Dual Monitor USB 3.0 Docking Station with HDMI - DVI - 6 x USB Ports

Laptop Docking Station | Mac & Windows® | DVI to VGA Adapter | Vertical

Product ID: USB3SDOCKHD

3.2 stars (6 reviews) |
  • Connect dual monitors (HDMI and DVI) to your Mac or Windows laptop
  • Achieve sharp resolution with 1920 x 1200p on dual displays
  • Connect more devices with 6 USB ports - 2 x USB 3.0 and 4 x USB 2.0
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£206.39 GBP incl. VAT
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This USB 3.0 dock combines a 6 port USB 2.0/USB 3.0 hub, headphone and microphone audio connectors, and a Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port into a single docking station. 

Display Adaptability  

Offering flexible dual video combinations right out-of-the-box, this universal laptop docking station features HDMI and DVI external monitor output providing up to 1920x1200p resolutions, as well as an included DVI to VGA adapter for added flexibility. 

Integrated USB Hub 

The built-in USB hub features 2 USB 3.0 ports and 4 USB 2.0 ports for connecting extra peripherals such as external hard drives or a wired mouse as if they connected directly to your laptop. 

Versatile Design 

With an upright design, the dock occupies as little desk space as your smart phone, so it's perfect for hoteling or hot desk environments. 

Direct Ethernet Connectivity 

The integrated RJ45 Ethernet port supports speeds of 10/100/1000 Mbps, giving you an instant connection to a reliable wired network.   

StarTech.com’s laptop docking stations can be used for cost savings and faster deployment with just a single cable. This USB 3.0 Docking Station is backed by a competitive 3-year warranty and free lifetime multilingual Technical Support.

Applications

  • Shared workspaces
  • Hot/Remote desks
  • Convert laptop to desktop workstation

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Flexible video output to extend or mirror your desktop at up to 1920x1200, with HDMI and DVI ports, plus included DVI to VGA adapter
  • USB 3.0 port replicator adds Gigabit Ethernet networking and audio (Headphone/Mic) from one device
  • The laptop docking station provides two additional USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports to connect additional devices from a single USB 3.0 connection

Partner Numbers

  • Exertis 0010016538
  • Ingram Micro UK V932075
  • CMS Distribution V209088
  • UPC 065030847674

Compatibility

  • Windows 10 logo
  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • macOS Mojave (10.14) logo
  • macOS Sierra (10.12) logo
  • Chrome OS logo
  • Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11) logo
  • macOS Catalina (10.15) logo
  • macOS Big Sur (11.0) logo
Windows® XP SP3 (32-bit), Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
macOS 10.6 - 10.12, 10.14 - 10.15, 11.0
Chrome OS™ v55+

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 3 Years
Connector(s) 1 - Connector Type(s) DVI-I (29 pin)
USB Type-B (9 pin) USB 3.0
HDMI (19 pin)
RJ-45
2 - Connector Type(s) 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (3 Position)
USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
4 - Connector Type(s) USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0
Environmental Operating Temperature 10°C to 40°C (50°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -10°C to 80°C (14°F to 176°F)
Hardware 4K Support No
Fast-Charge Port(s) No
Displays Supported 2
Bus Type USB 3.0
Industry Standards IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, and 802.3ab
Chipset ID DisplayLink - DL-3900
VIA/VLI - VL810
Terminus - FE1.1
Realtek - RTL8211E
Indicators 1 - LED Indicators USB Hub Link (Blue)
Power (Blue)
Packaging Information Package Height 10.9 cm [4.3 in]
Package Length 27.3 cm [10.7 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 947 g [33.4 oz]
Package Width 19 cm [7.5 in]
Package Quantity 1
Performance Maximum Digital Resolutions 1920 x 1200
Lower resolutions are also supported.
Type and Rate USB 2.0 - 480 Mbit/s
USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
Compatible Networks 10/100/1000 Mbps
Auto MDIX Yes
Full Duplex Support Yes
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 370 g [13.1 oz]
Color Black
Material Plastic
Product Length 12.5 cm [4.9 in]
Product Width 70 mm [2.8 in]
Product Height 19.5 cm [7.7 in]
Power Power Source AC Adapter Included
Input Voltage 100 - 240 AC
Input Current 0.8A
Output Voltage 5 DC
Output Current 4A
Plug Type C
Power Consumption (In Watts) 20
Software OS Compatibility Windows® XP SP3 (32-bit), Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
macOS 10.6 - 10.12, 10.14 - 10.15, 11.0
Chrome OS™ v55+
Special Notes / Requirements System and Cable Requirements CPU: i3 Dual core 2.8GHz or better
RAM: 2GB or higher
Available USB 3.0 port
Note The DVI-I connector supports DVI-I signaling (digital and analog)
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package USB 3.0 Docking Station
3.3 ft [1 m] USB 3.0 Cable
DVI to VGA Adapter
Universal Power Adapter (NA/JP, EU, UK, ANZ)
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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Troubleshooting

