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Best Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Docking Stations

The Plugable USB-C 4K dock is a fantastic docking station that has numerous ports and does not require Thunderbolt 3, making it our top pick for the Inspiron 15 7000.

Plugable USB-C 4K dock

Wide array of ports

Who should buy this laptop dock

Unfortunately for Inspiron 15 7000 series owners, the lack of Thunderbolt 3 reduces the number of high-end docking stations you can use. That doesn't mean you should give up the search as there are some excellent alternatives, like this Plugable solution.

Is it a good time to buy this docking station?

This Plugable docking station has been out for a few years now, but that shouldn't be viewed as a drawback since there's clearly nothing wrong with the dock to warrant a successor just yet.

Thunderbolt-less expansion

The best part about the Plugable USB-C 4K dock is the omission of Thunderbolt 3 — really! This is a feature that isn't supported by the Inspiron 15 7000, else we would have recommended the even better CalDigit TS3 Plus. Still, this docking station is a solid runner-up.

The Plugable USB-C 4K dock isn't the best out there but it's the best for the Dell Inspiron 15 7000.

When you plan to use the Inspiron 15 7000 at a desk for some time, a docking station is the best way to not only provide access to additional ports for hooking up all your accessories and displays but to also provide charge — this Plugable station can supply 60W.

Plugging in this dock to the Inspiron 15 7000 unlocks a total of three USB 3.0 ports, LAN, two HDMI (one supporting 4K), and DVI/VGA for older monitors. It may not sound like much of an improvement, but when taking a laptop to work as a daily machine, this setup allows you to have everything plugged in and ready to go as soon as you get into the office.

Alternatives to the Plugable USB-C 4K dock

Should you need something else that this docking station does not provide, we have a few alternative picks that may be a better match.

Dell Universal Dock D6000

Official expansion

Reasons to buy

Somewhat affordable
Loads of ports
USB 3.1
Handy front-sided USB ports

Reasons to avoid

Affordable plastic design
No DisplayPort

Dell makes a solid-looking docking station that matches the excellent design of the Inspiron 15 7000, even if it's priced higher than our best pick from Plugable. There are a number of USB ports, multiple DisplayPort and HDMI, LAN, and even a speaker out jack. This station has everything you'll need.

Plugable USB-A 3.0 dock

A cheaper dock that only requires a USB-A port

This USB-A 3.0 option provides support for two external displays (though no 4K), and costs almost $100 less than our top pick. For ports, it has four USB-A 2.0, Ethernet, DVI (60Hz), HDMI (50Hz at 1440p, 60Hz at 1080p) on the back, as well as two USB-A 3.0 ports on the front.

Bottom line

Plugable makes more affordable docking stations, which is why you find two in this collection. While the 4K docking station that uses USB Type-C is best suited for the Inspiron 15 7000, the USB Type-A station is ideal if you use other devices that don't have such a connector.

Rich Edmonds is a word conjurer at Windows Central, covering everything related to Windows, gaming, and hardware. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a device chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.