UPERFECT makes a line of docks that basically turn your smartphone into a laptop computer by adding a keyboard, touchpad, portable display, and battery.

The company’s latest is the biggest, highest-resolution to date. It’s also the most expensive. The UPERFECT X Pro Lapdock features a 15.6 inch, 4K touchscreen display, a detachable keyboard, and a $650 list price, although it’s currently on sale for $550.

The lapdock features an IPS LCD display with support 100% sRGB color gamut and 10-point capacitive touch input. There’s a built in kickstand that allows you to use the screen as a standalone portable monitor.

It has a mini HDMI input and two USB-C ports, allowing you to connect a smartphone or other devices like single-board computers or laptops (in case you want to use the display as a second screen.

There are also stereo speakers and a built-in 10,000 mAh battery.

But what sets this lapdock apart from a typical portable monitor is that it also has a detachable magnetic keyboard, making the whole thing look more like a 2-in-1 tablet than an accessory. But unlike a typical tablet, the UPERFECT Pro X doesn’t have its own operating system, it’s basically just a display and input device for connected smartphones or other hardware.

The UPERFECT Pro X measures 13.2″ x 7.6″ x 0.4″ and weighs about 3.1 pounds.

While UPERFECT positions its lapdocks as solutions for Samsung smartphones with DeX software (which provides a desktop mode when connected to a keyboard and display), you can also use this sort of device to turn a Raspberry Pi or other single-board computer into a laptop (as long as it can run on battery power), and could be a solution for turning other Android or Linux phones (I’m looking at you PinePhone) into pseudo-laptops.

That said, for the price that UPERECT is charging for its new lapdock, you could buy an actual 2-in-1 tablet like the Microsoft Surface Go 2. You just probably wouldn’t get a model with a 15.6 inch 4K display for that price.

But it’s not like the UPERFECT X Pro is the only game in town. It’s just one of the fanciest. You can find other solutions in our roundup of laptop docks that let you use a smartphone like a notebook.

5 laptop docks that let you use a smartphone like a notebook

 

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  1. At the time I write this comment, UPERFECT is selling the 4K version of the X Pro lapdock for $550 without discount. There is the cheaper 1080p version selling for $450, but even that is still too expensive compared to the ones sold in my country. I can get the 4K version for MYR 1,699.99. That’s $405, way cheaper than the 1080p version UPERFECT is retailing at.

    1. If you use Wireless DeX, then it’s no surprise. I always use a wired connection and limit the resolution to 1080p for better stability. So far, all is well.

  2. The next thing will be wireless headphones/earphones powerful enough to power a wireless phone screen or LCD screen of any size. You wear it around your neck like LG TONE

  3. I’ve always liked Mark Shuttleworth’s idea of convergence, and with phones getting more and more powerful, maybe solutions like this will become popular.

    1. Unfortunately, very few modern smartphones ever support MHL or HDMI ALT video output support in the first place. Even Google themselves disable the latter from their flagship Pixel phones despite using a USB-C 3.1 port. Google definitely knows that having a DeX-like feature inside their flagship Pixel phone will kill off their whole Chromebook market. Until we can see video output support on entry-level smartphones, forget about convergence.

  4. Like most portable monitors, no love for portrait orientation. Having a secondary monitor for my laptop in portrait orientation is almost the only reason I want a portable monitor.

    Even the few that offer portrait usually don’t inspire much confidence in the way that it’s meant to stand up.