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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. 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
  • (Playback Language)
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.

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SaleBestseller No. 1
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. 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
  • (Playback Language)
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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
  • 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. 3
Anker Docking Station, Anker 575 USB-C Docking Station (13-in-1), Triple Display, 4K HDMI, 10 Gbps USB-C and 5 Gbps USB-A Data, 85W Charging for Laptop, 18W Charging for Phone, Ethernet, Audio, SD 3.0
  • Huge Expansion: Equipped with an 85W laptop-charging USB-C port, an 18W Power Delivery USB-C port, a USB-C data port, 3 USB-A ports, 2 HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, an Ethernet port, SD/microSD card slots, a 3.5 mm AUX port, and a DC input.
  • Simultaneous Charging: Connect your laptop to the 85W USB-C port and connect your phone or other mobile device to the 18W Power Delivery USB-C port to get simultaneous high-speed charging.
  • Comprehensive Media Display: Simultaneously stream media to up to 3 monitors in 1080p@60Hz via the DisplayPort and dual HDMI ports.
  • Display Information: macOS and iPadOS only support Single-Stream Transport (SST) mode, which means all connected monitors will show the same content.
  • What You Get: PowerExpand 13-in-1 USB-C Dock, a 135W power adapter, 1 m / 3 ft USB-C to USB-C cable, welcome guide, our worry-free 18-month warranty, and friendly customer service.
Bestseller No. 4
WAVLINK Universal USB C Laptop Docking Station Dual Monitors 5K/4K@60Hz with 65W Host Charging for Thunderbolt 4/3, USB-C Windows, Mac, Chrome, Ubuntu 20.04,22.04(2HDMI, 2DP, 6USB 3.0, 1Gbps Ethernet
  • Flexible Video Interfacing: Allowing support for the most prevalent DP and HDMI displays. The maximum resolution will be 5120x1440p60 (5K UItrawide) or 4096x2160p60 (Cinema 4K) if both DisplayPort video outputs for dual monitors. Dual HDMI / HDMI +DisplayPort resolution up to 3840x2160@60Hz or 4096x2160@60Hz (Cinema 4K).
  • As only a simple driver is required, the dock provides support for dual displays over any USB 3.x interface, such as USB-A, Micro-A or USB-C, Thunderbolt 3/4,USB 4, as well as other non-PC platforms such as Mac, Chrome OS, Ubuntu or Android.
  • System Support: Windows11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7; macOS Ventura 13, Monterey 12, Big Sur 11, Catalina 10.15, Mojave 10.14; ChromeOS build R51 or later; Android 5 (Lollipop) onwards with USB OTG mode; Ubuntu 20.04, 22.04
  • Gigabit Ethernet port gives access to super fast network speeds, provide a rapid guest networking for you. 6x USB 3.0 ports for super transfer speed up to 5Gbps and 900mA of power, you can connect your usb peripherals or usb stick to solve external USB devices and high-speed file transfer.
  • Comes with a powerful 100W power adapter, the USB-C (host) charges your laptop with max.65W to keep it running all day, as well as powering your connected peripherals while displaying or transferring data. Worry-free about any low battery situation. Please make sure that the type-c port of your host supports power delivery.
  • What in the box:1 x USB C Dual 4K Universal Dock station - 1 x 100W power adapter - 1 x USB Type C to C Cable - 1 x Instruction Manual. Multi-function operation performance, bring a new life style for you. All of our products offer 18-month limited warranty.
SaleBestseller No. 5
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, travel pouch, welcome guide, our worry-free 18-month warranty, and friendly customer service.

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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