Docking stations are extremely handy tools when you're looking to use a notebook as your main system, however, they're not always needed. This means HIS had a problem to solve - how do you entice consumers to purchase your product that isn't necessary?
The answer, it seems, is by jam-packing it with a plethora of different ports and features. In this review, I'll go over the form and functionality of the HIS Multi-View x2 USB dual display docking station, alongside explaining some practical-use applications that it you may want to consider.
Without any further hesitation, let's check it out!
As similarly seen with its smaller-sibling, the HIS Multi-View portable USB docking station, this product connects to your preferred system by the means of a single USB 3.0 cable, alongside being provided with a wall adaptor in order to help power the beast.
As for display options, you're met with HDMI and DVI offerings, which enable you to push a 2048x1152 resolution image to a maximum of six monitors, as according to the packaging (with the help of adaptors). However, general use will see you utilize a maximum of three - the laptop itself, a DVI connected panel and a HDMI connected screen.
What HIS has done to help set this product apart from others is include a large range of USB port options. This means there are four USB 2.0 ports located on the rear, alongside two USB 3.0 ports on the front of the device. One of these USB 3.0 ports is also claimed to contain a fast charge feature, meaning that any external device can take full use of a 1.5A output - three times faster than a your general PC USB port, rated at 0.5A.
This docking station also includes a sound and microphone jack, alongside a single gigabit Ethernet connection port.
The box claims that this product can be connected to your computer through either USB 3.0 or 2.0, but I would assume you will experience some quality-of-use issues when connecting it through a USB 2.0 port, due to the data transfer speeds being much slower.
Working with any Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 system - Apple Mac users are not left out, with further support included for Mac OS 10.9. The whole unit comes in at 1.7 pounds with all accessories included and measures a small 18.2 x 7.2 x 3.2cm.
Pricing & Availability
We found the HDOCK1 listed on Amazon for $108.12 at the time of writing. This makes it a pretty good deal for what you get from the device.
What's in the box?
Complete with the unit itself, the power pack, a driver and manual mini-disk, a quick-start guide and a USB 3.0 cable, all of the products are packed in nicely - meaning there should be no concern when ordering this unit online.
The power adaptor comes with various quick-switched prongs (suitable for a variety of countries), and the USB 3.0 cable is of adequate length, in order for you to place the unit where is most optimal.
Make sure you read the quick-start paper guide before installing your product otherwise problems may occur later - taking special note of the part that says "DO NOT connect the docking to a computer before installing the provided driver."
PRICING: You can find the HIS Multi-View x2 USB Docking Station (HDOCK1) for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The HIS Multi-View x2 USB Docking Station (HDOCK1) retails for $108.12 at Amazon.
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