Dual-Monitor USB 3.0 Docking Station with DVI and Vertical Stand

Laptop Docking Station | Mac & Windows® | DVI to VGA & HDMI® Adapters | 2x Charge Ports

Product ID: USB3SDOCKDD

4.3 stars (7 reviews) |
  • Dock your USB 3.0 equipped Mac or Windows laptop with support for several dual monitor configurations using the included video adapters
  • Connect and charge your USB devices with 5x USB 3.0 ports, including two Fast-Charge USB ports
  • Save space on your desktop by placing the dock in a vertical orientation with the included dock stand
Your price
$383.99 AUD excl. GST
$422.39 AUD incl. GST

This dual-monitor USB 3.0 docking station turns your laptop into a dual-monitor workstation with flexible setup options.  

Display Flexibility 

The dual-DVI docking station adds dual-monitor support to your workstation, with resolution support up to 2048x1152. With more screen space, you can simultaneously access multiple applications and reference material on one display while composing on the other. To ensure the USB 3.0 dock supports a variety of displays, two display adapters (DVI to VGA and DVI to HDMI) are included. 

Display Flexibility

Powerful Connections and Fast Device Charging 

Transform your laptop into a workstation that supports all of your peripherals. This docking station features five USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) ports. The two front-facing USB ports are USB fast-charge ports (USB Battery Charging Specification 1.2). These accessible ports charge your mobile devices faster than standard USB ports, with or without your laptop connected to the dock. The dock also has a GbE port, headset jack and separate 3.5 mm audio and mic ports, so you’ll have all the connections you need. 

Device Charging

 

Save Desktop Space 

You can free up valuable desk space by positioning the dock vertically on your work surface using the included (optional) stand.  

The USB3SDOCKDD is backed by a 3-year StarTech.com warranty and free lifetime technical support. 

Applications

  • Use dual displays to work on multiple documents simultaneously in office applications
  • View multiple monitors at a glance, in financial or investment firms
  • Create a quick-connect workstation that supports your existing HDMI, VGA, and DVI monitors

Partner Numbers

  • Ingram Micro Australia 2714094
  • UPC 065030858267

Compatibility

  • Windows 10 logo
  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • macOS Mojave (10.14) logo
  • macOS Sierra (10.12) logo
  • Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11) logo
  • Chrome OS logo
  • macOS Catalina (10.15) logo
Windows® XP SP3 (32-bit), Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
macOS 10.6 - 10.12, 10.14 - 10.15
Chrome OS™ v55+

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 3 Years
Connector(s) Connector Type(s) 1 - DVI-D (25 pin)
1 - DVI-I (29 pin)
2 - USB 3.0 A (Fast-Charge, 9 pin)
3 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
1 - RJ-45
1 - 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (4 Position)
1 - USB Type-B (9 pin) USB 3.0
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Humidity 5~85% RH
Hardware 4K Support No
Fast-Charge Port(s) Yes
Displays Supported 2
Bus Type USB 3.0
Industry Standards IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
USB Battery Charging Specification Rev. 1.2
USB 3.0 - Hub ports support USB 2.0/1.1 backward-compatibility
Chipset ID DisplayLink - DL-3900
Genesys Logic - GL3520
VIA/VLI - VL817
Indicators LED Indicators 1 - Power
Packaging Information Package Height 3.7 in [95 mm]
Package Length 7.3 in [18.6 cm]
Shipping (Package) Weight 2.2 lb [1.0 kg]
Package Width 10.0 in [25.5 cm]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 5 Gbps (USB 3.0)
2 Gbps (Ethernet; Full-Duplex)
Maximum Analog Resolutions 2048x1152 (VGA)
Maximum Digital Resolutions 2048x1152 (Dual-Link DVI/HDMI)
Lower resolutions are also supported.
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
UASP Support Yes
Compatible Networks 10/100/1000 Mbps
Auto MDIX Yes
Full Duplex Support Yes
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 10.1 oz [285 g]
Color Black & Silver
Material Aluminum and Plastic
Cable Length 39.4 in [1000 mm]
Product Length 3.3 in [8.3 cm]
Product Width 0.9 in [23 mm]
Product Height 7.0 in [17.8 cm]
Power Power Source AC Adapter Included
Input Voltage 100 - 240 AC
Input Current 0.8 A
Output Voltage 12V DC
Output Current 2 A
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Plug Type H
Power Consumption (In Watts) 24W
Software OS Compatibility Windows® XP SP3 (32-bit), Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
macOS 10.6 - 10.12, 10.14 - 10.15
Chrome OS™ v55+
Special Notes / Requirements System and Cable Requirements USB 3.0 port interface and USB 3.0 cable to connect the Laptop Docking Station to a host computer (USB 3.0 host cable included)
Note HDMI and VGA adapters included
VGA adapter can only be used on the DVI-I (29-pin) port
The DVI-I connector supports DVI-I signaling (digital and analog)
This USB docking station is not intended for graphical intensive applications, such as gaming
What's in the Box Included in Package 1 - USB 3.0 Laptop Docking Station
1 - 1m USB 3.0 Cable
4 - Rubber Feet
1 - Stand
2 - Stand Screws
1 - Screwdriver
1 - DVI to VGA Adapter
1 - DVI to HDMI Adapter
1 - Universal Power Adapter (NA/JP, EU, UK, ANZ)
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

