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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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Conclusion

I found the Diamond DS3900 Ultra Dock to have an excellent but sleek design with a great build quality. With a durable housing, the unit as a whole was built to last and did not feel cheap at all. While this docking station isn’t meant to elevate the laptop to help with cooling and air intake, it really performed better then my docking station designed specifically for my laptop.

While the Ultra Dock does require drivers to be installed, it’s well worth considering and can also be used as a pseudo-KVM with a simple cable swap from one system to another. This product isn’t the newest technology (nor is it a new product), so I found the Diamond DS3900 Ultra Dock for $97.43 at provantage.com. It comes with a manufacturers warranty of one (1) year. Considering that it’s more than just a docking station and isn’t model specific this is a great buy. We present the Diamond DS3900 Ultra Dock with the PureOverclock Great Hardware award.

 

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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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