ViDock 4

Sewell Part # SW-29103

$229.99

4.6 (7 reviews)

Discontinued

"The entire process was perfect - good price, good quality, good service, quick delivery."

Overview

Looking for a less expensive alternative? The Sewell Minideck now supports DirectX so it can also be used for gaming!

The new ViDock 4 is here. The ViDock 4 is an ExpressCard to PCI-Express adapter. It allows you to connect a desktop gaming level video card to your laptop through your ExpressCard slot.

You will simply need to install a PCI-Express x16 card into the ViDock 4 enclosure. The adapter will then connect to the ExpressCard slot on your laptop making the video card perform as the computer's built in display adapter.

ViDock Model Comparison:

ViDock Comparison ViDock 3 ViDock 4
Length 10 inches 13 inches
PCI-E Power Plugs None One
Power Adapter 72W Power Output 150W Power Output
Supported Card Format PCI-Express x16 PCI-Express x16
Price $249.95* $295.95*

*Prices quoted are as listed on 8/9/2010 and may change without notice.

What does this accomplish for me?

The ViDock 4 will give your laptop a much needed boost in graphics processing power. Whether you are using it to play games, run CAD or animation software you will get a giant boost in performance over the performance from your laptop's built in display adapter.

Many of us have cringed as we realize that our poor laptop doesn't meet the graphics card requirements of a new game coming out. Having a seperate desktop computer just to play games can be expensive and a pain. Now, you don't need to purchase an entire second computer. Keep everything installed on your laptop and just hook into the power of your ViDock when you need that extra speed.

Why is this necessary?

Due to restrictions on power, space, and heat, laptops do not generally come with really high performance video cards. Some laptops will include mobile versions of the more powerful desktop counterparts, but they don't have quite the same performance you can enjoy on a desktop computer.

Specifications

Mfg. Part Number

  • ViDock4

Brand

  • Village Tronic

Hardware

  • ExpressCard 34mm card connection
  • PCI Express x16 internal card slot
  • 150W (output) AC/DC power adapter
  • 1x Internal 6 pin PCI-E power connector

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Reviews

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Most helpful reviews

Buy.

OPP - 8/11/2010 8:08:11 PM

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Pros: It works, people! I've got a Toshiba Satellite A505 laptop, that I purchased mainly for work and net surfing. Didn't expect any gaming to take place. But then there was StarCraft 2 and my whole world changed. I got the game and it was fun, but it was chunky even set to "Low". I got the ViDock 4 and an ATI Radeon 5770 and the game is now FLUID on "Ultra!" Super easy to set up, very pleased so far and would highly recommend to anyone in the same intergrated-GPU jam that I was in!

Cons: Express Card cord is just a little short.

Other: Keep away from children. It gets HOT.

Works, Buy it.

Andrew - 2/21/2011 8:58:11 PM

2 found this review helpful


Pros: It works great and is easy to install. I have a HIS ATi 5770, works flawless and runs cool. The sound and heat depends on your card.

Cons: No paper work or instruction. There are some videos on youtube to help out but thats about it. Maybe emailing vidock can help you out. I personally had no trouble setting this up so this is barely a con.

Other: I'm running this on a Sony Vaio. It went from me barely able to play games to me being able to play any game I have(some one highest quality). Best results occur when the only thing that is holding you back is a crappy or intergrated video card. The only thing I would say is that the computer must be off before you plug in the laptop express cable when starting the computer after installing your graphics card drivers. Setup Video found on youtube: This is helpful. This is for a lenovo but the hardware setup and some of the software setup is universal. He talks about switching your intergrated card on and off but I did not have to do this. For me it was simply plug and play. I think for most people it is this way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXiQ6-6rcY0

Works Well

Rockefella - 10/14/2010 2:17:57 PM

2 found this review helpful


Pros: Easy tool-less installation, quality metal components, good fit and finish, works well

Cons: The power cord and the Express Card cord are way too short. I have to keep the ViDock4 next to my notebook computer. The result is a huge tangle of wires on my desktop and limited ability to move my notebook around.

Other: Please run the Express Card cord out of the FRONT rather than the BACK of the unit. This way, users don't have a huge tangle of wires facing them, since you're forced to place the ViDock4 with backside facing toward the notebook computer.

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Most recent reviews

Works, Buy it.

Andrew - 2/21/2011 8:58:11 PM

It works great and is easy to install. I have a HIS ATi 5770, works flawless and runs cool. The sound and heat depends on your card.

Works Well

Rockefella - 10/14/2010 2:17:57 PM

Easy tool-less installation, quality metal components, good fit and finish, works well

It's OK

starw0rz - 10/11/2010 12:59:20 PM

I finally got it to work after working with Sewell tech support. I tried to contact the mfg but they couldn't even bother sending me an email.

Outstanding performace for a cheap

superpowter77 - 8/30/2010 9:23:58 AM

Price, performance, unique solution for gaming laptop, for designers who need to use photoshop CS4/CS5 and large 30" monitors including dual monitor solutions. ability to use most ATI video cards.

Amazing product

Jorden - 8/20/2010 11:36:16 AM

Works as advertised Supports most graphics cards on the market Sleek Design Durable Well Ventilated

Questions

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Question:

Why is there no information on this device, either from Village Tronic's own website or Google in general? I would like to find out if this device overcomes the bandwidth limitations of the first ViDock, but I can't find that out anywhere.


Answer:

The reason there is no information widely available is because the product just came out and we are the first reseller to get them. VillageTronic told us the other day that they should be adding their info to the page within the next few days. In regards to the bandwidth question, if you are referring to the limitation of the PCI-express x1 speed limitation, then no, it has not overcome this. The reason is that the ExpressCard slots are only physically designed to handle PCI-express x1 speed devices. It is not a limitation of the ViDock systems, but of the ExpressCard slot design. In benchmarks that VillageTronic has done, they have found that there is only a very small speed decrease in running the PCI-Express x16 cards through the x1 speed slot. So while it does limit the speed and the power of the card it is very minor overall and will still allow you to have much higher performance than with most laptop video cards.

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