That cooling pad dock concept is pretty cool, , but I think that it’s too specific to the V and maybe other 2 in1’s. Making DD usable with laptops, convertibles, mini PCs, etc is more important in my view. I also want to be able to tuck the dock out of the way, connect my V with a cable and set it wherever I want on my desk and then allow the keyboard to roam at my convenience.
I feel that design and reliability will fall into place based on the features we decide to include. Best compatibility and additional features should get more focus because it will help Eve produce a dock that can gain entry into a bigger market. Eve is well situated to produce single products in smaller batches and for shorter periods of time larger companies. Making a dock with long lifespan and usability gives Eve the ability to move on the next product and keep producing batches of DD as they are needed without making major design changes.
Just to restate what the Middleweight dock has been defined as in the Weight Classes list that Xinjie put together…
Description: Stays on you desktop, just one plug-in to it, you immediately get all.
What can be expected: Core ports, supports cool features and additional ports for future.
Best suited for: People have a working station to do heavy tasks or immerse into entertainment.
You don’t want to take it with you.
Built in battery is not at option.
To me this says that things like wireless charging, eGPU connectability, etc should be included. I don’t need onboard storage and I think most people will connect an external drive or USB flash drive when needed. I can see what some people would want it though. If adding a 2.5 slot is too bulky and an M.2 slot is too expensive, maybe adding a 2nd SD slot is an option. Either way I think it’s important to have both SD and microSD slots. Attiq’s modularity ideas shouldn’t be that hard to incoporate by default. We don’t need to focus on it, just build in the port(s) that allow additions later whether they are Eve produced modules, third party modules or just something that a customer buys and wants to connect to the dock.
Oh, and I think VGA is still needed but since it is a fading technology it probably could be pushed aside as a port that can be dealt with via a dongle.