I skimmed through this topic reading posts here and there.
This product would not something that would really attract my attention, unless it really has something unique to it.
The market offer plenty of docks allowing to expand connectivity in various ways. Some are more portable, some less.
With such big offer, a docking station would have a chance to stand out and make a market for itself only if it featured something really unique, while not sacrificing any of the features currently available on other, more standard, docks.
In my opinion, the only way to achieve such goal would be to offer a docking station composed of two parts:
- the first part representing the “minimum set of portable features” (various port types, possibly an embedded battery and so on). On these, I trust that the community will come up with something wonderful.
- the second part would have to be the “X factor”. To me it would be some more cumbersome case allowing to add a graphics card of your choice. This is the point that I want to stress about as I think makes the difference and gives the product a chance to win some market.
The idea is that, normally, you would carry around a dock like many others, with nothing particular to it except maybe the battery.
Once home, you would be able to connect the second case and turn your device in a desktop-class gaming machine.
I wouldn’t include a graphics card to keep the cost low: just the slot and case to host one of your choice. I would see myself spending the extra bit for the dock to get access to the feature and, later on, buy the graphics card I think would suit me best. On the other hand I wouldn’t see myself buying a super-expensive dock that includes the graphics card.
Of course the dock would have to be compatible with any Thunderbolt enabled laptop/tablet…
My two cents.