We've seen a few docking stations 'round these parts that use the venerable DisplayLink technology to great effect, but nothing quite like this before. Plugable's DC-125 USB 2.0 Docking Client connects to your PC allows you to connect your display, speakers, keyboard, and mouse via one USB port -- small potatoes, right? Well, if said PC has a compatible multi-user OS (such as Windows Multipoint Server or Userful Multiseat Linux) you can daisy chain docks to add several terminals to the setup. Terminals! Now you can relive the dark, backwards days when you had to go to the college computer lab to get any work done -- in the comfort of your own home. Available now for $65 a pop. Get a closer look after the break.
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DisplayLink USB Graphics Technology Powers Plugable's First Integrated Dock and Zero Client Device
PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Recognizing DisplayLink™ Corp.'s leadership in zero client solutions, Plugable is using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology in its first integrated zero client/thin client device with universal docking station capabilities.
The new Plugable DC-125 USB 2.0 Docking Client, available now, connects a laptop computer to an extra display, speakers, and two USB 2.0 ports, all from a single USB cable. Even more powerful, the device can be used as a zero client device to affordably turn one PC into many, using easy USB connections to create multi-seat computing, pairing one dock per workstation and for a total of up 14 workstations.
Zero client solutions save money and time for any school, business or consumer that wants to offer individual computing experiences to multiple people without buying multiple PCs. The Plugable device – combined with monitors, peripherals, and one PC running multiseat operating system software – can deliver that unique computing access per person, while eliminating the need for extra video cards, dedicated CPUs and complicated setup.
"DisplayLink's USB virtual graphics bring low-cost computing without compromising any on-screen graphics or performance," said Dennis Crespo, executive vice president of marketing and business development at DisplayLink. "With DisplayLink DL-125 series chips embedded inside, Plugable's integrated dock and zero client device makes it quick and easy to assemble a pod of workstations with extended peripheral support, so students can enjoy content from the Internet as well from their own USB peripherals such as thumb drives, digital cameras, and more."
In addition to featuring simple USB connectivity, the Plugable Docking Client:
Supports standard VGA monitors up to 1280×1024 or 1440×900.
Works as a laptop dock with Windows XP, Vista, Win7 and Mac OS X.
Works as a client station with Windows Multipoint Server 2011 or 2010 and with Userful Multiseat Linux 2011.
Includes both a desktop stand and a monitor attachment.
"DisplayLink technology is so versatile that we've been able to provide a variety of universal docks, USB graphics adapters and now zero client devices that extend the capabilities and value from PC purchases," said Bernie Thompson, founder of Plugable. "The many ways to leverage virtual graphics technology continues to evolve, while DisplayLink's experience in the USB graphics market allows for unmatched compatibility."
The Plugable DC-125 USB 2.0 Docking Client is available today, selling for $64.95 with free shipping to USA addresses at Amazon. Customers outside the USA visit Amazon UK. More detail on the product is available on Plugable's product page.
DisplayLink Corp. is a hardware and software company that offers a unique technology to enable easy virtual graphics connectivity between computers and displays over standard interfaces such as USB, wireless USB and Ethernet. DisplayLink technology is used in dozens of globally branded PC accessories including monitors, universal docking stations, display adapters, projectors, and zero client systems that make expansion of the desktop visual workspace possible, at significantly lower cost and energy usage than traditional solutions.
DisplayLink is ranked the fourth fastest-growing EMEA Company by Deloitte, and was awarded the CES 2011 Best of Innovation Award Honoree in the Enabling Technologies category for its forthcoming Interactive Networked Graphics for SuperSpeed USB. For more information and product details, visit DisplayLink Shop and follow DisplayLink on Facebook and Twitter.
Kim Stowe, 408-839-8750 (Media)