to_pa3542u2prp_350.gifThe Toshiba Dynadock USB Docking System is an advanced docking solution with a built-in high-performance video controller. Unlike most port replicators that use proprietary connector and support only a single particular brand or notebook series, this Dynadock actually works well with any brand of windows-based computers, laptops or desktops. This is because Dynadock uses the USB2.0 connector instead of a proprietary connector.

The Dynadock from Toshiba is encased in a sleek 45 x 78 x 222mm housing and comes with a stand that allows it to be placed upright. The upright slim design allows users to connect all devices to their PC via a single USB cable. The port replicator comes with six USB2.0 ports, inclusive of two “hot ports” for charging devices such as MP3 Players, PDAs, mobile phones, etc. Besides that, the device also includes other ports like an Ethernet LAN, mic in, headphone-out, S/PDIF-out with 7.1 channel audio support and a serial port.

The summary of its features as extracted from Toshiba are as follows: –
• Compatible with any brand of windows-based PCs
• Provides six USB 2.0 ports with easy Plug-and-Play connectivity
• Space-saving upright slim design reduces cable clutter and eliminates the wear-and-tear both on PC ports and the cable plugs themselves
• Advanced docking station with high performance VGA video controller support – viewing up to three displays simultaneously
• Front USB ports supply power even if PC is off
• Adds 7.1 channel surround sound though S/PDIF port
• Supports up to 1600 x 1200, 32-bit color video resolution
• Ports: six USB 2.0, S/PDIF, Serial, LAN, VGA, microphone, headphone (or speaker) and DVI-I
• In the box: One Toshiba dynadock USB Docking Station, base plate, cable holder, USB 2.0 cable, AC power adapter, power cord, CD-ROM, DVI to VGA Video Adapter and Quick Installation Guide
• 1-year standard limited warranty

Minimum System Requirements:
• PC with 1.2GHz or higher processor – Intel Pentium/Celeron family or AMD K6/Athron/Duron family, or compatible processor (Core™ 2 Duo 2.0GB PC processor or higher recommend)
• Windows® Vista** or XP with SP1 (SP2 recommended)
• 512MB of RAM or higher (1GB or higher recommended)
• USB 2.0 port
• 30MB of available disk space
• CD-ROM drive

The Toshiba’s Dynadock is available in two colours – grey and black. It is priced around $159.00