The idea of a laptop docking station is to provide a more ergonomic workstation by moving your laptop away from your desk and onto a dedicated workstation. Laptop docking stations allow you to work on your laptop and have access to a mouse, keyboard, and other desktop peripherals at the same time.
If you need a portable workstation, then you might be considering a portable laptop. These compact laptops have smaller screens, keyboards, and are lighter and easier to carry around than their full-size counterparts. A portable laptop can be used as a tablet and is often more affordable than a laptop with a full-size keyboard.
To help you find the best laptop for you, here’s what to consider when shopping and our top picks at a variety of price points.
Our Editor’s Best Laptop Docking Stations Reviews
- 【10 in 1 USB C Docking Station Dual Monitor】Featuring an impressive 10 ports, (you can easily extend your laptop from one type c into 10 ports), with 2*4K HDMI, 1Gbps RJ45, 10Gbps USB C/USB A 3.1 ports, 100W USB C PD Port, 2*USB 2.0 ports, TF/SD card readers. Laptop docking station no need for any drivers or software, just plug and play.
- 【4K USB C Docking Station Dual Monitor for Windows】The Laptop docking station with 2 hdmi ports, can easily to achieve dual-monitor displays for Windows OS. Extended Mode can achieve up to 4K@30Hz, Windows users can achieve BC effect when dual monitor, up to 4K@30Hz. (Note:Display effect will vary due to computer parameters).♥♥Please note that: Mac OS ONLY support mirror mode, up to 4K@30Hz♥♥
- 【Superspeed Data Transfer--10Gbps】10Gbps USB-A and 10Gbps USB-C data port on the front of the universal docking station.Their super-speed data transfer is ideal for drive and HDD devices, the time required to transfer a 20G file just needs 16.4s! The Laptop Adapter also offers 2 USB 2.0 ports to connect your wireless keyboard and mouse without any lag.
- 【Stable 1000Mbps Ethernet & Fast 100W PD Charging】USB C ethernet adapter provides faster data transfers and better security than most Wi-Fi connections,1G movie can be downloaded in a few minutes. Docking station for laptop a PD port will charge your laptop and help the other 12 devices work at the same time, supporting 100W max.
- 【Incredible Compatibility & 1-Year Warranty】HDMI Docking Station With this USB C docking station dual monitor, you will get a welcome guide, We sincerely provide 24-hours service and 12-Month Warranty . If you have any issues before or after the order, please do not hesitate to contact us for a pleasant solution.
- Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 7 and Mac OS 10.9 later version (does not support Surface RT, Linux/Unix). In order for this docking station to work as intended DO NOT connect it to a computer before installing the provided drivers (drivers provided in the CD). If you experience issues please uninstall the DisplayLink Graphics drivers as described in the User Manual. Requires current DisplayLink drivers which can be downloaded at DisplayLink (dot) com.
- Connect up to two monitors using the HDMI and DVI-I ports; DVI-I to VGA adapter included
- Features 9 peripheral ports: 2 USB 3.0 ports for connecting accessories like an external hard drive or extra USB graphics adapter; 4 USB 2.0 ports for connecting older devices like mice, keyboards, and printers; RJ-45 Gbit Ethernet network port; audio/input to connect headphones and microphones
- Universal laptop docking station provides convenient connectivity for an expanded workspace; connect a Windows laptop, desktop, or tablet with up to 2 additional monitors, an Ethernet network, and 9 peripherals—all through a single USB cable; for web/productivity software (not recommended for gaming); functions as a USB hub only; does not offer charging functionality
- Includes universal laptop docking station, USB 3.0 cable, power adapter, CD (driver and user manual), and quick installation guide; backed by an Amazon Basics limited 1-year warranty
- 【120Hz USB C to HDMI Adapter】Simply connect docking station with the HDMI port and you can enjoy Ultra HD audio instantly(Single Display Up to 4K@120Hz). Hdmi splitter for dual monitors support mirror or extend mode with crystal clear 3D visual and high quality video experience through 2 HDMI ports. You can do different project on different monitors which provide you more space for work, good for home office.
- 【Stable 1000Mbps Ethernet】USB to ethernet adapter provides faster data transfers and better security than most Wi-Fi connections; Simply Plug the usb c hub to your laptop and plug in an ethernet cable, you will enjoy an ultra-fast surfing feeling. Baseus usb docking station which is the Ideal solution for unstable Wi-Fi or a failed network card.
