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Important Note: This giveaway is only available for residents of the United States.

This is the one and only hardware item that we have up for grabs in our birthday giveaway, and we’ve been able to play around with it for about a month now. It’s a USB Docking Station by StarTech that also happens to support a VGA input. How does it work? You can basically plug in several USB devices, a VGA monitor, ethernet cable, and more into this slim little dock. The dock then plugs into your Windows computer via a single USB cable.

Now I bet you’re wondering the same thing that I was in regards to the monitor support. With this dock you can essentially plug in an external monitor into your machine without needing an extra VGA port on your graphics card. How well can the single USB cable manage the monitor and other devices/cables plugged into it?

Not surprisingly it has some troubles playing videos or games that require a constantly refreshing screen. The USB cable just can’t provide the same bandwidth that a VGA cable can, plus it is also sharing the bandwidth with any other devices plugged into the dock. If you are able to set the color depth down to 16-bit instead of 32-bit you’ll notice a significant improvement, but you probably still won’t want to watch any videos or anything. If you’re just doing some word processing, web surfing, and other casual work this should suit your needs perfectly.

Here are some of the specs for the USB Docking Station by StarTech:

  • Works with Windows 2000, XP, and Vista
  • Supports resolutions up to 1600×1200 @ 32-bits & 1920×1200 @ 16-bits
  • (4) USB 2.0 ports
  • (1) VGA port
  • (1) 10/100 Mbps RJ45 LAN port
  • (1) 3.5mm speaker output
  • (1) 3.5mm Mic input
  • Dimensions: 7.99″ x 2.75″ x 0.75″
  • Weight: 7.6oz

StarTech USB Docking Station Homepage

-The Giveaway-

We have (1) USB Docking Station (valued at $129.99) to giveaway today! All you have to do is drop a comment below providing both your name and email address in the appropriate fields. We obviously need your email address for contacting you in the event that you should win. Believe it or not we’ve actually had winners in previous giveaways get randomly selected, but since they didn’t provide an email address we had to pick someone else.

Just as with all of our giveaways we will be using a random number generator to determine the winners. For this round here is how we’re going to give out the licenses:

  • 1 winner will be picked from comment numbers 1 through however many comments there are.

The winner of the USB Docking Station must be a resident of the United States.

Entries for the giveaway will be accepted up until December 11th at 7:00PM Central Time.