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Targus Universal USB-A 3.0 DV4K Docking Station £97.49 @ Targus
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Targus Universal USB-A 3.0 DV4K Docking Station £97.49 @ Targus

£97.49£274.9965%
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Posted 22nd Nov 2019

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I've been looking for a docking station that can handle dual hdmi monitors and this does that plus up to 4k.. Plus free shipping when you spend over £50.

Not sure how good it would be for gaming but great for everyday non-gaming stuff.

FEATURES
  • Dual DisplayPort (DP 1.2a) or Dual HDMI (HDMI 2.0) video or one of each
  • Dual 4K Ultra HD video 4096x2160 60Hz (p60) 24 bpp with 6-Channel (5.1) Audio
  • 1 USB-C device port (USB 3.0 5Gbps data only)
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports for the latest peripherals (1 fast device-charging port)
  • 1 3.5mm combo Audio In/Out port for mics, speakers and headphones
  • Includes 1-metre USB-μB to A host cable (detachable)
  • Includes 45W AC adapter
  • Ergonomic wedge design for comfortable typing & passive cooling
  • Integrated lock slot accommodates industry-standard security locks to safeguard equipment
  • Universal compatibility with the majority of laptop and PC tablet brands and platforms
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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18 Comments
I have no idea what this is.... but a 65% reduction seems good to me!
Really - what does this do?
mousey22/11/2019 23:15

I have no idea what this is.... but a 65% reduction seems good to …I have no idea what this is.... but a 65% reduction seems good to me!Really - what does this do?


Docking Station thingy that turns your laptop into a desktop sort of thing.
TheWorthinger22/11/2019 23:20

Docking Station thingy that turns your laptop into a desktop sort of thing.


Ok, Probably something that is good to have, shall google for more info! Thanks for reply - didn’t know about this item!
mousey22/11/2019 23:15

I have no idea what this is.... but a 65% reduction seems good to …I have no idea what this is.... but a 65% reduction seems good to me!Really - what does this do?


It's mainly aimed at laptop users. It allows you to plug lots of things into the docking station (e.g. two monitors, various usb devices of your choice, ethernet cable etc.) and just connect one usb cable to your laptop but still use everything thats plugged to the docking station as if it was plugged directly into your laptop. It's great for people that have a laptops with very few ports to connect things to.
magicwaz22/11/2019 23:26

It's mainly aimed at laptop users. It allows you to plug lots of things …It's mainly aimed at laptop users. It allows you to plug lots of things into the docking station (e.g. two monitors, various usb devices of your choice, ethernet cable etc.) and just connect one usb cable to your laptop but still use everything thats plugged to the docking station as if it was plugged directly into your laptop. It's great for people that have a laptops with very few ports to connect things to.



Really "magicwaz" thanks so much for taking the time to let me know... much appreciated! Now I understand better and I do indeed use a laptop, so can now see how useful this item is. Thank you for your time and effect in responding! Regards Mousey
This is a DisplayLink device so you'll be getting noticeable latency and a visibly compressed image from any displays (which will appears as USB devices). Two 4K60 displays would require over 25GB/s alone and all this has is 5Gb/s over USB. You're paying ten times what a few cables / cheaper hub would cost for a worse experience.
d_k_u_h22/11/2019 23:45

This is a DisplayLink device so you'll be getting noticeable latency and a …This is a DisplayLink device so you'll be getting noticeable latency and a visibly compressed image from any displays (which will appears as USB devices). Two 4K60 displays would require over 25GB/s alone and all this has is 5Gb/s over USB. You're paying ten times what a few cables / cheaper hub would cost for a worse experience.


You've ruined it, man. The dream is gone.

Damn.
TheWorthinger23/11/2019 00:17

You've ruined it, man. The dream is gone. Damn.


You can still get the single cable docking incl. power experience with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 depending on your laptop - and for less than this deal here. Though with the former it would be a single display and 4K would be at 30Hz so not great for computer use but up to 1440p at 60Hz iirc.
Edited by: "d_k_u_h" 23rd Nov 2019
d_k_u_h23/11/2019 00:33

You can still get the single cable docking incl. power experience with …You can still get the single cable docking incl. power experience with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 depending on your laptop - and for less than this deal here. Though with the former it would be a single display and 4K would be at 30Hz so not great for computer use but up to 1440p at 60Hz iirc.


There are definitely cheaper docks available but I struggled to find one with dual hdmi so I can connect two monitors. Do you know of any?
magicwaz23/11/2019 08:58

There are definitely cheaper docks available but I struggled to find one …There are definitely cheaper docks available but I struggled to find one with dual hdmi so I can connect two monitors. Do you know of any?


