Targus Inc. has announced its Universal Notebook Docking Station with Video for notebooks or Tablet PCs. Targus' latest mobile computing docking innovation is the first USB-based docking station with true video output capabilities, stereo audio out, and two "always on" USB ports, allowing users to power peripheral devices such as phones and MP3 players while the laptop is in standby or shut-down mode.
The true video output capability of Targus' Universal Docking Station with Video allows users to connect a CRT monitor or LCD screen directly to the docking station without the hassle of an additional cable connection. Once connected to a monitor, Targus' docking station allows for three viewing modes: Primary Video Mode uses an external monitor or LCD as a primary display; Extended Video Mode allows both the notebook screen and external monitor to be used for combined viewing and a larger overall desktop area; and Mirror Video Mode replicates the notebook screen onto an external monitor or LCD.
The One Touch connectivity option allows users to connect their notebook via USB cable to the docking station and immediately have access to up to nine different devices. The docking station includes the following ports: four Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports, a video monitor port, 10/100 Base-T Ethernet, serial port, stereo audio out jack and microphone audio in jack. The One Touch feature minimizes the time users need to prepare their work area and can function with any notebook platform with a USB 2.0 port. Targus' Universal Notebook Docking Station with Video is currently available for a suggested retail price of $149.99 and includes a limited one-year warranty.