How do I choose the right docking station?

by sogrow team

How do I choose the right docking station?

Would you like to connect a docking station to your laptop but are unsure which one is right for you? Here's how to choose the best docking station for your application. It is important to determine in advance what you want to do with the docking station. Having a Windows laptop, MacBook, or Chromebook also influences your choice.


Choose a docking station

Docking stations look very similar. However, they differ on several levels. Ask yourself the following question: 

  • What model of the notebook would you like to equip with a docking station? 
  • What main connection do you need? 
  • What is the docking station used for? 
  • Do you have the right cables to connect everything?

Which laptop model would you like to equip with a docking station? 

PC Monitors Laptop Docking Station 

There are docking stations that will not work with certain types of notebook computers. This is due to the operating system of your laptop. Do you have a Windows laptop? Filter the products to find suitable docking stations for Windows. If you are using a MacBook, it is the same principle. There are also docking stations that are suitable for multiple operating systems. This is useful when working with different types of laptops.


What main connection do you need? 

What port on your laptop do you use to connect the docking station? Choose a docking station model with the same connection as your laptop. 

Warning: Will you be using your laptop's USB-C port to connect your docking station? So check what kind of USBC connector it is. The type determines whether an additional PC monitor or just a USB stick can be connected.


What is the docking station used for? 

Docking stations have different functions. There are docking stations that support 1 additional PC monitor and docking stations that support 2 additional PC monitors. Some models have a port for charging a laptop or phone. So, check out the docking station features to choose the model that supports everything you want to do.


Do you have the right cables to connect everything? 

If you have the right connections, you also need the right cables. The corresponding cables have plugs that connect to the port. For example, you need an HDMI cable for an HDMI connection. The plug is called "male", and the connection is called "female." Also, check the length of the cable to see if it is long enough to bridge the distance between the docking station and your laptop.