Motorola ATRIX 4G HD Multimedia Dock Review
Just like the Laptop Dock, the Motorola ATRIX 4G’s microUSB and microHDMI ports slide into position on the HD Multimedia Dock – which looks ever so great sitting next to your bed as you fall asleep. However, you’re going to want to place this one next to your high-definition television because it offers the same identical Motorola webtop experience that we see running with the Laptop Dock. In fact, the display of the ATRIX 4G turns into an on-screen trackpad that mimics the functions of what’s used with most laptops. Additionally, there is a keyboard button on the display that enables you to input text – like when you’re trying to type a site in the address bar of Mozilla Firefox.
Thanks to the HDMI connection, we’re greeted with the image of the handset running Android (or rather the webtop interface) on the big screen, while also being able to run other applications; like the File Manager or Firefox browser. Luckily, if you prefer to navigate with something else aside from the on-screen trackpad on the handset, you can connect USB peripherals, like a USB mouse and keyboard, to the back of the HD Multimedia Dock. Essentially, it transforms the handset into a mini desktop PC, but it’s equally impressive because it’s all being powered by the smartphone. And finally, you can also run the handset’s Entertainment Center experience which will quickly allow you to share multimedia content, such as photos and videos, directly on your television with its special interface.
Naturally, the beauty about the HD Multimedia Dock is its ability to take the experience outside of simply using the phone while you’re out and about. The scenario goes like this. You work throughout the day using your phone to write up emails, send files, take photos, and download a short video of some sort onto the handset. Once you get home, you can basically slip it into the Dock and sit down using a mouse and keyboard to take your productivity to a whole new level. And while you’re at it, you can be browsing the web, while listening to music from Pandora that’s being played on your phone. For $100, it converts the typical isolated mobile experience, and expands its functionality to a new level that hasn’t been touched by any other smartphone out there.
Motorola ATRIX 4G HD Multimedia Dock Video Review:
- Allows you to output the webtop interface
- Let's you run the full Firefox browser
- Supports USB peripherals
- Requires an HDTV or HD monitor for webtop to work
1. silentee posted on 02 Mar 2011, 07:38 0 0
Will it support a wireless keyboard and mouse????? Thanks
2. DJLegacy2k5 posted on 02 Mar 2011, 12:18 0 0
Yes they actually sell a Dock, wireless keyboard, wireless mouse and wireless media controller package for $190ish. Its amazing!
3. Kannan99 (unregistered) posted on 02 Mar 2011, 12:50 0 0
Does the dock have sound output? i do see a 3.5mm jack in the pic which is not very clear..if it does, i can connect it to my amp and have great music all around...
4. AtrixOwner (unregistered) posted on 03 Mar 2011, 15:28 0 0
@Kannan99 - You can get the audio output from the HDMI along with the hi-def video OR u could plug in a 3.5mm jack and connect it to ur amp.
5. ericfitz92 (unregistered) posted on 04 Mar 2011, 13:55 0 0
do you have to have the tethering plan with the dock?
7. PATTI (unregistered) posted on 04 Apr 2011, 19:00 0 0
I bought the lapdock and now I am thinking that I should have purchased the multimedia dock instead. It seems to allow you to have the same viewing options as the lapdock except you can also tape from your tv and work on the TV or other hd computer screens. Question. Wityh the Multi dock will you be able to switch screens to access your own laptops other applications? If so, will it be split screen or toggling by opening and closing a new window? I want work with contacts and make notes to my outlook while talking on the phone.Possible?
8. Lenry (unregistered) posted on 23 Apr 2011, 21:25 0 0
what if you just connect to an HDMI tv with the supplied cord into the atrix without the doc?
9. jordanx posted on 13 May 2011, 17:00 0 0
i dont undesrtand , its only the monitor or the monitor already working on a pc
10. plax (unregistered) posted on 13 May 2011, 19:12 0 0
I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed that this nifty dock doesn't appear to lend itself to interface with my desktop computer's file system. It would be so nice to be able to slip my Atrix into the dock and have its data drive mount to my PC's file system for transfer, editing and file management tasks. I'm unsure why Motorola didn't incorporate this provision into this dock since sharing files between smartphones and computers is a popular thing to do these days. It would seem a no brainer for Moto to have provided this capability with this dock.
Granted, it's not much trouble to use the supplied USB data transfer cable by simply plugging it into the phone's micro-USB port and into the computer's USB port. But it would have been so slick to just drop the phone into the dock and have it linked up for file management while it was charging. I can't imagine why they left this function out.
Aside from that issue it's pretty cool.