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StardustGeass

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As I promised, here is my review on using HP Elite Lap Dock X3 with my Note 9 :D

First thing first, the connection quality.
I don't understand why, but it sometimes need several times of reconnecting my note 9 to the lap dock to be recognized properly. Sometimes, my phone recognizes it as only a HDMI monitor, so the keyboard and touchpad doesn't work. On other time, it sometimes shows up in a not FHD screen (it appears blurry and resolution is very low(. Both of this problem can be fixed by reconnecting the phone (sometimes, several times).

Secondly, the audio.
THIS is my main problem and hesitation on using my hp lap dock with a dex phone. On my rooted, Oreo Samsung S8, the audio just doesn't want to output to the HP Lap Dock. And.... It happens as well with my note 9.
Even worse, is the audio rerouting option. When I used my rooted S8, I can reroute the audio output to my S8 using Samsung's Smart Switch app. On my Note 9, when I checked the smartswitch options, there is only a HDMI output and USB Audio output. There is NO option to reroute the audio back to the phone.

*Just a note, my HP Lap Dock audio itself is working. I tested it by connecting it with my Surface Go and it can output sound pretty nice.

Third, the USB-C connector on the right.
Yep, just the same experience with my rooted S8, it doesn't work. Such a bummer.

Well, so far what I've reviewed is the bad side of using HP Lap Dock as dex compaion.. But what are the pros?

First of all, portability.
Well, actually not that portable since this lap dock is quite huge and you'll be getting a better laptop in this size using windows laptop or macbook. But, if you're in a pinch of money after getting sucked dry when pre-ordering your note 9, or you just wanted to show off note 9 capabilities, this is it.

Secondly, the screen and keyboard.
Well, basically this lap dock have a very good screen and keyboard. If you're planning on writing a lot of thing on the go, you can use this.

Personally, eve though I just bought a Microsoft Surface Go, I still prefer the android-dex for my main daily usage. The reason is, android just seems to be a lot practical to use (open youtube? just click the app, no need to type in the browser). The surface go only sits there to ensure whether there is some things that need to be done using .exe applications or complex writing using Microsoft full-fledge office 365 suite.

Hopefully, this review is helpful for anyone planning to use it :D

*For the record, my hp lap dock system version is at 8.0.11.0.
Anyone using different system version may encounter difference in experience.
 
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Thanks for posting the review! I have messed around a little with my wife's Note 9 on my HP lapdock and I will post a review as well on this thread based on my own personal experience.

By the way, how do you know what system version your lapdock is using?
 

StardustGeass

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Thanks for posting the review! I have messed around a little with my wife's Note 9 on my HP lapdock and I will post a review as well on this thread based on my own personal experience.

By the way, how do you know what system version your lapdock is using?

It is shown when you turn on the lap dock, and it shows whether to connect via USB c (on the left) or wireless display (on the right). On the right side, there is a lap dock software under the lap dock ID on wireless mirroring :)
 
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I shot a quick raw video of me using my Note 9 with the HP lapdock. The speakers work great and the usb-c ports on the right are also functional. Also worth mentioning is that when I receive a phone call, the game music pauses and the audio re-routes to my bluetooth headset. When I am finished with the call, the sound routes back to the lapdock!
 

ihaveabu

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Just picked up mine and everything works except for the trackpad. The trackpad mouse movements work fine but the left and right mouse clicks don't work at all. Finger tap for left click and two finger tap for right click work fine but not the physical trackpad buttons. Anyone else getting this too?

Does anyone know if the lapdock charge with a phone charger (QC 3.0 or PD) via the USB-C?
 
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StardustGeass

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Just picked up mine and everything works except for the trackpad. The trackpad mouse movements work fine but the left and right mouse clicks don't work at all. Finger tap for left click and two finger tap for right click work fine but not the physical trackpad buttons. Anyone else getting this too?

Does anyone know if the lapdock charge with a phone charger (QC 3.0 or PD) via the USB-C?

Have tried several chargers (PD 30, 45W chargers and power banks from several manufacturers), still can't find one that charges the lapdock...
 

StardustGeass

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Thats a huge dealbreaker for me. Will probably have to return it. The power brick and cable is so insanely bulky kinda takes the point away of a compact device

Hahaha... I agree so much...
Well, for me, I just treat the power brick as my main phone charger as well.. that way, I'm not that bothered by it (since i always carry a backpack to work)..
 

fbloise

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Jan 16, 2006
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My experience have been completely negative :(

The lap dock first I ensured to have the latest firmware T0059 - but the issue is a black screen and constantly rebooting is persistent.
Tried with several devices (Huawei P20 Pro, 2 Galaxy Note 9 -both Exynos, and the HP Elite X3 phone). Only with the Elite phone it worked as expected, keyboard worked fine too.

With Android devices, it was not working and although you could see the keyboard working fine, the screen kept between showing the HP logo then black screen the rebooting. The Touchpad did not work in this mode, only the keyboard and it was reported as an ITE Device(8595) by the keyboard options.

