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.

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.

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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
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports: extended versatility, including 5K display support; dual display support: up to 2x 4K resolution
  • Three 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
  • 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)
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Microsoft Surface Dock (Pd9-00003)
  • Compatability: 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
  • High speed data transferring
HP D9Y32AA#ABA UltraSlim Dock 2013 Docking Station D9Y32
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HP D9Y32AA#ABA UltraSlim Dock 2013 Docking Station D9Y32
  • 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
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)
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Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station (D3100)
  • 2 x USB 2.0 to 4 pin USB Type A, 1 x Headphone input and output 3.5 Millimetre
  • 3 x SuperSpeed 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
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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 ft. ).
  • Dimensions: 8. 1 x 3. 5 x 1. 1 inches. Weight: 20. 63 oz.
  • 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.

Leave a Comment Below or send me an Email if you have additional questions.

 

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Bestseller No. 1
Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI and DVI/VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports)
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Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI and DVI/VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports)
  • Provides SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5Gbps) link from PC to dual video, gigabit Ethernet, audio input/output, and two USB 3.0 ports. (VIA VL811+ chipset with latest firmware. USB 2.0 backwards compatibility, plug and play, devices can be hot-swapped, supports USB over-current protection)
  • HDMI port supports resolutions up to 2560x1440 with a single HDMI display or 1080P if two displays are attached. DVI/VGA port supports display resolutions up to 2048x1152 / 1920x1200; wired Ethernet port supports 10/100/1000Mbps speeds
  • UD-3900 docking station is compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, & legacy XP systems. Surface RT, Mac OS X, and Linux/Unix are not supported. Docking station is suggested for use with web and productivity software; not recommended for gaming
  • 2560x1440 output only available when using a single HDMI display. If dual displays are connected, each will be limited to a maximum resolution of 1920x1200. Cannot be mixed with non-DisplayLink USB graphics adapters and drivers (e.g. MCT, j5, or SMSC). DVI dual-link and DisplayPort connections not supported. Does not support HDCP, and will not allow for playback of encrypted Bluray disks or copy-protected content
  • We love our Plugable products, and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 1 year limited parts and labor warranty as well as Seattle-based email support
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Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station (D3100)
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Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station (D3100)
  • 2 x USB 2.0 to 4 pin USB Type A, 1 x Headphone input and output 3.5 Millimetre
  • 3 x SuperSpeed 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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The Boaters Guide to Twin Screw Boat Handling - Lean Maneuvers, Docking, Wind & Current, Controls & More
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The Boaters Guide to Twin Screw Boat Handling - Lean Maneuvers, Docking, Wind & Current, Controls & More
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USB C Laptop Docking Station-YXwin 11 in 1 USB C Hub Triple Display for Multiple devices/4K HDMI/VGA/4USB/100W Ethernet Port/SD&TF Card/Compatible for Type C Laptops MacBook ChromeBook MateBook
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USB C Laptop Docking Station-YXwin 11 in 1 USB C Hub Triple Display for Multiple devices/4K HDMI/VGA/4USB/100W Ethernet Port/SD&TF Card/Compatible for Type C Laptops MacBook ChromeBook MateBook
