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Is it possible to have a laptop dock onto a docking station and then have a dual monitor setup with two large separate monitors?  If so, what is needed?  Any special docking station?  Any special graphics card on the laptop?
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by:Austin Texas
ID: 41851142
Yes! I have setup a half dozen or so of these for clients:
USB 3.0 Docking Station with Dual HDMI
https://www.anker.com/products/68ANDOCKS-BA

Generally loved by all.
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by:al4629740
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So the unit has the dual graphics card built in?
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It has two display ports: one is DVI and the other is HDMI. Your laptop (PC, not Mac) will recognize these as two separate displays and allow you use them independently with different applications running on each. Does that answer your question?

This is a universal USB 3.0 docking station. There may also be a system specific docking station available for you laptop. If you tell me the make and model of your laptop I can look that up for you but they are typically more expensive and often only support a single monitor.

A few more questions might be in order...
1. What is the resolution of the "large monitors" you are planning to use?
2. Do these monitors support DVI and HDMI?
3. What applications are you planning to run?
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by:al4629740
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I am in the throes of putting a setup together and want to be familiar with what to look for.  So does the laptop need an upgraded graphics card?
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by:Austin Texas
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No, it should not. I have setup several of these and never had an issue. My only question is if you are using it for business or gaming. All the ones that I have setup have been for business applications. If you are planning to use this for gaming requiring a high-end 3D card, this may not be the correct solution for you.
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by:mbkitmgr
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I am on the config you describe now.  

Dell Lattitude 6550
Dell ePort port replicator
2 x Dell 24' displays
running as extended desktop....and there are days that two just aint enough
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by:al4629740
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Very nice!  Thank you for that.
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by:Austin Texas
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Thanks! I hope that docking stations works out well for you. Let me know how it turns out!
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