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Pros: This little device comes in with a book-size box because it stands like an elegant lady in white. It is weightier than the HIS portable docking station and rightly so – with a pair of solid metal stands and a 5Vx5A power adaptor. But this little weight should not distract any office or home office user from being impressed with its functionality and performance.
First it is truly a docking station with a total of 9 output and 3 input ports:
4 USB2 ports
2 USB3 ports
1 Gbps port
1 HDMI port
1 DVI port
1 stereo sound port
1 microphone input port
1 USB3 uplink port
1 power input port.
With all these many ports, power from an external source is definitely in order and HIS rightly includes that 25 watt power adaptor. Now this is like the power adaptor for some smaller notebook computers but there is no extra cost to the user for an all-inclusive docking station. Neat, very neat.
I tested each port individually and then with all the ports together. This HIS Multi-View x2 USB Docking Station performs flawlessly in all the tests.
The four (4) USB2 ports work perfectly with any USB keyboard, mouse, drawing tablet, printer, memory stick, web cams, and cordless headphone etc.
The two (2) USB3 ports, one of which is an USB charging station, are just as perfectly made as their senior cousins. There is no hiccup with any connected external USB2 or USB3 HDD’s – either portable or desktop models. There is an immediate recognition of the drives, including Bitlocker enabled drives. Full access is granted with 100% reliability and stability.
The Gbps network port is furiously faster than my HP built-in 100 Mbps NIC. With this docking station, I don’t need to search and pay more for gigabit network capable notebooks. Many notebook manufacturers, including HP, are still pushing 100 Mbps NIC in their notebooks. Say goodbye to this 100 Mbps slowness.
Then again I plug my 2 HDMI and DVI 24” LED’s into the dual display ports. With the appropriate selection from either the notebook Screen Resolution or the DisplayLink icon, I see the sharp and vibrant displays on both LED’s and the notebook screen. It makes no difference on the older 24” 16:9 LED or the newer true 16:9 monitors. And I am sure the dual display will work with larger and wider monitors at higher resolutions – and with split screen capabilities on these monitors, I can get 4 high resolution displays. I am quite tempted to truly test this idea by bringing my notebook and this docking station to a computer shop.
Some notebook computers like my HP Envy come with one combination microphone/stereo port. While I pay dearly for a USB headphone/microphone (for Google Talk or Skype etc.), I could have used this docking station with my original 2-plug headphone/microphone pair. This saving alone with the two (2) sound ports is worth every penny I invested in it. To use these two ports, I must select Displaylink Audio as the default sound.
Cons: It would be nice to completely free the notebook computer by adding an SD card reader. Although I could purchase a combination USB card reader and plug it to one of the 4 USB2 ports, but having one SD slot in this docking station will eliminate that need.
Another nice thing to have is a smaller AC power plug-in by using a separate short AC power cord. In that way the AC power adaptor will not take up 2 outlets on a power bar while additionally accommodating different power outlets.
Other Thoughts: The HIS Multi-View x2 USB Docking Station is becoming more and more angelic as I keep on testing each port and then with all the ports together. It is the docking station for all seasons! Any computer. Anywhere. The one and only one.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: As soon as I opened the little box, I was amazed to find this compact, elegant, pure white, and pure pleasure on the look and feel of this technology marvel. It has a housing bay to park the USB3 connector so there is no extra accessory dangling from this portable docking station. In other words, it is all self-contained and ready to use anywhere with any notebook computers.
Although there is a driver disk and instruction leaflet included in the package, I was able to plug it into my Windows 8.1 notebook and see the automatic detection and installation of the DisplayLink device driver. This is one case in point that proves if it doesn’t work - then read the instruction manual. Well it works flawlessly.
First I test the claimed 1.0 Gbps network port by plugging a 1.0 Gbps cable from my router. And immediately the network center displays 1.0 Gbps on my notebook. Wow that’s neat. Although my built-in HP NIC is 100 Mbps, I am getting 10x the performance with this HIS Multi-View USB Portable Docking Station. This alone is worth the full price.
But that was only the beginning. I plug two 24” LEDs into the HDMI and VGA dual display ports. After setting the extended mode on Windows Resolution or from the DisplayLink icon in the system tray, I get perfect 1920x1080 displays on both LEDs as well as from the original notebook screen. To compare the tiny size of this HIS USB3 docking station to the amount of displays I get, it is totally awesome.
And for the last test with the duplicated USB3 port on this little thing, I plug in an USB stick. My notebook assigns immediately a drive letter to either an USB3 or USB2 memory stick. It would be nice to see a built-in SD card slot but then I am already very happy with this little guy.
All in all, I am very impressed with this HIS Multi-View USB Portable Docking Station. That Bitlocker instability is not an issue as I can always plug it directly to t notebook USB port. The performance of this portable docking station is already beyond expectation and it should be called a portable docking class for its classy look and performance.
Cons: There is only one thing not working 100% - an USB3 portable HDD with Bitlocker turned on. Any portable HDD will get an assigned drive letter with full access to the drive. However on a Bitlocker enabled drive, my notebook gets and loses this drive intermittently. There is no such issue if the external HDD is connected directly to the computer. Most notebooks do not allow plugging an external USB HDD indirectly anyway. It seems that this portable docking station requires just a bit more power to lock in the Bitlocker enabled drive while allowing indirect connectivity with all portable drives. This is still good.
Other Thoughts: This HDOCKP - HIS Multi-View USB Portable Docking Station is the best among this class of portable units.READ FULL REVIEW