Since the spunky Dell Venue 8 Pro came out last year I’ve had a huge crush on it. It’s cute, it’s powerful, and it won’t break the bank. While the DV8 Pro is super fun, it has at least one annoying limitation. Because it uses a single USB OTG connection it can’t be charged while a USB device is attached. There are a couple of creative workarounds, including my own blog post, “How to use USB devices with your Dell Venue 8 Pro and charge it at the same time.” While my solution is both brilliant and elegant, it has a touch of kludge to it.
The good news is that the folks at Plugable have come to our rescue. I’ve been using a Plugable UD-3900 with my Surface Pro 2 for months, and I like it. The minds at Plugable have stayed up night and day and they’ve designed a Plugable dock for the DV8 Pro that will charge the device while also allowing you to use USB devices. Hallelujah! To gauge interest they’ve created a Kickstarter project.
If you have a Dell Venue 8 Pro or Lenovo Miix, and you’d like an elegant solution to this frustrating problem, consider helping Plugable out and pledging the project. I already have, you should too.
Edit 11/18/2014: This can now be purchased directly from Amazon