Half a year after Google started selling the Nexus 7 tablet, an official dock is about to hit the streets. B&H started taking pre-orders last month, and now The Verge reports the tablet should ship by the end of January.

Asus 7 dock

The $40 dock is made by Asus, the same company that manufactures the Nexus 7 for Google. Aside from standing the tablet up in landscape mode so you can watch videos, look at the clock app, or do whatever else it is you do with a horizontally propped-up tablet, there’s a built-in audio jack so you can connect some external speakers and turn it up to 11… or at least 10.

You can also pug in a power cable and use the dock as a charging station for your tablet.

And that’s about it for the special features. So basically Asus is charging $40 for a stand (you don’t need a dock to charge your tablet or plug in speakers).

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One reply on “$40 Asus Nexus 7 dock slated to ship in January”

  1. This is really disappointing, considering Google intended the Nexus 7 to set a new standard in low cost tablets. Looks a lot like Microsoft’s Surface efforts, except at the low end of things.

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