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Inspiron DUO netbook compatible with a Media Base?

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I'm trying to help a friend who mistakenly purchased a Dell Inspiron DUO (n5030) and now hates the small size.  She likes the size and weight when on the go, but wants to use it with a big monitor, mouse and keyboard when working at home.  I can't seem to find any conclusive information online and the Dell tech support was not too helpful.  Is there anything like the media base at this link that will be compatible with this device:http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/latxt/en/html/mbase.htm#wp1191359  ?  The DUO itself only has 2 USB ports, one of which is always in use for the wireless mouse that she bought. The DUO also has some type of port on the bottom that I am not familiar with and is located right in the middle, which doesn't appear  that it would align with the port on the media base in the link.  Thanks.
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jamietoner earned 375 total points
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That media base is for a latitude XT, so I doubt it will work on the inspiron. Your best bet would be a usb docking station with a vga or dvi port. I cant find that Dell has a docking station for that system.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834995874&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Notebook+Port+Replicators+/+Docking+Stations-_-Kensington-_-34995874
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The reviews on that Kensington unit are a real mixed bag.  Makes me nervous, but nothing else seems to be surfacing as a better option.  If I don't receive any other recommendations that offer better options by later today, I'll award full point value to you.  Thanks.
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Here's a different model that reviewed alot better.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834995875
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I'm surprised more Dell customers are not demanding a solution from them for this problem, as it seems that many netbook/tablet/laptop owners want a docking station option.  My results with the Kensington solution remain to be seen.  Item ordered today.
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