yet another disatisfied user
from Mid south on 7/21/2010
it's better than nothing
...but not much better
It's very poorly designed. I replaced a thinkpad + docking station with a new Z. Had I known how poorly designed this dock was, i would have stayed with Lenovo. Love the Z, hate the dock. It cannot drive dual monitors even though it has DVI and VGA outs (only one can be used). No audio out. Why make a dock without these features? A terrible design that will depress Z sales (I would have thought long and hard about my purchase had I known this).
PLEASE PLEASE GIVE US A GOOD DOCKING STATION
from Chicago on 6/24/2010
I too spent over $4,000 on my laptop. I love it and it is super fast and the static hard drive makes booting up all my programs a breeze. I operate out of two offices and take my laptop back and forth. I have some nice high def monitors and about 10 different usb devices. I really wish sony would create a docking station with hdmi output. Does anyone know if this is a technical issue which prevents them from doing so?
Agreed with others, terrible port replicator
from Davis, CA on 5/24/2010
It shipped faster than my laptop
no audio port, silly plastic cover on connector
This port replicator is a joke for a beautiful laptop. Obviously nobody at Sony actually uses their laptops at their desk. When you advertise all the ports in the port replicator, you should provide "all" the ports, including audio and HDMI. And the cheap plastic connector I have to pry out every day to take my laptop home is not going to last. This is a very disappointing finish to an otherwise nice (but $$$) laptop.
A Best-In-Class Laptop with a Worst-In-Class Dock
from New York, NY on 5/23/2010
Limited Video Resolution, No Audio Out
Dear Sony: The Z series laptop is WONDERFUL. The highest-end laptop available in a small portable form factor. A true desktop replacement and a wonderful piece of engineering and design. Why, oh why then would you make a HORRIBLE dock like this for it?
Does the job. The very basic job.
from San Diego on 5/22/2010
easy to connect and disconnect laptop, It's a port replicator
No audio, no HDMI port.
Yeah, I kind of agree with the other reviewers. You pay 4-5k for a laptop (and we all agree it's an incredible laptop) but the docking station could really be better. Yes, it needs to have audio ports (I'm wondering if I can use a USB audio device) and I was hoping to drive 2 montors from the docking station but I can only get one to work.