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Diamond DS3900 Ultra Dock review

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Posted March 7, 2014 by Joe Kershner in Peripherals

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Price at time of Review: $97.43 at provantage.com
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great features, durable build quality, multiple monitor output, could be used as a KVM
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Doesn't elevate laptop, no SPDIF digital audio output
 
BOTTOM LINE:
The DS3900 Ultra dock is more then just a docking station with a wide variety of connections and can be used on any system with a cheaper price tag then laptop specific docking stations.
by Joe Kershner
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Introduction

Are you tired of continuously reconnecting cables to your laptop, but don’t want to buy the specific docking station for your laptop? Or, perhaps you have multiple systems that you use daily. Personally, I run multiple systems from home and constantly switch between systems that require more then a remote desktop connection. Diamond Media has a solution for these scenarios. Introducing the DS3900 Docking station! Cconnected via a USB, the DS3900 allows you to keep your primary peripherals connected to the dock and switch over with a single cable swap.

Before we get started, here’s a little about Diamond.

For over two decades, Diamond Multimedia has been widely recognized as a pioneer in the graphics, sound and communications industries and a key player in launching the multimedia revolution. Our mission is to provide our customers with the latest quality technology combined with outstanding service and support.

Diamond offers a complete multimedia solution featuring AMD Radeon graphics cards, TV tuners, USB display adapters, video capture devices, sound cards, modems, and electronics accessories all from one convenient location.

Diamond products are available to the public throughout North America and Europe through retailers, resellers and systems integrators as well as top technology product distributors. Diamond products stand for performance, quality and value. Our corporate headquarters are located in Chatsworth, California.
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One Comment


  1.  

    Were you able to connect two monitors to this single docking station?

    I have looked around online and this is the best and most detailed review of this product I have found, however the line “It is capable of handling your network adapter, video, audio, input devices through its built-in USB 2.0/3.0 ports and it is fully capable of transmitting video dual monitor through the DVI and HDMI ports.” leads me to think that you have 2 monitors hooked to this docking station, which would be awesome, but highly unlikely.

    So… “is fully capable of transmitting video dual monitor through the DVI and HDMI ports”..

    As in ONE monitor through HDMI port and a SECOND monitor through the DVI/VGA port?

    I like the docking station, I just bought it this week, but the HDMI port does not work AT ALL for mine, even without the DVI or the VGA in use, so I am curious if this is due to a bad port on my device, or if it’s because the laptop has no support for HDMI devices… maybe I am missing a driver…? Or… ??? Perhaps you could fill in the blanks, because I’m sure there are others who are wondering the same thing. :)





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