You need Thunderbolt 3 for dual monitors. With USB-C you'd need an additional cable for your second display. And slight correction to what I said, DisplayPort alt mode over USB-C can do 4K60, it's HDMI that's 4K30 max. Though DP 4K60 seems to use almost all the bandwidth so I'm mainly seeing it on just USB-C > DP or USB-C > DP + power cables - not full featured hubs with ethernet, USB-A, etc.

There are hundreds of options depending on what ports you want, how much power delivery is required, etc.
8% quidco available too
magicwaz23/11/2019 08:58

There are definitely cheaper docks available but I struggled to find one …There are definitely cheaper docks available but I struggled to find one with dual hdmi so I can connect two monitors. Do you know of any?


If you have two free host USB 3.0 ports (i.e. as on a desktop PC) it may be possible to use two single hdmi displaylink adaptors. There are some product descriptions on Aliexpress (search for "USB 3.0 Displaylink") that show setups with up to 6 displays!!!. When USB first came out (yes I am that old that I remember the launch of USB 1.0) it was hailed as a way to mix and match different adaptors to get exactly what you want. That's the tack I've always used by buying a good hub and then individual adaptors but it does get messy with cables. Also the Displaylink site itself lists USB adaptors i.e. displaylink.com/pro…i=1. It might be possible to pick up a second hand oem hub on ebay that will do what you want and download drivers from the displaylink site but thats not something I have tried.
popgood24/11/2019 06:38

If you have two free host USB 3.0 ports (i.e. as on a desktop PC) it may …If you have two free host USB 3.0 ports (i.e. as on a desktop PC) it may be possible to use two single hdmi displaylink adaptors. There are some product descriptions on Aliexpress (search for "USB 3.0 Displaylink") that show setups with up to 6 displays!!!. When USB first came out (yes I am that old that I remember the launch of USB 1.0) it was hailed as a way to mix and match different adaptors to get exactly what you want. That's the tack I've always used by buying a good hub and then individual adaptors but it does get messy with cables. Also the Displaylink site itself lists USB adaptors i.e. https://www.displaylink.com/products/find?cat=1&res=3840x2160&num=2&vid_hdmi=1. It might be possible to pick up a second hand oem hub on ebay that will do what you want and download drivers from the displaylink site but thats not something I have tried.


Thank you so much. This is really helpful. So, the same result can be achieved way cheaper than this but, it sounds like it will get messy with cables. I guess the benefit of this is that you get a tidy, easy solution from a named brand with a decent warranty. My experience of buying cheap adaptors and cables from sites like Ali express or eBay coming from the Far East hasn't been great. They tend not to last very long.
I'm going to go back and rethink my set-up as if I can hide cables away then I'll definitely be adopting a cheaper solution.
magicwaz24/11/2019 07:35

Thank you so much. This is really helpful. So, the same result can be …Thank you so much. This is really helpful. So, the same result can be achieved way cheaper than this but, it sounds like it will get messy with cables. I guess the benefit of this is that you get a tidy, easy solution from a named brand with a decent warranty. My experience of buying cheap adaptors and cables from sites like Ali express or eBay coming from the Far East hasn't been great. They tend not to last very long.I'm going to go back and rethink my set-up as if I can hide cables away then I'll definitely be adopting a cheaper solution.


Yes it can be a bit of a lottery regarding reliability but I tend to spend a fair bit of time researching the reviews, I first look for items with good reviews on Amazon/ebay/Aliexpress then I try to find the cheapest suppliers. Its surprising that when you are looking at USB adaptors there aren't that many different models but there are loads of suppliers. For the best devices/adaptors on Aliexpress I look for a "manufacturers site" then do a search on the manufacture to see if they are genuine. I'm extra cautious with anything mains powered. Sometimes if the item is cheap enough I will just take a punt as an example this thread got me thinking about USB 3.0 to DVI/HDMI adaptor and I have just purchased one for £10 on Aliexpress to try out.
popgood24/11/2019 08:23

Yes it can be a bit of a lottery regarding reliability but I tend to spend …Yes it can be a bit of a lottery regarding reliability but I tend to spend a fair bit of time researching the reviews, I first look for items with good reviews on Amazon/ebay/Aliexpress then I try to find the cheapest suppliers. Its surprising that when you are looking at USB adaptors there aren't that many different models but there are loads of suppliers. For the best devices/adaptors on Aliexpress I look for a "manufacturers site" then do a search on the manufacture to see if they are genuine. I'm extra cautious with anything mains powered. Sometimes if the item is cheap enough I will just take a punt as an example this thread got me thinking about USB 3.0 to DVI/HDMI adaptor and I have just purchased one for £10 on Aliexpress to try out.


Thank you. I was curious to understand why this targus hub was so special that is usually hundreds on pounds and I found this...

