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Targus ACP71USZ USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Dual Video Docking Station with Power

  • USB 3.0 docking station
  • Dual video ports providing beyond HD video and graphics
  • High-powered USB ports for extra power and stays on when the PC is disconnected

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Matthew S.
  • 6/22/2015 7:09:59 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUnderwhelming and Lacking

Pros: Props up laptop
Nice to keep cables in one spot
Dual Display

Cons: Incredibly fragile with graphic

Other Thoughts: At first this docking station seemed really nice, until I started to stress test it. Even when I wasn't stressing it, the docking station failed me.
I recently bought a new gaming laptop to use with this dock, so I could take it on the go and bring it home for use with my monitor as a dual screen desktop of sorts.
Running games proved to be its bane however, as anything slightly graphics intensive would crash the displaylink drivers without warning and cause weird results, despite the games working fine when directly plugging the monitor into my laptop. From League of Legends to Octodad, it crashed every time, it was only a matter of how long.
If you're going to be using this in an office setting with nothing but business work, it will be good for you. If you plan on using it to enhance your gaming setup, avoid at all costs. Sorely disappointed.

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  • Cooper V.
  • 4/22/2015 10:47:08 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great with Windows 8.1

Pros: I had a new laptop and reloaded windows 8.1 on it to remove all the factory bloatware and hooked it up to this, so I already had the latest/greatest drivers for everything. I did have to manually download the software from the Targus site, but after that things worked essentially as expected. The power tips worked with my laptop, which basically saves me from having to buy an extra power brick. You occasionally do need to use the software to set the screens, but often windows can alter the properties as well.

Cons: HDMI to DVI adapter included doesn't really look functional, and wouldn't mate up with my DVI cables. The horizontal pin slot on the side is too narrow to work. Ended up using HDMI instead, but if you want to do dual DVI out of this you may need to find another HDMI to DVI adapter to do it.

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  • Philip B.
  • 3/22/2015 2:23:52 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNo drama, just works

Pros: Works as advertised. No driver drama.
No need for a separate power supply.

Cons: None.

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  • Brian B.
  • 2/1/2014 1:42:18 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDriver Dilema

Pros: It's a great idea in theory.

Cons: I updated drivers until I was blue in the face. It never worked right.
Also, it will not power bigger laptops that require 130v. Only 90v laptops.

Other Thoughts: They have to make this thing plug and play or I suspect there will be a lot of returns.

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  • John C.
  • 1/11/2014 4:29:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery happy.

Pros: Performs almost as advertised. The latest drivers are very good and day-today operation is almost perfect. Running 3 screens (laptop screen and 2 external monitors) flawlessly. No mouse or operational lag at all.

Cons: Did not come with a power tip for the Lenovo Carbon Touch. The Targus website did not list the item as available. I found the tip after serious online research. Unfathomable why Targus does not include the item, or list it on its website, yet I found it through an obscure 3rd party dealer? Also, waking from sleep will occasionally involve the attached USB mouse and keyboard not working until a reboot.

Other Thoughts: Win 8 Pro on a Lenovo Carbon Touch. The minor issues above aside, this is a quality product that I recommend for anyone who needs a docking solution.

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  • Quinn C.
  • 12/13/2013 7:24:54 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFor Surface Pro 2

Pros: - can run dual monitors
- functions with all peripherals
- network is gigabit
- USB 3.0 port

Cons: - needed to grab drivers from Targus site
- no charging adapter for Surface Pro 2 (not that I expected one)

Other Thoughts: I bought this in hopes that I could run 2 external monitors on a newly acquired Surface Pro 2 - the Pro 2 docking station supports one monitor out and only runs 100M and not gigabit. It works well and I can run my two external monitors. The docking station for the Pro 2 is more expensive than this and it is less capable - go figure.

I did have to get drivers from Targus' site though, plug and play didn't work.

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  • Timothy T.
  • 11/20/2013 3:39:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Docking Station

Pros: Convenient, stylish, great driver, did I mention convenient

Cons: Docking station can provide the power to the laptop, but only if it's a <95W laptop. Mine requires ~180W so I had to buy a spare power supply.

Other Thoughts: I have 2 monitors, gigabit network connection, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and my cell phone USB charging cable connected to it. It has been running perfectly for 5 months.

I have 3 monitors including my laptop screen. 2 monitors are running out of the dock. The dock included an HDMI-to-DVI adapter, so I have both monitors connected via DVI. We also have a gigabit network in the office, so I have the dock wired in to the network, and get full speed 1Gb networking.

