I purchased three external port docs since purchasing the xps laptop. The laptop I love. But I've now invested about $600 in IT support and fooling around with various dock ports. The jcreate simple monitor port worked at one of my two office locations. I have a brand new HP Pavillon 23cw monitor (hdmi port) that I cannot use; the monitor works with other laptops.
Dell support suggested the D1000 port station which I purchased. It also does not work (after 3 hours of useless Dell support time - their people don't have a clue!).
I see I have a mini port on the laptop. Should I purchase a HDMI mini port adapter so I can connect the monitor directly to the laptop, not use the port, even though the adapter may be glitchy? What works???? I have wasted much time and effort on this issue. As a small business person Dell is loosing a lot of credibility with me on this one.
I have an XPS 9350 which I also (used to love) and have been running it from day one with an Apple A1641 adapter which is a male Thunderbolt in and full size HDMI, USB 3.0 and female Thunderbolt out. I actually have two of them and they both work fine. Sometimes you have to plug it in twice but that's the only problem I have found.