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Compliance and safety

Compliance letters

  • RoHS
    • Language: English
  • WEEE
    • Language: English

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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(5 Stars)

By: pier4125 - 01/09/2015
Have been using this device for over 2 months and haven't had a single issue with it. Setup was extremely easy. Just follow the simple instructions. Had it up and running in 15 minutes. My setup includes dual monitors, VOIP soft phone (phone works through my laptop) and video conferencing. No throughput issues with all of this traffic running through the Startech dock.
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(1 Stars)

Failing on multiple machines

By: Rob123 - 06/15/2017
I tested this dock for my company on 4 different machines, all of which experienced different problems. Monitors freezing, not refreshing, artifacting, the machines freezing and the dock needing to be restarted.
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Malcolm, Customer Support on 22/06/2017 15:17:16
Thanks for sharing your experience with us. We hope we can help. Please confirm you are using the current version of the drivers available on the Support tab for this product. If this issue persist across multiple computers and displays, and you're using the latest drivers on a supported operating system, it's possible the dock may be faulty. It does come with a full three year hardware warranty, and lifetime technical support, so we are here to help. We have also been in touch with you via email, in response to your support request.
(5 Stars)

Works great if you install the drivers

By: ITGUY17 - 10/11/2017
you have to install the drivers for this to work...
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(1 Stars)

Not working on all the PCs

By: sylvain33 - 05/19/2018
I tested it with 3 PCs (last driver, etc.). One was working fine without any problems. I changed my PC for a new one and i got A LOT of problems: external screens and the PC was feezing during 10 seconds every 10 or 15 minutes - strange behaviour... i tried with a third PC, same bad behaviour... But i have to say the support team was very king and really tried to help me... but they can't change the product itself... so i put 1 star for the support team, not for the product...
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Brian, Customer Support on 21/05/2018 23:04:37
Thanks for sharing your feedback. We apologize that the docking station hasn't worked consistently on all of your computers. We'd like to give you a phone call to discuss the situation, and try to resolve or explain any issues you're seeing. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us using the Support button at the top of this page.
(3 Stars)

Some good feature, but lacking others.

By: techuser1 - 11/26/2018
I have had this dock for several years, and it works well. After all this time I only have a couple complaints. The first is that the DisplayLink manager app doesn't have an auto update feature, and it's really annoying having to search for it whenever the dock stops working as a result of a MS patch. The other thing is that Startech did not consider modern heaphones with built-in mic's when they built this. You have to get a splitter to make them work. It would have been much more convenient to make the headphone port a headphone/mic.
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(4 Stars)

Great with macOS 10.14 on Retina MBP 15"

By: Scott2019 - 06/03/2019
Fried my discrete video card hence needed an extender for reusing the 2 monitors that were connected to the thunderbolt port previously. The docking station worked after installing the drivers. Would have preferred 2 HDMI ports at this price. But still a great device. Doesn't get too hot and most importantly works with Apple devices without any hassle.
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