on August 31, 2014
I got it to manage my cables for my laptop - I have a 27" monitor and uses external keyboard + mice like a normal desktop and the cable is... you know.... messy (with all the USB hub and whatnot). I was excited after buying it and expecting it to be plug and play, but NO, it comes with a CD and you have to install it. Okay, fine, I'll just install it, BUT the software in the CD was old, it won't let me install and I had to go get the new version online! Well, not too much hassle... So after downloading and installing and setting everything up, DONE everything good to go! At first everything works just fine - USB works, Audio output works (you have to change the audio to the dynadock as your default for it to work), hdmi works, BUT when I started playing games, the display is gone! Normal web browsing and other stuff, the hdmi plugged into the dock works just fine, except for playing games! Everything becomes black and nothing shows and I end up plugging the hdmi directly to my laptop. Overall, everything does what it was suppose to do, a good docking station for managing cables, but wasn't that great as I expected, could've gotten a USB hub instead for a cheaper price and bear with the "messier" setup, but I like having a "tower" docking station setup.... Oh well, guess I'm sticking with this.
I don't shut down or restart my laptop often, only does that once in a while. When I turn on the laptop again, the error message "USB device not recognized" keep popping up and the dock isn't fully functional! I tried going to device manager and scan for software update and even check for newest software tried installing the software, still doesn't work! So frustrating! After tweaking for a while, I finally got it to work again. After a month or two later, I decided to shut my laptop and turn it back on again, and this happened AGAIN! I wasn't able to remember what I did previously so I had to try everything AGAIN!
Here's the exact procedure to get it to work:
1. uninstall software (click no for restart)
2. unplug software and shut down (don't restart) and turn off the dynadock
3. turn on your computer
4. install the software again and shut down again (don't restart)
6. turn on your computer
7. turn on dynadock and plug in to your computer
Not sure if I'm the only one encountering this problem, but hope this help.
on July 11, 2014
This Universal Docking Station is not bad. It has just about everything you need to make your laptop connect to all your essential "gear" with just one cable. I use Win 7 plus USB 3.0. Some reviews indicate the some people have had horrible experiences with this unit, but others found that it is ESSENTIAL to download the drivers to your computer first before connecting it. When I first connected it to my laptop, it seemed that all necessary drivers were found and started downloading automatically. Then I suddenly remembered that I read that the drivers needed to be downloaded first, so I quickly unplugged it from my laptop. Surprisingly, the downloads continued without any mishap and all seemed well after I plugged it back in. However, after several attempts, there was no video signal going to the video output. Through some research on the Toshiba Support website, I found that it is essential that you must also download the latest DisplayLink software. Toshiba does not provide this with the DynaDock. Why, I do not know (probably because there are continual fixes that are impossible and expensive to keep up with). DisplayLink makes no mention of Toshiba on its website, either.... there seems to be a strange relationship been the two. Never-the-less, once I downloaded the software from DisplayLinks website, magical and wonderful thinks began to happen. Not only did the video start working but vast options became available for all kinds of things.... things I'm still learning about. The styling of the DynaDock is nice, the stand is much better than I expected. The unit is sturdy and well built (substance and weight)... not cheapy and plastic-like (I hate that). It kinda has a "Connect-It-and-Leave-It" design which I like. No fussing with too many external options which sometimes can only add to your non-computer geek frustrations. I love the (backward compatible) USB 3.0 speed. Amazing that it can pass HDMI, Ethernet and all other signals at the same time. I'm sorry but USB 2.0 would not EVEN begin to handle that much data. I do wish that the design incorporated vertical positioning as well as the horizontal positioning. It also needs more HDMI ports with "connective" indicator lights. I recommend that you not pay too much for this unit ($139) as the prices are already beginning to drop. My guess is Toshiba already has a new design about to hit the market. I have bought a second DynaDock for my wifes laptop. She travels for work and I think she will really like the ease of the "one-cord connect" thingy.
on March 31, 2014
I bought the Dynadock (a port expander) to go on my wife's Sony Flip 13 to support a USB hard drive (with confidential information that stays home), a USB keyboard/mouse, and an exernal VGA monitor when working at home.. The Sony has 2 USB 3.0 ports and a single HDMI port. Using the Dynadock means she only has to unplug/plug two connections (Sony power and the USB to the Dynadock) when she travels and returns. Fortunately for me, she decided she didn't like the standup form factor, so I stole it and hooked it up to my little Samsung np300u1a-a01us, which actually has 3 USB 2.0 ports (one with optional sleep power), a VGA output, and an audio jack. Nevertheless, with the Dynadock, I can keep my USB hard drive(s) and USB CD/DVD drive connected to the dock, and I only have to undo two connections to take my PC elsewhere. The vertical, narrow form factor actually works well on my table.