- 【Fast Power Delivering Hub】The usb c multiport adapter equipped with one type-c charging port for connecting extra power supply which supports charging your laptop(Powered up to 85W). No need to worry about losing laptop's power when usb c docking station fully loaded. Note: There is not equipped with an additional charging cable.
- 【Advance USB C Card Reader】The laptop docking station dual monitor with light and compact body also insert SD and TF slots. You can transfer photos in seconds to your laptop with highest speed up to 104MB/s and conveniently browse photos instantly on your USB-C smartphones/laptops. USB c dock is perfect for Photographer or Designer or Video editor,etc.
- 【Effortless Data Transfer】Built in 2*USB3.0 + 1*USB2.0 Ports, which fulfill high speed rates data transfer and wide range of applications at the same time. USB 3.0 ports support up to 5Gbps transmission speed rates, fast enough to transfer HD movie in seconds. And usb c adapter comes with a USB 2.0 port, perfect to connect a keyboard, mouse or other USB A connected peripherals without any lag.
- 【Versatile Display Connectivity】With 2 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, and 1 VGA port, this MOKiN USB C docking station dual monitor offers comprehensive display connectivity options. Whether your monitor has different ports or you need to connect to various displays, this docking station dual monitor provides the flexibility to adapt to your needs. (❤️Note: on MacOS system, the screens of external monitors are the same, no matter they are displayed in mirror mode or extended mode.)
- 【Fast and Powerful Charging】Charge your laptop with ease using the 100W USB-C PD charging port on this USB C docking station 3 monitors. This pass-through charging ensures that your laptop is fully charged and ready to go.
- 【Efficient Data Transfer】With 2 USB-A 2.0 and 1 USB-C 2.0 ports, this laptop docking station with 2 hdmi ports enables data transfer speeds of up to 480MB/s. Connect your USB devices like a mouse, keyboard, or USB disk to your laptop with ease.
- 【Compatibility】Please ensure your laptop has Thunderbolt or full-function USB-C ports before purchasing this laptop docking station dual monitor. If you're unsure whether this docking station monitors is suitable for your laptop, simply share your laptop model with us and we'll verify compatibility.
- 【18-Month Warranty】Enjoy peace of mind with our MOKiN brand's 18-month warranty. If you experience any issues while using this USB C docking station triple monitors, simply let us know and we'll definitely resolve it for you.
- USB C Docking Station(13 in 1): This docking station easily convert your laptop’s USB-C/thunderbolt 3/Type C Port into 13 Ports: HDMI 1 (4K@60Hz), HDMI 2 (4K@30Hz),Display Port(4K@60Hz),100W USB C Power Delivery port,Gigabit Ethernet(1Gbps) ,3 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0,SD/Micro SD card readers,3.5mm Mic/audio port. This laptop docking station is a great gadgets that makes your work more effective.
- Extend more laptop monitor workspace for your laptop projects with Ultra High-definition 4K output : This docking station dual monitor support dual monitors and triple displays for Windows. While single use HDMI 1 port or displayport resolution up to 4K@60Hz, single use HDMI2 resolution up to 4K@30Hz. Dual monitors will be 4K@30Hz and 2K@60Hz(DP1.4). Triple monitors will be 1080P(DP1.4). Note:MacBook laptops only support mirror display, same image on external monitors. (The hub Not Support Using Converter)
- More Stable Network Connection & Fast Data Transmission: The hp docking station’s ethernet lan port provides up to 1000Mbps,no need driver/software, just plug and play. And this dell docking station equipped with 3 USB 3. 0 ports(speed up to 5Gbps) that allows you transfer files in seconds from your usb flash driver, usb/usb c hard disks,2 USB 2. 0(speed up to 480Mbps) that special for you to connect to the mouse/keyboard without any lags,and Convenient USB C to SD/TF card reader(speed up to 104Mbs) that allows you to quickly view your photos or videos, perfect for Photographer or Designer or Video editor,etc
- Fast & Safe USB C Power Delivery 100W Charging Port&Audio Jack Port: This lenovo docking station support power delivery up to 100W, and safe power out (charging) is limited to 87W, worry-free about power storage.★Please make sure your device support power delivery protocol,otherwise it won’t charge for your laptop. Also, this usb c hub dual hdmi have 3.5mm Mic/Audio jack for you can enjoy the music and movie without disturbing others
- Strong Compatibility: This usb c dock dongle hub multiport adapter compatible with all laptops with thunderbolt3/4/usb-c/type c(with vidieo out put function ), such Dell Latitude 5330,5420,5430,5530,5431,5531,7330,7420,7430,7530,9420,9430,Dell Inspiron,Dell Vostro,XPS 13/15/17;HP Elitebook Zbook g7,g8, HP Probook,Lenovo t14s,Yoga 720/910/920/930,Thinkpad;Surface Pro 8/7/X/Go/Laptop 3,etc. If you are not sure if this usb c hub laptop dock docking station multiple monitor adapter work on your latop, please feel free to contact vvb service support
- 【14 IN 1 USB C Docking Station】Laptop docking station multiple monitors is designed with 2*4K@60Hz/30Hz HDMI, 4K@60Hz Displayport, 100W PD Charging Port, 2*USB-C(10Gbps USB-C 3.1,5Gbps USB-C 3.0), 2*USB-A(10Gbps USB-A 3.1,5Gbps USB-A 3.0), 2*480Mbps USB 2.0, 1000Mbps Gigabit Enternet, 3.5 mm Audio/Mic, SD and TF card ports, which meet all your connecting needs in a dock.
