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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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Model

Brand
Targus
Model
ACP71USZ

General Spec

Compatibility
PC/Netbook compatible

Physical spec

Dimension
16.7" x 6.7" x 3.2"
Weight
3 lbs.

Features

Features
USB 3.0 docking station features dual video ports providing beyond HD video and graphics with up to 2048 x 1152 resolution (1x DVI-I, 1x HDMI); Includes universal 90W laptop charging (power tips included) 1x DVI to VGA adapter, 1 HDMI to DVI adapter, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, audio In/Out ports and security lock slot; A 6A AC adapter and 3ft USB 3.0 cable making it easy to connect; Also 2 high-powered USB ports for extra power and stays on when the PC is disconnected

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Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Brian B.
  • 2/1/2014 1:42:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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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  • Alta A.
  • 4/19/2013 12:52:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs50+ years a "techie"

Pros: good device, does what it says it will do flawlessly.

Cons: a bit pricey, but worth it for the features & quality

Other Thoughts: NOTE:
It has one video port that can be either DVI or VGA; the other video port must be HDMI or DVI (won't run a VGA).
It will NOT work in conjunction with other video port adapters (such as the USB2VGAE2 also sold by Newegg).
The ability to power your laptop from it means your existing laptop power supply becomes a spare (or use the existing one when travelling).
The 2 USB 3.0 ports & 4 USB 2.0 ports mean that you can probably do without any other USB hubs.
You can plug headphones or speakers into the dock, a microphone, & a LAN cable for Internet/printers/NAS backup storage/etc. This means you sharply reduce the number of cables into your laptop (power cable from dock, USB 3.0 cable from dock, & possibly a VGA/HDMI cable from a 4th display if needed).
It's a great device to add functionality to you laptop, reduce the cable clutter, & make it easy to detach the laptop from all the peripheral devices, to take the laptop with you somewhere else.

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  • Alta A.
  • 4/14/2013 1:40:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsmulti-displays, ports, & more!

Pros: quality, easy to install & use, does what it claims, reduces the cable clutter around your laptop (or desktop).

Cons: slightly expensive, but a good quality product by a reliable manufacturer, so bite the bullet & get one if you want/need additional connectivity.

Other Thoughts: This product is from a distinguished provider of mobility accessories. It is high quality, & reliable. I wish it was a bit less expensive, but then you only get what you pay for, & I want quality products, so . . .
If you are connecting this dock to a laptop, they usually have a vga & a hdmi connector for a 2nd display (& sometimes a 3rd one on the newer high-end laptops), so you could have a total of 4 (& sometimes 5) displays on your laptop.
Desktops may have either a single-display video card, or a dual-display one, so the total becomes 3 or 4 displays there.
If the above is not enough for you, then you can also add one or more of the "StarTech USB2VGAE3 USB to VGA External Video Card Multi Monitor Adapter – 1920x1200".

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  • William F.
  • 3/25/2013 7:53:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well, Gigabit network adaptor must be connected to gigabit port to work reliably

Pros: Works well for machines with USB3.0 and provides the functionality expected. There is a key 'issue' with the network which as a bit of a headache to workaround for em with my 100M Cat5 wired home.

Cons: Network is a Gigabit connector. All of my machines with Gigabit adaptors in my home (11) have no issues functioning on my Cat5 100Mbit infrastructure. This dock would not reliably (it works at initial power up, then stops). It should be able to work on 10MB, 100MB or 1GBT. You can't tweak it down in settings.

WORKAROUND: connect my home network into a Gigabit desktop switch. Connect the dock to this switch with Cat5e or Cat6 cable. From then on, have not had issues.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I do like this solution. The networking issues has been a problem for a lot of people so I wanted to share the workaround I found.

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