Best Laptop Docking Stations

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Whether you take your laptop everywhere or always leave it in the house, you want to have the best possible experience when your machine is sitting on your desk, especially if you don't have enough ports. With a universal dock, you can attach your system to multiple monitors and a wide variety of peripherals with extra USB ports.

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Depending on your needs, you can find budget docks that will output to dual HD monitors over standard USB, or more expensive docks that have support for USB Type-C and for 4K monitors that will work not only with your current laptop, but also your next one.

Laptops such as the MacBook Pro and the Surface Pro skimp down on the ports, but don't worry — we've got you covered. And if you only need a few extra ports, consider a USB Type-C hub. Also, take a look at our ports guide to learn about all of the ports out there and which ones you need.

Check out our guide to USB Type-C accessories for more deals. Using Thunderbolt 3? Be sure to check out our explainer, as well as our ranking of the top Thunderbolt 3 docks on the market. If you need some 4K content for those new monitors you're powering, check out our suggestions here.

Here are the best laptop docking stations.

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Rami Tabari
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As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder's dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge.
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  • Steve Says:

    First, big fan of the site. Unfortunately I just had a disappointing experience with the Plugable UD-ULTCD. When it worked it was fantastic. But then the unit would crash and recover, but not recognize connected devices until a hard reboot. The folks at Plugable where great and offered what help they could but we couldn't find a solution. This followed a previous experience a few months back with a number of difficulties using a Dell WD15. Both were running off a Dell XPS 13 9350. Still looking for a dual monitor dock with 4K capability. Thanks for the article.

  • johny Says:

    I think that this is a really helpful and awesome review.

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