This is not the same as as a video adapter using your laptop/tablet's regular video outputs and it is not the same as those USB-C/TB3 docks/adapters that use the DisyplayPort Alternate Mode. DisplayLInk is a proprietary technology that works by simulating an additonal video output to the Operating System. Then using software and your CPU/GPU to heavily compress the video signal that the GPU generated so that it can be sent as a proprietary data signal over the much lower USB bandwidth to the connected dock. There the DisplayLink chipset in the dock then decompresses the signal again and generates a full video signal out of it again and sends it to the monitor(s).
Two DP1.2a video signals have a bandwidth of roughly 40Gb/s, whereas this dock compresses it to under 5Gb/s, so roughly 1:8 compression.
Because of this additional compression and lag, DisplayLink products are typically not well suited for high-res/high-quality video playback or games.
Also, while this supports HDMI2.0, you won't get the benefits like HDR, only the 60Hz at 4K resolution.
Edited by: "magicwaz" 24th Nov 2019
magicwaz24/11/2019 08:41

Thank you. I was curious to understand why this targus hub was so special …Thank you. I was curious to understand why this targus hub was so special that is usually hundreds on pounds and I found this...This is not the same as as a video adapter using your laptop/tablet's regular video outputs and it is not the same as those USB-C/TB3 docks/adapters that use the DisyplayPort Alternate Mode. DisplayLInk is a proprietary technology that works by simulating an additonal video output to the Operating System. Then using software and your CPU/GPU to heavily compress the video signal that the GPU generated so that it can be sent as a proprietary data signal over the much lower USB bandwidth to the connected dock. There the DisplayLink chipset in the dock then decompresses the signal again and generates a full video signal out of it again and sends it to the monitor(s).Two DP1.2a video signals have a bandwidth of roughly 40Gb/s, whereas this dock compresses it to under 5Gb/s, so roughly 1:8 compression.Because of this additional compression and lag, DisplayLink products are typically not well suited for high-res/high-quality video playback or games.Also, while this supports HDMI2.0, you won't get the benefits like HDR, only the 60Hz at 4K resolution.


That is a description of displaylink technology that should be in all genuine displaylink devices and as https://www.hotukdeals.com/profile/d_k_u_h mentions above would not be suitable for high performance graphics but would be ideal if you were in finance or an office worker with multiple websites, spreadsheets or charts you want to keep an eye on. The price reflects a combination of the manufacture, Targus has been around for years with a good reputation, the number of functions and all-in-one universal functionality and exchange rate. Plus you have the benefit of support and warranty. Buying individual devices from china can work out cheaper but to put together a comparable number of functions all at once would still cost a fair bit. If you wanted a universal hub you could look at Orico and Wavlink but I haven't used any so I not able to recommend any. For example this all-in-one hub from Wavlink might be worth 'a punt' but again you would have to decide for yourself bearing in mind the limitations described above.
popgood24/11/2019 11:22

That is a description of displaylink technology that should be in all …That is a description of displaylink technology that should be in all genuine displaylink devices and as https://www.hotukdeals.com/profile/d_k_u_h mentions above would not be suitable for high performance graphics but would be ideal if you were in finance or an office worker with multiple websites, spreadsheets or charts you want to keep an eye on. The price reflects a combination of the manufacture, Targus has been around for years with a good reputation, the number of functions and all-in-one universal functionality and exchange rate. Plus you have the benefit of support and warranty. Buying individual devices from china can work out cheaper but to put together a comparable number of functions all at once would still cost a fair bit. If you wanted a universal hub you could look at Orico and Wavlink but I haven't used any so I not able to recommend any. For example this all-in-one hub from Wavlink might be worth 'a punt' but again you would have to decide for yourself bearing in mind the limitations described above.


All things considered if the specification meets your needs the Targus Hub is a really good price.
popgood24/11/2019 11:22

That is a description of displaylink technology that should be in all …That is a description of displaylink technology that should be in all genuine displaylink devices and as https://www.hotukdeals.com/profile/d_k_u_h mentions above would not be suitable for high performance graphics but would be ideal if you were in finance or an office worker with multiple websites, spreadsheets or charts you want to keep an eye on. The price reflects a combination of the manufacture, Targus has been around for years with a good reputation, the number of functions and all-in-one universal functionality and exchange rate. Plus you have the benefit of support and warranty. Buying individual devices from china can work out cheaper but to put together a comparable number of functions all at once would still cost a fair bit. If you wanted a universal hub you could look at Orico and Wavlink but I haven't used any so I not able to recommend any. For example this all-in-one hub from Wavlink might be worth 'a punt' but again you would have to decide for yourself bearing in mind the limitations described above.


That's fantastic. Thank you so much. This was all pretty unfamiliar territory for me and was pointed to Targus ones by a colleague at work. I'm going to give one of the wavlink hubs a try and see how that goes. :-)
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