What I Use: Nexus 7 Dock

After waiting an eternity (ok, so it really wasn’t an eternity but it felt like it), I was finally able to get my hands on the ***OFFICIAL*** ASUS Nexus 7 dock. While the dock has been available for awhile through third-party retailers (wasn’t going to pay the inflated prices that some places were selling it for), it became available through Google Play in recent months. Unfortunately, it quickly sold out but became available again recently and I quickly ordered one.

It’s a simple, yet stylish, dock for your Google Nexus 7 tablet. There are basically two connectors that are available on the dock.  One is the micro-USB connector that is used for charging the tablet and the other is a dedicated 3.5mm jack that allows stereo output through speakers. It is important to note that it does NOT come with a USB cable or the charger that plugs into the wall nor does it come with an audio cable. There is no HDMI port to output video to a larger screen nor will you be able to transfer data via a USB port. All you can do with this dock is charge your tablet and output audio to a set of speakers. That’s it. For many people, that is all they really need.

What I love most about the dock is that it allows me to very easily drop in my Nexus 7 to charge it and pick it up when I am on the go. The dock takes advantage of those four little gold contacts (also called pogo connectors) on the lower left side of the tablet, allowing you to charge the device. No having to disconnect any attached cables or manipulating some type of lever or latch to remove the tablet.  Plus, it minimizes the risk of damaging the micro-USB port at the bottom of the tablet from constantly connecting and disconnecting the charger.
In addition to landscape-mode docking and drop-in charging, placing the Nexus 7 in the dock turns on the Daydream screen saver feature that’s available in Android 4.2.2. It automatically gets triggered once you place the Nexus 7 into the dock. By default, it’s a simple desk clock but you can go to Settings>Display>Daydream on your tablet for more options.
Overall, the official Nexus 7 dock from ASUS is a very simple dock that charges your tablet and outputs audio.It is a very nice accessory for Nexus 7 owners and it just works.

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