Docking Stations

I have a request at my office for a couple docking stations for some users... The laptops being used with these docking stations are Latitude D630's... I was thinking of going with a USB connected docking station that would be able to be used with all models of dell laptops.. where as if I get the docking station made for the D series it will be useless once we upgrade these laptops... does anyone have any experience with these usb connected docking stations?

http://accessories.dell.com/sna/products/Docking_Station/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&s=bsd&cs=cabsdt1&sku=A3157926

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GorapsI.T. ManagerAsked:
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antony_kibble<!-8D58D5C365651885FB5A77A120C8C8C6-->Commented:
Whilst I have never used these ones, I would say to give the vendor a call to see if drivers are required to be prior installed for the Docking Station to work. We got caught out with another 'universal' USB Docking Station which was only universal if the drivers had already been installed on the client. Not particularly useful if you have a high turnover on your hotdesks or it is to be used by external parties, and there wa nothing in the specifications or advertising to suggest a driver was mandatory.
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David-HowardCommented:
I haven't personally used the USB docking station that you  mention.  And the URL doesn't have any customer reviews as of yet. However, my main concern was that it had its own external power supply, which it does.
I did find a review from ZDNET and they reviewed the product as such.

The good: Four USB 2.0 ports (two with extra power); Ethernet and Audio jacks; fast USB throughput.

The bad: Jerky video performance; requires driver install.

The bottom line: The Targus Universal Notebook Docking Station with Video would be a winner if the VGA-over-USB experience were more fluid; however, video performance is so poor that we'd wager most people won't use it.
http://reviews.cnet.com/docks-stands/universal-notebook-docking-station/4505-19213_7-31271061.html?tag=content;col1

Another site reviews the same video downfall.
http://alatest.com/reviews/hub-switch-reviews/targus-universal-notebook-docking-station-with-video/po3-15827302,42/

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davidlevans13Commented:

My sister had one of these for her Dell laptop, and it worked well for sound and ethernet and USB connection to printer etc. This was before wireless home printers were popular.
On hers you just plugged the monitor into the laptop itself.

That said, it does require a driver installation to function properly and it didn't always reconnect well. She seldom disconnected the laptop so that wasn't a problem very often.
I would think you would be better off with a wireless network for internet and printer sharing etc. And just plug the monitor straight into the laptop.
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GorapsI.T. ManagerAuthor Commented:
That's funny that it mentions a Driver install.. I talk to Dell directly about the product and they said NO DRIVER install... Typical of Dell to give me wrong pre-sales info.
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David-HowardCommented:
Goraps, did you read the full review that I posted earlier? It states that you must install the drivers.
http://reviews.cnet.com/docks-stands/universal-notebook-docking-station/4505-19213_7-31271061.html?tag=content;col1#cnetReview
" Before you can use the dock, you'll have to install the drivers on the included mini CD."
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