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Asus' HZ-2 Docking Station is Versatile

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 8 comments

Asus has revealed its new USB 3.0-based docking station which comes with many connectivity options. The docking station, which is to be known as the HZ-2, will have enough connectivity in which to plug all your devices with only one cable going to your desktop or notebook.

The HZ-2 is powered with a power adapter and only has a single USB 3.0 cable that goes to the client. For outputs, users will find two (high-current) USB 3.0 ports, three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, 100 Mbit Ethernet, along with a headphone jack and microphone jack.

Due to the limited bandwidth of the USB 3.0 host interface, the resolution that the HDMI port or VGA ports are able to address is limited to 2048 by 1152 pixels. This is enough for Full-HD though, so it's not that big of a deal.

The docking station is also built to work as a stand, where it can be placed under the rear of your notebook in order to angle it upwards. It comes with additional feet to raise it even higher.

No word on pricing nor availability yet, though we have emailed Asus asking for information. We'll let you know when we hear back.

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    CodeMatias , June 28, 2014 4:41 AM
    This might actually be great for use with a Surface Pro 3
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    jasonelmore , June 28, 2014 5:28 AM
    Price? wish it had display port, then there would be no limitations
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    amk-aka-Phantom , June 28, 2014 7:24 AM
    100 Mbps Ethernet only? Epic fail. I'd actually be interested in this dock, but I *need* gigabit Ethernet to work with my NAS. I don't see a reason why it can't be installed in HZ-2, USB 3.0 bandwidth is more than enough for it!
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    chaz_music , June 28, 2014 9:53 AM
    I agree with amk, the 100Mbps Ethernet is a market goof. Other than that, a nice configuration.
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    TechyInAZ , June 28, 2014 9:10 PM
    I hope it's cheap, like $50-$70.

    What happened to docks with dgpus? I would LOVE to have a lets say Asus Zendbook and be able to play all my games with a GeForce GTX gpu in the dock. But then when unplugged, have the portability, versatility, and lightweight of a laptop.

    However, Gigabyte is working on such a system so I hope that is a success.
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    Spectre694 , June 29, 2014 10:48 AM
    Quote:
    I hope it's cheap, like $50-$70.

    What happened to docks with dgpus? I would LOVE to have a lets say Asus Zendbook and be able to play all my games with a GeForce GTX gpu in the dock. But then when unplugged, have the portability, versatility, and lightweight of a laptop.

    However, Gigabyte is working on such a system so I hope that is a success.


    I had one of those AMD systems with the dock a few years back. Unless it improves I'll pass on it. It was junk never worked right. I hope Gigabyte does better because I really like the idea though.
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    jimmysmitty , June 29, 2014 2:36 PM
    Quote:
    I hope it's cheap, like $50-$70.

    What happened to docks with dgpus? I would LOVE to have a lets say Asus Zendbook and be able to play all my games with a GeForce GTX gpu in the dock. But then when unplugged, have the portability, versatility, and lightweight of a laptop.

    However, Gigabyte is working on such a system so I hope that is a success.


    In order to do that you would need something with the speed of Thunderbolt, not USB 3.0. Right now 3.0 is too slow for that, especially with the overhead that comes with USB. 3.1 will be 2x faster but still will have a lot of overhead and I don't know if it supports something like ePCIe like Thunderbolt does.
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    Rajat Khosla , July 3, 2014 9:12 PM
    hope it worth for our penny and i like asus transformer T300 Tab which has been great feature and thank you for this great article on docking station,,
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