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Specter x360 15 Kady Lake Docking Soluiton

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I am looking for the best solution for docking my new Specter X360 15 Kady Lake device. I have looked at a number of solutions and have purchased (and returned) two different devices, without resolution. This seems like such a simple thing, but the best repsonse from HP is "use a port replicator"...

 

I am replacing a device that is more than 10 years old, has a generation 1 Intel I7 processor, 8 GB ram and 256 GB SD drive.  It also has a "true" docking station... This is nice for coming off road and continuing where I left off... I have replaced all of this with the new HP Specter and it still is not doing what a 10 year old device does... This seems really stupid to me!!

 

I'd like to find a device that I can plug in, have the laptop charge, while giving me all the port replication, network connectivity, and 4K video that the device provides. This seems like a no-brainer, in theory... In practicer however this seems like a huge oversite on HP's part... In retrospect, I wish I would have done a bit more due-diligance... I do not think I would have purchased this device... Performance wise it is fine... practical use however has much to be desired.

 

i was sold on the technical specs, price, 4-K video, and the overall look of the device. I had no idea it would be so incompatible. The Thunderbolt 3 technology is like having a turbo-charger in a brand new car, stuffed in the truck in a box! I'm hoping someone out there has a solution... I am tired of this effort already! 

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I don't know what previous device you had, but there is no true "docking station" for your laptop. They are not profitable to make for consumer laptops I guess. The USB-C charging is a problem because HP does not permit charging by anything other than an HP branded charger so no USB-C port replicator can also charge the laptop. 

 

I hesitate to suggest anything because it will likely be like one of the ones you returned. 

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Please feel free to suggest... I have tried a StarTeck power/4K docking station as wel as an HP ZBook Thunderbolt 3. The StarTeck did not charge (as you mentioned), and the 4K video was, well...  flicker riddled... The HP had a proprietery connection that did not work... However, I saw that on a lower model (65W) had a connector that seemed to have the conversion connector that I required... Buying it independatnly was well over $100 USD...  

 

I understand that the "docking" technology has changed, and a true docking mount isn't feasable for home use, but the Thunderbolt technolgy should give me what I need if HP had a compatable adapter... No? At any rate, I still would like to get someting tht gets me closer than where I am currently at...

 

This is what I need...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiZYMDA0c9U

 

Jeff Bake, Product Marketing, Intel, gives a live demonstration of single cable docking via Thunderbolt 3 at IDF 2015. #thunderbolt3 #thunderbolt
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