The more I read about this the more I agree that there are already enough small docks/hubs already on the market and we don’t need to create another one unless its truly unique. The same applies to PCIe eGPU’s. This is why I think the Superpower Weight or a modular system are better. With Modular we can have a lightweight dock to take on the road that still works as part of the larger system. If it doesn’t need TB3 then just put a pass-through on it for when its attached to the home base.
Another thought about modular is just designing it to allow users to plug in whatever port extender they want. Then they can buy the travel device of their choice and plug it into the home base if they want. Or they can buy a featherweight hub of their choice for travel and a larger device with snore ports to use at home/work with Donald Dock. The same could be applied to eGPU’s.
It could also be designed in a way that allows the tinkerers in our midst to buy a blank module and put whatever they want in it…within limits of course and it would take some serious planning to provide the best form factor.
My thoughts are…
I do want TB3 and daisy chaining. It’s the direction things are moving and I think it would be unwise to exclude it.
Dual monitor support (maybe 3) should be inclused.
Built in speakers aren’t needed. Audio output is but what kind (5.1, 7.1, plain old stereo) needs to be determined. Maybe put a stereo output on the main dock to keep cost down and offer 5.1 in an add-on module.
Built in kickstand isn’t needed. Portrait mode seems to be the main reason anyone has talked about it and there’s plenty of stand options out there already.
Docking interface…nesting the V into the dock. I dont want that. I want to put Donald Dock out of the way and either plug the V into it with a cable or also tuck the V away with DD and use an external monitor.
Future proofing for VR. I don’t plan to use it but it seems like something we should really think hard about before deciding to exclude it. Again…its the direction things are moving.
USB-PD needs to be included. Lots of users want to charge several devices.
I really want to see modularity so we can have things like Bluetooth or WiFi output and other things that allow DD to act as a central hub even when the V isn’t attached. I’d play misc thru it. If i was living in a small space like a university dorm is I’d use it to play videos from whatever device I could hook to it. Monitors make great TV’s. KVM module?
I just think that a lot of us will go out and buy a port extender of our choice (or use what we already have) as soon as we get our Vs rather than waiting for a new product to be finished.