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By banksia, Junior Member on 12th May 2011, 08:49 PM
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... is a big waste of money.

1) No USB port(s)
2) No HDMI port
3) No power built-in (have to use the adapter that came with tablet. Aargh!!)
4) No SD card slot
5) No micro-SD card slot

Expensive piece of plastic for the price.

But, it does offer a remote control, and a headphone jack!!!

(ASUS messed up by not including a full-USB on the TRANSFORMER, but made it up in a big way with the features on their dock.)

Acer, are you listening? You can surely come out with a much better dock.

Save your money and don't buy this dock.
 
 
13th May 2011, 06:05 PM |#2  
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Actually, The Dock Is Quite Convenient
Nice and sturdy with two different positions. The mincluded remote lets you control a few things like Suspend/Resume and you can unlock the Iconia remotely. Volume/Pause, etc of course. And headphones out.

Charges nicely (need to get another power adapter)

ONE PRECAUTION: The dock automatically opens NemoPlayer so if you are rooted and have changed/deleted/renamed Nemo you must restore it or else the Iconia will not turn the dock on! Maybe some dev can figure a way around this.
13th May 2011, 07:03 PM |#3  
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Don't disagree with your assessment, but I still think this barebones dock is very pricey at $79.99.

> Charges nicely (need to get another power adapter)
Yes, and that costs another $29.99

So, dock plus power adapter costs $109.98 (before tax & shipping).

Let's compare this combination to the ASUS Transformer dock that costs $150.
- 2 USB 2.0 ports,
- an SD card reader,
- and a secondary battery that doubles the tablet’s battery life.

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If you want a stand to hold you tablet, try the Arkon Portable Fold-Up Stand ($12 at Amazon).
13th May 2011, 07:23 PM |#4  
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Ah, I see. I had ordered mine before Acer unfortunately raised the prices in the store so the dock was $46.50 and the power supply was $10! I would agree that $100+ is too much for what you get.
14th May 2011, 06:23 PM |#5  
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I'd like to see some clever and shady Chinese company come up with a keyboard dock for this using the port.
14th May 2011, 09:55 PM |#6  
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Yeah, I don't really understand why anyone would buy it. Rumor is that Acer is working on a keyboard dock, though....

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15th May 2011, 12:58 PM |#7  
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Didn't Acer announce a keyboard dock similar to the Transformer for the W500? I can't imagine the two docking ports being too different so hopefully the A500 will see something similar.
15th May 2011, 11:31 PM |#8  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rorytmeadows

Yeah, I don't really understand why anyone would buy it. Rumor is that Acer is working on a keyboard dock, though....

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I sure hope they do a keyboard dock like the one for the Transformer.
16th May 2011, 03:16 PM |#9  
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keyboard dock +1


If acer made a good keyboard dock I would love them :P
16th May 2011, 06:32 PM |#10  
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i just want a dock that:
1: is weighted and securey holds my a500
2: comes with it's own power
3: has HDMI. USB (multiple a plus)

and as a bonus any other useful thing they can come up with, like media card reader, ethernet, anything else would be icing on the cake
20th May 2011, 07:45 PM |#11  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by panda.bear

Didn't Acer announce a keyboard dock similar to the Transformer for the W500? I can't imagine the two docking ports being too different so hopefully the A500 will see something similar.

The W500 comes with a keyboard/dock. $549 for everything

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...ku=A180-101202
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