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By banksia, Junior Member on 12th May 2011, 08:49 PM
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20th May 2011, 07:45 PM |#11  
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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.

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

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22nd May 2011, 07:47 AM |#12  
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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.

I use my tablet for movies. All the internet sites are telling me that de dock has hdmi. So its very usefull for me.

I like to know if the remote can control the mouse. So i can use the remote for controlling other movieplayers such as moboplayer.

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22nd May 2011, 06:26 PM |#13  
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I use my tablet for movies. All the internet sites are telling me that de dock has hdmi. So its very usefull for me.

I like to know if the remote can control the mouse. So i can use the remote for controlling other movieplayers such as moboplayer.

Harm

all the pics i have seen of the dock show no hdmi at all, only power and a headphone jack.

seems expensive considering all it does if make movie playing on the device easier...
25th May 2011, 01:55 AM |#14  
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My opinion is Acer messed up a little with their dock, but
Why people want the ACER dock
- HDMI port, there is one on the tablet.... is there any kind of "i dont want see cable out of my tablet" style ? for me USELESS... to have such a port on the dock
- USB ... humm that is a 50/50 coz there is one on the table, but add one more as hub could be nice... still useless 50/50
- SD Card slot? for what ?
- MicroSD Card Slot ??? for what ?


why not asking also a battery support

what the hell really, comparing ASUS and ACER on their dock
compare all in a row

ASUS tablet only is kind of.... naked... you need a dock to add options... should be on the tablet rather than the dock (wich is a keyboard actually more than a dock for me)

don't miss understand me, I don t have anything against ACER nor ASUS.
but just stop to make some stupid comparison.
compare what should be compare.

DOCK with DOCK
KEYBOARD with KEYBOARD
TABLET with TABLET

kindly


PS:
ACER make a dock for stand on a desk
ASUS make a keyboard dock for mobility and TRANSFORMER a tablet to a "netbook"
cannot be compare
9th June 2011, 11:23 PM |#15  
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Originally Posted by sanaell

My opinion is Acer messed up a little with their dock, but
Why people want the ACER dock
- HDMI port, there is one on the tablet.... is there any kind of "i dont want see cable out of my tablet" style ? for me USELESS... to have such a port on the dock
- USB ... humm that is a 50/50 coz there is one on the table, but add one more as hub could be nice... still useless 50/50
- SD Card slot? for what ?
- MicroSD Card Slot ??? for what ?


why not asking also a battery support

what the hell really, comparing ASUS and ACER on their dock
compare all in a row

ASUS tablet only is kind of.... naked... you need a dock to add options... should be on the tablet rather than the dock (wich is a keyboard actually more than a dock for me)

don't miss understand me, I don t have anything against ACER nor ASUS.
but just stop to make some stupid comparison.
compare what should be compare.

DOCK with DOCK
KEYBOARD with KEYBOARD
TABLET with TABLET

kindly


PS:
ACER make a dock for stand on a desk
ASUS make a keyboard dock for mobility and TRANSFORMER a tablet to a "netbook"
cannot be compare

And most importantly the docking station should have its own 6 celled batteries so we can use our unit for 16,18 hours or more!
13th June 2011, 01:40 AM |#16  
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the dock is great, but is overprice
13th June 2011, 03:16 AM |#17  
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I've got the Acer dock for the A500. Once on in the dock all the remote does is control the nemo player. Left and right to choose between photos, music, and Videos. Enter to select. Back to go back a step. Select doesn't give you a list though, it just starts a slide show, a random song, or a random video from your selection. Power puts the tablet to sleep. Nothing but a headphone jack and a power jack on the dock besides the dock connector to the tablet. It is weighted and hold the tablet up fine, and in two positions.

You can press the Home button on the tablet itself (not the remote) to get out of the media player, and then use the tablet normally. But the only button on the remote that will work is the Home button to restart the media player.

Hopefully they have something better in mind. The user manual makes a reference to another dock WITH an HDMI passthrough, but I can't find any evidence of it on the web.
17th June 2011, 11:50 PM |#18  
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docks are a waste of money...agreed. if you just want to stand it up for something, the best way to do this is a very inexpensive art stand. these aren't expensive and it actually looks good on most furniture including your desk. this thing IS a waste of money
5th February 2012, 05:35 PM |#19  
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Where I get the nemo Player back for that docking station?
6th February 2012, 09:06 PM |#20  
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I did a teardown of the dock in another thread (link) and found that the dock connector is, well, useless.

It has power, audio and a serial link (RS232 logic level). It is not possible to get HDMI through it though I'm guessing the other dock might give HDMI to the A100 tablets.

Also, custom kernels often don't include the driver required for the serial link on the dock so it's even more useless if you run a modded system.
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7th February 2012, 10:56 AM |#21  
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I had one (it was liked so much a relative begged me for it to use with their iconia) and it was wonderful, the only complaint is that it was JUST a touch too light weight, so you have to bluetack it to your table/area of choice.

If the main purpose of getting the dock is to not wear down your tablets DC jack or more, then your bound to be happy with it unless you like complaining about owning perfectly functional hardware and if so then dont expect me to listen
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