Both the Dell XPS 13 and Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 are remarkably flexible laptops. They'll perform excellently since they have top-of-the-line specs and killer displays, but if you want to use them with a monitor like a desktop PC, you'll want to get yourself a laptop dock. These docks give you the additional ports you might need, as well as more options for connecting your laptop to monitors. Here are some of the best laptop docking stations for the Dell XPS 13 and Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 that money can buy.
The CalDigit TS4 is an absolute beast of a laptop dock that offers 98W host charging for your laptop, as well as support for dual 6K 60Hz displays and an incredible 18 ports. These include four Thunderbolt 4 slots, plenty of USB-A, dual 3.5mm audio, Ethernet, SD card readers, and more. It's pricey, but it's also the most impressive dock available by a wide margin.
The Kensington SD5700T features 10 ports, including four USB-A and three Thunderbolt 4 slots. Ports for Ethernet, an SD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack are included as well. The dock also features 90W charging and supports a single 8K display or dual 4K ones. It even comes with Kensington's beloved lock slot for maximum security, too.
Small and powerful
If CalDigit's TS4 dock is too big for you, check the CalDigit Element Hub out. With four Thunderbolt 4 ports, four USB-A ones, support for up to an 8K display or dual 4K ones, and 60W charging, this compact dock brings the heat.
For triple-monitor setups
Dell's D6000 dock offers support for three 4K displays simultaneously, making it one of the few docks that supports a triple-monitor setup well. It also has four USB-A ports and one USB-C one, which is plenty for most people.
This docking station offers the power for dual 4K monitors and has six USB 3.0 ports, all while being slim and compact, making it a great option. It's also not terribly expensive, making it a good value choice.
The StarTech Mini Dock packs a single USB 3.0 port and the ability to connect to dual 4K monitors in the palm of your hand. All this makes it an outstanding choice in terms of size-to-capability performance.
Tall and slim
Plugable's vertical dock makes the most out of a razor-thin design by offering support for two HD displays and two USB 3.0 ports. If you want a solid dock that takes up vertical space instead of desk space, this is the one for you.
Essentially a flute-shaped stand, this nifty dock gives you two USB 3.0 ports and lets you connect to a single HD display. If you want something basic, minimal, and incredibly compact, this will be right up your alley.
Folks looking for an affordable dock with great value should check out the Plugable UD-3900H. It supports a single 1440p display or dual 1080p HD monitors, and it also comes with six USB-A ports. The dock is nice and small, too, so it won't take up much space.
If we had to choose ...
All of these different laptop docks are great, and one of them is bound to offer whatever you're looking for in a dock to go with your Dell XPS 13 or Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. However, if we had to choose, we would go with the CalDigit TS4, as even though it's expensive, its offerings are unmatched by any other dock on the market. Between its support for dual 6K 60Hz displays, its 98W host charging capabilities, and its 18 ports, it's simply the most impressive laptop dock available today.
If you're looking for something that can support a triple-monitor setup, you should go with the Dell D6000 dock. Not only does it work with up to three 4K displays at 60Hz, but it also comes with four USB-A ports and a single USB-C one, too.
People looking for something on the smaller side size-wise, though, should go with the j5create Ultra Station. At its low price, its miniscule form factor, dual USB-A ports, and ability to connect to an HD monitor make it an absolute steal. The CalDigit Element Hub, StarTech Mini Dock, and Plugable UD-3900H are great compact options, too.
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