Sony‘s VAIO VGP-UPR1 is a rather good-looking notebook PC dock. I personally like simple shapes and the VGP-UPR1 is a simple chocolate-bar-like shape but with a bunch of ports. The list of ports follows: VGA, DVI-D, USB 2.0 (4), Ethernet (10/100Base-TX), Headphone-Out, Microphone-In. The DVI and VGA ports support up to a pixel format of 1600 x 1200. So if you’ve got a 24″ with a pixel format of 1920 x 1200, forget it. You might be able to run a 22″ with a 1680 x 1050 pixel format since it requires about the same amount of bandwidth (slightly less actually),Â but that’s just a guess. Now for the really cool part: the VGP-UPR1 has DisplayLink technology.
DisplayLink is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has some very cool technology. I met them during CES 2008 and was shown a regular notebook PC running six LCD monitors of different sizes and pixel formats from a single USB port! All you have to do is install DisplayLink software on your PC, connect the USB-to-VGA/DVI connectors to as many LCD monitors up to six as you want and the software does its magic. According to the website, “graphics are compressed using the unique DisplayLink adaptive technology that automatically balances compression methods based on the content, available CPU power, and USB bandwidth. So the VGP-UPR1 is acting like a DisplayLink adapter with one end connected to your notebook PC via USB and the other via either DVI or VGA.
The VGP-UPR1 USB docking station is available at Sony’s online store for US$199.99 and is compatible with Sony’s CR, FZ, FW, NR and AR500, AR600, AR700 and AR800 notebook PCs. You can pay a lot less at Amazon (click the link at the end of this post). You’ll need to be running Windows Vista too and at 32-bit. I have an idea: a line of DisplayLink switches. One with six DVI ports or six VGA ports or six HDMI ports or a mixture of two each.
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