This is all tested using the wired mode and connecting via the usb-c port on the left of the lap dock. Tested also with several cables, some of them confirmed to be Thunderbolt USB-C 3.1 (Gen 2).

In wireless casting, using the Smart View option, I was able to push the video output through Miracast. But the keyboard, although working, it made double key-presses. The Touchpad did not work in this mode either. Audio output worked fine. Funny that connecting an external keyboard worked in this mode and it didn't do any double keypresses.

To make it sort of manageable, in my Exynos Note 9 at least, I had to:
-Push the video wirelessly via miracast & Smart View.
-Connect a keyboard (wireless and wired, doesn't matter) to the Lap dock
-Connect a mouse (I tried wireless) directly to the Note through a USB-C to USB-A adaptor.

The experience was okaish in this wireless mode. But still unhappy. I wish there was a way to debug it.

My test were all with Exynos Note 9, and some comments in Youtube suggest it could be that this only works with Snapdragon based Note 9. I have yet to try with a snapdragon device.
 

StardustGeass

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Jan 7, 2012
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Jakarta
My experience have been completely negative :(

The lap dock first I ensured to have the latest firmware T0059 - but the issue is a black screen and constantly rebooting is persistent.
Tried with several devices (Huawei P20 Pro, 2 Galaxy Note 9 -both Exynos, and the HP Elite X3 phone). Only with the Elite phone it worked as expected, keyboard worked fine too.

With Android devices, it was not working and although you could see the keyboard working fine, the screen kept between showing the HP logo then black screen the rebooting. The Touchpad did not work in this mode, only the keyboard and it was reported as an ITE Device(8595) by the keyboard options.

This is all tested using the wired mode and connecting via the usb-c port on the left of the lap dock. Tested also with several cables, some of them confirmed to be Thunderbolt USB-C 3.1 (Gen 2).

In wireless casting, using the Smart View option, I was able to push the video output through Miracast. But the keyboard, although working, it made double key-presses. The Touchpad did not work in this mode either. Audio output worked fine. Funny that connecting an external keyboard worked in this mode and it didn't do any double keypresses.

To make it sort of manageable, in my Exynos Note 9 at least, I had to:
-Push the video wirelessly via miracast & Smart View.
-Connect a keyboard (wireless and wired, doesn't matter) to the Lap dock
-Connect a mouse (I tried wireless) directly to the Note through a USB-C to USB-A adaptor.

The experience was okaish in this wireless mode. But still unhappy. I wish there was a way to debug it.

My test were all with Exynos Note 9, and some comments in Youtube suggest it could be that this only works with Snapdragon based Note 9. I have yet to try with a snapdragon device.

For the note, I personally use an exynos one as well, and the wired mode does work (except for audio and USB ports)..

I think there are still unknown factors that made some of them work, while others don't...
 

mrja22

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Thats a huge dealbreaker for me. Will probably have to return it. The power brick and cable is so insanely bulky kinda takes the point away of a compact device

same, this is what primary issue holding me back from getting one.
considering the average battery life on the lap dock, it would be nice to be able to charge it using existing chargers I have around.

if anyone can confirm if they managed to get this charging please post some details of what it was. thanks
 

fbloise

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What's the product code for yours?
This one is Y1M48EA#ABB or #ABE i I'm not mistaken.

And I believe the one the american youtubers and redditors use is V8H07UT#ABA

It could be the third manufacturers building them for HP are diferent.
 

StardustGeass

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Jan 7, 2012
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What's the product code for yours?
This one is Y1M48EA#ABB or #ABE i I'm not mistaken.

And I believe the one the american youtubers and redditors use is V8H07UT#ABA

It could be the third manufacturers building them for HP are diferent.

Mine is V8H07UT#ABA, bought it refurbished from eBay about a year ago...
Working wired connection without USB and audio output..
 
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fbloise

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A very kind redditor confirmed his working Lap Dock is model V8H07UTR#ABA - another American SKU it seems.

It sort of proves my points that American lap dock models work but European models don't. Perhaps different components due to difference in local regulations?
 

fbloise

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Rakesh:
I think you need to post 10 times to be able to lift those restrictions.

Here is the link that Rakesh wanted to share:

Inateck 60W USB C Charger with 2-Meter Type C Cable
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B076Q6Z2RL?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

Mind that the cable is not thunderbolt so it will only charge your lapdock but it cannot be used for connecting Note 9 to the lapdock.

I got this one and its Gen 2 USB 3.1 so it works fine:

Anker PowerLine II USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 Cable (3ft)
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B072JYDQ7N/
 
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    As I promised, here is my review on using HP Elite Lap Dock X3 with my Note 9 :D

    First thing first, the connection quality.
    I don't understand why, but it sometimes need several times of reconnecting my note 9 to the lap dock to be recognized properly. Sometimes, my phone recognizes it as only a HDMI monitor, so the keyboard and touchpad doesn't work. On other time, it sometimes shows up in a not FHD screen (it appears blurry and resolution is very low(. Both of this problem can be fixed by reconnecting the phone (sometimes, several times).

