If you've been going around wanting for a USB 3.0 based port replicator for your notebook, then we have good news, as both Fujitsu and Lenovo has announced a product each based on DisplayLink's USB 3.0 chipset. The two products differ slightly, but both use the DL-3900 chipset with offers dual display connectivity.

If you've been going around wanting for a USB 3.0 based port replicator for your notebook, then we have good news, as both Fujitsu and Lenovo has announced a product each based on DisplayLink's USB 3.0 chipset. The two products differ slightly, but both use the DL-3900 chipset with offers dual display connectivity.

In the age of the Ultrabook, port replicators are set to make something of a comeback, as many people need more than a handful of ports on their notebook. A port replicator also makes it much easier to connect your notebook to an external display, a wired network and of course keyboards and mice as well. The neat thing with a USB 3.0 based port replicator is that you only need to attach a single cable, yet the performance will be vastly much better than similar USB 2.0 based products.

Starting with Fujitsu and its USB 3.0 Port Replicator PR08 we're looking at a couple of unusual features. For starts, Fujitsu has added DisplayPort connectivity to the PR08 which means that you can use a 2560×1600 display with it and this is as far as we're aware a first for a USB 3.0 port replicator. It also sports a DVI-I port which can be used with an adapter to provide a D-sub connector. Other ports include a Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports – albeit not at full speed as you might already have guessed – and audio jacks for 2.1 or 5.1-channel audio. Again, we're not aware of any other USB based port replicator that offers 5.1-channel sound.

Lenovo has gone down a much more traditional route with its ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock which offers a pair of DVI ports, five USB 3.0 ports – once again, not at full speed – Gigabit Ethernet and some kind of audio ports. Lenovo provided an MSRP of US$179.99 and an availability date of May 15th, whereas Fujitsu decided to provide neither a price, nor a launch date.

 

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