Digital Visual Interface (DVI) is a video display interface that can contain different types of signaling, based on the application. DVI cables and ports are created using different connector types to identify what application they are intended to be used in. The connector types are identified by the number of pins on the DVI connector. DVI comes in the following five different connector types: 

Single and Dual link DVI indicate the maximum resolution capabilities of the video source or video destination. The maximum resolutions are Single Link (1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz) and Dual Link (2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz).

Note: The maximum resolution of your video source and video destination are ultimately determined by the technical specifications of the devices. The connector type is not a definitive indicator of the maximum resolution.

DVI-A carries only analog (for example, VGA) with no digital component. DVI-D carries only digital video (for example, HDMI) with no analog component. DVI-I combines DVI-A and DVI-D connections to include both analog and digital components. A DVI-I port may be on either your video source or display, but whether or not a display carries either or both analog and digital sources depends on the technical specifications of your device.

No, you cannot use this docking station to charge a connected laptop computer.

To see a list of laptop docking stations that can charge a connected laptop, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/laptop-docking-stations-will-charge-laptop.

Troubleshooting

Sometimes an on-board network interface card (NIC) conflicts with a new NIC.  In these cases it is best to disable the on-board NIC.

The best way to disable your on-board NIC is to go into your BIOS and disable it there if possible.  To do this, consult your motherboard manual.

You can also disable any NIC in Windows.  Here is how you do this:

First click Start, or, in Windows 10 and 8, hold down the Windows key and press X.  Then click Control Panel.

Windows 10

  1. Click Network and Internet.
  2. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. On the left, click Change adapter settings.
  4. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows 8

  1. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  2. On the left, click Change adapter settings.
  3. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows 7

  1. Click Network and Internet.
  2. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. On the left, click Change adapter settings.
  4. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows Vista

  1. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  2. On the left, click Manage network connections.
  3. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows XP

  1. Click Network Connections.
  2. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

If hardware acceleration is enabled on any of your software applications, it can result in poor resource management and limit the performance of your video device. If you experience this problem, you should disable hardware acceleration in the program(s) that were impacted. 

To disable hardware acceleration in common applications and operating systems, complete one of the following series of steps, depending on what software application(s) or operating system that you are running.

Internet Explorer 9 and later

Note: Earlier versions of Internet Explorer do not use hardware acceleration.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Open Control Panel.
  3. Click Network and Internet.
  4. Click Internet Options.
  5. Click the Advanced tab.
  6. Browse to the Accelerated graphics screen.
  7. Select the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering check box.
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Restart your computer.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Press the Alt key.
  3. Click Tools and Options.
  4. Click the Advanced icon.
  5. Click the General tab.
  6. Under Browsing, clear the Use hardware acceleration when available check box.
  7. Click the OK button.
  8. Restart your web browser.

