This device may make the low-end laptop obsolete

Each week, we spotlight a cool innovation recommended by some of the industry's top tech writers. This week's pick is a laptop experience, minus the laptop.

The NexDock 2 could spell doom for the low-end laptop, said Matthew Miller at ZDNet. The $259 device looks much like a regular laptop, with a 13.3-inch display, a full keyboard, and several ports on the side. "However, it has no CPU, no internal memory, and no fan." But hook this shell up to a Samsung, Huawei, or LG phone, and it becomes a fully functioning computer terminal.

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The NexDock 2 can be used to mirror your phone or to display and control Samsung's PC-like DeX interface. In ZDNet's test it worked very well with Microsoft Office and Gmail, as well as Google Play Movies, Disney+, and Netflix. It conveniently let me keep all my content on the phone and use the phone's cellular connection, giving me "a laptop experience with very little compromise."

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