Docking Stations help organize your cables and facilitate multiple connection types to your PC computer. Dell is a leader in this space so we reviewed each of their 7 docking stations:
If your home office leverages multiple monitors then the Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station (D3100) is the docking station you will want to purchase to power your external displays. Firstly, this docking station is incredibly powerful. Secondly, it has all the bells and whistles you may want: it has 2 x USB 2.0 to 4 pin USB Type A, 1 x headphone input and output 3.5 millimetre. Additionally, it comes with 3 x superspeed USB 3.0 cables. If you use DisplayPort output, HDMI, or DVI, this docking station will help you work and work rapidly across all of your displays.
This is a premium Dell docking station. It comes with all of the expected and standard functionality but with some greatly enhanced hardware features. Firstly, it has traditional ports: 1x USB-C 3, 1 (Gen 2), 1x USB-A 3. 1 (Gen 1 with power Share), 1x combo Audio/headset, 1x audio out. But what makes this docking station more expensive is the Thunderbolt 3 technology built-in. Thunderbolt 3 uses the USB-C connector but will give you far superior performance, especially if using many CPU cycles on your computer. If you have intensive computational needs, this will be the best Dell docking station you can buy.
If you want to lock your computer to a desk, or mount if for security purposes, then you would be wise to consider a docking station that enables you to insert your computer while getting all of the traditional benefits of a docking station. The Dell E-Port Plus Advanced Port Replicator with USB 3.0 is built for E Series in mind; as such, make sure your laptop is compatible with this docking station before purchasing it.
The Dell 452-BCYT D6000 Universal Dock offers the best of dell for a very reasonable price. With this product you can enjoy ultra HD 5K on a single screen or up to three 4K displays via USB C. This docking station supports up to three 4K displays or a single 5K Display and works great with modern Windows computers (i.e. Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10). This docking station will transform your laptop into a home office device of your choice as you will be able to connect speakers, keyboards, mice, external displays, and your computer and have them all centrally connected and managed together.
The Dell WD19 180W Docking Station has a USB-C docking interface and includes a SuperSpeed USB cable for optimal speed and connectivity. It is not only powerful but it is compact: it weighs only 21 ounces and is only 8 by 3 inches – this means you can place it cleanly on your desk without it consuming a lot of surface area. A docking station that is this fast, small, and powerful will make working from home even easier. It also has audio out which means you can connect headphones to the docking station too. This is perfect for joining conference calls or listening to music at the click of a button.
The Dell WD19 90W Docking Station has a USB-C docking interface and includes a SuperSpeed USB cable for optimal speed and connectivity. It is not only powerful but it is compact: it weighs only 21 ounces and is only 8 by 3 inches – this means you can place it cleanly on your desk without it consuming a lot of surface area. This docking station is 90 watt; before purchasing this docking station confirm your wattage needs. Much like the Dell WD19 180W Docking Station, the functionality is similar (and the design of the box itself is the same). But wattage matters for different computational use-cases. For example, using a larger power-supply (as measured by wattage) will allow you to chain more of your devices together (e.g., through a non-external–powered hub). This means that you might be better off with the higher wattage Dell WD19 if you have drivers to install (i.e. for printing, PC gaming, etc). But as with the 130 wattage version of this product, this Dell docking station is fast, small, and powerful and will make working from home even easier. It also has audio out which means you can connect headphones to the docking station too. This is perfect for joining conference calls or listening to music at the click of a button.
If you want a docking station that is fast, secure, and solves all of your connectivity needs in one then look no further than the Dell WD15 Monitor Dock 4K with 180W Adapter. It has a 7.4mm barrel and an RJ-45 ethernet port. You can plug in your computer, headphone or mic, and get started right away. Expect a great experience because this docking station is optimized for speed and power.