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Default Dock - 05-17-2009, 12:26 PM

Are there an accesories, like bigger laptops, that allow the mini to dock into a docking station
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Default 05-17-2009, 12:41 PM

There are no Dell docking stations that support the Mini although you could probably find an aftermarket USB docking station of some type.


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Default 05-17-2009, 12:56 PM

There are indeed USB docking stations, though they tend to cost $100 or so.


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Default 05-17-2009, 09:27 PM

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There are indeed USB docking stations, though they tend to cost $100 or so.
Depends on features…

Those that have some sort of video are indeed rather expensive like he says. But if you just want more like a super-USB-hub style dock without video you can go cheaper. In fact if your're just looking to have a keyboard. mouse, printer, that sort of thing perhaps just a USB hub (powered with an external supply) might be all you need. With perhaps a VGA cable to a 2nd monitor. Not too bad although not as nice as a real dock.

Since the mini is fanless it depends on loosing heat from the keyboard and wrist rest area. You'll find the mini gets very warm (I'd say hot) when run closed. Which is just my way of saying that a docking station with video may not be the best option if you're thinking of docking and using only an external monitor.
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