MWC 2011 Hands-On: The Atrix Laptop Dock

Posted: Feb 14 2011, 7:19am CST | by , in News | MWC

MWC 2011 Hands-On: The Atrix Laptop Dock
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It may actually be worth the price.

It is day one of the Mobile World Congress in beautiful Barcelona. Minutes ago, I sat down with two reps from Motorola to fiddle about with the famed Atrix laptop dock. Despite the fact that it will cost something like $500, the ability to switch between "phone" and "laptop" mode is this dual-core superphone's most famous feature.

The dock itself is an 11.6" display, a battery and speakers. You plug the Atrix into the back and it boots into a special webtop mode. Using the laptop will give you a full browser, and access to a several laptop-only apps like the file manager. The dock will last roughly seven hours on a charge, and it also keeps your Atrix juiced up.

Cost notwithstanding, the Atrix dock should be a big hit with enterprise users. The phone itself contains a biometric reader, so it is quite secure. The dock is very light and takes up no more space than a conventional tablet. For frequent fliers and business commuters, I can't think of a more ideal computing solution.

I also had a chance to play with the Atrix multimedia dock, which allows you to connect to a television via HDMI. You'll be able to push media through to the TV, and also browse the Internet or flip through apps. Both the laptop and multimedia dock have USB slots. You'll be able to play files off of the USB, or use it to dump data onto your Atrix.

Integration with the phone is total. In laptop mode, you'll have access to a phone widget through which you can place calls or send texts or run apps. Since the whole set-up is meant to be mobile friendly, there's no lengthy shutdown or sleep process needed. Just unplug your Atrix when you're done. The next time you plug it in, it will auto-load what you had up.

Yes, the (rumored) price is outrageous. But at least Motorola has brought something legitimately new to the table. There is nothing else like this dock on the market. Hopefully, that state of affairs will not last long.

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