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Targus USB2.0 Docking Station with Video

Add more connectors to your laptop easily
Model: ACP51USZ
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Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 11.11.2010
Manufacturer: Targus
Product Group: Peripherals
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Targus USB2.0 Docking Station with Video - Add more connectors to your laptop easily
 

Coupled with the Dell D620 laptop we used in the testing and ready to go. The dock is clearly narrower than the laptop we used, but the wedge shape is spot on for 14" laptops like this one.

 

Testing

Installing the drivers is a simple matter of putting the provided CD into the drive and clicking "OK" a couple of times. This may require a reboot of the system, but after that the system is ready to go. We used a Dell D620 (C2D T7200 (2 GHz) + 4 GB RAM) and a full-HD screen to test the Docking Station.

 

Targus USB2.0 Docking Station with Video - Add more connectors to your laptop easily
 

We put the graphic card in test by running various resolution videos with it. To be fair, one can't really expect an USB-graphic card to provide smooth frame rates at more demanding tasks, but we were happy to see that normal SD-content played smoothly. That said, full screen videos are just too much for the Docking Station. The real-life use scenarios for a graphic card like this are in the office-use and for that the performance is easily enough.

 

Targus USB2.0 Docking Station with Video - Add more connectors to your laptop easily
 

The network connection was tested by moving files over home network. The rest of the network is Gb-compatible and thus not bottle-necking the performance. The transfer speed stayed at a nice 10 MB/s through the transfer. Finally we also tried playing the SD-video and copying files simultaneously, which caused the CPU usage to hit 90%, the video playback to get unbearably choppy and the transfer speed to drop to under 7 MB/s.




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