Best Laptop Docking Stations

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 21, 2022
Laptop docking stations find more appreciation every day. They are able to turn your laptop or tablet into a full-capacity computer and expand the possibilities by connecting to many more devices, including several monitors at a time. We want to help you select the best laptop docking station. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Video Ports
USB Ports
Other Ports
Options
Scope of Supply
Supported OS
Warranty
 
PROS

Easy connection and a long 2.6 ft. cable. The connectivity technology features the next-gen USB-C ports. This docking station supports dual 4K at 60Hz.

CONS

Does not support the versions below Windows 10.

OUR VERDICT

The rubberized bottom will help those that have a lot of cables on the table. A great solution for designers, streamers, and those wanting to connect 2 monitors to the station.

detailed parameters
Video Ports

2 - HDMI, 1 - Display Port

USB Ports

2 front x USB-C , 2 rear x USB-C , 2 x USB 3.0 Type А

Other Ports

1 x Headphone port, 1 x Audio out, 1 x Ethernet

Options

Image output to 2 UltraHD displays (4096x3112)

Scope of Supply

USB 3.0 cable (2.6 ft.), HDMI-DVI adapter

Supported OS

Windows 10 version

Warranty

1 year limited

PROS
The Dell docking station works perfectly well with any laptops from other brands. Displays the content in an Ultra HD resolution. You can connect three monitors besides the laptop screen, all in high quality.
CONS
This model of Dell docking station for notebook does not provide an option of charging a laptop.
OUR VERDICT
Perfect solution to display the image on several screens in the maximum possible digital quality. The best laptop docking station for designers, photographers, and overall for people working with media content.
detailed parameters
Video Ports

2x HDMI, 1x Display port

USB Ports

2x USB 2.0 (1x for charging devices), 3x USB 3.0 (1x for charging devices)

Other Ports

1x Headphone port, 1x Audio output, 1x Ethernet

Options
Is able to display image to 2xFull HD (1920x1080) and 1xUltra HD (4096x3112) screens
Scope of Supply

USB 3.0 cable (2 ft.), HDMI-DVI adapter

Supported OS
Windows
Warranty

3 years

PROS
This docking station for laptops is easy to install and set, as well as to connect and to use. Also, it is worth noting the Tower form-factor, that allows placing the laptop docking station vertically in order to better organize your working place.
CONS
The front USB 3.0 ports might be tight. You may need to use some force to plug your devices in. But otherwise, they work okay.
OUR VERDICT
A universal notebook docking station for every user who prefers using Windows-based devices.
detailed parameters
Video Ports

1x HDMI, 1x DVI

USB Ports

4x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 (1x for charging devices)

Other Ports

1 x Speakers port, 1 x Microphone port, 1 x Ethernet

Options
Displays image to several screens with an HDMI (2560x1140) or COMBO DVI+HDMI (1920x1200)
Scope of Supply

USB 3.0 cable, DVI to VGA adapter

Supported OS
Windows
Warranty

2 years limited parts and labor warranty

PROS

Equipped with the latest generation chip, this up to 100W USB-C hub reduces charging time. It also prevents overloads, overvoltage, and short circuits.

CONS

There is no microphone adapter.

OUR VERDICT

Two additional USB 2.0 ports are ideal for peripherals and provide a stable connection. This device is portable and handy in use.

detailed parameters
Video Ports

2 - HDMI, 1 - VGA

USB Ports

2 x USB 3.0 (up to 5Gbps), 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 Type C (for device connection)

Other Ports

1 x SD/TF card slot, 1 x Ethernet

Options

Image output to 2 4K displays (3840 x 2160) and 1 VGA display (1920 x 1080)

Scope of Supply

USB-C hub, Travel pouch

Supported OS

Windows: 7 or later, Mac OS

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The NOVOO Type C hub supports 3 monitors and an HDMI port up to 4K@30Hz. It features a built-in SD and TF slot with increased file reading speed.

CONS

The USB-C connection cable could be longer.

