Asus unveils charging docks for Nexus 7

The wired dock costs $50, while a wireless version will set you back $90.

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Owners of the 2013 Nexus 7 can now buy a wired or wireless charging dock made by Asus, but neither one comes cheap.

Available through Amazon, the Nexus 7 FH Official Dock uses your tablet's Micro-USB connection to juice it up. You can dock and charge the tablet in portrait or landscape mode, use your Nexus while it's charging, and pipe video to your TV or monitor via the dock's HDMI connection.

The pyramid-shaped Asus PW100 Wireless Charging Stand uses Qi inductive charging to juice up your tablet. You can also charge your Nexus with the cover closed. An LED indicator tells you when the tablet is fully charged.

And what about the prices?

The wired dock runs $50 and the wireless edition costs $90. Those are pretty steep given that the 16GB Nexus 7 itself retails for $229 and costs much less through various retails. Amazon currently sells the tablet for $169. Sorry, Asus. As a Nexus 7 owner, I'd rather plug in my tablet to charge it and use my Google Chromecast device to pipe content to my TV.

(Via Android Police)

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