Laptop docking stations are extremely useful devices because they allow you to attach additional peripherals to your laptop. Docking stations are used if you want to transform your Windows 10 laptop into a standard desktop PC by attaching other peripherals, and today we’re going to show you the best laptop docking stations.
What are the best docking stations for your laptop?
Plugable UD-3900 (recommended)
Pluggable UD-3900 is 7.5 inches tall, and it comes with a solid design. This dock can’t be rotated, so you’ll have to keep it upright while using it, which can be a flaw to some users. This docking station allows you to connect two monitors thanks to one DVI and one HDMI port on the back. Additional backports include four USB 2.0 ports and one USB Type-B port that connects the device to your laptop.
On the back, there’s an Ethernet port as well as a power port. The front side has two USB 3.0 ports as well as headphone and microphone jacks. We have to mention that this device also comes with a DVI-to-VGA adapter, so you can use this device even if you have an old VGA monitor.
The dock supports 2560×1440 resolution while using HDMI. DVI supports 2048×1152 resolution, but if you decide to use a VGA adapter you’ll be limited to 1920×1200 resolution. Keep in mind that you’ll be limited to 1920×1200 resolution if you connect two monitors to this dock.
Pluggable UD-3900 is a great laptop docking station, but it doesn’t support 4K resolution.
Dell WD15 comes with black rectangle design, so it looks rather elegant. The bottom of the docking station is made from non slip material that will prevent your docking station from moving. The dock also comes with 130W power brick that can be used to power your laptop.
Regarding the available ports, this device has HDMI, mini DisplayPort and VGA port on the back. There’s also an Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, and one USB 3.0 port. Of course, there’s a 3.5mm audio jack and power port as well. On the front there are two USB 3.0 ports as well as headphone and microphone combo jack. If you need to protect the device, there’s Kensington lock slot available.
The device supports 4K monitors, but you can use only one 4K monitor at the time. If you decide to attach two monitors, you’ll be limited to 1080p resolution.
Plugable USB-C Triple Display Dock
Unlike other entries on our list, Plugable USB-C Triple Display Dock can work with up to three displays at the same time. The device is 6.9 inches tall and it comes with a built-in stand, so you can only use it in upright position.
Regarding the ports, the dock has two HDMI ports, one for 4K video and one for 2K video. There’s also a DVI port, Ethernet jack, three USB 3.0 ports, and USB Type-C port to connect the docking station to your laptop. We have to mention that USB Type-C port is used for both charging and data transfer. The front side of the device has USB Type-C port, USB 3.0 port and headphone and microphone jacks. The docking station comes with USB Type-C cable, DVI-to-VGA adapter and power adapter.
If you require 4K resolution and if you have a laptop with Type-C port, Plugable USB-C Triple Display Dock is the perfect device for you. If you don’t have a Type-C port, you can use the adapter, but you won’t be able to use 4K resolution.
Targus Universal DV1K-4K Docking Station
This docking station comes with a simple low profile design and non-slip feet so it won’t move on your desk. Since this docking station is shaped as a ramp, you can rest your laptop on it without any problems.
Regarding the ports, the docking station comes with two DVI ports and a full-size DisplayPort. On the back, there are three USB 3.0 ports as well as an Ethernet port. There’s also a power adapter port, Kensington lock slot, and a micro-USB 3.0 port to connect your laptop. Of course, this device comes with a micro-USB 3.0 cable. We also have to mention that there’s one USB 3.0 port on each side of this docking station.
Although this docking station supports 4K monitors, you are limited to only one monitor if you want to enjoy in 4K resolution. If you decide to use two monitors you’ll be limited to 2048 x 1152 resolution.
HP Elite Thunderbolt 3 Dock
The first thing that you’ll notice about this laptop dock is its beautiful sleek design. The bottom of the dock is made from textured rubber so the dock won’t move while you use it. Regarding the ports, this dock uses USB Type-C Thunderbolt port for connecting.
On the back, there are two USB 3.0 ports, USB Type-C port, Ethernet port, VGA port and combined Thunderbolt/AC power port. The dock also has a power jack and a lock slot available. As for the front side, there two USB 3.0 ports and a headphone/microphone combo jack. We have to mention that this device doesn’t have any HDMI or DVI ports, which is a major flaw in our opinion.
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This dock supports two 4K monitors over DisplayPort, but if you decide to use VGA port, you’ll be limited to 1080p resolution. This is a great device with a beautiful design, but unfortunately, this device is only compatible with certain HP laptops so it might not work with other brands. HP Elite Thunderbolt 3 Dock is a beautiful laptop dock, and if you have a compatible HP laptop you can get this dock for it.
LB1 Universal Docking Station
LB1 Universal Docking Station is another laptop docking station that supports up to two external displays. This device comes with two USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports. We have to mention that one of these USB 3.0 ports provides fast charging, even in sleep mode. On the back there’s also a DVI port as well as an HDMI port. There’s also an AC power input and Ethernet port as well. On the side of the device there’s a headphone and microphone jack available.
HDMI port supports 2560×1400 resolution and DVI port uses 2048×1152 resolution. Keep in mind that VGA port supports only 1920×1200 resolution. The device comes with a DVI to VGA adapter, so you can easily attach any old monitor.
Anker Dual Display Universal Docking Station
This is a simple device that comes with two front USB 3.0 ports that provide you with transfer speed up to 5Gbps. One of these USB ports also provides you with 5V and 1.5A current for charging. On the front side, there’s also an audio/microphone jack available.
On the back, there are four USB 2.0 ports and one Ethernet port. There are a single HDMI and one DVI port available. Additional ports include USB 3.0 port for your laptop and a power input jack as well. The device comes with a USB 3.0 cable, 19V 2A AC power adapter and a detachable stand so you can position this dock anyway you like.
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Anker Dual Display Universal Docking Station is a simple device that allows you to use two monitors at the same time.
StarTech Thunderbolt 3 Dual-4K Docking Station
Thunderbolt 3 Dual-4K is a powerful docking station, and it allows you to use two 4K monitors. The device supports 3840 x 2160 resolution and 60Hz frequency on each display. This dock also supports a single 5K monitor with 5120 x 2880 resolution.
This device uses Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port to connect to your laptop, and it has two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports on the back. In addition, there’s a single DisplayPort and one USB 3.0 Type-C port available. There’s also a single USB 3.0 Type-A port, 3.5 mm mini-jack and Ethernet connector available.
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