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.

CalDigit TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 dock

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Most Thunderbolt 3 docking stations will cost an arm and a leg compared to their USB-A counterparts. If you have a newer laptop that's using Thunderbolt 3, however, you can save a bit of money by going with this CalDigit TS3 Lite dock (about $200). It was reviewed favorably over at AppleInsider, and while it was tested with a Mac, the review applies to use with Windows PCs:

But, the CalDigit TS3 Lite dock does what it says it will do on the box. The USB 3.0 implementation passes UASP to connected devices, allowing for the best data transfer speeds. The Gigabit Ethernet port is in fact Gigabit, and the pass-through Thunderbolt 3 port is perfectly fine for other devices, even including the LG Ultrafine 5K display —just don't hang anything else off the monitor.

In all, you're looking at two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one USB-C, two USB-A 3.1, DisplayPort, Ethernet, and a 3.5mm audio jack. If it's newer ports you need and want to save about $100 compared to other models, this is the dock for you.

Plugable USB-C triple display docking station

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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. Laptop Mag made this dock its top pick:

Between its support for both charging and video over USB Type-C, along with its ability to output at 4K, you won't need to replace this peripheral for a long time.

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

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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 — about $95. If you don't think you'll need three displays or a 4K monitor, the Plugable UD-3900 will be a great low-cost option that currently sits at a 4.5-star rating with more than 2,350 reviews on Amazon.

It has four USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, a DVI port (60Hz), and an HDMI port (50Hz at 1440p, 60Hz at 1080p) 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.

Dell D3100 USB 3.0 docking station

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Are you looking for a dock with 4K support and a sleek profile? Dell has you covered with its D3100 dock that connects to your laptop via a USB 3.0 cable. It doesn't support USB-C, but for the price — about $130 — it remains a contender.

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; low-end laptops might see minor performance issues, but otherwise the Dell D3100 will keep everything running smoothly no matter how much stuff you have plugged in. If you need a dock that can power more 4K displays at once, definitely check out the updated Dell D6000 station.

Plugable TBT3-UDV

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If you have a newer laptop with a Thunderbolt 3 port or two, you can take advantage of this docking station from Plugable. Along with an extra Thunderbolt 3 port, you're getting five USB-A 3.0 ports, Ethernet, DisplayPort (4K at 60Hz), and a 3.5mm audio jack. It's also capable of charging a laptop via Thunderbolt 3 with 60W of power.

Chosen as the top pick by Laptop Mag and The Wirecutter, this dock is in high demand. While it's sold out indefinitely on Amazon, you can find it for about $250 at Ebay.

Updated January 18, 2018: We've refreshed this list to ensure you're still getting the absolute best docking stations for your laptop.