HP QuickDock 2.0 Docking Station: A Definitive Review

Published: 03rd May 2011
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Docking stations are now becoming necessities in laptop computing. I, like millions of those who use docking stations, am realizing the benefits that are provided by these handy yet extremely functional devices. And one of the best docks that I have used is the HP QuickDock 2.0 Docking Station. I would like to share some of the most notable features of this device that makes it not only functional, but very convenient to have as well.

Design

A single look at the QuickDock and you'll know that it's a perfect dock. It's handy, extremely lightweight, and perfect for all your computer peripheral needs. It has the dimensions of 1'' x 10.5'' x 4.3'' and it weighs a mere 1 pound, perfect for travel and portability needs. You can bring it to the office, at home, or out of town - absolutely anywhere you desire.

The black finish of this device makes it classy, sturdy, and durable in appearance, but actually that's not far from the truth. If used properly and stored correctly, the QuickDock can last for many, many years.

Ports and Connectivity Options

The QuickDock isn't as complete as the basic and advanced docking stations from HP, but it has the basic ports for extended functionality. It has six USB 2.0 ports where you can attach up to six USB devices at one time. This is great for extended memory storage capacity and peripherals. You can attach USB flash drives, USB mice, external hard drives, gadgets like PSPs, iPods, and other USB connectible devices.

It also has a VGA inlet for connecting a monitor where you and one of your friends can work together on a project. It's also excellent for laptops which have small screens because you can use the monitor for better viewing like watching movies, playing online games, and many others.

It has an audio in for a microphone and an audio out for headphones. This is great if you want to listen privately to your favorite songs, watch a movie by yourself and don't want interruptions, or talk privately with your loved ones on the internet.

It also has an S/PDIF inlet and an RCA type digital audio jack for added connectivity to other audiovisual equipment. The Ethernet port is also very important as it allows internet access for your laptop when it's connected to this device.

Compatibility

The HP QuickDock 2.0 docking station is compatible with HP Pavilion dv4, dv5, dv6, dv7, dv2000, dv6000, dx6000, dv9000, tx2, tx1000, tx2000, tx2500 series; HP HDX 16, 18, 9000 series; and Compaq Presario CQ45, V3000, V6000 series.

Other Features

Although the QuickDock doesn't have its own power cord and you have to use the cord of your laptop, the dock charges the laptop so it works just like a power cord. But if you have issues about that, then I suggest you don't buy it. I don't have problems with that, but I do have a problem with the short wire. I need an extension to be able to use it and plug it to the wall at the same time. Other than that, and the lack of other older ports for other peripherals (which I think aren't too necessary as they are already much extended for the use of a laptop), I would say that this machine is absolutely satisfying.

Conclusion

I am completely satisfied with the HP QuickDock 2.0 Docking Station. It has every port and connector that I need, which are only for a mouse, a printer, a monitor, Ethernet, a microphone, and headphones. I am confident to recommend this device to those who need these features and are looking for a good portable dock. The QuickDock is a brilliant gadget that makes laptop computing much more convenient and functional.

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