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Dell USB 3.0 Triple Display UltraHD Universal Dock (D3100) by Review Summary ,  Sep 3, 2015

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Dell USB 3.0 Triple Display UltraHD Universal Dock (D3100)
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 141 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.7
Returned or considering to return: 3.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
USB4.1   average
Cable3.8   average
Dock3.4   below average
Monitor3.4   below average


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Cable

Cable:
"Oddly enough, the 4K gets signal if I bypass the D3100 and plug directly into laptop's HDMI port, which means nothing is wrong with the TV or the HDMI cable."
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"Unfortunately, on both the box and the cables, it's too small and too dim to see easily."
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"It will not power your laptop without an additional power supply cord so buyer beware."
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"Now four active, fast and beautiful monitors are a single USB cord away!"
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"However, you plug your power cable and the USB 3.0 cable into your laptop, and you're good to go."
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"My setup:- Sony Vaio Pro 11 laptop- Asus ROG Swift 2560x1440 monitor- An old Philips CRT monitor- Keyboard and mouse- Ethernet network- External hard drivesAll of the above is working, except for the CRT (but that's because my HDMI-VGA cable is broken, so it's not the dock's fault)I highly recommend this!"
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"Unfortunately, on both the box and the cables, it's too small and too dim to see easily."
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Dock

Dock:
"It's hard to call it a docking station when it doesn't provide power."
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"If, however, you own or intend to purchase monitors, like my three Dell U2414H flat panels, with MST (Multi-Stream Transport) capability (aka Daisy Chaining) you will be disappointed to learn that this dock does NOT support MST."
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"Very disappointed that the docking station doesn't supply power to the laptop."
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"When the docking station is plugged in I have the previously mentioned problems in addition to those the mouse freezes up."
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"The dock failed to work properly when connected to my system."
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"The source of my problems was originally not clear, although ultimately identified as the dock & Dell tech support."
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"Best Dock in the market, and I have gone through several."
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"I searched high and low to find the perfect docking station."
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"Pretty damning for a docking station that advertises it is a 4k docking station!"
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"This dock is quite good!"
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Monitor

Monitor:
"Well there is only one display port and 2 HDMI ports so you can get 2160 x 1152 on both external monitors but they look horrible."
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"Also, although the Inspiron laptop is Windows 10 ready, the D3100 does not have Windows 10 compatible drivers, so forget about multiple monitors with this device."
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"EDIT: One drawback: plugging in a high resolution monitor can use up a good amount of CPU."
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"You are forced to use the Windows display management software, which is absolutely not user friendly, especially if you are running triple monitors or more."
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"With Dell, you have to leave your laptop open which is a bit annoying if you already have two monitors."
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"(None of my monitors have a DisplayPort connection, so I haven't been able to test that yet) This, plus all of my other peripherals, etc make this device an excellent purchase."
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"I have the device for about two weeks, with an XPS (i5 8GB early 2015) 13.The device works great with a single monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers."
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"You can't game with it, but video playback works smoothly and great on the monitor."
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"I was able to connect 3 additional monitors to my laptop and the quality is great, I ran video benchmarks and played HD movies, while trying to see if I could get a screen tear and I was unsuccessful."
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"Now four active, fast and beautiful monitors are a single USB cord away!"
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"I run this dock with two 1920x1080 monitors connected over HDMI and audio with no problems."
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USB

USB:
"Then you'll get notifications not auto disappearing, apps becoming unresponsive all because of the un-natural behavior your laptop is doing trying to output video over USB 3.After a day of problem, I unplugged rolled by my system which is working fine now and after over 40 minutes on hold with Dell Customer Service I have sent this thing back and am told I'll have to way 30 days to get my money back."
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"The 2 charging USB port on the Dell device do charge according to their outputs as well, despite the problem I just mentioned with the USB port in my laptop."
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"So USB 3.0 is not that great."
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"I have experienced all of the display problems when docking and undocking (USB 3.0) but have not had the audio problems."
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"Now four active, fast and beautiful monitors are a single USB cord away!"
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"However, you plug your power cable and the USB 3.0 cable into your laptop, and you're good to go."
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"Works great with all USB 3.0 laptops!"
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"Product is perfect.4 5 because USB 3.0 wire is too short."
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