- 【Docking Station 3 Monitor 2 4K HDMI+1080P DP】The dell docking station hdmi will help you easily to achieve dual monitor and triple monitor display, Single monitor display HDMI1 resolution can up to 4K@60Hz, HDMI2 up 4K@30Hz and Displayport up to 4K@60Hz. NOTE: Mac OS ONLY support mirror mode and check if your laptop has full function Type C--thunderbolt 4/3, USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 and USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (full function) port.
- 【10Gbps&5Gbps Super Speed Data Transfer Ports】The HP docking station for laptop have 2*USB-C 3.1 3.0 and 2*USB-A 3.1 3.0, which tranfer speed max to 10Gbps and 5Gbps, allows you tranfer files in seconds from your usb flash driver, usb/usb c hard disks. The usb 3.0 docking station 2 USB 2.0 480Mbps can connect the keyboard or mouse without any lag. NOTE: This is usb c dock only 1 HDD/SSD can be connected at the same time. Not available for Logitech keyboard and Mouse, SuperDrive.
- 【100W Fast Power Delivery and 104Mb/s SD&TF】The macbook dual monitor docking station equipped with a type-c charging port which can be charged directly to the laptop without unplugging the surface pro docking station. It speeds up to input 100W and output 85W, providing stability during the lenovo docking station working. NOTE: please make sure your laptop charging power supply more than 65w. SD and TF card reader highest speed up to 104Mb/s, which can transfer photos in seconds to your laptops.
- 【1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet and 3.5mm Audio&Mic】This usb c to usb adapter ethernet port support 10/100/1000BASE-T Lan networks, just plug in an ethernet cable, you can enjoy the ultra-fast gigabit ethernet speeds and the reliability of a wired connection directly. USB to ethernet hub provides faster data transfers and better security than most Wi-Fi connections. USB C dock have a 3.5mm Audio&Mic port for you to put in your wired headset, so that you can enjoy music without disturbing others.
- Boost your PC’s power on the world’s most powerful and first modular dock with a future-ready design. WD19S 180W is a simplified version of WD19 180W without 3.5mm ports.
- Interfaces: 2x display / video - DisplayPort - 20 pin DisplayPort. 1x display / video - HDMI - 19 pin HDMI Type A.
- Interfaces: 1x USB-C. 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 - 9 pin USB Type A. 2x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2. 1x network - Ethernet 1000 - RJ-45.
- Max Resolution Details: 3840 x 2160 - 60 Hz (DisplayPort 1.4 over USB-C). 3840 x 2160 - 30 Hz (DisplayPort 1.2 over USB-C).
- Note: 130W power delivery to Dell systems, 90W power delivery to non-Dell systems.
- 【14 IN 1 USB C Docking Station】MOKiN USB C HDMI multiport hub equips with 2 4K capable HDMI ports, VGA ports, Gigabit RJ45 port, USB C PD port (only charging), USB C Data Transfer port(Speed up to 5Gbps), 3x USB 3.0 Ports and 2x USB 2.0 ports,SD/Micro SD card readers and 3.5mm Mic/audio port. With a simple plug and play connectivity, This USB C hub turns Thunderbolt 3 capable PC laptop into a mobile workstation!
