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Kensington Black K33972US USB 3.0 Docking Station with Dual DVI/HDMI/VGA Video (sd3500v)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Good performance depends on good computer 09/27/2014

This review is from: Kensington Black K33972US USB 3.0 Docking Station with Dual DVI/HDMI/VGA Video (sd3500v)

Pros: - 6 USB Ports (2 3.0)
- 2 Video ports
- Gigabit Lan
- Audio
- Backwards compatible with USB 2 (video and all)

Cons: Needs a good computer to perform optimally. It doesn't work as well as I'd like on my Core 2 Duo Fujitsu from 2007 but I am not going to dock any eggs because I took the risk using this on such old hardware.

Other Thoughts: I've tested this in three different scenarios. I will break them down for you.

[Test 1]
Computer: Fujitsu Lifebook A6030 (Core 2 Duo 2ghz, 4gb Ram, Expresscard USB 3.0 card
Install Method: Included CD plus any drivers Windows Update took the liberty to install.
Results: Everything worked right away without having to install any additional drivers. Performance, however, was less than desirable. My benchmark test was playing music videos from youtube. I figured since video, audio, and network are all going through this thing that would be a good test. The video quality was really choppy and the audio was even worse especially when moving windows around. Obviously at this point I wasn't very happy.

[Test 2]
Computer: HP Envy 17 (Core i7, 8gb ram, onboard USB 3)
Install Method: Let Windows Update run it's course first then ran the setup t finish. It recommended updating my USB 3 drivers so I did that too.
Results: Night and Day. Everything ran near perfect. The only way to tell that video was coming through USB instead of HDMI was when video was playing and even then it was hardly noticeable. Audio was also perfect.After this I decided I would try to tweak the Fujitsu to see if I could get a little better performance.
[Test 3]
Computer: Fujitsu from Test 1
Install Method: Downloaded the latest USB 3 drivers and installed those. Reinstalled the video drivers from my Intel Mobile 965 Chipset. Installed the beta reference drivers direct from DisplayLink.
Results: Much improved. The big improvement after these changes is audio. Although video still isn't great, the audio hardly skips at all. Other USB devices work normally. Video is better but I still wouldn't use it for daily use. I've reverted to plugging the VGA cable in. Yeah I have to unplug two cables to go mobile but it's better than the eight I had before. Who knows, the USB card may be partly to blame for performance, I may try another one just to see.

Bottom line: This is really a great docking station if you've got a modern laptop with a good amount of horsepower. If you don't it still makes a great docking station for everything but video. The nice thing is that when I bring the HP home from work I can just swap one USB cable and have all of my USB devices, network, etc.

Would I recommend this? Definitely yes if you have a good computer.

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBSQ
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's ram, it works. Don't know what else to say.

Cons: None

Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Still working great after six months. Runs quiet and quick (I know it's a 5400RPM drive but I rarely notice)

Cons: None I can think of


Jason L.'s Profile

Display Name: Jason L.

Date Joined: 09/02/12

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  • First Review: 03/08/13
  • Last Review: 09/27/14
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