Product Reviews (16)
Not good for steam gamers
Ever since Displaylink, the driver software provider, has released the USB 3.0 tech and drivers, there have been constant errors with Direct3d in games which is part of DirectX. They have patches for some graphics cards, but none for NVIDIA yet. If you have a NVIDIA and only play games without DirectX than this would be a perfectly acceptable docking station. If you have a NVIDIA and play games on steam or any other DirectX system, you will not be able to use the docking station and play the game. If you are the latter, check the Displaylink forums for updates on the drivers that would patch this issue. Just make sure your laptop is compatible before buying!
By Tevans7 on HP - Apr 22, 2013
I never got to find out if the Targus was any good or worked well. I'd bought the USB 3.0 with power, but there was no power tip that matched the Spectre Ultrabook 14T-3200 I purchased. Salesperson said it would, but didn't. Contacted Targus and, after first saying there was a match, they came back and acknowledged there was not. Would still work as just a port replicator, but too expensive for just that. I returned it. So, it may work well for others computers, but be aware it may not.
By Avatarhere on HP - Mar 6, 2013
Overall this is a very good and stable hub. No disconnections, flickers, no hiccups. If you are going to use this with a Windows 8 PC, please do NOT install the drivers that came in the box. Go to their website, find it by model # (look in the box) and then get the software from there. If you get the latest drivers, everything works. Only one complaint. I use 2 extra monitors, DVI and USB, every now and then in the extra monitors there is a small problem with the mouse cursor where it jumps. I don't know if this is a Windows 8 problem or a problem with the HUB. For me it is not a big issue because the extra monitors are just to keep other windows that I don't use that often for reference. Overall for me it works, allows me to just plug in one USB cable to my notebook and looks cleaner.
By newpop1 on HP - Feb 14, 2013
It Works for Me!
With some trepidation, I ordered this docking station to use with my new HP Envy m6-1125dx 64-bit Windows 8 laptop. After using business laptops with custom-made docking stations for years, I hadn't thought too much about the process of finding a docking station for this consumer laptop. As it turned out, it took a bit of a search. I learned about the latest generation of "universal" docking stations which are made possible by USB 3.0, as I understand it. Two reps at HP's Boise Sales Office (who were great, by the way) told me that the Targus ACP71USZ would work with my laptop (which has a USB 3.0 port), in spite of a review to the contrary on the HP website page describing the unit. In fact, they said, the Targus unit was connected to the same laptop in the "playpen" in their office, and they could vouch for the fact that it worked. So, I ordered it from Amazon. When it arrived, I followed advice others had offered in other reviews: (1) update your USB 3.0 host controller driver (mine was current); (2) download the latest drivers from Targus or Displaylink (ignore the CD that comes with the unit). Turns out DisplayLink had a newer version than Targus itself did, so I downloaded and installed it before connecting the unit to my laptop. Contrary to other reviews, the docking station DID have a power tip to fit my laptop, which was a relief, so the laptop charges when it's connected to the dock. Everything else (wireless keyboard and mouse, audio, printer) is powered through the USB 3.0 cable which connects to the dock. Once connected, the laptop recognized the dock, and everything worked just as I hoped, with no noticeable loss in performance! I like the fact that the docking station will accommodate any laptop for which there is a power tip, so this should be the last docking station I need to buy. The unit itself is very well made, and reflects a nice design. It even fits nicely within my monitor stand! Finding the power tips is a bit tricky (the HP reps were helpful here too); you flip up a door on top of the unit to reveal a compartment with 8 different tips. All in all, armed with the advice from previous reviewers and the HP reps, it was a piece of cake, proving it pays to do your research, I guess. Judging from the reviews, I guess the ACP71USZ will work with some laptops and not others, and in the final analysis there is really only one way to find out: order it from a store with a reasonable return policy and try it out!
By Anonymous on HP - Jan 2, 2013
Poor Power connection and instructions
Connection to computer is through USB cord - not explained in documentation. The power connector for the HP Envy does not engage well and also does not stay in. Apple magnetic system is much better.
By chje on HP - Nov 24, 2012
A REAL person answered the phone.
After opening the product and downloading the disc nothing happen, and no further instructions were given. Dreading 'the call' I almost fell out of the chair when a real person answered the phone. She walked me through the set-up which included downloading and installing newer drivers, and attaching each device one at a time to the docking station. The docking station preforms flawlessly, Ican hook it up to my larger monitor and old keyboard, or move into the living room and play games on the HDTV. Both product and service are EXCELLENT.