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the Options icon (it has three horizontal lines on it).
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Show advanced settings.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and clear the Use hardware acceleration when available check box.
  6. Restart your web browser.

Microsoft Office 2013 / 2010

  1. Open any program in Microsoft Office (for example, Microsoft Word).
  2. Click the File tab.
  3. In the menu on the left side of the screen, click Options.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Under Display, select the Disable hardware graphics acceleration check box.
  6. Close and restart all of the Microsoft Office programs that you had open.

Windows 10 / 8

  1. Press the Windows key +X.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Personalization.
  4. Select a high-contrast theme.

Windows 7 / Vista 

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Personalization.
  4. Select a non-Aero theme. Ideally, you should select a basic and high-contrast theme.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Open the Control Panel.
  3. Select Display.
  4. Click the Settings tab.
  5. Click Advanced.
  6. Click the Troubleshooting tab.
  7. Move the Hardware Acceleration slider to None.
  8. Restart your computer.

If the display connected through your USB display adapter does not wake up after your computer has been in extended hibernation, it is likely that Windows has automatically turned off the USB Root hub to save power. 

The steps below outline how to configure the USB root hub to stay on during hibernation, to prevent this from happening.

Windows 8 / 10

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB display adapter after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB display adapter after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows XP

  1. On your desktop, right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.
  3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers by clicking the arrow to the left of it.
  4. Right-click the first USB Root Hub device and select Properties.
  5. Click the Power Management tab.
  6. Clear the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  7. Click OK to apply the setting.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for any remaining devices in the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section with “Root Hub” in the name.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB display adapter after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Computers running macOS Catalina (10.15) may experience compatibility issues with products that use DisplayLink technology, such as USB Docking Stations and Video Adapters. Connecting to a DisplayLink-powered Product may cause the Display(s) to output a blank screen. If you experience this problem, follow these steps:

  1. Update computer to the latest version of macOS 10.15
  2. Permit Screen Recording by following these steps: macOS Catalina 10.15: Screen Recording permission (external link)
  3. Enable the DisplayLink Kernel Extension by following these steps: macOS 10.13, 10.14 and 10.15: Video functionality not enabled (external link)
  4. If the problem persists, try installing the DisplayLink Manager Application (external link). Be sure to run the application after installation and select “Launch automatically after logging-in” for it to start automatically every time you log-in.

When you troubleshoot issues with a laptop docking station, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Video cables

  • Video source

  • Video destination

  • Laptop docking station

  • USB peripherals

  • Ethernet connection

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the video cables, video source, video destination, laptop docking station, USB peripherals, and Ethernet connection in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different video cable, video source, video destination, laptop docking station, USB peripherals, and Ethernet connection setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the video cables, video source, video destination, and laptop docking station it is recommended that you do the following:

  1. Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open Device Manager.

  2. If you do not see the USB video adapter in Device Manager, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/support/faqs/technical-support?topic=expansion-cards#usb-cannot-detect-windows.

  3. If the device is listed with an error, reinstall the drivers following the instructions on the website.

  4. Check to see if your video card drivers are current. You can check what video card you have in Device Manager under Display adapters. It is recommended that you go directly to the video card manufacturer's website to check for the latest drivers.

  5. Check to see if the monitor is being detected by Windows.

For more information about testing the USB peripherals and the laptop docking station, visit www.startech.com/faq/usb_hubs_general_troubleshooting.

When you test Ethernet and the laptop docking station, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/network_adapters_general_troubleshooting.

When you test sound and the laptop docking station, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/sound_cards_general_troubleshooting.

How To

To confirm that Windows detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

To confirm that the Mac OS detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Click More Info or System Report.
  4. Under the appropriate heading, confirm that your USB device is listed and that there isn't an error. For example, a network card would be under Ethernet Cards.

