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UPERFECT has been selling laptop docks for a few years, offering customers a device that effectively lets you use your smartphone (or Raspberry Pi or other small PC) like a laptop computer.
The original UPERFECT X is a 13.3 inch model with a 1080p IPS touchscreen display. The UPERFECT X Lite is a cheaper model with a 14 inch non-touch display. And the UPERFECT X Pro steps things up with a 15.6 inch 4K touschreen. Now there’s a new model for folks looking for something a little more compact: the 11.6 inch UPERFECT X Mini.
Like all of the company’s lapdocks, the UPERFECT X Mini basically looks like a thin and light laptop computer. But it doesn’t have its own processor, memory, storage, or operating system. It’s basically a display, touchpad, keyboard, and USB hub designed to connect to a smartphone or other small computers.
Have a Samsung smartphone with support for the company’s DeX software? Then you can plug it into a UPERFECT X series laptop dock to run your Android apps with Samsung’s desktop-style user interface. Motorola users with a supported phone can use the company’s Ready For interface. And if you don’t have one of those devices, there are a handful of apps in the Google Play Store designed to give Android a desktop-style UI. But you’ll need a phone that supports video output over a USB port.
Specs for the new UPERFECT Mini X include:
- 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel 60 Hz IPS LCD display with up to 220 nits brightness and 5-point capacitive multitouch input
- 360-degree hinge
- 2 x USB Type-A ports, 1 x USB Type-C port, 1 x mini HDMI port, 1 x 3.5mm audio jack, 1 x microSD card reader
- Stereo speakers
- 10,800 mAh battery
The company says you can connect your phone to the UPERFECT X Mini with a single USB-C cable which transfers video from the phone to the lapdock display while also allowing you to use the lapdock’s keyboard, touchpad, and touchscreen as an input device for apps running on your phone.
You can also use the lapdock like a hub, with its additional USB, headphone, and HDMI ports extending the functionality of your phone.
The 10,800 mAh battery is said to offer around 6 hours of battery life and takes 2-3 hours to fully charge.
The UPERFECT X Mini is available for pre-order now and it has a list price of $300, but UPERFECT is offering a $50 discount if you use the code XMini50 when placing a pre-order. There’s also an optional smartphone stand that sells for $30 (or $20 while it’s on sale).
Am I the only one who gets really disappointed when I see these kind of devices with a Windows key on their keyboard? It just makes it look like it wasn’t fully thought out.
So the biggest selling point (not being Chromebook) is if you forget this device on the train or in a coffee shop you haven’t lost a corporate workstation or personal MacBook?
Think of it more of as a portable monitor you can type stuff on. It’s not worth it if you don’t have a bunch of stuff you might need to plug into it.
Please, help to find apps in the Google Play Store designed to give Android a desktop-style UI. Many Thanks.
I don’t know why I wouldn’t just buy a Chromebook instead. It would support Android apps, and offer a much better user experience than DeX, or any other Android desktop interface. And best of all, the Chrome browser really sucks on Android, and the ChromeOS version of the browser is a proper desktop browser, with proper extension/plugin support.
DeX (and normal Android desktop mode) is a neat party trick, but it’s far from a suitable desktop OS interface. You’re still stuck with all the limitations of a smartphone. You can only have a few apps open simultaneously. And the OS still lacks swap/virtual memory, so you can easily lose your session in an app without warning if you switch to another app while low on RAM.
A rabid hatred for google mostly, to the point of owning a Linux phone, which are actually useful with a lapdock.
Man I really wanted this to work out better than that, it seems like a great idea until you actually try it. The latest versions of Lineage OS with free float windows and external display desktop mode and Taskbar are actually ALMOST there, but they still have bugs with the on screen keyboard when you open text and what happens to open apps when you disconnect the phone is pretty janky too, plus it can’t render an app between two screens so if you launch something on the phone screen it can’t leave the phone screen, but you can’t have it turn the phone screen off either.
Phosh doesn’t have these problems. Its problem is not having very powerful phones that can run it.
I still think there’s potential for lapdocks, but they need to be useful as peripherals for desktops too, since the point is really a lot of min-maxing with computer hardware instead of having to have a powerful laptop, desktop and phone. But I’m note sure of the people who make these things really understand that. Of course it could be futile anyway. Build a lapdock to last 10 years and they’ll have changed out all the ports that most computers use by the end of it.
I wouldn’t buy a cheap Chromebook because of its crappy hardware. Even today’s midrange smartphone is way faster than cheap Chromebooks.
If only they had used a USB-C with PD for the charger, it would’ve been perfect.
Yeah, that is a real bummer. I never like proprietary charging ports since you have to carry the adapter brick along.