I just got the ReaderDock N-Station for my Nook Color and haven’t seen a review so I thought I would post one…
This purchase falls into the category of ‘nice-to-have’, but that’s what Father’s Day is for. I got it mainly because I frequently read/surf-the-Net when I am eating alone and the various (and sundry) items I have been using top prop my Nook up is getting tedious.
The N-Station is very good. It is solidly built and with a wide base is very stable. Once I got my Nook seated on the micro-USB the first time it slips right onto the USB every time now. Which is much easier for charging; I still have trouble inserting the USB that came with my Nook. This is an improvement.
The N-Station has many notched positions between portrait and landscape and with just a twist you can set your Nook at any position. For tilting (up and down versus flat) there is a small knob behind the holder on the stem that you loosen to adjust and tighten to lock in position. The knob could be larger and positioned further away from the stem supporting the holder. If you have large fingers this could be difficult. After a few days with my N-Station I have the tilt set so it really is a minor problem for me.
The wide base provides enough stability that adjusting the rotation or pressing ‘n’ to get to the main Nook menu can be done with one hand.
For charging you must use a USB/Wall adapter like the one provided with your Nook. Any USB adapter that plugs into a wall outlet will work. I am using an old one from my original Nook1E. You must use the micro-USB provided (with the special prongs) with the Nook to charge.
The speakers are good, even very good, though I am not an audiophile. And here is my biggest problem with the N-Station. It does not have a battery supply to power the speakers. You must be attached via USB to power the speakers, so you cannot take the N-Station and just place it on a table and listen to music or watch a movie. A minor plus is you can power the speakers via a normal USB but you will not be ‘charging’ your Nook Color.
When you connect the N-Station to your PC via the USB it does NOT connect to the PC. I.e. you cannot sideload content to your Nook while it is in the N-Station. This is a minor inconvenience and does not diminish the experience.
Another plus is he N1E and Simple Touch both fit in the N-Station, but do not connect to the USB port. The wings on the side that hold the Nook block the page turn buttons. This is not an issue for the Simple Touch, but for the N1E you have to wait for the bottom screen to sleep before swiping to turn the page.
The ReaderDock sells for $69.99 at the website above. Overall I give the N-Station a solid B. It would be an A but for the inability to power the speakers without being connected and I think this price point is a little high.
At $50 I would give a B+.
Not having to ‘fiddle’ with that USB cable to charge is a very big plus.