"Not so bad, not so good"3.0 starson by tunedguitar
Pros: convenience, function, size, decent performance
Cons: software nits, fussy video driver
Summary: This is the only and only USD replicator I found that did video. The video performance in my in my office it is fine. I am about to buy another for my home.
That being said, the software is a minus. Since installing it, windows haags on shut down and sometimes on startup. The video default is for VERY LOW performance video, so one has to right click on the desktop, select properties, go to settings and adjust the properties of the other monitor. The Targus website is not much help.
The fixes needed are pretty minor, more about decent coding and attitude toward customers more than technology.Updated
Now I've tried both the Kensington and the Targus port replicators.
The video capabilities are different; with Kensington having the edge. For my part, I just don't see that much difference doing office work. Personally I'd prefer both to run at higher screen densities.
Both of these stations are buggy in how they integrate with XP. Both cause my Toshiba laptop to hang on shutdown. Removing the USB connector before shutting down is the only cure I've found. I'd love to hear more ideas from others.
Targus's separate software approach should be better than Kensington's because you can selectively install and uninstall drivers. (both replicators have had driver "issues") So I'd view the separate software as a positive not as a negative as Cnet's reviewer does.
The Targus offers powered USB ports even when the computer is not present. This is a very nice feature for charging cell phones and iPods if your computer is not present.
Both are way cheaper than other multi-monitor solutions. Both work reasonably well. Both need better software. A 6 to each stands.