Laptops are meant to provide you with portability. They allow you to take your work with you anywhere you go.
However, if you have a stationary place of work, you won’t be able to take our desktops with you. Therefore, there are docking stations that act as a bridge between your stationary and portable working place.
Despite having the latest laptops, you cannot get the experience of a desktop with them. And to enjoy that, you can have a docking station. So let’s look at some of the best ones.
Top Picks Laptop Docking Stations for Windows & Mac
1. MacBook Pro Docking Station – All Ports You Need
The first product that we have here is for MacBook Pro which provides you with USB C-type connectivity. Thus, it will be a lot easier for you to connect your laptop to the docking station.
The best thing about this station is that you will get all the ports that you need. It has 4K @60 Hz HDMI ports, 3 USB 3.0 ports, a 10 Gbps USB C-type data port, and also 2 USB 2.0 ports. In addition to this, it also has an audio port (3.5 mm) and a card slot for SD and TF. So you will have all the ports that you might need for your work.
This station also provides you with 2 HDMI ports that will let you extend your MacBook Pro to a 2.4K @ 60 Hz monitor. So you will be able to mirror and extend your screen without any settings or any driver. All you need to do is to plug in and you will be ready to play. So to put it simply, this means that you will have three UHD screens that will display three screens at the same time.
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And in addition to the screens, you will be able to transfer your data at a super speed (10Gbps). Data transfer speed will be 10 Gbps through both USB A and USB C ports. This speed is perfect for your HDD devices and also your drive. So you will be able to transfer your data in no time. Thus, you will always be ready to take your work anywhere you are going.
2. USB – C docking station – Ultra-fast Data and Ethernet Transfer
The next docking station that we have for you is a portable one that comes in compact packing. It will provide you with 10 in-1 USB ports, where you will get 3 USB-A ports, 1 USB-C port, and 2.4K HDMI port (2.0), and also an SD card reader and 1 Gbps Ethernet and an audio/mic jack.
So you will almost get all the ports that you might need while you are using your laptop. Furthermore, you will also get a C to C and C to A cable as a complimentary gift.
This portable docking station will also provide you with a triple display. You will be able to extend the screen of your laptop or PC on a dual 4K 60 Hz display. And of course, it is compatible with Apple OS so you can also use it for your MacBook without any problem. Additionally, you can use the USB ports to connect your audio devices to get the best and most immersive experience.
And if you need to transfer your data, it will also be done in no time. Because this docking station is offering you a 10 Gbps transfer speed. So whether you need to transfer your data through Ethernet or to drive, you will be able to do so without any problem.
3. HopDay 12 in 1 laptop docking station – Multi-HDMI and VGA ports
The next product that we have here is also a portable one that comes in a small size. Thus, it will enable you to take your work anywhere you are going. You will be able to transfer your data in no time with its super-fast transferring speed. Although the speed is 1000 Mbps, it is still fast enough to transfer the data to drive and Ethernet without any long wait.
This is a portable docking station and therefore, it is small in size. This is also its benefit because it will take very less space both in your bag (while traveling) and on your table (while working). However, there is this problem too. You will only get 5 USB ports and the SD and TF reader. There will be 2 USB 2.0 ports and 1 USB C- type.
So you will have to compromise on the number of ports. So if you do not have much work, it will be a good option for you.
When purchasing your docking station, you need to look for these aspects.
1. Port selection
The reason that you are buying a docking station is that you need many ports. Therefore, this is also one of the most important things to look for when buying your docking station.
Furthermore, you should not only focus on the number of ports but also on the type of ports too. You do not just need USB ports but also other ones too.
2. Suitable connectivity
There are various types of docking stations. Therefore, you should look for one which is compatible with your laptop and can offer a USB or Thunderbolt connection with your laptop. Otherwise, you will face problems with connectivity.
In addition to this, it should not only focus on Windows but other operating systems too. And luckily, many docking stations are compatible with Apple products.
3. Use and size
The size of your docking station should not be too big because you will need to carry it with you. Furthermore, if it is too much, it will take up too much of your space. There are two types that you will get, stationary and portable. Stationary ones are suitable for a home-office setup.
However, if you travel a lot for business purposes, you will need a portable one.
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