    Secondly, the audio.
    THIS is my main problem and hesitation on using my hp lap dock with a dex phone. On my rooted, Oreo Samsung S8, the audio just doesn't want to output to the HP Lap Dock. And.... It happens as well with my note 9.
    Even worse, is the audio rerouting option. When I used my rooted S8, I can reroute the audio output to my S8 using Samsung's Smart Switch app. On my Note 9, when I checked the smartswitch options, there is only a HDMI output and USB Audio output. There is NO option to reroute the audio back to the phone.

    *Just a note, my HP Lap Dock audio itself is working. I tested it by connecting it with my Surface Go and it can output sound pretty nice.

    Third, the USB-C connector on the right.
    Yep, just the same experience with my rooted S8, it doesn't work. Such a bummer.

    Well, so far what I've reviewed is the bad side of using HP Lap Dock as dex compaion.. But what are the pros?

    First of all, portability.
    Well, actually not that portable since this lap dock is quite huge and you'll be getting a better laptop in this size using windows laptop or macbook. But, if you're in a pinch of money after getting sucked dry when pre-ordering your note 9, or you just wanted to show off note 9 capabilities, this is it.

    Secondly, the screen and keyboard.
    Well, basically this lap dock have a very good screen and keyboard. If you're planning on writing a lot of thing on the go, you can use this.

    Personally, eve though I just bought a Microsoft Surface Go, I still prefer the android-dex for my main daily usage. The reason is, android just seems to be a lot practical to use (open youtube? just click the app, no need to type in the browser). The surface go only sits there to ensure whether there is some things that need to be done using .exe applications or complex writing using Microsoft full-fledge office 365 suite.

    Hopefully, this review is helpful for anyone planning to use it :D

    *For the record, my hp lap dock system version is at 8.0.11.0.
    Anyone using different system version may encounter difference in experience.
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    I shot a quick raw video of me using my Note 9 with the HP lapdock. The speakers work great and the usb-c ports on the right are also functional. Also worth mentioning is that when I receive a phone call, the game music pauses and the audio re-routes to my bluetooth headset. When I am finished with the call, the sound routes back to the lapdock!
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    I decided for funsies to try out my lap dock with my new Nvidia 2080 Ti USB-C port in Windows 10 1809. Everything works! Display, sound, USB ports, keyboard and.... both left and right touchpad buttons!

    https://youtu.be/DeU1dQ9qFUU
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    My Experience

    Hp Lapdock V8H07UT New, unknown Firmware (most likely T0053)
    Note 9 Exynos 128gb Middle East
    Intel Nuc Skull Canyon
    Using the usb-c come with it.

    1st
    Hp Lapdock + Note 9

    Not Working
    Touchpad click button

    Some Time Work With Workthrough *
    Sound Speaker
    Audio 3.5 jack

    Working
    every thing else

    2nd
    Hp Lapdock + Intel Nuc Skull Canyon ( pic )
    Not Working
    NON till now

    Some Time Work With Workthrough *
    Sound Speaker
    Audio 3.5 jack

    Working
    every thing else esp. Touchpad click button

    * Sound Walkthrough:
    1st Lapdock Speaker: (both Note 9 and Intel Nuc)
    1- Force Power Off Lapdock by press and hold the power button for 15 to 20 sec (till the logo of HP appear and the screen become Black again)
    2- connect the phone to the lapdock
    3- power on the lapdock

    the speaker and the audio jack will work now BUT if you power off, close the screen or unconnect and reconnect the phone the sound will not work and you need to repeat the steps again

    2nd
    Sound form Your Phone (only Note 9)

    1- enable Developer Option ( Gif )
    2- Go to Developer Option
    3- enable Prevent USB audio routing ( Pic )
    4- connect your phone to Lapdock and enter the Dex Mode
    _*you can continue or goto optional steps*_
    5- right click (or two fingers tap on touchpad) on the speaker icon ( pic )
    6- choose sound from My Phone (Note 9).
    sound will work now BUT from your phone.
    Optional Steps:
    1-install SmartThings app to your Note 9
    2-Open SmartThings app and go to setting option ( Pic )
    3- Switch SmartThings Panal to on
    4- after connect lapdock to your phone and go to Notification Panel a new SmartThings option will appear
    5- From Audio output option Choose your phone ( Pic )

    PS:
    1- Some users have solve the sound issue after update the lapdock to last firmware. (cant confirmed).
    2- touchpad button not recognized by the note 9 I think it is a kernel issue.

    Hope you find my experience useful
    (sorry for my English)
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    Decided to play around with my lapdock and s9plus today and out of the blue everything works. Audio both from the speakers and headphone, so does the touchpad/keyboard and my usb c portable drive. I have to select usb audio from the smart things menu but it works great after.