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This review is from: StarTech.com Universal Laptop USB Docking Station with VGA Audio Ethernet (Personal Computers)I bought the StarTech.com Universal USB Docking Station to connect my Dell Vostro laptop to my desk monitor and various peripherals. I had gotten tired of having to disconnect half a dozen cables every time I needed to take my PC away from my desk.
I have to say my short experience of this docking station was not a happy one. On the positive side the driver software was easy to load and the hardware connected up easily enough. The USB ports also all functioned as required, and I had no problem connecting up my Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800 Keyboard and Mouse Combo through the dock.
The problems occurred when it came to setting up my monitor through the dock. For a start the user instructions supplied with the Dock were for XP and didn't apply to Windows 7. Once I'd gotten around that minor issue I had a great deal of difficulty adjusting the display settings to my requirements, with my laptop screen and monitor running in parallel. Standard adjustments that take seconds when my monitor is connected directly into the VGA port on my laptop seemed impossible to implement using the StarTech.com driver. I finally got both screens set up in something close to how I normally have them but it happened more by accident than design.
However those were not the main failings of the dock. I could have lived with little niggles like that. What I couldn't live with was the affect running the signal to my monitor through the dock had on the quality of the image on screen. After about five minutes of trying to work with the monitor connected through the dock I began to get a headache from looking at the screen, something that had never happened before in the 12 months I've used my HannsG HW191D 19" Widescreen LCD TFT Monitor, Silver/Black, 1440x900, 5ms, DVI, VGA, Speakers, 700:1. I quickly realised that this was caused by imperceptible strobing on the screen and that the source of this had to be the dock. Despite trying to adjust the screen resolution, brightness and contrast I couldn't correct the problem and within half an hour of trying I decided to disconnect the dock entirely. As soon as I reconnected the VGA cable back into the laptop's port the strobing effect disappeared and so did my headache.
The StarTech.com Universal USB Docking Station is now back in its box and waiting to be returned to Amazon.