Friday, September 25, 2009

Universal Notebook Docking Stations

There are several Universal Docking Stations that you can now get from several major manufacturers. The Toshiba Dynadock was one of the first to feature a single USB connecting docking station that also had a built-in graphics card. Through this docking station, you could effectively use 3 monitors simultaneously. Here's how:
  1. The LCD panel on your laptop is monitor #1
  2. A second monitor plugged into your laptop's VGA port
  3. A third monitor plugged into the docking station's VGA/DVI port
Now, Kensington has released  the Universal Notebook Docking Station with VGA/DVI (and I believe that Targus and several others may have similar docking stations out there).

If you like to use multiple monitors via the "extended desktop" configuration, then adding a 3rd may not be a bad idea. One of the most cost effective ways of doing this is through one of these docking stations that has VGA/DVI built-in.

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