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Kensington wireless USB docking station

Friday, February 13th, 2009

In order to make business laptops more compact and lighter, manufacturers should start thinking of some really creative ideas. If the systems become really small the basic features like multiple USB ports and optical drives might even fall aside. This does not mean that business users don’t need these features but they often have to resort to a USB hub to operate it. The New Kensington wireless USB docking station is however a more elegant and creative solution to these issues which provides flawless connectivity with your external display, speakers, printers and other peripheral devices. Unhappily the USB is still not that extensive on the laptops. The Kensington’s wireless USB docking station is mostly seem on business notebooks like Toshiba Portege R400 and Lenovo ThinkPad X200 or even as an option with computer systems like Dell Inspiron 1525.

The wireless USB docking station of Kensington is quite inconspicuous and it measures about 6.25 by 11.25 inches apart form the 3 inch antenna which should e flipped up when using the device. However according to its wireless capabilities the USB docking station actually seems to be more router like than a laptop dock. There is a power light on its front which turn on after plugging the station, but when connected to the laptop it shines to yellow while orange if disconnected. It also includes a USB port on its front while there are another four at the back including audio and DVI outputs. The Docking system is also designed with mini-USB cable so that you can directly connect it to a laptop.

Throughout the testing the Wireless USB docking system from Kensington proved perfect with most devices like printers, flash drives and monitors. Although the website of Kensington promises you a range of nearly 15 feet it was actually 10 to 13 when tested as the docking station should also be in line of sight to the laptop without any equipments of blocking in the way. However, when testing its data transfer speed a flash drive with 1 GB data was loaded. After directly connecting it to the laptop the docking station was able to transfer all the data in around 1 minute and 40 seconds, but after testing the docking station placing it right besides the laptop the data transfer speed was just 3:11.

One of its features that most users would like is the ability to connect the docking system wirelessly to external monitor. These features come more useful at meeting and presentation rooms where you need the freedom to present from different parts of the room. However, Kensington has readily admitted that this docking station is not designed for multimedia, and it can perfectly handle low quality videos and documents but it is not the right device to stream anything at very high resolutions. However as this wireless USB is still not much common on most laptops, but if you have an UWB-enabled laptop then its expanded features set would be of great importance to you.