We’re seeing teams seeking the right docking stations to suit their users’ computers and monitors. Incompatibilities can range from wake-from-sleep issues, to incorrect monitor resolutions and in some cases, complete incompatibility.
Thunderbolt 3 docks
For laptops or tablets with a USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 port. Greatest support for high resolution displays (QHD, 2K and 4K) without lag or distortion and can typically charge the laptop while connecting peripherals and monitors via a single USB-C Thunderbolt 3 cable.
Near-universal support for modern laptops and tablets with USB-C to connect peripherals and monitors while typically charging the laptop via a single USB-C cable.
USB-A or USB- 3.0 docks
Near-universal support for older laptops and tablets equipped with rectangular USB ports to connect peripherals and monitors. Support for high resolution monitors and video is reduced relative to Thunderbolt 3. Not able to charge laptop when connected.
Less common due to improvements in dock technology, port replicators that laptops are ‘clicked’ into and vendor-exclusive side-docks have their own custom specifications. We can test to ensure compatibility with your preferred monitor setups and inputs.
For staff using laptops or tablets with few USB ports who need to connect multiple peripherals, including a mouse, keyboard, printers and scanner but no monitor. In general, hubs do not charge the laptop. If connecting devices that require USB power to run, including portable printers without their own power adapter, a hub with its own power supply is recommended.
What about Docking Monitors?
There are several types of Docking Monitor on the market too. These can have the benefit of further reducing cable clutter through using a single cable to connect your laptop to accessories, power, monitors and network (depending on model).
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