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Plugable UD-3000 USB 3.0 Universal Docking Station for Windows 10, 8, 7, XP (HDMI/DVI/ VGA to 2048x1152, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports, 20W Power Adapter)

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  • Provides SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5Gbps) link from PC to video, Gigabit Ethernet, audio input/output, and two USB 3.0 ports. (VIA VL811+ chipset with v9084 firmware. Full USB 2.0 backwards compatibility, fully plug and play, devices can be hot-swapped, supports USB over-current protection)
  • DVI/VGA/HDMI monitor port supports display resolutions up to 2048x1152 / 1920x1200; wired Ethernet port supports 10/100/1000 Mbps speeds
  • Full support for Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, & legacy XP systems. Surface RT, Mac OS X, and Linux/Unix are not supported
  • Docking station suggested for use with web and productivity software; not recommended for gaming. No special functionality for charging iPads, iPods, iPhones, or other tablet devices and smartphones
  • We love our Plugable products, and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 1 year limited parts and labor warranty and Seattle-based email support
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Product Description

Size: One Extra Display

One-stop upgrade for your Windows tablet, laptop, or desktop. Connect up to 10 accessories through a single USB cable. Includes the firmware for compatibility with Windows 10 and earlier. Fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 PCs and devices. Features a DVI-I port with VGA and HDMI adapters for mirroring/extending your Windows desktop to an external monitor (resolutions up to 2048x1152 supported), a Gigabit Ethernet port (10/100/1000 supported, full-duplex required), audio input/output, two USB 3.0 ports, and four USB 2.0 ports.


Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 drivers can be automatically installed by Windows Update (with an existing Internet connection) or can be downloaded from Plugable.com/drivers.

Requires Intel / AMD / NVIDIA main GPU and driver with Windows Aero enabled. USB graphics require dual-core 2GHz or better CPU for best performance.

Cannot be mixed with non-DisplayLink USB graphics adapters and drivers (e.g. MCT, j5, or SMSC). DVI port does not transport audio. HDCP/Blu-ray playback not supported. Not recommended for gaming.

Mac OS X, ARM-based versions of Windows (Surface RT) and Linux/Unix are not supported.

Power and Charging

Includes robust 20W UL certified power supply for supporting several devices requiring USB 3.0's more demanding 900mA per-port power. Functions as a USB hub only; no special charging functionality for charging an iPad, iPhone, or other tablet and smartphone devices.

In the Box

UD-3000, premium 20W UL certified power adapter (US AC Wall Outlet Plug, 100-240V 50/60Hz), USB 3.0 Type-A male to Type-B male cable (USB 2.0 compatible), DVI-to-VGA adapter, DVI-to-HDMI adapter, quick-install guide, and driver CD.

Product Details

Size: One Extra Display
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5 x 4.2 inches ; 13 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • ASIN: B008N06I2I
  • Item model number: UD-3000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,354 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,885 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 24, 2012

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Size: One Extra Display Verified Purchase
Well, with it's USB 3.0 connectivity, and all the touting about the relatively decent graphics performance, I was very much looking forward to this for use on my ASUS Zenbook UX31A with a 3rd generation Intel I5 processor (which as I said, has USB 3.0 Super speed ports). This was connected to a 24" Samsung display at 1080p resolution.

The good:
- Well made and balanced - stays upright pretty easily
- I do appreciate how Plugable uses the Displaylink drivers directly - always gives you the latest version of it
- Drivers installed flawlessly and without a reboot

The not so good:
- There is still noticeable lag in the mouse and keyboard actions
- Dragging things like Windows around your desktop also cause lag, along with tearing of the image. A big bump in CPU use is also noted when this happens
- Youtube drops many, many frames in 720p, and there is compression applied

For regular Excel, and Word, this may prove ideal, but I think I will return the device, and make do with a regular USB 3.0 dock with a USB sound card, and Ethernet adapter, with the penalty of having to plug one additional thing in every time (the HDMI port on my laptop). It's just the laws of computing (cramming 1080p video bandwidth down a USB pipe) that is the limitation.

UPDATE 10/3/2012

I received an email from Plugable after they had read my review and suggested one key change: That I enable Aero desktop in Windows. Apparently non-Aero Windows (such as the Windows Classic theme I was using) are not accelerated by the GPU and instead are rendered by the CPU. After doing this, the lag and compression artifacts decreased significantly - almost to imperceptible levels, and large spikes in CPU were no longer present.
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Size: One Extra Display
If you're looking for a USB "dock" for your laptop, and have a USB 3.0 capable laptop, look no further. The Plugable UD-3000 offers the goods.

If you're looking for a USB dock for your laptop and only have USB 2.0, be aware of some limitations, listed below.

And both of the above recommendations only exist if you are using a Windows XP, Win Vista, or Win 7 (and probably Win 8) laptop. There is NO Mac SUPPORT AT THIS TIME. Manual makes it sound like this may come later, but do NOT purchase this assuming support will come. That would potentially be a waste of your money.


Couldn't be simpler. Open the box, pull the UD-3000 from the plastic protection. Pull the plastic adhesive off of the UD-3000 (otherwise it could overheat, I assume, given the vents will be covered up). Pull out the AC adapter and USB 3.0 cable - done. Well, almost done. If you want the manual and the software CD, pull out the plastic that protects the UD-3000 and there they are.


Simple. I would, however, recommend you either be using wireless networking on your laptop OR have the network cable plugged into your laptop. The manual recommends using Windows Update functionality, if you are running Vista or Win 7, to download the latest drivers. If you use wired networking, plugging the network cable into the UD-3000 would mean you don't have network capability until the drivers are loaded. You can't load the drivers without the network. That's a catch-22. Of course, if you have wireless networking, no problem at all.

If you have Windows XP, the manual tells you to use the CD. You CAN also install the drivers from the CD on a Win 7 or Vista laptop, however, for best support the recommendation is to use the drivers from Windows Update.
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Size: Dual Display Verified Purchase
I recently bought a Surface Pro 2 (running Windows 8.1) with the hopes of using it as my daily driver. The Surface's lack of ports is a real problem when used as a desktop machine especially to a guy like me that measures his manliness by the number of monitors he's using. There is the official Surface Deck, which is a sexy piece of machinery, don't get me wrong, but it's $200, not available right now, and itself has frustrating ports. For instance, while you can connect two monitors to the Surface dock, you have to do it by daisy chaining monitors off of the DisplayPort. Who has time for all that? And my existing monitors don't have DisplayPort connections anyway. What's a fella to do?

And in walks the Plugable UD-3900.

While the UD-3900 wasn't built specifically for the Surface Pro 2, it works beautifully. Even with the incredibly snappy Amazon Prime shipping Plugable sent me an email before I got the unit with a link to the latest drivers and contact information in case I had problems. Being impatient like I am, I installed the drivers right away and anxiously awaited the package.

When the UD-3900 showed up it took no time to hook it up and start using it. Everything just worked. Mostly. But I'll get to that later. I've used USB monitors in the past, and they've always disappointed me. They were always a little laggy and sluggish. I was worried the UD-3900 would suffer the same disappointment. It definitely did not. I was able to drive both of my 23" monitors with ease. The additional USB ports were very handy and the added network speed of the UD-3900's Gb Ethernet jack was extra icing on the cake. I can't explain how easy it was to get everything working flawlessly. It just worked. With one exception...
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