Having a smartphone is the new norm – most of you probably already own one and the rest of you likely plan to buy one in the near future. But smartphones are not magic bullets that take care of all our needs. They do have the processing power to be perfectly fit for work and fun but they only excel on the “fun” part due to their shortcomings – especially their lack of a full-size keyboard, a mouse, and a large screen. They are the perfect tool to update social media, watch videos, and play Casino Epoca online roulette. But those of us who need to get things done on the go will have to invest not only in a smartphone but a laptop, too. Luckily, if you have a smartphone, you also have a pretty powerful computer that fits into your pockets – and you can turn it into a laptop.
One of the most interesting products to hit the market in the last couple of years is Sentio’s Superbook. It is, basically, an external screen, a keyboard, and a mouse that you can use with your smartphone. What makes it interesting is that unlike the variants introduced by Samsung and Huawei that need rely on an external screen (usually a large TV or a monitor) and a keyboard and mouse combo to make them work, this one turns your phone into a laptop.
The Sentio Superbook is pretty decently set up and you won’t even have to give an arm and a leg for it. The base model is pretty cheap – $149 – and it comes with an 11.6″ 768p TN LCD screen, a keyboard, a touchpad, and a battery pack that’s good for about 8 hours of work and play. It is available in four finishes – black, gold, silver, and blue – and a launcher that turns your standard Android home screen into a Windows-like desktop. Those of you who are prepared to reach a bit deeper into your pockets can choose the premium version of the product, with a 1080p IPS screen and a backlit keyboard for $209 ($199 for a limited time). Sentio is at the beginning of its road, having to sort out a few things before it can ship its products to its Kickstarter backers, but soon the production will be in full effect so you will be able to order yours and get it in due time.
Sentio’s Superbook is just one of the several projects underway – and big names are also considering the idea. Razer, for example, has presented Project Linda at this year’s CES, a Razer Blade Stealth turned into a “lapdock” for its Razer Phone that comes with a 13″ screen, a backlit keyboard, and uses the phone as a trackpad. There is no word out yet on the product’s price and availability.