Best HP EliteBook x360 2020 Docking Stations in 2022
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Thanks to HP's EliteBook x360 1030 G3 having a couple of Thunderbolt 3 ports, HP's own Thunderbolt Dock (opens in new tab) is your best option for adding connectivity.
HP Thunderbolt Dock G2
Who should buy this docking station
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If you'd like a high-quality docking station to match your EliteBook x360 1030, check out HP's G2 dock with audio module. It has 12 total ports and a removable audio module perfect for anyone who wants to set up a professional workstation.
Is it a good time to buy this docking station?
This is HP's premier Thunderbolt 3 docking station and is expected to remain relevant thanks to smart port selection. If you need a dock for your EliteBook x360 1030, this will make a great choice.
The complete solution when it comes to docking stations
HP has created a Thunderbolt 3 docking station that does more than just add a bunch of ports. Thanks to an included audio module that sits on top of the dock — you can also just buy the dock without extra module for about $55 less (opens in new tab) — you can answer calls and listen to quality audio without the need for a headset or a laptop directly in front of you.
The G2 docking station is a compact piece of hardware that won't take up much space on your desk, yet it offers quite a few ports, including three USB-C, three USB-A 3.0, Thunderbolt 3, two DisplayPort, VGA, RJ45 Ethernet, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. It supports up to two 4K displays at 60 Hz so that you can set up a high-res workstation, plus it delivers up to 100W of charging power back to the host laptop.
Since we're talking about a business-oriented laptop, know that the HP G2 dock supports Wake-on-LAN (WoL), PXE boot, and MAC address passthrough, all features that make remote management easier. If you plan on leaving this dock at the office, a built-in Kensington lock slot ensures that it won't easily go missing,
Alternatives to the HP Thunderbolt Dock G2
HP's Thunderbolt Dock G2 is no doubt an outstanding option, but its price can be quite steep for a lot of people. Its extra features might not be quite what everyone needs, but there are a couple of worthwhile alternatives available.
CalDigit TS3 Plus
Reasons to buy
Reasons to avoid
When connected to your HP EliteBook x360 1030 with your choice of 0.7- or 2-meter cable, it will deliver up to 85W of charging power to keep the laptop's battery topped up. If you're interested in multiple external displays, the TS3 Plus will handle dual 4K with ease. Alongside DisplayPort, there's a UHS-II SD card reader, five USB-A 3.1, two USB-C 3.1, two Thunderbolt 3, Ethernet, S/PDIF, and 3.5 mm jacks for audio in and out.
Plugable USB-A 3.0 dock
HP's EliteBook x360 1030 G3 hangs on to a USB-A port, so this Plugable docking station is a compatible cheaper option. Use it for 1440p or 1080p external displays via DVI and HDMI, and take advantage of four USB-A 2.0, Ethernet, and two USB-A 3.0.
If you want the best docking station that takes full advantage of what your HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 has to offer, seriously consider picking up HP's Thunderbolt Dock G2 (opens in new tab). However, if it's a bit too pricey or not quite what you're looking for, there are some quality alternatives.
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Cale Hunt is formerly a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full-time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.