Best Laptop Docking Stations

So, you are ready to purchase your new laptop but have you thought how tiring it can get typing on a laptop for hours on end? Have you considered having a larger monitor or dual monitors and an ergonomic keyboard? You need to consider having a work station in addition to your laptop. The first thing you need is a docking station. What are the best laptop docking stations?Dell laptop docking station

First Off, What is a Docking Station?

A docking station is used to make your laptop feel more like a desktop computer. The advantage to this is you can plug in the keyboard of your choice, a mouse, speakers, dual monitors, a printer and other accessories.

Sometimes it gets tiring looking at a small laptop screen and I for one don’t like the position my hands are in while typing on a laptop for long hours. That’s why I have a docking station at my corporate office and at my home. This is what my work station looks like at home.

Dell docking station

You may also be able to tell I have a sit and stand Varidesk. This is one incredible and comfortable work space and I still have the flexibility of un-docking the laptop and taking it anywhere I wish to work.

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Now That You Know What a Docking Station Will Do for You….

Let’s make sure there is a docking station for the laptop you wish to purchase.

Some people won’t care about having a work station or may not be able to afford any more than a laptop but just in case you want something similar to the picture above, you need to make sure a docking station is available and that it fits the laptop model you have selected.

I created a list of some of the Best Laptops for 2019, so I am going to look at each of the laptop brands and models I presented and see if a docking station is available.

LAPTOP DOCKING STATIONS

WARNING: You must be careful to ensure you purchase the correct docking station for the specific model of laptop you have purchased or would like to purchase and beware there are many types of docking stations that have different accessories or number of ports, etc.