If I need to take my laptop out of the office at the end of the day, I just disconnect the USB and the power and I'm ready to go. All of my programs jump over onto the laptop screen, and I hit the power button to hibernate.

Out of the office, I primarily use wifi, but when I connect to the dock, the gigabit wired automatically takes precedence over the wifi we have in the office. I don't know if this is a feature of Windows 7 or the dock drivers, but it is exactly how I want it to act.

A couple of times when I've connected the dock back up to the laptop while the laptop was up and running, my left-most monitor has not reconnected. The screen has displayed an error saying it doesn't support the display mode that the computer is requesting. When I check the settings under "Screen Resolution" in Windows 7, it shows the correct settings. To fix it, I right-click on the little monitor icon that shows up in the system tray after you install the driver for the dock. And used that to set the monitor resolution to something smaller. Then the screen comes up. Then I set it back to the correct setting, and it works fine. Out of the 100 times I've connected my laptop, it's only happened like 3 times. And it could be the monitor.

It's most convenient for use on a laptop, but it you think about it, someone could connect it to a desktop and automatically get 2 more monitor connections, an extra gigabit networking port, and 6 extra USB 2.0/3.0 ports.

Overall, it the dock has matched or exceeded my expectations in every way. I definitely recommend this Targus dock for anyone that has USB 3.0 support.

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  • Alta A.
  • 9/29/2013 1:38:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsports galore!

Pros: 2 video ports, 2 additional USB-3 ports via a secondary hub, ditto for 4 USB-2 ports, connection to your computer via USB-3, 1000 Mbps LAN port, audio ports, & a spare power supply for your laptop!

Cons: none (although it isn't cheap, it is reasonably priced for what you get).

Other Thoughts: I have used this for several months now, & it is trouble-free. It expands the functionality of your laptop as much as most people will ever need.

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  • Scott L.
  • 8/11/2013 11:47:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsEither bad unit or not compatible or not ready for prime time?

Pros: It does as advertised. More USB ports than you can shake a stick at, and plenty of video outputs for multimon expansion of an Ultrabook.

Cons: Using with my Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook running Windows 8.0. I spent over a week tweaking drivers and such with support to get the latest version of everything from Intel. I finally got the system stable, but it was a nightmare experience with one thing or another not working properly (wired network, video unstable/crashing, etc.) At least 5 times I had to completely reinstall the dock software because some part of it wasn't working right. Common issue from drivers in the 1990s, but you don't really expect that these days.

Now everything finally works, but the video still stutters frequently and there's also some odd blocky-ness like the video is overly compressed. I find frequent rebooting and unpowering of the Targus does help. I think some of it is that USB 3.0 just doesn't have the bandwidth necessary to pump 2 screens at >1600 pixels plus Gig-E plus all my other accessories. And the slow Intel HD 4000 video in the Dell isn't exactly great either -- although I hear other people with the same chip not having the same issues with the Targus.

But the real reason I remove all the stars is the support experience. Targus was all too happy to help when it was easy for them to show that my drivers weren't all updated. But once they were all updated and the obvious stuff done, they were less helpful. One guy asked me for a screenshot of my problem -- when I was having blue screen issues and driver crashes and pixilation. Taking a screenshot doesn't capture any bit of that. Now maybe he meant I should use my phone to take pictures of my computer screen, which is what I offered, but that's not what he asked. I felt like I was just being put through the paces rather than someone genuinely caring about my problem.

At my office, we have hundreds of these and the experience is all the same -- either it works (or maybe the user's eyes simply don't notice the lag and pixilation), or it doesn't. When it doesn't, forget getting help or getting the dock replaced as a troubleshooting step, and good luck figuring out the various driver combinations.

Other Thoughts: Don't know who's fault it is. Intel, maybe. Dell, possibly. Targus, perhaps. Regardless, these are not ready for primetime. It's nice having a light ultrabook, but for docking situations, I'm going back to my older laptop with real docking station.

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  • Alta A.
  • 4/30/2013 7:00:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs"Techie"

Pros: fairly priced for the feature set
lots of features
makes your laptop power supply into a spare power supply
works as advertised

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: If you would benefit from 2 additional video ports (1 hdmi/dvi & 1 dvi/vga), 2 USB 3.0 ports & 4 USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet LAN jack, mike & speaker/headphone jacks, a spare power supply for your laptop, & the ability to consolidate all the cables to your laptop into 2 (1 power & 1 USB 3.0), then this is DEFINITELY a good choice for you. While not cheap, it is quality-made, & costs less than the alternatives providing the same capability. I'm happy with it, & would buy it all over again.

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