Installation was almost straightforward. I installed the software from the included CD, along with an update, and was off and running. I clicked on the notification icon for the displaylink, and saw the "check for updates" item, which I then clicked. The menu went away for about 10 seconds (with no evidence of activity) and then a notification bubble popped up with the message "Cannot Update Displaylink Sofware, Unable to connect to Microsoft Windows Update Server". I Googled "displaylink" and got the pointer to their download page, from which I was able to retrieve and install the latest update. (The notification menu item for update still doesn't work, and the "displaylink manager" item just gives you the current version number.) The audio and video setup items do work.
As far as performance goes, I'm quite pleased, given that I'm driving the whole mess via a USB 2.0 port and my PC has an I3 processor. Keyboard/mouse and video response are indistinguishable from direct attachment of the monitor. I tried playing a DVD onto the monitor and separate speakers (all on the Dynadock), and the motion and sound were smooth and synchronized.
I leave the Dynadock powered up, and I worried that this would leave the USB hard drives powered on as well (if you plug one into the Dynadock while the PC is not connected, it powers up and seems to stay up.) However, the Dynadock appears to shut down the drives if the PC is shut down while connected. I haven't tried this with either of the sleep/power USB ports on the front.
Overall, I'm quite pleased with the device. I'd think it would be essential for some of the windows tablets that only come with a single USB port.
on March 28, 2014
Did a lot of review research and decided on this docking station for two reasons. First I have a Toshiba laptop top and figured this would be a good match and second, I liked the high percentage of good 4 and 5 star ratings. I gave this a 4 star for everything I require of it works except the front two hot (always on) USB ports that are supposed to be able to charge cell phones, tablets, iPod's etc... when the laptop is shutdown or disconnected. This is not the case. When I tried to charge my Motorola Droid Razr Max HD Phone, it first indicated that it was charging with the little lighting bolt symbol on the battery charge level indicator then that went a way and a small text display indicated it was charging and at a level of 15%. When I unplugged the phone it said to connect to a charger. So I plugged it back in and it resumed charging. Or so it says it was. I checked about 30 minutes later and now it was at 13%. So I unplugged this and plugged in my LG 4G Tablet and it too indicated it was charging for about 10 seconds then a warning popped up on the screen stating the Charging system has stopped because I was using an incompatible charging cord and to use the one that originally came with the Tablet. Funny thing is I was using the original charging cord! So, that is the only problem I have discovered and it agreed with some of the other reviews I have read. It does however Charge both the phone and tablet when the laptop top is up and running with no problem. I will be contacting Toshiba Tech support on this matter and if there is a fix I will update this review. I am not a gamer and so I have no idea how well it will work with the heavy demand for graphics and data being crammed down a USB pipe. I have not had any delays or jitters like some of the reviews have stated.
I am also using a KVM switch so I can switch between my video surveillance system and Laptop and my external wireless keyboard and mouse use a single USB receiver for both devices. So for both the keyboard and mouse to work properly I had to plug it into the keyboard side of the KVM hub.
on March 7, 2013
I bought this unit so that I could have a more permanent desktop-like setup for my Lenovo Yoga 13 when I am in the office, and it has proven to be everything I needed it to be. I have been using it successfully for several months now. I use the USB 3.0 port to connect to the Yoga 13, and the Dynadock connects me to a wireless mouse and keyboard, our office's hardwired LAN, a 24-inch display, and speakers. (I fold the Yoga 13 into what they call "stand mode" and use it as a secondary, touch display.) I still have several USB ports to spare on the Dynadock, and all I have to do every morning is plug my laptop in and I'm ready to go.
I'm far from an IT pro, but the only little glitches I've noticed may not be the responsibility of the Dynadock so much as inadequacies in the ability of the graphics engine in the laptop to run the dual displays. Occasionally, with onscreen motion (like tiles scrolling in the Metro UI of Windows 8), a bit of pixellation appears on my main display. Could be the USB 3.0 bandwidth topping out, or it could be the graphics "card." With that caveat, the unit works consistently and does exactly what I needed it to, thus far without a single glitch or complaint. I have not encountered the USB cutting out issue that others have.
