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Targus ACP50US Universal Notebook Docking Station with Video

by Targus

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 7 x 3.2 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0007LXRB6
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  • Item model number: ACP50US
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 5, 2004

Product Description

Targus ACP50US Universal Notebook Docking Station - with Video

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Customer Reviews

When the installation failed, I went to the manufacturer's website to download updated drivers.
David Weatherington
The monitor hooked up displayed the same thing as my laptop but on a 5 second delay and the mouse and everything else appears to trail.
Kathleen Accorso
WHat I do know is that I will never purchase another Targus product again (and I hope that Targus is reading this)!
James Mauro

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 1, 2006
I have a TC1100 tablet PC which has a fairly small screen. The docking station that came with my tablet wasn't the right one, but I didn't give it a second thought because I never used the computer in a docking station environment. However, I have decided that I would like to set up my tablet with an extra LCD monitor that I have lying around. The docking station from HP is quite pricy, so I started searching and found the Targus universal docking station.

I read the other reviews about this product and went straight to the website to download the newest drivers instead of the using the drivers on the packaged CD. I installed the drivers BEFORE plugging in the docking station (this is required). Once the drivers were installed and the computer rebooted, I tried it out and . . .

was pleasently suprised. I am actually typing this review using the external monitor hooked up to the docking station. When starting programs and other things on the external monitor, there is a framerate drop, but once things get started and settled, the lag goes away.

I started up several different programs and was happy with the results until I opened a game that requires DirectX. It wouldn't start, giving me an error that said my video card did not support this.

I suspect the problem that other people were having with this docking station stems from the bit rate associated with USB 1.0 vs. 2.0. A video setup on an older computer probably had a 33MHz bus speed running 16 bits or about 528 Mbps. USB 1.0 is a mere 10 Mbps and USB 2.0 is roughly 400 Mbps. I don't know what the Targus docking station uses as far as bus speeds and bus width, but I would suspect the people that were having terrible lag were using USB 1.0.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Peter C. Harrison on January 3, 2006
I'm a long-time Amazon and computer user...

I have spent months off-and-on trying to configure this Targus product with a new Dell laptop and LG monitor. It simply does not work as advertised as the video display and mouse tracking is just too slow to use. And Targus has not answered any of my many Web inquiries, emails or phone calls. They appear to have no tech support.

If others are as frustrated with Targus as me (and by reading the other reviews, it appears you are) then I recommend you voice your problems and don't buy Targus products. Then maybe Targus will reconsider how they advertise to and support their customers.

Don't buy this product!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 16, 2005
If you are purchasing this unit to furnish a stable port for your notebook to connect to your LCD monitor - DON'T. Video and mouse very unstable. Make sure your video setting is mirrored so you can reset the video or turn off when it freezes up. Don't pay the extra bucks for this port replicator because it does not work as advertised. You can save yourself some money and a lot of frustration by buying a dock for all your non-video connections and avoiding this unit.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By AbFab Tammie on August 7, 2005
First of all, I am an ADVANCED user, familiar with driver installation. Just purchased a brand new, Presario R4000 laptop.

I followed manufacturer's install directions EXACTLY.

Driver installation from Targus OEM CD v.5.0 resulted in "black screen" during video adapter install and physical memory dump duing install after connecting to Windows via USB.

Uninstalled drivers, rolled system back using System Restore to recover. I should note that I attempted the driver install SEVERAL different times with the SAME result. In all, I was able to REPLICATE this problem many times.

Downloaded Targus drivers 5.0.3 build from site. From bad to WORSE!! Ethernet driver install caused physical memory dump, and another "Blue Screen of Death".

System recovered (Thank GOD), I uninstalled all Targus drivers, rolled the system back AGAIN and deleted the .ZIP file from Targus and the .tmp files I generated from the screen dumps!

My advice, DO NOT attempt to install this on a Presario R4000. Period.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J11-10000 on March 7, 2006
I bought this docking station even though most of the reviews were negative. The video port was not essential, and I was hoping that my fast dual-core system would help speed up the throughput.

First of all, YOU MUST RUN THIS THROUGH A USB 2.0 port if you want any kind of video. Second download the latest driver from the Targus website. Do not use the CD that came with the DS.

I have 3 usb devices, mouse-kbd-printer, attached to the DS, as well as a 17" LCD running at 1024x768 16 bit color. I am running it as an extension of my main screen. Finally, I am plugged into our 100BT ethernet LAN through the DS.

The results are as good as I hoped for. At maximum resolution(1024x768 32 bit color) there is some jitter on the second screen when moving windows, or if you move the mouse quickly, but I expected lower quality video. I use remote desktop often, so i am used to video performance shortcomings.

When I reduce the resolution or color depth the jitter lessens to the point that it is not noticeable at 800x600 16 bit color. I get fair results running at 1024x768 16 bit, which is not visibly different from 32 bit unless you are working with images. I will use my main screen for that. You can get better performance by turning off menu effects, and not displaying window contents while dragging, but I did not find it necessary.

Overall I am very pleased, and will probably buy a few more for other users, as well as one for my home office. It is much easier and safer to plug in a single USB cable every morning and night, than it is to plug in a lan, monitor, mouse, keyboard and printer.

Keep in mind, the notebook I used for testing is faster than most desktops.
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