A laptop docking station literally organizes your life.
Here’s why: when you have multiple devices such as a keyboard, mouse, your smart devices like a smartphone or tablet, and thrown in a small printer, you want all these devices connected while you use your laptop right?
The common scenario when all these hardware are together, is a cluttered desk with cables all over the floor, while there are other cables on your desk, but the crazy bit is when you’re done working and you have to unplug each one of them.
The cycle begins all over again when you come back to your desk the next day.
To eliminate the stresses that come with plugging and unplugging cables and chargers, and all that wiring stuff, you need a good docking station for your laptop.
These days, the trend is to get a good USB-C laptop docking station because most modern laptops are built with the USB type C port, including smart devices, so you’re better off with a compatible docking station.
So which are the best USB-C laptop docking station devices available?
We took the stress out of your search, and here are our top picks for the best USB type C laptop docking stations.
What are the best USB-C laptop docking stations?
- Plugable Triple Display
- Wavlink Aluminum
- Dell Dock Wd15
- Wavlink Universal
- SIIG Aluminum USB C Docking Station
1. Plugable Triple Display (recommended)
This USB-C laptop docking station is currently enjoying the top spot if user reviews are anything to go by. It is one of the bestselling docking stations in the market right now.
Features include compatibility with Windows USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 systems, with up to three added displays and 60W charging power.
It uses cutting-edge USB 3.1 features, pus the tried and tested features of the UD-3900 dock, which is Plugable’s best seller. It also has two added video outputs to HDMI and DVI/VGA, and Gigabit Ethernet via DisplayLink.
It is however not recommended for gaming.
Plugable USB-C laptop docking station is a revolutionary in connectivity, as it is the first device of its kind designed to showcase the new Triple Display Docking station standard that delivers flexibility and scalability.
USB-C connector has Alternate Modes that allow other non-USB connectors to be used with it.
These modes include DisplayPort, HDMI, and MHL as alternate display modes, and this docking station features support for the Alternate Modes and PowerDelivery (which enables you to power and charge a supported system without needing an OEM charger.
When it comes to power and charging, this USB-C laptop docking station can charge host systems with up to 60 watts of power (20V/3A) via PowerDelivery standard.
Some devices that support video output over USB-C won’t charge via USB-C, so for such, the charger from your laptop’s manufacturer will be required.
With this laptop docking station, you’ll get the Plugable docking station with its stand, a 1m USB-C to USB-C cable with an eMarker, DVI/VGA passive port adapter, 60W power adapter (100V-240V) with a US power plug, and a quick start guide.
2. Wavlink Aluminum
This is a sleek USB-C laptop docking station, with display resolutions that support monitors.
Its features include a single HDMI port, DVI/VGA port, connectors for HDMI, DVI, VGA, RJ-45, Gigabit Ethernet port, a DC power jack, 4 USB 3.0 ports plus 2 USB-C 3.1 ports.
It supports Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10, plus delivers superfast transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps, with two USB-C ports for fast charging of up to 3A/5V.
This docking station literally brings technology to life. You can perform multiple functions from one laptop such as multi-monitor, dual video, hub, audio, and Gigabit Ethernet adapter, for a different user experience.
Its performance is super strong, the audio is 5.1 channel surround sound through its HDMI interface, and it is a plug and play with the maximum expansion of up to 6 display units for primary, extend and mirror video mode.
In order to use this docking station, you need 2GB RAM, i3/i5/i7 core processor and 4GB RAM for full screen video playback, and 2GHz Core2Duo.
With just one USB cable, you can transform your laptop into a professional workstation, easily add two displays to see your work better, and you also get to use your microphone or earphones.
Just like its name, this USB-C laptop docking station is really strong as it can take on not just your laptop, but can charge up to 6 devices in one go. It connects to a single USB-C or USB 3.0 port on your laptop, and you get 2 USB-C ports and 4 USB 3.0 ports.
You can add additional monitors easily, plus you get HDMI and DVI/VGA support for adding monitors with high-resolution picture quality, expandable up to 6 different displays.
It is compatible with Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10, and you can download the latest drivers from a certified DisplayLink website.
It also comes with an audio input/output, Gigabit Ethernet port, and is simple to use without having to add or remove devices or reboot to do the same. Just plug and play and you’re good to go.
Enjoy a 30-day money back guarantee when you get Strongrr, plus an 18-month warranty to back it.
Note: it does not support USB-C two-way data and charging for laptops.
4. Dell Dock Wd15
Dell is a well-known brand in the computer and accessories industry, so you can trust that they’ll create one of the best USB-C laptop docking station gadgets in the market.
For a single cable connectivity, you get a powerful DisplayPort over USB-C cable with the Dell Dock, and quickly connect your laptop to a single data and power source of up to 130W.
It is an easy, reliable to use docking station with a connection from your laptop to dual FHD displays, or a single 4K display, with all essential peripherals.
The Dell Dock is small, lightweight, and you can place it anywhere you want to work whether at home, your office or conference room regardless of the space.
You can also do presentations by connecting a display screen or projector, as this USB-C laptop docking station is one dock for all.
The USB-C connectivity is the latest and most reliable technology for video performance, owing to the Alternate Modes feature.
Dell Dock provides one docking experience for Dell and non-Dell platforms via the Display Port over USB-C connector, ensuring a crisp display and reliable connection.
With a single cable, you’ll free up desk space and have a clutter-free workspace, with added ability to mount a monitor behind or on your desk.
5. Wavlink Universal
Like the Wavlink Aluminum, this USB-C laptop docking station lets you enjoy up to two additional displays, and supports resolutions of up to 5K, single display when using DisplayPort ports.
It is compatible with Windows 7/8/8.1/10, and other USB-C or USB 3.0 computers.
Features include a Gigabit Ethernet network, audio line out and jack for earphones, plus line-in jack for the microphone, 15 ports with incredible connectivity, and a sleek, compact design for the full satisfying work experience on your desk.
Note: it cannot supply power for PC, and your DP/HDMI cable must meet standard wire or it will affect the output monitor. You also need high CPU requirements due to the DisplayLink chipset, so check this before you get Wavlink Universal docking station.
6. SIIG Aluminum USB C Docking Station
This docking station has a sleek modern design which makes it the right choice if aesthetics is one of your main buying criteria. The aluminum chassis perfectly matches modern interior designs and styles.
The device supports multiple connection types including 4K HDMI, audio and video input and output, an Ethernet port and four USB 3.0 ports.
It is worth mentioning that this docking station is compatible with USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 systems only. You can use this device to charge your laptop as well.
SIIG Aluminum comes with 2-year limited manufacturer warranty for peace of mind.
Have you found the best USB-C laptop docking station you want to get for yourself?
Let us know your choice, or if you know a good one that deserves to be on this list, share with us in the comments section below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.