OUR VERDICT

This docking station comes with a stylish LED indicator and a wide device compatibility. The mirror mode will allow you to make 1 big monitor out of 3 monitors.

detailed parameters
Video Ports

2 - HDMI, 1- VGA

USB Ports

2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, USB-C (for connection)

Other Ports

1 x SD/TF card slot, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x Headphone port

Options

Image output to 2 4K displays (3840 x 2160) and 1 VGA display (1920 x 1080)

Scope of Supply

USB-C to USB-C adapter, USB 3.0 cable

Supported OS

Windows: 7 or later, Mac OS (mirror mode)

Warranty

2 years

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Microsoft ‎SVS-00001

Plug In Everything

If you’re looking to power up your laptop, connect multiple devices, and have the opportunity to use more than one monitor at once, the Microsoft Surface Dock 2 may be your best choice. Let’s have a look at what makes this docking station so outstanding.

First off, using the station is as easy as a breeze. All you need is plugging in the Surface connect cable, and there you have it. Your laptop turns into a real desktop PC with keyboard/mouse access and the ability to use external monitors. All this without the bunch of cables sticking out of your laptop ports (which you would have to unplug one by one to move the unit). And did you know you can also charge the laptop via the station? Well, now you do.

In case you’re gaming or working as a graphic designer, you could use an extra monitor with your laptop. The Surface Dock 2 supports the dual 4K monitors with 60 or 30Hz depending on the current or previous gen device. Enjoy your favorite online games – or make your office work much more productive without compromising on the picture quality. And if you need good sound, simply connect the stereo speakers to the station.

Review of Microsoft ‎SVS-00001 Surface Dock 2

User-Centric Docking Station

The Surface Dock 2 is super user-centric, and here’s why. The longer 2.6 feet cable doesn’t limit you in terms of desk space or connectability. You’re free to organize your devices the way you want, making things even more convenient. The cables that connect the dock are sturdy and durable, but at the same time not stiff and flexible enough for the easy setup.

The station is equipped with 2 USB-C ports that are front facing; 2 USB-C rear facing ports (gen 2); and 2 USB-A rear facing ports. In addition, it includes a standard 3.5 mm audio jack, a 1GB Ethernet port, and also the Security lock support that’s Kensington compatible. You won’t have any trouble connecting all the cables – or keeping them securely plugged in, as the ports are really firm. Enjoy the real versatility without bothering with your laptop’s native port array.

As for the design, the Surface Dock 2 is all but inconvenient. The box looks and feels solid, and the entire bottom side has the grippy rubber cover. This means that the station won’t be moving around or getting pulled right off the table due to the cable weight.

In short, this upscale docking station is simply made for your enjoyment and convenience.

Microsoft ‎SVS-00001 Surface Dock 2 in the use

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Last updated price $0.00
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ASIN B086Q92563

 

Dell D3100

Ports

There are two HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and one Display Port in this Dell docking station. With the help of these ports, you will be able to transfer the image to three monitors besides the laptop screen, all in high quality. To use external devices, the manufacturer provided 3x USB 3.0 ports with the speed of up to 5GBit/s and 2x USB 2.0 ports with the speed of up to 480 MBit/s. And, of course, this laptop docking station features an Ethernet port for corded connection to the Internet. Additionally, there are a few ports to plug in your mic, acoustics, or speakers.
Review of Dell D3100 Triple Display UltraHD Universal Dock

Connectivity

Same as many other notebook docking stations (and same as all docking stations in our review), this Dell docking station is connected to a laptop via the USB 3.0 port. It is oriented on the devices based on the Windows operating system. The devices include laptops as well as Ultrabooks. And if you want to connect a monitor that has no HDMI outputs, it is not a problem! In the box with this universal notebook docking station, you will find an HDMI to DVI adapter.
Dell D3100 Triple Display UltraHD Universal Dock in the use

Additional Features

This Dell universal laptop docking station is able to display images and video on three different monitors simultaneously. And the main feature is that the video will be displayed in Ultra HD resolution (4096x3112) on one monitor and Full HD resolution (1920x1080) on two others. You will also be able to choose from displaying modes and set the displaying to either desktop extension mode or desktop mirroring mode.
Detailed review of Dell D3100 Triple Display UltraHD Universal Dock
Last updated price $129.00
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ASIN B00O0M46KO

