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.

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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
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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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 2 x USB 2.0 to 4 pin USB Type A, 1 x headphone input and output 3.5 millimeter. System Requirements(OS)-Microsoft Windows XP / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 (32/64 bits) .Video Resolution : MAX at 60Hz - 2048 x 1152.Operating Temperature : Maximum operating temperature is 40°C
  • 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
  • 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 wsxgaplus 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
  • 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.

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

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SaleBestseller No. 1
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. System Requirements(OS)-Microsoft Windows XP / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 (32/64 bits) .Video Resolution : MAX at 60Hz - 2048 x 1152.Operating Temperature : Maximum operating temperature is 40°C
  • 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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Baseus Laptop Docking Station Dual Monitor 4K@120Hz, 9 in 1 USB C Hub with 2 HDMI, 1000Mbps LAN, 100W PD, 3 USB, SD Card Reader, USB C Dock Compatible with iPhone 15/Mac/Dell/HP/Surface/Steam Deck
  • 【120Hz 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 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 to your laptop/phones with highest speed up to 104MB/s and you can post photos to ins/Youtube/Facebook in the next second. 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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Docking Station USB C to Dual HDMI Adapter, MOKiN USB C Hub Dual HDMI Monitors for Windows,USB C Adapter with Dual HDMI,3 USB Port,PD Compatible for Dell XPS 13/15, Lenovo Yoga,etc
  • USB C Adapter USB C Dual HDMI Adapter USB C Docking Station for Windows Laptops. Convert your usb c port into 6 ports:2 HDMI (4K 30Hz), 1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ,100w pd.
  • 6 in 1 USB C Hub Dual HDMI With Advance Chip Expand your work opportunities and provide you more stable performance. No need any drivers or software, just plug and play. Support both SST and MST mode. Support Triple display for your Windows laptops. ❗Please note that if you use it to connect macbooks, it only support mirror mode without triple display.
  • Cystal 4K Video and 2 HDMI Use HDMI port to enter mirror mode for usb c laptops or extended mode and transfer vivid 4K Ultra HD @ 60Hz 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, resolution up to 4K@30Hz.
  • Fast Data Transfer 1XUSB3.0 & 2XUSB2.0 With 1x USB 3.0 ports with 900mA output and ensure instant sync and file transfer at 5Gbps and 480Mbps transfer speed accordingly, and easily connect smartphones, tablet, hard drives for effortless data transfer with USB-C port. 2 extra USB 2.0 allows you to connect keyboard or mouse without any lag.
  • Strong Compatibility Compatible with Dell XPS13/15,Lenovo Yoga 720/910/920/930,Microsoft Surface Book 2/ Surface Go/ Surface Laptop 3,Dell Latitude 13 7000/Latitude 13 E7370 etc.
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Anker 553 USB-C Hub, 8-in-1 USB C Dock, Dual 4K HDMI USB C to USB Adapter, 1 Gbps Ethernet USB Hub, 100W Power Delivery, SD Card Reader for MacBook Pro, XPS and More
3,806 Reviews
Anker 553 USB-C Hub, 8-in-1 USB C Dock, Dual 4K HDMI USB C to USB Adapter, 1 Gbps Ethernet USB Hub, 100W Power Delivery, SD Card Reader for MacBook Pro, XPS and More
  • The Anker Advantage: Join the 50 million+ powered by our leading technology.
  • Massive Expansion: Equipped with a USB-C port, 2 USB-A data ports, 2 HDMI ports, an Ethernet port, and a microSD/SD card reader, giving you an incredible range of functions—all from a single USB-C port.
  • Dual HDMI Display: Stream or mirror content to a single device in stunning 4K@60Hz, or hook up two displays to both HDMI ports in 4K@30Hz.
  • Power Delivery Compatible: Compatible with USB-C Power Delivery to provide high-speed pass-through charging up to 85W. Please note: 100W PD wall charger and USB-C to C cable required.
  • What You Get: PowerExpand 8-in-1 USB-C PD Media Hub, welcome guide, our worry-free 18-month warranty, and friendly customer service.
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Plugable USB 3.0 and USB-C Dual 4K Display Docking Station with DisplayPort and HDMI for Windows and Mac (Dual 4K DisplayPort & HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports) Vertical
  • Flexible Expandability - This USB laptop dock provides dual HDMI or DisplayPort video outputs, wired Gigabit Ethernet, 3.5mm combination audio jack, and six USB 3.0 ports. Includes both USB 3.0 and USB-C cables for flexible host connectivity
  • Dual 4K Monitors - Equipped with dual HDMI and DisplayPort ports for easy connection to two 4K monitors, each supporting resolutions up to 3840x2160 @ 60Hz. Lower resolutions such 1920x1080 (1080p) are also supported
  • Compatibility - Laptop docking station is compatible with Windows 11, 10, 8.x, and 7, ChromeOS 100+, and macOS 10.14+. Plug and play driver installation via Windows Update; manual driver installation on Mac. Linux not supported. Dock does not charge host PC.
  • Recommended Use - For use with web and productivity software at home or the office. Not recommended for gaming. Cannot be mixed with non-DisplayLink USB adapters. Does not support HDCP, will not playback encrypted or copy-protected content
  • 2 Year Warranty - We love our Plugable products, and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 2-year limited parts and labor warranty as well as Seattle-based email support

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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