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Targus first with DisplayLink USB 3.0 based notebook dock

If you're looking to add some more connectivity options to your USB 3.0 equipped notebook, then Targus might have what you've been looking for in the same of its USB 3.0 dual video docking station. The key feature here is that it sports DisplayLink's new USB 3.0 touting chipset which enables support for much higher resolutions than its USB 2.0 offerings

If you're looking to add some more connectivity options to your USB 3.0 equipped notebook, then Targus might have what you've been looking for in the same of its USB 3.0 dual video docking station. The key feature here is that it sports DisplayLink's new USB 3.0 touting chipset which enables support for much higher resolutions than its USB 2.0 offerings.

The USB 3.0 dual video docking station has – as the name suggests – a pair of display connectors, in this case a DVI and an HDMI port and Targus claim support for resolutions of up to 2560×1600, the highest possible from DisplayLink's DL-3900 series of chips. The DL-3900 also sports built in support for Gigabit Ethernet and audio, two features Targus has taken advantage of by adding an Ethernet port around the back and a pair of audio jacks on the right hand side of the docking wedge.

The dock also gives you a pair of USB 3.0 ports and a total of four USB 2.0 ports. We should point out that the bandwidth is of course shared between all the various ports on the dock, so don't expect full speed out of the USB 3.0 ports. Still, this is a compromise we're sure a lot of users are willing to live with. There's also a security lock slot and a power connector to be found on the dock. Targus supplies a 6A power adapter with the dock and two of the USB ports provides extra power and can be used for charging devices without the need of a notebook being connected to the dock.

The only downside is that Targus is hoping that you'll be willing to shell out US$199 on the dock, not exactly cheap for what's on offer, but at least it's a convenient solution for those that need it. In all fairness there are very few options and this is as far as we're aware, the first product based on DisplayLink's DL-3900 chip and as such the first USB 3.0 based "graphics card" to support resolutions up to 2560×1600.

Source: Targus

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