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Startech Laptop Docking

Review of the Startech Universal Laptop USB Docking Station with VGA Audio Ethernet

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A laptop can make life easy and fun. Using certain peripheral devices will help you increase its functionality even more. For example, most modern laptops come with only two or three USB ports, which is often not enough. You might want to plug in a mouse, an external keyboard, a flash drive, a printer, and a digital camera all at the same time, while also syncing your iPod or transferring data to another device. This is a likely scenario, but the standard two or three USB ports just will not cut it. A USB docking station comes handy in those situations.

As the name suggests, the Universal Laptop USB Docking Station with VGA Audio Ethernet functions as a USB hub, VGA, audio and Ethernet docking station simultaneously. With all these ports, you can get all the productivity of a desktop from your smaller, more portable laptop.

Design and Portability

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The docking station has dimensions of 8" x 2.75" x 0.75" and is very lightweight. Its rectangular shape is not exceptionally compact, but it has a well-designed port placement on the back. The Ethernet port is on the far right, then comes the VGA, four USB ports and finally the A/C input port. The USB ports are uniformly spaced and have enough room between them to accommodate wide USB connectors on pen drives, scanners, printers, digital cameras and so on. Each port has a corresponding light to indicate if it is connected or not. The audio ports are on the right side of the docking station. The power indicator LED is on the top of the docking station.

Other docking stations that are more compact often have the USB ports on the sides, which can create cable clutter on your desk. In contrast, the Universal Laptop USB Docking Station with VGA Audio Ethernet reduces clutter. Its low profile and light weight makes it a good travel companion as well.

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