Your laptop computer can now be docked using a single USB cable. A USB docking station can be used with any computer that has a USB port to expand the number of displays and USB peripherals connected to it.
Note that you will still need to connect the laptop power separately. Power is not delivered through a USB dock.
USB Graphics Adapters
USB Graphics Adapters can be used to connect any monitor to a USB port. Each additional display needs an adapter to connect it to a USB port. USB adapters are almost always bus powered, so need to be connected to a powered USB port (eg the computer, a USB docking station or a powered USB hub).
Video outputs of USB graphics adapters can be VGA, DVI-I, HDMI or DisplayPort.
Up to 6 USB displays can be attached to 1 PC, or 4 adapters to a Mac. This is additional to any other directly connected screens.
Connecting DisplayLink technology to monitors
DisplayLink can be connected to any monitor today, using the VGA, DVI, HDMI or DisplayPort output from the DisplayLink adapter or docking station.
Resolutions up to 2560x1600 can be supported, including the most common resolutions, eg 1920x1080, 1680x1050, 1024x768 etc, and anything in between!
When choosing a DisplayLink product, make sure the DisplayLink product you purchase supports the resolution of your display, as DisplayLink sell a variety of different hardware that supports different maximum resolutions.
DisplayLink supports display rotation, so you can rotate your display into portriat mode, making document viewing easier.
Up to 6 USB displays can be attached to 1 PC, or 4 adapters to a Mac. This is on top of any other directly connected screens.
Any USB device. One Connection.
Multiple USB devices can be connected to your USB docking station, and still be connected to your computer using one USB cable. Imagine being able to connect a keyboard, mouse, iPod, USB speakers etc all being immediately available when you connect one cable.
USB Docking Stations
A USB docking station enables multiple USB devices to be connected to the computer using a single USB cable.
A USB docking station usually has the following features, all accessible through the single USB cable to the computer:
DisplayLink graphics video output
USB audio (Line out and Mic in)
USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports for further expansion
An example of the ports on a USB docking station is shown on the left. The actual ports available can differ between products.
Connecting a monitor to the USB docking station provides a bigger desktop experience, rather than using the laptop screen.
USB montiors are available with DisplayLink technology built in.
The single USB cable to the monitor not only delivers the graphics, but also the monitor power, making it the ideal portable monitor accessory.
Now you can carry your second screen with your laptop and never be without your multiple displays.
Typical DisplayLink Enabled Desk
The image above shows a typical desk using DisplayLink technology to enable multiple displays.
Move your mouse over the red dots to find out DisplayLink's advantages and how we can improve your comuputing experience. If you want to know how the magical DisplayLink tecnology works, then see How It Works.