins – are only long enough for direct fit to the Nexus 7)?

    Thanks!

    • Josh Smith

      01/25/2013 at 8:44 am

      There is a small amount of play. I tried to see if the Asus case let me slide it in to sit there (even though there are no holes for the pins) and it didn’t work out. You might be able to make it work, but it is designed with a no case Nexus 7 in mind.

      • Jay

        01/25/2013 at 9:00 am

        Thanks for the response! I really appreciate it.

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