The reason this is a 4-star and not a 5-star review is that setup was a little bit more difficult than I would have liked. Toshiba's website indicated there was not a Windows 8 driver available for the unit, though with a little bit of digging online I was able to locate the proper driver directly from Display Link. The frustration of finding limited information on the Toshiba site and the uncertainty of whether the driver from Display Link would work (or would be the only driver I needed - remember I'm not much of a computer expert) did not make me happy at first, and complicated setup. I just checked online though and it looks like Toshiba now has the proper drivers available online.
on July 23, 2012
Overall, I am pretty happy with the Dynadock U3.0. I use it for business. I downloaded the latest drivers and the install went fairly smoothly, although I did have to reboot to get everything working.
It does a great job allowing me to use both a Dell 2048x1152 monitor and a Dell 1900x1200 monitor in addition to my laptop's monitor for business software development (ASP.NET MVC). I can pretty much do everything, including watch videos, with no perceptible difference. Text is crisp and clean, and with a USB 3.0 port, performance is fine. Network, USB Ports, and video all seem to work as I had hoped they would. Audio is good, except for one glaring issue (see below). I had no expectation that this device would support games, so I am basically happy.
Since I use this on my business computer, I attend internet-based audio conferences and chats (Microsoft Lync, etc). A problem with the Dynadock U3.0 is that it does not automatically mute it's rear external speaker ports when a headset is plugged into the front headset ports on the dock. This causes audio problems in a voice chat/conference. When I plug the headset into the front ports, I have to manually unplug the external speakers from the back of the Dynadock. Long-term, I am worried about wear and tear on the rear speaker port.
A customer reported this problem in the Toshiba forums back in Feb. 2012, but got no public response. He indicated that older Dynadocks had a software option that allowed you to mute external speakers, but the current software only takes you to the Windows Control Panel Audio Settings dialog where no such option is available. When I called Toshiba support, the representative said that there is a software solution, but that he is not allowed to help me troubleshoot a "software issue" over the phone and he referred me to the support forums (where no answer was posted on this issue since Feb 2012). Catch-22, anyone?
Honestly, I'd be happier if they would have just said "Oh yeah. That is the way it works, sorry." Nonetheless, I posted a repeat problem statement to the forums and hope to get an answer.
[...Link to forum post deleted by Amazon...]
The Dynadock is a great solution for business users who want 2 external, hi-res monitors to work in addition their a laptop monitor. However, it's imperfect support for audio conferencing users is a real negative. It's not for gamers, and yet it has a real drawback for business users. If you do not do audio chat/conferencing, I recommend the Dynadock. However, if you do use audio chat/conferencing software, you might want to look for alternatives.
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on January 23, 2013
Unfortunately I dont like it.
I am using one Full Hd Monitor from DVI and one Full Hd Samsung TV from HDMI .
mouse activity appearing with delay on screens.
And Network performance very bad.
It is not Gigabit.
on July 23, 2015
This docking station's software and drivers come on an installation CD. And, if you, like me, are hoping to use this dock to expand one of the newer tablets or ultrabooks that doesn't have a CD reader, then you might just be out of luck. I called Toshiba customer service for help downloading the installation CD to my tablet without a CD reader, but they couldn't even understand the question. After trying to explain, the representative told me the Dynadock comes with several USB ports, so I should download the drivers onto it with a thumb drive. Not exactly the answer I was looking for, but I thought maybe I could use another computer with a CD Drive to transfer the files on the installation disk over to a thumb drive, which I could then use to install the programs and drivers onto my tablet through an available USB port. Good idea? No luck! The installation CD's files are encrypted or otherwise protected and not all of them can be transferred. I searched the Toshiba website for Dynadock drivers and software. They're easy to find, but there are only updates and there is no way to get the original software and drivers needed for initial installation. DEAR TOSHIBA: LISTEN UP: We buy products like these because we need to expand our computers' peripheral handling capacity. Didn't it ever occur to you that someone buying this product might need it to attach a CD Drive to their computer? Oh yeah! How's that gonna happen? Try this: Make all the installation software and drivers available for easy download on your website. Hope this product is easier to use then to install.
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on July 4, 2015
I had many issues with this. Wouldn't work with my monitors. The sound didn't work. It was basically a USB hub for me. I ended up getting a Plugable 4K adapter along with a USB 3.0 hub instead, and that has been working great.
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on November 27, 2012
The network and sound failed to work. Called the tech support explained that my questions are addressed on their website. I really wanted it to work but I guess it's going back.