The ASUS Nexus 7 has been a widely popular tablet across all sections of the market. People have been particularly fond of the tablet since it’s priced very low, hence making it one of the best tablets money can buy. But if there was one thing missing from this tablet, it was the lack of accessories that usually come bundled with the tablet or the ones that are sold separately. Most of us didn’t expect to see any accessories for the Nexus 7 to be honest as it was a budget tablet, but all that was until ASUS unveiled the audio dock for the device in Japan. But while it confirmed the existence of an additional accessory for the tablet, there was no info on a global roll out. And that has changed now with a retailer in the U.S listing the ASUS Google Nexus 7 dock for pre order. The price is set at $39.99 and it’s not all that bad considering the fact that it is sold directly by the manufacturer. It however, doesn’t bring a lot to the table as it is merely a charging/sync and audio dock. Not that you would expect anything more from a dock, which is why it’s better this way.
The dock is up for grabs from a retailer named B&H. Unfortunately, the shipping info hasn’t been provided with the listing. But I guess it’s a pretty credible listing, and if you have done a fair bit of shopping with the retailer, you’d know better. The Nexus 7 Audio Dock comes with a 3.5mm audio jack and a micro USB port. The dock will make use of the Nexus 7’s pogo pins located on the left hand side of the tablet, which means that you would have to use the device in landscape mode if it is placed on the dock. This could be a hindrance for people who prefer the compact nature of the Nexus 7 and like to hold it in portrait mode more often, especially if there’s some typing involved. Regardless, this dock is a very neat addition to the Nexus 7 and should see a fair bit of takers.
I personally feel ASUS is a little late to launch the dock as it’s almost Christmas now and it could have sold plenty of these docks to existing Nexus 7 customers if launched earlier. But we still don’t rule out the official availability of the dock in retailer stores in time for Christmas. Let’s hope that happens, fingers crossed.