Lenovo ThinkPad USA Ultra Dock With 90W 2 Prong AC Adapter (40A20090US, Retail Packaged)
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Lenovo ThinkPad USA Ultra Dock With 90W 2 Prong AC Adapter (40A20090US, Retail Packaged)
  • 3x USB 2.0 and 3x USB 3.0
  • 2x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI 1.4 and 1x VGA (max two displays, including laptop screen)
  • Comes with ThinkPad US AC adapter (90W) Does not support ThinkPad T460p quad-core models with discrete graphics. Please use the ThinkPad Ultra Dock 170W.
  • COMPATIBLE with select 65w and 90w Lenovo laptops - NOT recommended for laptops with 170W AC adapters
  • A475, L570, L470, L460, L560, L450, ThinkPad 25, T470p, T470s, T570, T470, T460s, T560, T460, T460p, T550, T450, T450s, P51s, X270, X260, X250
Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock - with 50 cm Thunderbolt Cable, 40Gb/s, Dual 4K Support, 2x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 3x USB 3.0, Audio Input and Output, Gigabit Ethernet, Aluminum Chassis
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Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock - with 50 cm Thunderbolt Cable, 40Gb/s, Dual 4K Support, 2x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 3x USB 3.0, Audio Input and Output, Gigabit Ethernet, Aluminum Chassis
  • Connect everything to your MacBook Pro or Windows notebook at once
  • Charge your MacBook Pro or Windows notebook with up to 85 W via the same cable you use to connect to the dock
  • 2 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports: Extended versatility, including 5K display support; Dual display support: Up to 2x 4K resolution
  • 3 USB 3.0 ports: High-power device support for iPad, SuperDrive and more
  • The no-compromise dock that extends connectivity, audio, video and networking
  • Easy ejection software button to ensure data safety
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Dell 452-BCYT D6000 Universal Dock, Black, Single
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Dell 452-BCYT D6000 Universal Dock, Black, Single
  • Enjoy Ultra HD 5K on a single screen or up to three 4K displays via USB C
  • Supports up to three 4K displays or a single 5K Display
  • Four USB 3.0 Ports. One USB C port. System Requirement (Recommended): PC’s equipped with USB 3.0 or USB C port, Display Link Driver installation. Power adapter 130 Watt. Power Delivery (PD) Profile Up to 65W Dell/Non-Dell laptop (5V/9V/15V@3A and 19.5V@3.25A)
  • Os required Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 32/64bit or later. Charges up to 65W laptop via USB C
  • Troubleshoot incompatible display driver this message will appear if the primary graphics card drivers installed are not wddm compatible. Windows 7 onwards is not designed to operate without wddm drivers. Download and install the latest graphics drivers for your primary graphics card.Third 4K display at 30 Hertz
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Microsoft Surface Dock (Pd9-00003),Black
4,243 Reviews
Microsoft Surface Dock (Pd9-00003),Black
  • Compatibility: Surface go, surface laptop, surface laptop 2, surface pro, surface pro 3, surface pro 4,surface pro 6, surface book, surface book 2
  • 2x Mini display ports, 1x Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports, 1x audio out port
  • Magnetic surface connect cable. Transform your surface into a desktop PC by plugging in your dock with the surface connect cable. External power supply
  • High speed data transferring
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HP Ultra Slim Dock 2013 Docking Station (D9Y32AA#ABA)
1,248 Reviews
HP Ultra Slim Dock 2013 Docking Station (D9Y32AA#ABA)
  • 4x USB 3.0 ports.
  • 2x DisplayPort, 1x VGA port.
  • 1x LAN/Ethernet port, 1 x Line in, 1 x Line out
  • Lock Slot (lock not included)
  • Compatible with Hp EliteBook Notebook and Tablet PCs - see description for full compatibility list.
ASUS SimPro Dock, Black
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ASUS SimPro Dock, Black
  • Connecting You to Maximum Efficiency. Supports up to two FHD displays at 60Hz.
  • Supports faster data transfer, enabling data transfer at 5Gbps SuperSpeed
  • Convenient RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet. Automatically copy MAC address from NB to Dock
  • Functionality In a small size. Power source up to 75W for ASUS compatible models
  • Compatible product:ASUSPRO B9440UA/B9438UA/BU404UAASUSPRO P4540UQ/P4548UQ/PU554UQ
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Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station (D3100), Black
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Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station (D3100), Black
  • 2 x USB 2.0 to 4 pin USB Type A, 1 x headphone input and output 3.5 millimeter
  • 3 x super speed USB 3.0 - 9 pin USB type A, 1 x network - RJ-45. Designed for Inspiron 15 7567 Gaming, 5459; Latitude 13 7350, 3350, E5270, E5460, E5470, E5570, E7270, E7470; XPS 13 (9343)
  • 1 x display/video: DisplayPort output : 20 pin DisplayPort, super speed cable
  • 2 x display/video: HDMI: 19 pin HDMI type A, 1x HDMI DVI adapter included
  • Allow for a triple monitor setup, see compatible Dell models in the description
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HP USB-C Dock G4 - Docking Station - HDMI, 2 x DP - for Chromebook 14 G5, Elitebook 830 G5, 840 G5 and More
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HP USB-C Dock G4 - Docking Station - HDMI, 2 x DP - for Chromebook 14 G5, Elitebook 830 G5, 840 G5 and More
  • Charge all of your HP devices, from Detachables TO notebooks, with one dock that supports six power profiles, from 5V to 20V.
  • Connect the Dock’s Cable to your device's USB-C port to charge it while you work, access your wired network, and connect to one 4K or up to three wsxga+ displays, Plus your accessories
  • Experience advanced network manageability with PXE Boot, wake on LAN, and Mac address pass through support, even when the system is on or in sleep, hibernate or off States, and 802.1x authentication.
  • Get optimal security with a driver-free dock that has no internal Flash memory, and can be physically locked down with a lock slot and your choice of locks.
  • Rest easy with a One-year limited warranty.
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Dell WD19 180W Docking Station (130W Power Delivery) USB-C, HDMI, Dual DisplayPort, Black
1,246 Reviews
Dell WD19 180W Docking Station (130W Power Delivery) USB-C, HDMI, Dual DisplayPort, Black
  • Ports: 1x USB-C 3. 1 (Gen 2), 1x USB-A 3. 1 (Gen 1 with power Share), 2x USB-A 3. 1 (Gen 1), 1x combo Audio/ headset, 1x audio out.
  • Ports: 2x DisplayPort 1. 4, 1x HDMI, 1x USB-C multifunction DisplayPort, 1x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45.
  • Power: Power adapter 180 Watt AC 120/230 V (50/60 Hz). Docking interface: USB-C. Cable included: 1x SuperSpeed USB-C cable (3. 3 feet).
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 3.5 x 1.1 inches. Weight: 20.63 ounce
  • See description for important compatibility information.

There You Have It

Do you want more out of your laptop? I sure do. I want the flexibility that a laptop brings plus the power of a work station that the dock or docking station brings.

Just remember to make sure you get the right docking station for your new laptop. It will make a world of difference and you’re online experience will explode.