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Plugable Technologies UD-3900

Ports

The possibilities of image transfer this universal laptop docking station is able to provide include two digital ports, the HDMI port, and the DVI port. There are also six USB ports: 2x USB 3.0, and 4x USB 2.0 ports. If you want to connect your headphones and/or a headset, you will find two standard jack 3.5 ports here. And a high-speed Internet connection cord can be plugged into an Ethernet port.
Review of Plugable Technologies UD-3900 Universal Dock Station

Connectivity

This Plugable Technologies UD-3900 laptop docking station with USB works perfectly well with all latest Windows editions, with the only exception for Windows RT. Among the devices compatible with this notebook docking station you will find laptops, Ultrabooks, and tablets based on the Intel processors and Windows operating system. This docking station for laptops is connected via the USB cable that comes with the purchase.
Plugable Technologies UD-3900 Universal Dock Station in the use

Additional Features

If you plan to connect only one monitor (with HDMI port) to this laptop docking station for dual monitors, then the device will be able to display image in an HD resolution of 2560x1440 pixels. However, for the dual-monitor system (DVI + HDMI) it will be 1920x1080 pixels each (which is still an HD and a pretty good resolution). Also, at the front part of this notebook docking station from Plugable Technologies, you can find a special port for fast charging of your mobile devices.
Detailed review of Plugable Technologies UD-3900 Universal Dock Station
Last updated price $31.22
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ASIN B00ECDM78E

 

Hiearcool UCN3270

Ultra Connectable Hub

Time to level up your laptop experience. The Hieracool USB-C docking station supports triple hi-res displays, as well as a wide range of other devices, from projectors to keyboards.

This smart docking station is all you need to do away with the annoying cables sticking out from your laptop. Now you can plug in the devices directly into the station without having to unplug all the cables to pack up or move. You can also charge your laptop using the PD charging port; a great alternative to (once again) excessive cables – or the costly power stations.

Streamers, gamers, or office people will surely appreciate the triple monitor connectability. The first two ports are 4K HDMI (3840 x 2160@30Hz); the third one is VGA (1920 x 1080@60Hz). Note that the macOS system only supports the mirror mode for the displays. Give yourself the freedom to enjoy your favorite games or movies in the top quality – or level up your productivity at work.

Among the other devices you can connect are televisions, card readers, and of course, your mouse and keyboard. Note, however, that this docking station doesn’t have a microphone adapter.

Review of Hiearcool UCN3270 Laptop Docking Station,11 in 1

Use It as You Want It

One of the biggest pros of using the Hieracool is that you can (finally) organize your workplace the way you want. The docking station allows you to plug in multiple devices without messing up the cables or compromising your desk space. The ports are reliable and flexible enough to make this station really user-focused.

Aside from the monitor ports, the Hieracool provides: 2 super speed USB 3.0 ports; 2 USB 2.0 ports that are backward compatible; as well as the SD/TF card slots. With the power of up to 100W, the station offers less charging time, no overloads, and boosted electrical safety, including short circuit protection. In other words, the Hieracool is one reliable device.

Thanks to the smart design, this docking station won’t surprise you with a sudden flip – or slide under the table. The only problem is the length of the USB-C connecting cable, which could be a bit longer. Due to this issue, you may need to reach back for making the connection changes.

All in all, the Hieracool is one solid docking hub that lets you plug in multiple devices with maximum convenience.

Hiearcool UCN3270 Laptop Docking Station,11 in 1 in the use

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Last updated price $0.00
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ASIN B07QNRM45T

 

NOVOO NVHUBSN12PLX

Designed to Connect

Your experience with a laptop should be as convenient as possible. That’s what the USB-C docking station by NOVOO is for. It’s powerful, versatile, and supports multiple peripheral devices, such as 3 monitors.

If you don’t want your laptop to look like a snake den with all the extra cables, a docking station is your number one assistant. It helps reorganize your work or leisure space – and not plug out a dozen cables if you need to move the laptop. The 100W fast charging plus the Gigabit Ethernet are a nice addition to this versatile device that supports everything you’ll need to work or play.

