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Sony VAIO SZ Series Docking Station

by Sony
24 customer reviews
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  • When you're on the go, there are no cables to plug and unplug.
  • It lets you quickly and easily connect to all your workstation peripherals.
  • Ports include 3 USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, VGA, DVI-D and DC in.
  • Designed exclusively for use with the VAIO SZ Series Notebooks.
  • This handy interface is essential for the mobile user.
  • Designed exclusively for use with the VAIO® SZ Series Notebooks.
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Product Description

Sony VAIO SZ Series Docking Station is a handy interface is essential for the mobile user. It lets you quickly and easily connect to all your workstation peripherals. And when you're on the go, there are no cables to plug and unplug.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 13.6 x 10.4 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000E8YY1O
  • Item model number: VGP-PRSZ1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,710 in Computers & Accessories (See Top 100 in Computers & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 17, 2006

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Cox on April 9, 2007
I've experienced these shortcomings with this docking station.

1. My system forgets the monitor configuration nearly every time I boot - I don't even have to undock it. I work with the external monitor only, and use it in 1600 x 1200 mode. After a restart, it comes up properly, but about 5 seconds into the boot (probably loading the NVIDIA control panel stuff) it switches to dual display and makes the external monitor 1280 x 800 to match the internal. I have to manually go into the NVIDIA control panel and set everything up. On occasion, it'll remember and come up correctly - but not often. Sony has no answer.

2. No power adapter. You'll need to buy one if you don't want to dig out and hook up the laptop's AC adapter each time you dock (who does?)

3. Bad DVI support. My external monitor "looked" good through the DVI port, but when the laptop tried to put the monitor to sleep, the monitor just flashes "Mode not supported"... forEVER! It never goes to sleep. I've used the monitor (Samsung SyncMaster 213T) on several other computers without a problem.

4. Using the above monitor via Analog port allowed the sleep function to work, but the text is a little fuzzy; seems a bit out of focus. Tried numerous adjustments and at its best is mediocre. Again, above monitor on my Dell laptop via Analog looks better.

5. No power off? You can undock, but you can't use the power button to shutdown or turn on the computer without opening the clamshell. Come on, Sony! What were you thinking?

6. 3 USB ports in this day and age just isn't enough. For the amount of money I paid for a docking station that didn't even come with power adapter, I shouldn't have to ALSO buy a USB hub.

But... if you have this nifty little laptop... what ELSE are you going to buy? :(
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Edmund Kelly on May 4, 2007
1) Multi monitor software is poor. Manual configuration of external monitor is required on every re-connect. Dual monitor (using the laptop screen and an external monitor) does not seem to be supported.

2) Analog video quality is poor. Dock seems to degrade the signals.

3) No power supply included.

4) No provision for audio.

5) Only three USB ports
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David J. Waks on January 4, 2007
The docking station we received had a defective Ethernet port - it kept dropping out. We called Sony for support, and it took many phone calls to isolate the problem to a defective unit. Then it took nearly a dozen phone calls, hours on the phone, and more than four weeks for Sony to repair the unit and send it back to us. We kept being transferred between support people - nobody seemed to know how they supported docking stations. After we shipped it back for repair, nobody seemed to be able to find it or tell us the status. We were relieved when it arrived at our front door, with the problem fixed.

We have liked Sony products in the past and the docking station was purchased for our brand-new top-of-the-line SZ VAIO notebook. After this experience with Sony support, we will think many times before we buy another Sony product.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert John Stubbs on January 23, 2007
For the price I would have expected to receive an additional power supply with the new docking station. Its a real pain having to reconnect the power supply that was supplied with the laptop and I will probably end up buying another power supply. IBM docking stations include a new power supply. The Sony docking station does not add all of the functionality I was hoping for. Most printers now use USB, but no parallel port included. No connections for sound systems either. I will probably run out of USB ports and have to buy a hub. I'm not sure that the laptop is being charged in the dock with the power turned off?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Hochwalt on August 6, 2007
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This docking station has 3 USB ports (Not enough in my opinion) and does not come with a power cable. You must use the one that came with your computer which can be a pain if you take your laptop with you. After docked my SZ series computer wigs out almost everytime. You have to adjust the resolution to your external monitor and is quite annoying. Sometimes when docked it never shows up on the monitor at all. I then have to reboot. Not worth the price. If I had it to do allover again I would just hook the laptop directly to my monitor.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Johnson on October 3, 2007
For this price I would expect more from a docking station. My biggest complaint is no audio jack. All my music is on my computer, and I can't stand the fact that I can't dock my notebook and automatically be connected to my stereo. Second, I don't like the fact that the notebook doesn't lock in. My HP at work is great because it locks in, so you know you have a solid connection, and releases with the push of a button. Lastly, for this price I would expect it to come with an AC adapter.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Master Chief on December 20, 2006
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I am not a gamer, and mostly I use this docking station for my SONY notebook for writing documents at home. That being said... External mouse and keyboard connections through USB are terrible. In addition to jumpy mouse responses, I sometimes lost the external keyboard connection. I am not saying not to buy it. If you are like me, you can get DVI connectivity and extra USB ports at $170. Go buy and experiment. BTW, did I mention that the DVI connection to my Dell 24'' widescreen slowed down the machine and sometimes even frozed it, using this docking station? Well... it did.
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