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SaleBestseller No. 1
Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station (D3100), Black
9,097 Reviews
Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station (D3100), Black
  • 2 x USB 2.0 to 4 pin USB Type A, 1 x headphone input and output 3.5 millimeter
  • 3 x super speed USB 3.0 - 9 pin USB type A, 1 x network - RJ-45. Designed for Inspiron 15 7567 Gaming, 5459; Latitude 13 7350, 3350, E5270, E5460, E5470, E5570, E7270, E7470; XPS 13 (9343)
  • 1 x display/video: DisplayPort output : 20 pin DisplayPort, super speed cable
  • 2 x display/video: HDMI: 19 pin HDMI type A, 1x HDMI DVI adapter included
  • Allow for a triple monitor setup, see compatible Dell models in the description
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Laptop Docking Station Dual Monitor, 9 in 1 USB C Dock with 1000Mbps, 2 HDMI 4K, 100W PD, SD/TF Card Reader, 3 USB, USB C Multiport Adapter for MacBook/Dell/HP/Surface/Lenovo
770 Reviews
Laptop Docking Station Dual Monitor, 9 in 1 USB C Dock with 1000Mbps, 2 HDMI 4K, 100W PD, SD/TF Card Reader, 3 USB, USB C Multiport Adapter for MacBook/Dell/HP/Surface/Lenovo
  • 【8K USB C to HDMI Adapter】Simply connect docking station with the HDMI port and you can enjoy Ultra HD audio instantly(Single Display Up to 8K@30Hz/4K@120Hz). Hdmi splitter for dual monitors support mirror or extend mode with crystal clear 3D visual and high quality video experience through 2 HDMI ports. You can do different project on different monitors which provide you more space for work, good for home office.
  • 【Stable 1000Mbps Ethernet】USB to ethernet adapter provides faster data transfers and better security than most Wi-Fi connections; Simply Plug the usb c hub to your laptop and plug in an ethernet cable, you will enjoy an ultra-fast surfing feeling. Baseus usb docking station which is the Ideal solution for unstable Wi-Fi or a failed network card.
  • 【Fast Power Delivering Hub】The usb c multiport adapter equipped with one type-c charging port for connecting extra power supply which supports charging your laptop(Powered up to 85W). No need to worry about losing laptop's power when usb c docking station fully loaded. Note: There is not equipped with an additional charging cable.
  • 【Advance USB C Card Reader】The laptop docking station dual monitor with light and compact body also insert SD and TF slots. You can transfer photos in seconds to your laptop with highest speed up to 104MB/s and conveniently browse photos instantly on your USB-C smartphones/laptops. USB c dock is perfect for Photographer or Designer or Video editor,etc.
  • 【Effortless Data Transfer】Built in 2*USB3.0 + 1*USB2.0 Ports, which fulfill high speed rates data transfer and wide range of applications at the same time. USB 3.0 ports support up to 5Gbps transmission speed rates, fast enough to transfer HD movie in seconds. And usb c adapter comes with a USB 2.0 port, perfect to connect a keyboard, mouse or other USB A connected peripherals without any lag.
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USB C Laptop Docking Station, 14 in 1 Type C Hub Multiport Adapter Dongle with 3 Monitors, Dual HDMI, VGA, PD, Ethernet, SD/TF, USB C/A Ports, Mic/Audio, Compatible for Dell/Surface/HP/Lenovo Laptops
1,335 Reviews
USB C Laptop Docking Station, 14 in 1 Type C Hub Multiport Adapter Dongle with 3 Monitors, Dual HDMI, VGA, PD, Ethernet, SD/TF, USB C/A Ports, Mic/Audio, Compatible for Dell/Surface/HP/Lenovo Laptops
  • 14 In 1 USB C Docking Station--FALWEDI USB C Docking is designed with 2 HDMI, 1 VGA, PD 3.0, 3 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB C, RJ45 Gigabit internet, 3.5 mm Audio/Mic, SD and TF ports(parcel wont include SD or TF card), which meet all your connecting needs in a dock. It is compatible with all "full function Type C" laptops, supporting connection with USB drivers, HDMI monitor, VGA monitor, external disk and Internet simultaneously through one USB C port
  • Up to 4K HD Resolution and Triple Display--The HDMI ports with resolution can be up to 3840x2160@30Hz and the VGA can be up to 1920x1080@60Hz, downward compatible with displays of different resolutions. The resolution will be 4K(DP1.4) when connecting 2 HDMI. For Windows, it supports triple display when connecting 3 monitors, but not for Mac OS. The Mac Os itself does not support MST (extended) model, but our USB C Docking can achieve 2 different contents for your Macbook and monitors
  • Super Speed Data Transfer--The USB-C data port and 3 USB 3.0 ports of this docking with up to 5Gbps transmission rate, support transfer files in seconds. The 2 USB 2.0 ports provide 480Mbps at maximum, which allows connecting the keyboard or other USB devices without any lag. The SD and TF card slots are equipped 5Gbps rate, easy to access media files simultaneously. To reduce the distractions, it would be better to plug the computer peripheral devices into the USB 2.0 ports
