Toshiba Expands Laptop Functionality With New Universal Docking Station

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News Posted: Mon, Jan 11 2010 7:35 PM
Toshiba expanded its line of dynadock Universal USB Docking Stations by adding the new dynadock V. This new dock is compatible with all Windows based PCs that have a USB 2.0 connection. The dynadock V offers the same universal compatibility of its predecessor, the dynadock U, but in a smaller package that's half the size and one-third thinner than the earlier model.

Key product features include:
  • True Desktop Environment: The dynadock V acts as an enabler for add-on peripherals like external monitor, keyboard & mouse, printer, router, headset and other accessories with only one single USB cable plugged into your PC.
  • Enhanced Productivity: Four USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet LAN connectivity and 3.5mm audio in and out for headphones and microphone, the dynadock V optimizes a home or office workstation. The dynadock V also includes an easy access Sleep-and-Charge USB port that supplies power to a cell phone, MP3 player or other device even when the PC is turned off or disconnected from the dynadock completely.
  • High Resolution: A built-in HD video card allows one to connect an extra VGA or DVI monitor with up to 1920 x 1080 resolution, thus enabling users to connect their small portable laptop to a large HD monitor to surf the web while checking email, watching YouTube, working on a report, etc.
  • Easy Software Installation: Toshiba dynadock utility software is included for all video and audio drivers customized for the dynadock V experience. Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 drivers are also included.
The dynadock V will be available in February for $119.99.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Jan 11 2010 11:47 PM

I think this is very cool. It is not that it has not been done before in various ways. This one seems to have that extra to it. I wish they would have added or used USB 3 which would make this unique in itself as well. Either way though I like it as it is considerably smaller than the norm which would make it great for quite a few things I could think of. I also see something like this as a more functional replacement for a KVM switch. To add to this I would not have to switch buttons or dials as being a USB solution it would automatically detect usage.

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realneil replied on Tue, Jan 12 2010 8:05 AM

It's functional and a clean design. And it's affordable as well. I like it too.

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acarzt replied on Tue, Jan 12 2010 10:32 PM

Nice little device.

These kind of things have basically become obsolete for laptops tho... Most laptops these days already have all of those connections built in. It does offer a small bit of convenience if you have a lot pf peripherals. You wont have to unplug and plug in a lot of stuff. Just 1 usb.

I can definitely see this as being useful for a netbook, umd, or maybe even a slate computer? They tend not to have a lot of space for that many connectors.

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Perfect for your puny little netbook.

Once USB 3.0 comes out, we should see docking stations with much more capabilities.

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