The HP USB Docking Station lets users quickly connect to desktop gear without the need to connect bundles of cables to their notebook or netbook. For the average user who might use the same computer at work or home this means they can quickly start their day with a single cable connection. In this review we find out how easy it is to set up this docking station and if it really simplifies our day-to-day activities.
HP USB Docking Station Specifications:
Build and Design
The HP USB Docking Station is about the size of two notebook power adapters with a glossy black body. The design isn’t as polished as other docking stations I have seen and style wise is lacking compared to most HP notebooks. Using the Imprint finish would have improved things drastically since the glossy plastic finish was plagued with fine scratches and swirl marks within a day of use and transportation.
The docking station has average build quality with solid connections on the back and a weighted feel that adds to its durability. It has thin rubber feet which helps keep it in one spot on your desk instead of being dragged around, as long as the desk surface doesn’t have any dust that might hinder traction.
Ease of Use
I really have the praise HP for the way they handled drivers on this USB docking station. While most manufacturers use a driver disc or suggest you visit their website, HP included 128MB of flash storage inside which contains the drivers and installation utility. After you plug it in an external drive pops up with the software and about 100MB of extra space. While you could technically use it to store the occasional document, I would probably reserve it for future driver storage.
The installation utility installs the drivers for all parts of the docking station, including the network connection, audio jacks, and display adapter. Whenever you have the docking station plugged into your system a application sits in the system tray that gives you quick access to the display options to change the resolution and other attributes.
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