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The Targus ExpressCard Notebook Docking Station with Digital Video and Audio has a number of features to maximize the capabilities of your workstation. The new ExpressCard technology provides a high-speed interface and has the capability to transfer data up to 5 gigabits a second. It also includes digital video and audio connections. Two high-speed, "Always On" USB power ports remain powered when the notebook is OFF or disconnected making this function ideal for recharging mice, phones and other devices. Featuring three video modes, ExpressCard Notebook Docking Station with Digital Video and Audio enables the user to set their external monitor as their primary display, simultaneously use both the notebook screen and external monitor for combined viewing or replicate the notebook screen onto their external monitor. Connecting monitors to the docking station is easy, simply plug the monitor directly into the device; no other cables are needed. The ExpressCard docking station provides advantages over proprietary OEM ones by offering universal compatibility with a variety of notebooks.
Customer Reviews of Targus ExpressCard Notebook Docking Station with Digital Video and Audio - USB (Downstream), Serial, Network, VGA, DVI-D, S/PDIF, Audio Line In, Audio Line Out, DC In
I bought this product from a different online retailer hoping that it would serve its function. Tragically, it does not. The driver is rubbish, which might have been written by elementary software programmers, and it does not work—at all—with Windows 7 OS (X64). On the other hand, the hard ware is not plug & play meaning that it is not recognized by Windows OS. Without drivers, this piece of “technological invention” would make a very stylish door stopper. What about technical support? It's very frustrated to talk about the experience; I did not bother to contact them again.
This product was supposed to be brand new. It was not. It was sealed in a bag and the contents had clearly been opened before. It is not compatible with the Windows 7 Operating System, but the description did not state that. The seller (Bubaso) conveniently does not accept returns and only allows you to exchange for the same product. What good does that do if it is not compatible with Windows 7? I do not recommend this seller, or this product for a newer computer.
Dashed High Hopes8/11/2008
The only DVI video dock w/audio, but accompanying software doesn't load properly on WXPSP2. Other reviews severely criticized Targus tech support so I didn't bother calling into yet another group of offshore TSRs who aren't properly trained. Intelimouse can't be programmed to work as designed (browsing buttons are reversed with no way of fixing that); software had to be uninstalled 2x to get the high resolution screen sizes to show up. Sloppy for such an expensive dock. Still, it's the only one I could find with the features it has; too bad it doesn't deliver 100% value for the cash paid.
Please don't buy this product. You will regret:7/27/2008
The video will be sluggish. You will feel your mouse move being delayed. Please don't buy it. You will regret. The item I tested was model 50US instead of 60US. 50US has 14 ping VGA output only. No DVI. The driver installed on Vista is not smooth. I had to download the latest version from internet, remove the old one and re-installed the new one. Finally, I have some registry error from then.
Does not work at all with MS Vista11/28/2007
I would not recommend this product to anyone running Vista! I don't know how it would operate with any of the other MS operating systems because we haven't tried. If Targus could correct the software or find a DETAILED fix for MS Vista then maybe they would get better reviews. Until then I wouldn't recommend this product.
My Targus Express Dock Experience7/2/2007
I bought this product with the intention of finding a non-proprietary solution for docking stations. I tested this docking station with a fairly high end HP logo'd Compaq nc6320 utilizing XP Pro for an operating system. You must load the software driver package that is furnished with the Targus docking station onto the machines you will be docking with. Once this driver installation was performed, all devices attached to the docking station were identified and we have had no hardware issues to date. The Targus station is what seems to be basically a glorified USB hub. We had an external USB hard drive, a pair of low cost Harmon speakers, a USB optical mouse, USB keyboard, and a 19" flat panel display attached and our laptops found these devices efficiently through the docking station. The adapter for the pcmcia port was a little difficult to insert into the HP laptop but eventually, without force, I was able to fully insert and seat the adapter.
XP ok, Vista not3/30/2007
I was able to set this up on an XP machine without issue. However, the video driver would not load. Contacted Targus and was told they were going to "try" to put out Vista drivers for this dock. Don't buy if you plan on using Windows Vista