Just what I needed.
Don't know why so many people fuss about things the dock does not do, when you are able to research them beforehand. One thing that I would have liked is if it had a firewire port, it does not, I checked, but I did not care anyways. As for how many screens it can plug in, I checked all the specs and contacted sony before purchasing. I did not care for dual screens as I have it plugged via hdmi to my bravia. It makes my vpcsa with I7 and 8gigs of ram an entertainment center, a laptop on the go, 13.3 is so portable, and a decent gaming pc, all on the bravia with full HD resolution. Why go back to VGA? I did check in case I wanted to plug in a projector and now then I knew not to expect it. I also looked at the base to see what ports it would block, and yes it blocks your VGA port. I also don't find it difficult to put in. I read some comments that it took some getting used to, bullocks to that. You have a side rail and a back notches to direct you. I actually like it better than my Ideapad dock, which has a whole back portion and a huge eject button (although it does have a nice power button that this one lacks). It is invisible on my entertainment center. For those that have trouble, jam it, gently, onto the back notches and then set it down with a hinge like motion while set all the way to the rightmost guide-rail. The only drawback I have on it, but it is more on the side of pride I believe from Sony, it does not have a port on the laptop like on my ideapad from Lenovo. Lenovo does not have a plastic insert that protects the port under the laptop. It has a nifty mechanism that as I plug it into the port, it pushes in the protection portions of the I/O port and when I pull it out, it closes up again. One of the first things I read on the sony dock was to put the protector back on once taken off the port. Kinda annoying to have to keep that thing around, so I won't. My laptop will go from dock to case to a table elsewhere, o it's not like it will have a high chance to get dust into it. I love it so far and I do wish all port manufacturers made channels in the base to allow more airflow, ie double as a cooling pad or vent.
January 15, 2012
Pathetic Docking Station
SONY makes great core products --
Great Laptops, Cameras, etc -- but when it comes to AC adapters and Docking Stations the Product Mangers and Developers need to be sent back to school.
I bought this VPCSA390X with 512 SSD, 8GB and i7-2640 super powered laptop for office and high end software development. I was tired of having a desktop and a laptop. The machine performs even better than my desktop. I saw the picture of the DOCK with 2 Video outputs - VGA and HDMI and thougth that like most docks I can have 2 good size monitors and be done with this. I actually bought 2 docking stations one for home and other for the office... What a DISAPPOINTMENT.
January 10, 2012
A Rare Sony FAIL!
Come On Sony. When it comes to technology, Sony makes some of the best stuff in the world. From Playstation, to Home theater to Alarm Clock to Computer, I have them all, but this thing is pathetic. And I can't believe I paid $200 bucks for it. I use my laptop for work and transport it from work to home and back everyday. Lets just say that after I dropped my computer onto the docking station I still had to plug in 3 more cords. Kinda defeats the purpose.
What a rip off.
December 6, 2011
not that useful
way too much for the money considering the limited connections. Plus, Sony does not make the docking stations work with upgrades of the models. That would seem like an easy way to ensure customer loyalty to a series if they didn't have to purchase a new docking station each time. Sony, please, make a better docking station and I will happily continue to shell out $200+ for it. In the meantime, I am ditching this at work and buying a universal docking station for home.
October 17, 2011