Right before I left on vacation, a few employees at work were about to get upgrades of new laptops, with laptop docks.
During my vacation, I saw this article about a laptop where the screen can be popped out to operate as a low power tablet.
So…. I thought to myself, why can’t we do things the other way? I am sure there are plenty of people that have both workstations and laptops, so why don’t we create a dock that not only provides instant connection to ports, but also provides access to more CPU, RAM, Hard disk space, etc?
- Lower maintenance issues, as the user doesn’t have to ensure that multiple systems are up to date.
- No need to configure multiple systems, as you are literally taking the same system with you everywhere, just having it work better when you are in a non-mobile workspace
- Provides the convenience of a laptop, with the power and upgradability of a desktop.
- You could have it so that your laptop’s files are synched to the dock’s storage when you dock your laptop, making for easy backups.
- Building on the above – reinstalling/dual booting wouldn’t be as big a deal if the bulk of data is stored/replicated to the docks, as restoring data would be trivial.
- The above two operations should be faster than USB/NAS solutions.
- Given the assumption that files are replicated to the dock, in the event that the laptop is lost/stolen/accidentally left at work, you could conceivably boot your system anyway (without the latest files of course) given that you could have a keyboard, mouse and monitor attached to the dock, and the dock basically would be a computer system.
I could see this being valuable for a number of people: namely anyone who has to give demos and meet with clients, but still needs a beefy computer for the non-demo portion of their job. Off the top of my head, this could include animators/graphic artists, and software developers.
To those who know there history, something similar was done with the Powerbook Duo Dock, which added more cache and RAM, but obviously did not take off. Maybe now that people are focusing on small, lightweight laptops, the idea might be worth a second look?