Docking Station/Port Replicator for the XPS m1330

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  1. booji

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    Hi Fellow Forum Members,

    As I await my XPS m1330, I was looking into buying a few accessories, which I know will be a necessity since I use my laptop at work, home, and on the go. I am thus looking for a good dock/port replicator (similar to the D-Dock used on Dell's D series notebooks). My main requirement is that all my peripherals and power would need to connect to the dock, and I can just undock my xps and take it on the go. I appreciate your suggestions.


    Thanks in advance,

    booji
     
  2. Greg

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    There is no dock available that can provide power. There will never be, since there is no actual docking connector on the laptop.

    Something like a Kensington or Belkin ExpressCard dock can do everything EXCEPT for power supply.
     
  3. booji

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    Hi Greg,

    Thank you for the quick reply. Do you have a link to any of the items that you mentioned?
     
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    I would just get a USB port expander, and plug in AC power and HDMI video separately.
     
  5. booji

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    That probably looks like what I would have to do. I really enjoyed just having to undock my Dell D series notebooks and its a pity that they didnt integrate the dock connector into the XPS line. In any case, do you guys have any suggestions for the USB port replicators??
     
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    You should have gotten a latitude then. They all have docking stations...They are business machines after all.
     
  8. booji

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    I have had enough with the D-series and wanted something a little more stylish and powerful. Everything in life comes at a cost doesnt it.... I have no problem using a port replicator as this will get everything I need accomplished, except for the power.

    Thanks everyone!
     
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    It would probably be cheaper to just buy a USB hub and plug in the VGA or DVI for your monitor and the power cable. I do this and its to too bad, I have a USB mouse, keyboard, external HDD, Zune sync cable, and laptop cooler coming from my usb hub. I plug in one USB cable, ethernet cable, and power cable (sometimes VGA depending on what I'm doing). Its not hard, and was about 10% of the price of a comparable docking station.

    The only qualm I have is that the USB transfer speed is limited to about 16mb/s, where I'd normally get about 22-23 when transferring files to my external. I'll just plug the external straight into the computer when I need to transfer a lot of files, though (which is very rarely).
     
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