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Docking stations

I have aLenovo E540 and am attempting to find a docking station. Is the Lenovo Ultra 3.0 as bad as I have read, or is it just simple operator error? I really would like to continue using Lenovo products because of compatibility. Any help for a novice would be greatly appreciated

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It is pretty much what it is.

Video speed is usually sub par on USB 3.0 so that's a deal breaker for some. Reviews and videos do show it working.

The biggest complainer was someone that had the old drop the laptop on the docking plate system. At the office we don't cater to such folk any more. Too costly.

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Docking station

Most folks use these as a way to connect external storage.
The lenovo unit has many more features.
Do you need these features?

What are you trying to do?

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I want to be able to use my laptop on one side of the room and watch video, listen to music and make my tv my monitor. I also have external hard drives I use for storage.

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And THAT may be where folk slam the dock.

I don't know if you've seen USB video cards but they do work. Just can be iffy for use playing video. You usually see an occasional pause or glitch which some folk can't accept.

This is why I took a 2009 Sony Vaio Laptop for my HTPC use and plugged in a 36 foot HDMI cable (by BlueRigger from Amazon) and that's more than enough chops to play 1080p. To fill out the HTPC role I use the Logitech K400 Plus keyboard.

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