Connect as many as 3 external monitors – but note that one of the 4 units will be black screen. The HDMI port gives you the 4K@30Hz quality, while the VGA port provides up to 1080@60Hz. Another thing to keep in mind that when you have all 3 connected, you won’t have the max resolution, but without the VGA connection, you’ll be able to max out the experience.

The multiple monitors are super practical not only for graphic designers, but also for gamers or streamers. You can even convert the three into a single monitor using the mirror mode.

Review of NOVOO NVHUBSN12PLX USB C Docking Station Triple Display

Your High Speed Experience

The NOVOO station is not limited to monitors, of course. You can connect many other devices, including projectors, mouse and keyboard, card readers, and more. The SD/TF reader allows you to read vids or photos with the up to 104 Mbps speeds. The handy LED indicator will always tell you when the adapter is active. And unlike some of the competitors, this station has a 3.5mm microphone outlet.

Offering boosted connectivity, the NOVOO comes with sturdy yet flexible connection cables for your comfort. The ports are well-designed and don’t make the cables drop off. As for the docking station itself, it’s balanced enough to not be moving or flipping around while you’re working with it. At the same time, it’s very compact, so you can pack it for a business trip with zero issues.

The only downside to the smart design of the NOVOO is that the USB-C connection cable is a bit short. This means more free space management, but it’s a rather minor flaw of an otherwise amazing unit.

Work or play, this upscale docking station is a real find if you want to unload your laptop – and use it with full comfort.

NOVOO NVHUBSN12PLX USB C Docking Station Triple Display in the use
Last updated price $0.00
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ASIN B09BQZBGN6

 

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Comparison of Laptop Docking Stations

What is a Laptop Docking Station

More and more people nowadays switch from the desktop computer to the laptops. A laptop is much more mobile, easy to carry and you will have no problem moving it from one place to another. And, the smaller your laptop is, the easier it is for you to go wherever you want with it. At the same time, it may pose some challenges to work with a very small laptop. The display, keyboard, and touchpad of these devices are smaller than those of the stationary PCs. It is not uncommon for users to connect external devices to a laptop, for example, a mouse, a keyboard, or a monitor, for easier usage. This way, the laptop only acts as a base system unit and does not differ all that much from a desktop computer in terms of convenience. But sometimes you may encounter a problem — the number of ports in your laptop may be not enough to connect one more necessary device. Or another one: when you plug your devices in and out very often, the port may start acting worse, and eventually break down. That's why the notebook docking stations were created. A docking station for a laptop will extend your laptop's performance capabilities, will make its usage as comfortable as it is with a PC, but will still preserve all the benefits of using a laptop.

If you only need to expand the USB connectivity options and do not see any necessity in purchasing such a multi-functional device, then you might find it interesting to read our USB hubs review.

What Features to Compare

When you select a laptop notebook docking station, the first thing to think about is what devices you are going to connect to your laptop. Then, depending on your needs, look through available Ports on the laptop docking station. And we mean both the number of ports and their intended use. The ports may differ. There are ports for external storage devices, like USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, and ports for external data displaying devices (monitors and TV-sets): HDMI, VGA, DVI, Display Ports. Also, almost all modern notebook docking stations feature Ethernet ports to connect to the high-speed cable Internet. The laptop docking station may additionally feature an output for a microphone and speakers.

The second step you should take is to understand how you will connect the notebook docking station to your laptop. So, pay attention to the device's Connectivity. Some laptop docking stations can be connected via a USB port, and some require a special port. The laptop docking stations with a USB connectivity interface are suited for all users, no matter what kind of laptops they use — the docking station will connect just fine. And docking stations with a special port will work only with a few models produced by specific manufacturers. One more feature that might affect the connection between the notebook docking station and a laptop is the supported operating system. Note that not every docking station will work with a Linux OS or Windows RT.

At the end, we would like to recommend you to assess the Additional Features of your docking station for a laptop. Additionally to the main functionality (which is to widen the connectivity options), the docking station for laptops may have other features. For example, it may be the option of charging your laptop. Or an embedded card reader. USB ports can have the charging option even when the docking station is turned off. The list may go on.

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