- 【Triple Display and Ultra HD 4K Output】Windows system support MST and SST(Mirror & Extend Mode). Single use HDMI 1 can up to 4K 60Hz under DP1.4 source. HDMI resolution will be 4K@30Hz if two monitors play simultaneously and will be 1080P@60Hz when dual or triple display with VGA. Please note: Mac OS DOES NOT support triple display, it only support mirror mode and non-mirror mode. Non-mirror mode means that the three external monitors are same but different from laptop.
- 【Gigabit Etherne&Audio Jack】USB C To Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, provide stable wire ethernet condition,make your work more effective. Speed up to 1000Mbs. Plug and play, no need install any driver or software. The 3.5mm Audio Port with mic and audio-out function Provide 100W Power Delivery for your usb c laptops. The other usb c data port, speed up to 5Gbp/s. You can connect more usb-c devices for data transfer.
- 【5 USB Ports and SD/Micro SD Card Reader】Laptop Docking Station eqquiped with 3x USB 3.0 ports (up to 5Gbp/s) connect smartphones, tablet, hard drives for effortless data transfer with USB-C port. And Provide 2xUSB 2.0, speed up to 480mb/s, it allows you to connect keyboard or mouse without any lags. The SD TF Card reader (Speed up to 104 Mbp/s) for USB-C/Type-C/Thunderbolt 3 devices to access files from SD/TF card reader, quickly view your photos or videos.
- 【Strong Compatibility】 Dual monitor latpop docking stations compatible with all thunderbolt 3 devices: HP Spectre x2/HP Spectre x360/HP Elite×2 1012/HP Elitebook Folio G1/HP ZBook 15 G3/HP Laptop 13-af001TU/HP Probook 450 G5/6/7/Dell XPS13/15,Lenovo Yoga 720/910/920/930,Microsoft Surface Book 2/ Surface Go/ Surface Laptop 3,Dell Latitude 13 7000/Latitude 13 E7370 etc.
- 【7 IN 1 USB C Docking Station】MOKiN USB C multiport hub equips with 2 *DP（4K@60HZ）, 1*HDMI（4K@60Hz）, 1*VGA（1080P@60Hz）,3*USB-A 2.0(480Mbps).This USB C hub turns a Thunderbolt 3 capable PC laptop into a mobile workstation, saving you valuable desktop space.
- 【4K Triple Displays & HD 4K Output】Single use DP1/2 can up to 8K@30Hz under windows system DP1.4 source.Dual monitors in up to 4K@60Hz. or triple monitors in up to 4K@60Hz and 4K@30Hz.When you use a DP1.4 Windows system laptop connected to four monitors, one of the screens will go black.⚡ Please note: macOS only supports mirror mode,which means all connected monitors will show the same content(contents：A-BBBB).
- 【Stable Data Transfer】MOKiN USB C Hub data transfer rate up to 480Mbps, Stable transfer and backup data for your external devices. And usb c adapter comes with 3* USB-A 2.0 port, perfect to connect a keyboard, mouse or other USB A connected peripherals without any lag.
- 【Plug & Play】MOKiN Multiport Laptop Docking Station requires no driver, just plug and play. It is an ideal USB C docking station, suitable for most laptops.
- 【Strong Compatibility & 18-Month Warranty】Our USB-C docking station is compatible with MacBook, Samsung, AOC, Dell, LG, HP, Lenovo, etc.MOKiN will be happy to help you check whether this docking station is compatible with your device. After purchase you will have 18-month worry-free warranty.
- 7 in 1 USB C Docking Station: This Laptop Docking Stations Dual Monitors Adapter has perfectly combined all the functions you need. Convert a single USB-C port into 7 ports:4K*2K 60Hz Display Port, 4K*2K 30Hz HDMI,4K*2K 60Hz HDMI,1080P 60Hz VGA,3* USB 2.0 ports.❤Attention: ONLY Windows OS can extend four display (support MST&SST Mode), Mac OS DOES NOT support Extend Mode, HDMI 1 and DP will be 60HZ while work separately while source is DP1.4.
- Ultra HD 4K Output & Multi-Monitor Display: Designed with four high-definition video output ports,mirror or extend your screen with the 2 HDMI ports, VGA port, DP port and transfer vivid 4K Ultra HD@60Hz or Full HD 1080P@60Hz video to HDTV, monitors or projectors.Under Extended Mode, you can enjoy 5 multiple display from 2*HDMI, 1*DP, 1*VGA output and 1*screen of laptop. 2 HDMI ports can be used simultaneously, resolution up to 4K@60Hz.
