What are best docking stations for my laptop?
Using a docking station with your laptop can effectively turn it into a desktop. Connect external monitors, printers, and other office devices to maximize efficiency and output. Want to know which laptop docking station is best for you? Here's a roundup of the best docking stations you can get right now.
- Plugable USB-C triple display docking station
- Plugable UD-3900 USB 3.0 docking station
- Dell D3100 USB 3.0 docking station
- Anker dual display docking station
- Targus 4K docking station
Plugable USB-C triple display docking station
Your laptop connects via USB-C with power delivery to charge your laptop while you work. Connect also your mouse, keyboard, headphones, microphone, and up to three external displays, and you'll still have ports to spare. It has both USB 3.0 and USB-C ports, so you can combine products that use both ports, and you can connect a 4K monitor.
If you're looking for the most versatile laptop dock that will change your laptop into a desktop, you have to go with the Plugable USB-C triple display docking station — it starts at about $180. Windows, MacOS, and Linux are all supported.
Plugable UD-3900 USB 3.0 docking station
Likened to be the smaller sibling of the Plugable USB-C triple display dock, the Plugable UD-3900 still has quite a few features for a low price.
It has four USB ports, an Ethernet port, a DVI port, and an HDMI port on the back, as well as two USB 3.0 ports on the front for quick, easy access. Connect your laptop through a USB 3.0 cable, then connect up to two external displays, as well as a keyboard, mouse, and headphones. Even after all these connections, you'll still have ports left open.
If you don't think you'll need three displays or a 4K monitor, the Plugable UD-3900 will be a great option — it starts at about $95. Keep in mind this dock is not compatible with MacOS or Linux.
Dell D3100 USB 3.0 docking station
Looking for a dock with 4K support and a sleek profile? Dell has you covered with their D3100 dock that connects to your laptop via a USB 3.0 cable.
This thing has enough ports for all your office's devices and supports up to three external monitors — one in 4K, the other two in 1080p. There's also an Ethernet port and a handful of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports; rest assured the Dell D3100 will keep everything running smoothly no matter how much stuff you have plugged in. It starts at about $140.
Anker dual display docking station
The Anker dual display docking station comes at you with a built-in chip that prioritizes bandwidth, so your devices will all run smoothly no matter how much you have going on.
The dock supports both HDMI and DVI displays at the same time, so those of you with different monitors can enjoy a dual setup. Charge devices through one of the USB 3.0 ports, and use the other for connectivity. The dock also has an Ethernet port, four USB 2.0 ports, a headphone jack, and a USB 3.0 Type-B port to connect to your laptop.
The base is removable, so depending on your workstation you can either set the slim dock on its side, or keep it standing up. This dock starts at about $95.
Targus 4K docking station
The Targus 4K docking station does something the other docks on this list don't do: it can act as an angled support for your laptop while it sits on your desk. It has a rubberized surface that keeps your laptop in place while you type, and, of course, it has a ton of ports.
Your laptop connects through a USB 3.0 Micro-B port located on the back of the dock. Connect a 4K monitor through a DisplayPort, or connect dual monitors through DVI ports. There is also an Ethernet port, six USB 3.0 ports — one with enabled charging — and an audio jack.
This is a great dock for those of you with an already crowded workspace. Place it beneath your laptop, reduce strain on your wrists, and get to work. It starts at about $150.