  • High Power Delivery and Gigabit Ethernet--This docking is not only designed with a PD 3.0 port that provides high-speed charging with original charging cable and allows 100W power in, making you no worry about power storage(only applicable to devices with PD protocol), but also designed with a Gigabit Ethernet port presenting you a stable and fast Ethernet condition, perfect standby for your laptop without Ethernet sockets when the wireless network fails
  • Super Compatibility--Our docking with outstanding compatibility, and work with most Type C laptops with Thunderbolt 3 on the market, compatible with MacBooks, ChromeBook Pixel, and laptops from Surface, HP, Lenovo and so on. No need to install any drivers or software, just plug and play. It is also made of thin and sleek precision milled aircraft grade aluminum enclosure, better for faster heat dissipation and more stable performance
Bestseller No. 4
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station (Renewed)
186 Reviews
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station (Renewed)
  • This Certified Refurbished product is factory refurbished, shows limited or no wear, and includes all original accessories plus a 90 day warranty
  • Docking Station for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - 3Q9-00001
  • 3.5mm audio input/output connection
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USB C Docking Station Dual Monitor 4K@60HZ, 12-in-1 Laptop Docking Station Triple Monitor USB C Hub Dock with 2 HDMI+DisplayPort+10Gbps USB3.1+PD+Ethernet+SD for Dell/HP/Lenovo/MacBook/Surface 7 8 9
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USB C Docking Station Dual Monitor 4K@60HZ, 12-in-1 Laptop Docking Station Triple Monitor USB C Hub Dock with 2 HDMI+DisplayPort+10Gbps USB3.1+PD+Ethernet+SD for Dell/HP/Lenovo/MacBook/Surface 7 8 9
  • 12-IN-1 MULTIPLE USB C DOCKING STATION: MOSIRUI Docking station can easily extend your laptop from USB-C/type c/thunderbolt 3/4 port to 12 ports. You can get 2*4K@60HZ HDMI, 4K@60HZ DisplayPort, 2*10Gbps USB3.1 ports, 2*480Mbps USB3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 100W PD3.0 Charger, SD/TF Card Reader, and 3.5mm Mic/Audio ports, all in 1 multiple USB c hub. The great docking station can be inserted to link multiple devices for fast data transfer, display expansion, internet connection, and charging.
  • 4K DUAL MONITOR & TRIPLE DISPLAY: With the laptop docking station, on DP1.4 laptop, singly connecting HDMI or DisplayPort can achieve 3840x2160@60HZ(4K@60HZ); When connecting 2 monitors, HDMI 1 can achieve 3840x2160@30HZ, HDMI 2 & DP can achieve 2560x1440@30HZ; When connecting 3 monitors, the resolution can achieve 1920x1080@60HZ(The host will sleep when 3 monitors connected for windows). Windows laptops can support SST & MST Modes, and macOS can support SST Modes(Limited by Mac itself).
  • USB3.1 10GBPS HIGN SPEED DATA TRANSFER: USB C Multiple Hub is equipped with 2* USB3.1, 2* USB2.0, SD/TF card reader. The latest USB3.1 port can achieve 10Gbps data transfer speed, which transfers files or pic in seconds. Compared with USB3.0, USB3.1 is twice faster. USB2.0 can connect to mouse, keyboard, USB disk without delay, and extend your workspace easily. SD/TF can speed up to 104Mbps and can be easy to read media files simultaneously.
  • GIGABIT ETHERNET & 100W PD CHARGING: The USB C Multiple Adapter is designed with ethernet port and USB-C PD charging port. Gigabit Ethernet port gives you stable and fast Ethernet status and speed. Meanwhile, it supports up to 100W charging (Input 100W, Output 87W). Please use the original charger or PD3.0 charger for stable and fast charging for your laptop.
  • WIDELY COMPATIBILITY: The dual hdmi laptop is widely compatible with thunderbolt3/4, full-feature type-c port (Support Display, charing, data transfer), It's compatible with Dell XPS 13/15/17, HP Spectre x2/HP Spectre x360, Lenovo Yoga 720/910/920/930, Surface Pro 7/8/9X/Go/Laptop 3, etc. No need driver, plug and play. Slim and compact, easy to go.

12 thoughts on “Best Laptop Docking Stations”

  1. What a huge article and which good info I picked up today. Dock stations are really useful when it comes to deal with more screens. However, How much graphics power will I need to stay up with all those screens?

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    • I have never looked into how much power these monitors require as it has never been an issue. Most of the docking stations can handle at least two monitors. I would make sure the docking station has the number of ports you want and the type of connections you require.

      The biggest thing I had to get use to with two wide screen monitors, and now the laptop as my third screen, is the amount of mouse movement it take to get from one side of the screen to the other. I have adapted to that by making my mouse a lot more sensitive. Now I’m looking at moving up from the dual 24″ monitors to at least the 27″ monitors. I spend so much time at my workstation in my profession as an engineer and also in creating my websites that I need more space to handle more applications being open at one time. I can always minimize and expand screens over and over and over again but my productivity goes way up when I have enough room to keep more software application open.

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