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Comparison chart: Universal docking stations

   

Kensington

Sakar iConcepts

Targus

Toshiba Dynadock

Vantec

 
 

PORTS

 
 

          USB

4

3

4

6

4

 
 

          Ethernet

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 
 

          Audio

Microphone, headphone jacks

Built-in speakers

Microphone,

headphone jacks

Microphone, headphone, SP/DIF digital audio

Microphone, headphone jacks

 
 

          Video

VGA

No

VGA

VGA, DVI

DVI (with VGA adapter)

 
 

          PS/2

No

2

No

No

No

 
 

          RS-232 serial

No

No

Yes

No

No

 
 

          Flash card slots

No

SD, MMC, SM, CF

No

No

No

 
 

SPECS AND FEATURES

 
 

          Dimensions

1.2 x 9.8 x 2.6 in.

1.0 x 8.9 x 12.8 in.

1.0 x 10.6 x 3.0 in.

8.8 x 3.2 x 1.5 in.

5.6 x 0.7 x 3.2 in.

 
 

          Weight

0.6 lb.

1.3 lb.

0.8 lb.

1.1 lb.

0.7 lb.

 
            Fits under

          notebook

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

 
 

          Fan

No

Yes

No

No

No

 
 

PERFORMANCE

 
 

          Startup time

45.9 sec.

20.8 sec.

40.4 sec.

51.7 sec.

18.7 sec.

 
 

          Power draw

10 watts

1.7 watts

7 watts

9 watts

6 watts

 
 

BASICS

 
 

          Price

$180

$60

$150

$150

$130

 
 

          Warranty

1 year

1 year

1 year

1 year

1 year

 
            System

          requirements

1.2-GHz Intel

Core 2 Duo or

equivalent CPU;

CD-ROM drive;

Windows XP/Vista

(32-bit) or

Mac OS X 10.4+
PC notebook

with USB port

and audio
Intel Pentium or equivalent CPU;

CD-ROM drive;

USB 2.0 port;

Windows 2000/XP/

Vista (32-bit)
1.2-GHz CPU;

512MB of RAM;

USB 2.0 port;

30MB disk space;

CD-ROM drive;

Windows XP/Vista

(32- or 64-bit)
1.2-GHz Intel Pentium,

Celeron or

equivalent CPU;

512MB of RAM;

USB 2.0 port;

CD-ROM drive;

30MB disk space;

Windows 2000/XP/

Vista (32-bit)
 
 

          64-bit driver

No

No

No

Yes

No

 

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