Docking station for SP 2017 - need advise

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  1. sqa4life

    sqa4life New Member

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    Hi,
    After testing out many laptops, I ended up with a 2017 Surface Pro.

    Please recommend a universal docking station and any essential accessories.

    Reason I want a universal is because I have other laptops that I want to use with the same docking station.

    Thanks.


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    Didn't see a poll (tent collapsed), removed Poll tag.
     
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    hughlle Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Just search for displaylink docks. They're largely all the same thing with a different badge on the front. They're ok, but the performance (especially a jittery mouse) led me to just stick mine in a drawer and buy the MS one which is far superior, even if not universal.
     
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    I guess it depends on what you run. I don't do action games and have never noticed any latency issues etc and stream live videos without issue. I have seen latency issues using Miracast (wireless display) to a TV though.
    I have used the older USB 2.0 Plugable dock and USB 3.0 docks as well as the Targus USB 3.0 dock. I got the later one purely because it lays flat vs vertical although it was more expensive. They almost all use the same DisplayLink chipset.
     
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    It was not latency issues, but rather stuttering. This occured both playing games, as well as just browsing the web. The mouse would just stutter/jitter around the screen. I lived with it for desktop use, but for gaming I had no choice but to use the dock at the time, so had to play a counter stike tournament aiming via strafing alone (still got to the finals :D). Everything else worked fine, but the mouse was a bit of an issue.
     
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    Sounds funky, I never saw any issues with the mouse except when using one on Bluetooth. I use one of these all the time with a wireless keyboard/mouse connected to a USB port in the dock, One monitor usually that I use as my main monitor although at times I connect two, with USB multifunction fax/printer/scanner and Ethernet, sometimes an external HDD (always connected but powered off when not needed).
     

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