Using ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock
I have been testing out some Windows 8 Tablets at work and I wanted to be able to hook them up to my dual monitors. I was having issues with the Surface Pro (Mini DisplayPort) and the Samsung ATIV 700T Pro (Micro HDMI), not being able to find a solution to support dual monitors with their native video out.
So after some research I settled on the ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock (here).
- Dual DVI Ports (includes a VGA to DVI adapter)
- Ethernet Port (Gigabit)
- 5 USB 3.0 Connections (2 front & 3 in the rear)
- Headphones/Microsoft (audio)
So you run this all through the USB 3.0 port on the Tablet PC. It has enough to power all that through the dock. I had my doubts, but it works. The graphics were horrible to begin with, but after updating the firmware on the Docking Station along with 3 updates to the DisplayLink software the graphics are an 8 out of 10, not as crisp as running directly from the video out, but it is the next best thing.
1. Ability to run Dual Monitors
2. Multiple USB 3.0 Ports
3. Ethernet Port
1. The dock is powered by its own power supply.
2. Dock is a little awkward standing by itself when you have it fully loaded with dual DVI adapters and USB cables. It tends to tip over or lean. I got around this by putting some double stick tape on it and placing it on the back of my monitor stand (out of site).
3. Price is a bit steep.
The price is a little steep at $180 at Lenovo, but if money is no object I would recommend.