Here's a 20 buck USB 2.0 Dock I'm using -> http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=USB20DOCK-PB&cat=NET
One connection for what I need.
I have a Dell Inspiron 8500 with several peripheral devices hooked up to it. I am plugging in and unplugging these devices all the time, as I take my computer with me quite a bit. For this reason ( and also because I am out of USB ports), my co-worker suggested getting a port replicator, and that this will eliminate me having to plug and unplug all the time (?). He just warned me about getting one that is compatible with my notebook. I have done some preliminary research and am a little confused, so I thought I'd put it out there for some experts 8-)
I'd appreciate any thoughts on how to choose one, and if you have any recommendations.