Plugable USB 2.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station with DisplayLink DVI/VGA up to 1920x1080, Audio, Ethernet, and 4 Available High-Speed USB 2.0 Ports
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- Dock any brand of laptop to an extra display (up to 1920x1080), speakers, ethernet, and 4 USB ports
- DVI/VGA connector, 10/100 Ethernet RJ-45, 3.5 mm plugs for stereo speaker and mic, security slot
- Windows 7/Vista 32/64 and XP 32-bit drivers via Windows Update, download, or disk
- NOT RECOMMENDED for use with Mac OS Lion (10.7). Linux configuration for advanced users only
- Simple and small with no moving parts, no fans, all standard USB 2.0. Does not charge laptop
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Get around the limitations of your laptop or notebook with a single, simple USB 2.0 connection to any DVI/VGA monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and other USB 2.0 devices which can stay on your desk; Share this common set of devices among several users with a swap of the USB cable; use the flexibility of the virtual USB graphics card to extend your Windows desktop across both displays.
USB virtual graphics provides full performance for office applications and web browsing, but videos and 3D games should be played on the computer's main screen.
Support for all of Windows XP 32-bit, Vista and Win7 32/64-bit with latest service packs. Windows Home Basic/Starter do not support multiple monitors. Not recommended for use with Mac (beta drivers only). GPL driver source on Linux and other platforms. Linux requires manual xorg.conf configuration - for advanced users only.
On Windows Vista and Win7, virtual USB graphics makes use of your primary GPU, so is compatible only with systems with a single Intel, nVidia, ATI GPU running recent WDDM drivers.
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Includes an AC adapter, so even power-hungry USB devices like hard disks can be connected. Note that the docking station does not power or charge your laptop itself. The dock is a multifunction compound USB 2.0 device, with a Terminus USB 2.0 Hub, DisplayLink DL-165 USB Graphics, C-Media CM6300 USB Audio (supporting the USB Audio Class 1.0 standard), ASIX AX88772A USB Ethernet Chip.
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Since the laptop is my only computer and I travel with it almost daily, it's important for me to be able to plug and unplug it easily and with as few connections as possible.
I began looking for a docking solution from HP and read all the horror stories about HP USB docking products on HP's site, so I started looking at third party products and ended up buying this.
What a great product! I plugged it into the new HP and Windows 7 began finding and installing all the drivers for it automatically. Then as I added each peripheral device (monitor, printer, flatbed scanner, wireless mouse & keyboard, external HDD), the proper drivers were found and installed and within a half hour I was up and running seamlessly. Quite impressive.
Since it doesn't supply power, I have two plugs to plug/unplug: power & a USB connector, but it's not that big a deal.
The only downsides so far are:
1) I have to open the laptop lid to turn it on and then shut it to use the external monitor (The HP docking station had an external power switch)
2) There is a bit of latency of the display (as mentioned in the literature) as the refresh rate tries to keep up - noticeable to varying degrees, but so far not a big enough issue to really complain about.
Updated 2/6/11: This works as described above with one exception: Since I've had it (about 2 weeks), my computer would seem to freeze a number of times. The external monitor screen would look normal, but I couldn't get the mouse to move or the mouse buttons or arrow keys to work. At first I thought the laptop computer was frozen, but when I opened the lid on the laptop, the mouse was working fine on the laptop screen, but not on my external monitor. I found the solution to be unplugging the power supply from the Plugable Universal Docking Station and plugging it back in again. When the Plugable "re-booted", the computer screen then behaved normally. This has happened about 6 times since I've owned it and that's really not acceptable.
Updated 3/1/11: I really got tired of unplugging this Plugable to reset it, so I replaced it with a Toshiba Dynadock U Universal USB Docking Station for almost the same price. In addition to having 2 more USB ports than the Plugable, I've had NO video/monitor freezing at all. So far so good...
I discovered that internet and network works through the single USB connection, but we work on large files over the network so we have decided to stick with plugging in our network cables directly to the laptop instead of going through the Plugable device. Display switching works well, but I recommend setting your laptop to NOT go into sleep mode when you close the lid as long as it's plugged into power. This way you can hook it up to the Plugable, turn it on, close the lid and work away without dust accumulating in the laptop keyboard or on the monitor.
The only problem that we've had is that sometimes during graphics intensive operations the screen on my external monitor will freeze. The solution that I've found is to pull the power to the Plugable and then plug it back in. This hard reboot seems to do the trick. It doesn't happen very often, so I haven't found it to be much of an inconvenience.
All in all, the Plugable Universal Docking Station earns a very high recommendation from me and from the other 7 engineers in our office who use it on a daily basis. For the price, we couldn't have found a better docking station to let us keep our desks exactly as they were before. All we did is replace our old towers with our new laptops, and our workflow remained the same.
What are you waiting for? Get Plugable and get back to work!
Setup was a breeze. My HP Pavilion dv7 laptop recognized the hardware right away. I did not even have to insert the CD that came with the unit into the laptop. That's about as easy as it gets.
So, why not 5-stars? It's a minor thing, but when I plugged my headphones into the Plugable unit after installation, I heard no sound. I had to plug them into the laptop itself to get sound. There's probably a relatively easy fix I can make in the Control Panel, but I haven't had time to look into it yet.
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Needed many power(unplug) resets