  • 【Industry Leader &2019 Innovative Technology】We are the first triple display USB C hub that can support mirror mode/extend mode/video wall mode on the market.Compared to the heavy docking station and other USB C hubs, our USB C hub support triple display,lightweight,portable and powerful with multi-ports to allow you to take it on the go for business travel and more.Built-in advanced dual-core VL817 chip with low power consumption and quicker heat dissipation and higher data transfer efficiency
  • 【Triple Display Flexibility】Use our USB C Hub's HDMI ports and VGA port to expand to three monitors, so you can work faster anywhere. Windows system, As long as the computer and monitor support 3840x2160 4K@30Hz, HDMI can display up to 4K, and supports mirror mode, extend mode, video wall mode; Mac system,it supports a single and dual HDMI display up to 4K, It only support mirror mode and non-mirror mode. Non-mirrored mode means that the three external monitors are same but different from laptop
  • 【11-In-1 USB 3.1 Type C Hub & Create a Powerful Workstation】1* RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet Port, 1* PD Type C Charging Port, 2* 4K@30HZ HDMI Ports, 1* 1080P@60HZ VGA, 1* SD Card Reader, 1* TF Card Reader, 2* USB 3.0 Ports, and 2* USB 2.0 Ports. It’s compatible with computers, laptops, and smart devices including Apple MacBook, Apple MacBook Pro, Apple iMac / iMac Pro (21.5 inch, 27 inch), Google Chromebook, Google Pixelbook, Dell, US, HP, Lenovo, and many other Type C laptops.
  • 【Advanced Networking & 100W Power Delivery Charging】 Our 1000mbps Gigabit RJ45 Ethernet port is backwards compatible with 100mbps/10mbps RJ45 LAN. 1 G movie can be downloaded in a few minutes. The PD charging port supports 100W/20V/5A. Our USB Type C Hub provides a high-speed charging experience that allows you to charge your Type C devices, and our LED indicator provides power display to indicate status. Please Note: The Type C PD charging port is only applicable to devices with PD protocol.
  • 【4 USB Ports and SD/TF Reader & Super-Speed Data】 2 USB 3.0 ports with a 5gbps data transfer rate and 4.5W (5V/900mA) power output are also compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1. 2 USB 2.0 ports are best used for your mouse, keyboard or other low rate devices. The built-in SD and TF slot allows for easy access to files from universal SD and micro SD memory cards with a super speed of up to 5gpbs. Please Note: SD Card /TF Card Can Not Support Simultaneous Read And Access.
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USB C Hub 13-in-1 with Triple Display 2X HDMI 4K, Type-C 100W Charging, 3xUSB 3.0, VGA, 3.5mm Audio, SD/MicroSD Card, 1000MB Ethernet - Multi-Port USB-C Adapter Docking Station MacBook, Dell, HP
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USB C Hub 13-in-1 with Triple Display 2X HDMI 4K, Type-C 100W Charging, 3xUSB 3.0, VGA, 3.5mm Audio, SD/MicroSD Card, 1000MB Ethernet - Multi-Port USB-C Adapter Docking Station MacBook, Dell, HP
  • 【PORTABLE 13-IN-1 ANTI-OVERHEAT USB-C HUB】. Compact lightweight hub weighing only 120 g with protection against overheat, overcurrent, short circuit, and overcharge is designed to expand your work opportunities and provide smart reliable performance: just plug and go, no drivers, software and complex installation required. This USB hub applies to all Type-C devices.
  • 【SUPER-FAST DATA TRANSFER WITH 3X USB 3.0 & 1000MB ETHERNET PORT】With 3x USB 3.0 ports with 900mA output and 1 USB 2.0 port ensure instant sync and file transfer at 5Gbps and 480Mbps transfer speed accordingly. Easily connect keyboards, smartphones, tablet, hard drives for effortless data transfer with USB-C port. A 1000 Mbps Ethernet port provides a more stable and faster connection to a wired network.
  • 【STUNNING 4K VIDEO WITH 2x HDMI】. Use 2 HDMI ports to enter mirror mode for Mac OS and Windows or extended mode for Windows and transfer vivid 4K Ultra HD @ 30Hz or Full HD 1080p @ 60Hz video with 3D effect from laptop screen to a monitor, projector, HDTV, etc. Stream movies, presentations or video games on your monitors in one click: 2 HDMI ports can be used simultaneously. The VGA port supports up to 1080P @ 60HZ.
  • 【IMMERSIVE 100W POWER & 3.5MM AUDIO PORT】. PD charging connector plug allows you to fast and easily charge MacBook or other devices with USB-C ports (data transfer is not supported) and provide additional power for the hard drive, DVD driver, and accessories that are simultaneously connected to USB ports. 3.5mm audio/mic port ensures simple headphone connection for your awesome musical experience.
  • 【SD READY AND EXTENDED COMPATIBILITY】. SDXC and Micro SD card slots provide superior data storing versatility and fast transfer speed (one card at a time). Compatible with Windows Mac OS, Linux, Android and all smart devices with USB-C port.

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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