The NexDock 360 and Chromecast with Google TV is not a common connection, and certainly not many people use it. But it works! If you are considering such a use case then it is worth taking advantage of. As reported by one of the Reddit user (u/xtcrefugee), he successfully launched Chromecast with Google TV (2020) in combination with NexDock 360.
NexDock 360 is a 13.3 inch touch-screen display with ultra narrow bezels, an edge to edge keyboard and 360° flexibility to use it in laptop, tablet, stand or tent mode. Interestingly, the device lacks a CPU, memory or OS, is a quiet, fanless laptop shell engineered. However, after connecting various devices, such as Raspberry Pi 4, smartphones, tablets, etc. you can use it like a typical laptop. Besides, you can only use the display, for example to play on the Nintendo console.
NexDock 360 and Chromecast with Google TV (CCwGTV) as a laptop for entertainment
We accidentally stumbled upon a post by user xtcrefugee in which he describes the combination of NextDock 360 and CCwGTV. As he informs in post “360 can provide enough power to run the CCwGTV from its USB-C port, so you don’t need to use the Chromecast’s power adapter either.
The touchpad, keyboard, SD card reader and speakers all work fine. The CCwGTV picked the screen up as HDR for some reason so it looked washed out initially, but that was easy to correct in the settings. The 24Hz video mode doesn’t work unfortunately, but movies still look good at 60Hz. The touchscreen isn’t recognized. I saw someone here before claiming volume keys weren’t working, but with the remote set to Chromecast (not CEC) it seems to be working fine for me”.
He also published keyboard shortcuts that work:
- Home – Win+Enter, or Alt+Escape
- Back – Win+Backspace
- Browser – Ctrl+B
- Notifications – Ctrl+N
- Reverse Tab (for navigation) – Right Shift+Tab
- Reboot – Ctrl+Alt+Del
Regarding the Google TV Chromecast theme, recently there has been information that Google is working on a new Chromecast HD with Google TV that supports AV1 codec.