Let's dig deeper
Although fairly tall, the unit as a whole looks quite nice. It's good to see that the USB 3.0 cable included is also of a good length, meaning that the product can be placed wherever you see fit. There's going to be quite a lot of cables coming out of this device, so you're going to want to make sure it's set up well.
The connection between the product and the base feels sturdy, alongside the device itself feeling well-built and properly designed. Most of the cables that will be plugged in over extended periods of time will be banished to the ugly rear of the unit (which no one will see), with the audio and USB 3.0 ports being located on the front of the device, meaning they're easy to access for general use.
The power adaptor is quite long and comes with plenty of different connection options, meaning this single package is suitable for many countries, alongside the power and device-connection ports being located in the hardest to reach place on the device - on the bottom. Why does this matter? It's nothing huge, but it's a nice touch. These cables are unlikely to be removed or altered in future, meaning that the hardest task is completed from the start and the cables you want to chop and change are located in easy-to-reach areas.
The stand is wedge-like in shape and holds the product firmly and at first it feels like there should be no real issues of the device falling over, even when laden with multiple cables pulling it back. HIS has tried to account for the extra weight burden by giving you more length and the wider portion of the stand at the rear of the device. I'll cover this section later on in the review during the testing process.
Putting it to use
Compared to its smaller sibling, the HIS Multi-View USB portable dock, this product's longer USB cable makes for fantastic set-up options. As you can see below, I was able to easily set up the laptop and this dock on a small desk, connecting my headset, peripherals, web-cam and monitor without much issue.
There may be an issue with the product becoming slight unbalanced when it's jam-packed full of cables, however. With the following components plugged in to the device, it was becoming fairly light towards the front:
- 1x DVI for monitor
- 2x USB 2.0 for keyboard and mouse
- 1x USB 2.0 for webcam
- 1x Power socket
- 1x USB 3.0 data connection
- 1x Ethernet cable
Now it certainly wasn't falling over, but it felt like it was close to doing so. This means that if you're plugging in another monitor (through HDMI) and filling up the final USB slot, it may become unstable.
As for something different, this product can be also used in general desktop applications. Sometimes systems containing on-board graphics and general office PC's won't have multiple video outputs located on their motherboard. Simply installing the drivers and plugging in this system means that an extra monitor or two can be used easily. There's also the added option of multiple USB ports on this device and the smart-charge capabilities, meaning that any HTPC or mini office system can be easily expanded to suit more scenarios.
Thankfully, this device enables you to use both of the display outputs at once (unlike its smaller sibling), further allowing you to use up to six total monitors - providing you use adaptors. If for some reason you really want to display that picture of Gabe Newell in a full 360-degree rotation around you, there is now an option to do so.
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