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brettt777

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Okay so I got a new Asus G73 and like most everyone else I'm not crazy about the mouse pad buttons, the manuals are utterly useless and I don't care for the dual partition. Other than that I absolutely love it. The display is gorgeous and huge for a laptop. But I have a 22" monitor sitting on my desk collecting dust so I want to put the G73 through a docking station when I have it at home where it would be primarily for gaming (It absolutely blows away my three year old Dell XPS-710). So does anyone have any recommendations for a docking station for an Asus G73? I don't mind plugging and unplugging cables every time I move the thing. I carry it back and forth to work every day. I would just like to be able to use my big monitor and external keyboard and mouse when gaming at home.
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You don't really need a docking station. Plug your monitor into either the VGA or HDMI port on the right, a keyboard and mouse into any of the USB ports, and you should be good to go. (You'll need to toggle the external monitor On by pressing [fn]+[F8] of course).
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I don't mind plugging and unplugging cables every time I move the thing.

Yeah, if you don't mind plugging and unplugging cables, then I agree with SpywareDr, why bother with a docking station? That's just something else that can go wrong, it takes up desk space, it cost money, it doesn't help with cooling, and it does nothing for performance.

Note a real docking station is something you slide your notebook into that automatically makes all the necessary connections for monitor, keyboard, mouse, and network (as a minimum). Since there is no industry standard for notebooks that says where ports will be located on a notebook case, the docking station for any given notebook would have to be specifically designed for that notebook. Proprietary (non-standardized) accessories typically must come from the original maker, in this case, ASUS, and being proprietary, are typically not cheap.

Since plugging and unplugging is not a problem, I would stick to doing just that. Just ensure you maintain a disciplined approach while doing this, taking care and paying close attention each and every time so that you don't bend a pin, short pins, or forget to power down (notebook and monitor) first.
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You don't really need a docking station. Plug your monitor into either the VGA or HDMI port on the right, a keyboard and mouse into any of the USB ports, and you should be good to go. (You'll need to toggle the external monitor On by pressing [fn]+[F8] of course).


Okay now that you said that I just realized that it was pretty obvious and should have known that myself. I guess that's what happens when you reach the big 5-0. Well, many thanks for telling me what I should have already figured out myself.
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