- Reliable Data Transfer: 3*USB-A 2.0 ports support transmission speed rates of up to 480Mbps,connect to your smart phone, keyboard, mouse, tablet and hard drive for effortless data transfer. Plug and Play, Easy to Use, No Drivers required.
- USB-C to HDMI Multiport Adapter: USB-C to Display Port Hub supports up to 4Kx2K@60Hz 3840x2160, connects the laptop with a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 port to a monitor with Display Port; USB C to Dual HDMI Hub compatible for VGA projectors, stream video to a UHD TV, or connect to a projector for a presentation. ❤Please make sure your laptop specification support DP1.4 signal output, or it will be 30HZ.
- Broad Compatibility: This USB C Adapter Dual HDMI compatible with thunderbolt 3 devices, such as Dell XPS 13/15, Dell Latitude 13 7000/Latitude 13 E7370; Lenovo Yoga 720/910/920/930; HP Spectre x2/HP Spectre x360/HP Elite x2 1012/HP Elitebook Folio G1/HP ZBook 15 G3/HP Laptop 13-af001TU/HP Probook 450 G5/6/7, Microsoft Surface Book 2/ Surface Go/ Surface Laptop 3 etc.
Best Laptop Docking Stations Buying Guide
Before choosing the best laptop docking station you should consider following options:
1. Multiple Monitor Support: Does the docking station support multiple monitors? If so, how many?
If your laptop supports up to three monitors, look for a docking station that supports three or more. If your laptop supports up to two monitors, look for a docking station that supports two or more.
Similarly, if your laptop supports one or two monitors, look for a docking station that supports one or two.
2. Display Connectivity: What kind of connections does the docking station support for connecting displays?
You will find docking stations with different types of display connectors. Some docking stations support DVI and HDMI connections, while others support DP connections.
You can get a docking station with multiple display connectors, or one with just one or two display connectors.
You should choose a docking station with the display connectors that your monitor supports.
3. Display Resolution Support: The resolution of the display determines the effective desktop real estate.
The higher the resolution, the larger the effective desktop real estate.
The effective desktop real estate determines how many windows you can have open at the same time without crowding the screen.
The higher the resolution, the more windows you can have open at the same time.
Thus, you should get a docking station that supports a higher resolution if you need multiple displays.
4. USB Connectivity: How many USB ports does the docking station support?
Some docking stations have multiple USB ports, while others have just one or two USB ports.
USB ports come in handy for connecting external drives and other peripherals. If your laptop supports only one or two USB ports, look for a docking station with more USB ports.
What else you should know about laptop docking stations
1. What are laptop docking stations?
Laptop docking stations are devices that are used to connect a laptop to other devices, such as a monitor, printer, or keyboard. They typically include multiple ports, such as USB, HDMI, and Ethernet, which allow the laptop to be connected to multiple devices at once.
2. What are the benefits of using a laptop docking station?
There are many benefits of using a laptop docking station. Some of these benefits include:
1. Increased Productivity: A laptop docking station can increase your productivity by giving you easier access to all of your peripherals. When your laptop is docked, you can have quick and easy access to things like an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse. This can help you get your work done faster and more efficiently.
2. More Connectivity Options: A docking station also gives you more connectivity options. With more ports and connections, you can connect your laptop to more devices and peripherals. This can be very helpful if you need to use multiple monitors or connect to multiple devices.
3. Better Ergonomics: A laptop docking station can also help you with your ergonomics. When your laptop is docked, it can be positioned at a better angle for your viewing and typing comfort. This can help reduce strain on your neck and back.
4. Protection for Your Laptop: A docking station can also help protect your laptop from being damaged. When your laptop is docked, it is less likely to be dropped or knocked over. This can help keep your laptop in good condition and prevent costly repairs.
3. What are the best laptop docking stations?
The best laptop docking stations are those that provide the most ports and the best connectivity.
4. What are the different types of laptop docking stations?
Docking stations for laptops are devices that allow a laptop to connect to additional peripherals, such as a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and printer. They typically include additional ports, such as USB and Ethernet, and may offer charging capabilities. Some docking stations are designed for specific laptop models, while others are universal.
5. How do laptop docking stations work?
A laptop docking station is a piece of hardware that allows a laptop to connect to additional peripherals, such as a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. The docking station typically has multiple ports that the laptop can connect to, and it also provides power to the laptop.
On the market, there are numerous best laptop docking stations. Hopefully, the list of the top ten best laptop docking stations will save you time researching and deciding on the best one for you.