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Category: Hardware Published on Monday, 31 December 2012

New Kensington USB Docking Station Expands your Horizons  

Did you get a new ultrabook or laptop computer for Christmas? A smartphone? A tablet?

The first thing you probably noticed was the scarcity of USB ports.

Well, the folks at the Kensington Computer Products Group have got you covered. I've been playing with their new USB 3.0 Docking Station with DVI/HDMI/VGA Video ($169.99), which adds six USB ports (two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0) and allows you to connect your device to a monitor using a DVI or HDMI cable. There's also an Ethernet port, so you can access your wired network, and ports for headphones and a microphone. There's also a VGA adapter that can be used with older monitors.

I was able to use it with two monitors - - - one connected to the DVI port and the other to HDMI - - - which not only allowed me to move what was on my tablet to a bigger screen, but I was able to essentially double the viewing area for games or to work with two applications at once without having to reduce their windows.

Attaching the tablet to the device was extremely easy. I just plugged the USB cable that came in the box to my tablet and attached the other end to the docking station. Once that was done I had access to everything I needed.

Here are a few more specs, for those of you interested in such things:

  • It features a quick one-touch USB connection
  • A Corporate Install feature allows administrators to install the graphic driver over a MicroSoft® server
  • It boasts a high-speed data transfer of up to 5 Gbps
  • The HDMI connection provides 1080p HD video
  • You get faster network and Internet access with a Gigabit Ethernet connection
  • There's Audio 2.0 for enhanced sound and it's compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0
  • There's a built-in security slot
  • It supports HDMI 1.3
  • For more information you can check out the Kensington website at www.kensington.com.

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