Best Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Docking Stations Windows Central 2021
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.
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.
Reasons to buy
- Somewhat affordable
- Loads of ports
- USB 3.1
- Handy front-sided USB ports
Reasons not to buy
- Affordable plastic design
- No DisplayPort
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 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.
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.
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.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.
Cale Hunt is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing mainly on PC hardware and VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and when he has some free time you can usually find him practicing guitar or reorganizing his ever-growing library. If you hear him say "Sorry!" it's only because he's Canadian.
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