By Stan3 on HP - Nov 1, 2012
Works like it should
A lot of rumblings about this dock. I too had some issues upon first starting, but they were quickly resolved. Instructions said for Win 7 to just plug it in. Well, nothing happened until I used the available installation CD. From there, everything went as it should. The available assortment of power adapters are a nice touch as this should work with most laptops out there. I used the inclosed DVI to VGA adapter so that it's a simple process to go from my desktop to laptop using the 23 inch LG monitor. One thing I've read it should be worth noting is that I checked my USB 3 Host Controller Driver to make sure I had the latest. My laptop came with the latest driver so nothing required from me there but I'd certainly make sure before plugging everything in. It's always nice when things work like they should, and so far, I highly recommend this dock.
By Denny64 on HP - Nov 1, 2012
The product did not work with my HP2540P
Terrible docking station. You have to to use several adapters, the power supply did not match HP2540P power supply. Had to open up the PC to turn on PC, then change monitor settings, before I could use the monitor. I could not turn on my PC from the docking station?? Returned immediately for refund and ordered the HP prooduct through my business.
By UncleGator on HP - Aug 31, 2012
worth the money...no more unplugging the displays!
The additional USB 3.0 ports as well as many other port connections are always there and the docking station has its own power supply so whether I always leave my laptop on the desk plugged into the dock, which is most of the time or take it with me, I only have to unplug it from the dock. No longer do I have to unplug the many cables such as HDMI for display and the back-up drive connected to the USB 3.0 and the printer and other hardware such as a camera and cooling fan ECT. I am very satisfied. 2know, your extra displays need to match your laptop display such as full 1080pHD if your laptop has that level of display.
By thomasb176 on HP - Aug 2, 2012
Great Docking Station
I purchased this docking station because I am going to college soon and want to have a good set up for all my peripherals and monitors in my dorm room, but still have the mobility of a laptop for bringing my computer to class, the library, etc. This product makes it very easy to connect two external monitors to my laptop, which is a great productivity boost. It also features plenty of other ports for USB devices such as a mouse or keyboard, headphones or speakers, a microphone, and an Ethernet connection. My only complaint is that I don't really see the need to have all the USB 2.0 ports in addition to the 3.0 ports, since 2.0 peripherals will work fine, actually a little better, in 3.0 ports. Either way, I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
By Dan93 on HP - Jul 26, 2012
Much better than the others
We tried two different Folio docks before buying the Targus. The others were wimpy, you had to plug multiple things into the Folio, and one of the docks refused to charge the Folio. This one only requires one plug-in and charges fine. The only tricky things is that the power cord is split and you have to plug one of the ends into a secret US port under a cover - but you only have to do that once.
By Wendy61 on HP - Jul 10, 2012
Does not extend display on Envy 17
Evidently the Envy 17 is too powerful to run the monitor through the port replicator. I haven'r returned it yet, but I have had to buy to HDMI cables and 2 HPDisplay to HDMI dogles to enable me to use the two HP Monitors I bought along with my Envy 17 for an additioinal cost of nearly $200 bucks. Your sales guys should be informed enough to tell and sell the right equipment.
By DrJones on HP - Jul 7, 2012
Solid product, does what is advertised
Product does exactly what was advertised for my wife's HP Pavilion DV6t-SE. Setup was a little confusing, but I was walking her through it while out of town. I prefer the universal as I will likely upgrade my laptop long before I will need to upgrade the docking station. I would defintely purcahse it again if I needed another docking station.
By Lights on HP - Jul 3, 2012
Product not compatible with envy 14 spectre
Although recommended by HP, this product is not compatible with the Envy 14 spectre as none of the powder adapters provided is a fit.
By Stefan1 on HP - Jun 22, 2012
Not compatible with Envy4 or 6
Even though HP recommends this product for the Envy 4 or 6 it is not compatible. The power plug does not provide the proper adapter and the USB support software does not work with Envy. Even Targus does not recommend this product with the Envy series.
By ITGuyChicago on HP - Jun 8, 2012
Not compatible with Samsung laptop
Weakness: No power tip for Samsung laptop
The Targus ACP71USZ so-called Universal docking station with USB 3.0 is NOT compatible with Samsung laptop RC512-S02. They don't make a power tip for the ACP71USZ that fits the Samsung laptop, so you can't recharge a Samsung laptop with this product. But that's the point of having the docking station in the first place! The Targus configurator program will tell you that the power tip L127 will fit the Samsung, and it will, but the other end of it is for the APA series of rechargers, and is not compatible with the ACP71USZ. Too bad. I have waited nearly a year for a USB 3.0 docking station, and now I find it is not compatible with my computer!
By pblackerby - Apr 13, 2012