You may need to refresh the System Information page after you plug in your device.  To do so, press Command R with the System Information page open.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Installation

Starting in High Sierra 10.13, macOS enforces stricter security policies than previous revisions. As a result of these changes, software packages, like those used in this installation, will need to be allowed within the macOS Security and Privacy settings, immediately after the software has been installed, in order for the device to operate.

To allow the software, follow these steps after you've completed installation on your Mac:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Open Security & Privacy.
  3. Click the Allow button near the bottom of the General tab.

Note: The option to allow the software will be available within the Security & Privacy settings for 30 minutes. If the software is not allowed within that time frame, the software must be reinstalled in order for macOS to grant the opportunity to allow it again.

Compliance and safety

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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(4 Stars)

Stable and Good Docking Station

By: TDMerrittPE - 12/02/2015
I would give this unit a 5 star rating, but the first one was defective. The rear USB ports were not functional. Tech support was very helpful and immediately diagnosed the problem and directed me to return it to Amazon, which replaced. I have had the replacement unit installed for two weeks and it is very stable and works well. My laptop is a Samsung S9000 which I connect to the console via an Adder KVM switch. I am driving two DVI monitors and using an external keyboard and mouse connected via the KVM Switch. I am also using a network of 3 USB3 hubs with the docking station. One note of caution, however. My laptop has an Intel 4000 video chip. The Samsung drivers are not compatible with the Displayport software. Samsung has not updated the drivers, so I had to manually install the Intel drivers. The automated Intel installation process exited since Samsung had done some modifications. Instructions are available on the Plugable website. After completing the driver update it has worked flawlessly. I am very satisfied with the product and would give it a five except that the first unit was defective. That however can happen with any product. Startech and Amazon did provide excellent support.
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(5 Stars)

Exactly what I needed.

By: Lee Buck - 08/21/2016
I searched for a unit that would satisfy my needs and this unit fit the bill. My computer tech directed me to the unit and I am happy that I made the purchase
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(5 Stars)

Great dock. Works great with Surface

By: wingriz - 11/10/2016
Was going to order the Windows dock for my Surface Pro, but didn't have good feeling about it. My coworker told me I should try the StarTech Docking Station, and I'm glad I did. Made all the necessary connections with two monitors and has worked flawlessly since day one. Thanks for an awesome product!
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(5 Stars)

Excellent product. Works as advertised.

By: xmariner - 12/16/2016
My Dell XPS 730x with 2 monitors cratered about 5 months ago and I had to use my HP 17" Laptop as my computer. I got the docking station and connected everything as per the instructions. It has worked flawlessly since installation. I now have a 3 monitor system with 3x4TB external drives and a USB3 7 port hub connected through the docking station. My new Dell Inspiron 15 7000 has Wifi only and the docking station gives me hard wired network access.
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(2 Stars)

It is okay

By: Fontaineoldham - 03/13/2017
Video display experience latency with dynamic websites. It is better to split display from the external display port. I will put this on eBay and get some of my money back.
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(4 Stars)

Almost 100% ...

By: jwies - 06/02/2017
I am using this device with a MacBook Pro. All devices - including two monitors - connected to it with a minimum of configuration. My only wish is that it would also power the MacBook Pro. I have to plug in both a usb cable for the docking station and one for the power supply.
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(5 Stars)

Is this still a useful product in 2020?...

By: chatty - 05/12/2020
You bet it is! I had a unique situation where I had to pair up 2 legacy DVI-based monitors with an older (2013) personal MacBook Pro and a newer (2019) MacBook Pro for work. I needed a docking station with flexibility to extend both laptops. This dock works perfectly with both of them! Driver set up was a breeze, and, with the right USB-C to USB-A dongle (purchased separately, HB30C1A1CPD) I have no problem hooking up via USB-A (cable provided) or USB-C on the respective laptops. Definitely a worthy buy to bridge both old and new tech!
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