10 Best Plugable Docking Stations
for September 2021

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Plugable USB C Docking Station with Charging, Compatible with Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C MacBooks and Specific Windows, Chromebook, Linux Systems (HDMI Display, 60W Charging, Ethernet, 3x USB 3.0 Ports)

Plugable USB C Docking Station with Charging

Compatible with Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C MacBooks and Specific Windows, Chromebook, Linux Systems (HDMI Display, 60W Charging, Ethernet, 3x USB 3.0 Ports)

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What We like

FEATURES - The Plugable UD-CA1A is PCMag.com Editors' Choice award-winning Universal USB 3.1 Type-C docking station with Power Delivery. 4K-capable HDMI display (4K at 30Hz, 2560x1600 and lower at 60Hz). Provides 60W of power to charge your attached system

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Product Features

  • COMPATIBILITY - Single display docking expand the functionality of Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C systems. Compatible with MacBook Air 2018, MacBook Pro (2016/2017/2018), Chromebook, Microsoft Surface Go, HP Spectre x360 13", and Dell XPS (9360, 9560, 9370, 9570, 9380). See Technical Specifications PDF below for details
  • FLEXIBILITY - USB 3.1 enables charging and video output. USB C dock with charging at 60W provided via USB-IF Power Delivery ("PD") standard. HDMI output is through "VESA DisplayPort Alternate Mode over Type-C" ("Alt Mode"). Host system must also be compatible with these technologies
  • NOTES - Requires compatible USB 3.1 Type-C system. Incompatible with legacy USB 3.0 and 2.0 systems. Not all USB-C ports and systems support PD or Alt Mode. Please see our website for additional compatibility tables. DisplayPort monitors are not supported

Notes - requires compatible usb 3.1 type-c system. incompatible with legacy usb 3.0 and 2.0 systems. not all usb-c ports and systems support pd or alt mode. please see our website for additional compatibility tables. displayport monitors are not supported Flexibility - usb 3.1 enables charging and video output. usb c dock with charging at 60w provided via usb-if power delivery ("pd") standard. hdmi output is through "vesa displayport alternate mode over type-c" ("alt mode"). host system must also be compatible with these technologies Compatibility - single display docking expand the functionality of thunderbolt 3 and usb-c systems. compatible with macbook air 2018, macbook pro (2016/2017/2018), chromebook, microsoft surface go, hp spectre x360 13", and dell xps (9360, 9560, 9370, 9570, 9380). see technical specifications pdf below for details

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Plugable USB 3.0 and USB-C Dual 4K Display Docking Station with DisplayPort and HDMI for Windows and Mac (Dual 4K DisplayPort & HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports) Vertical

Plugable USB 3.0 and USB-C Dual 4K Display Docking Station with DisplayPort and HDMI for Windows and Mac (Dual 4K DisplayPort & HDMI

Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports) Vertical

by Plugable
What We like

DUAL 4K MONITORS - Equipped with dual HDMI and DisplayPort ports for easy connection to two 4K monitors, each supporting resolutions up to 3840x2160 @ 60Hz. Lower resolutions such 1920x1080 (1080p) are also supported

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Product Features

  • COMPATIBILITY - Laptop docking station is compatible with Windows 10, 8.x, and 7 and macOS 10.14+. Plug and play driver installation via Windows Update; manual driver installation on Mac. Linux not supported. Dock does not charge host PC.
  • FLEXIBLE EXPANDABILITY - This USB laptop dock provides dual HDMI or DisplayPort video outputs, wired Gigabit Ethernet, 3.5mm combination audio jack, and six USB 3.0 ports. Includes both USB 3.0 and USB-C cables for flexible host connectivity
  • RECOMMENDED USE - For use with web and productivity software at home or the office. Not recommended for gaming. Cannot be mixed with non-DisplayLink USB adapters. Does not support HDCP, will not playback encrypted or copy-protected content

Compatibility - laptop docking station is compatible with windows 10, 8.x, and 7 and macos 10.14+. plug and play driver installation via windows update; manual driver installation on mac. linux not supported. dock does not charge host pc. Recommended use - for use with web and productivity software at home or the office. not recommended for gaming. cannot be mixed with non-displaylink usb adapters. does not support hdcp, will not playback encrypted or copy-protected content Flexible expandability - this usb laptop dock provides dual hdmi or displayport video outputs, wired gigabit ethernet, 3.5mm combination audio jack, and six usb 3.0 ports. includes both usb 3.0 and usb-c cables for flexible host connectivity

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Plugable USB C Cube - Mini Docking Station, Compatible with Thunderbolt 3 Ports and Specific USB-C Systems (No Host Charging, Connect 1x HDMI up to 4K @30Hz Monitor, Ethernet, 3X USB Ports)

Plugable USB C Cube

Mini Docking Station, Compatible with Thunderbolt 3 Ports and Specific USB-C Systems (No Host Charging, Connect 1x HDMI up to 4K @30Hz Monitor, Ethernet, 3X USB Ports)

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What We like

COMPACT DESIGN - Small-scale cube form factor saves valuable desk space at any workstation. Sleek design makes this light-weight dock (130g) perfectly suited for travel, quick setup at conferences or simple connectivity in the meeting room.

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Product Features

  • USB-C COMPATIBILITY - Host laptops must be equipped with a USB-C port supporting DisplayPort Alternate Mode. Examples include 2018 MacBook Pro, 12" Retina MacBook, Microsoft Surface Book 2, HP Spectre x360 13", Dell XPS (9360, 9560, 9370, 9380). Note: Does not charge the attached laptop.
  • CONNECTIVITY - Enables compatible USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 equipped Mac, Windows and Chromebook systems to connect to a single 4K HDMI monitor, 2 USB 2.0 devices, 1 USB 3.0 device and wired gigabit Ethernet. Note: DisplayPort monitors not supported.
  • PERFORMANCE - With VESA DisplayPort Alternate Mode over USB-C ("Alt Mode" technology), the Cube establishes a direct pipeline to your host graphics processor. Enjoy native level display performances up to the host system's GPU capabilities.

Connectivity - enables compatible usb-c and thunderbolt 3 equipped mac, windows and chromebook systems to connect to a single 4k hdmi monitor, 2 usb 2.0 devices, 1 usb 3.0 device and wired gigabit ethernet. note: displayport monitors not supported. Usb-c compatibility - host laptops must be equipped with a usb-c port supporting displayport alternate mode. examples include 2018 macbook pro, 12" retina macbook, microsoft surface book 2, hp spectre x360 13", dell xps (9360, 9560, 9370, 9380). note: does not charge the attached laptop. Performance - with vesa displayport alternate mode over usb-c ("alt mode" technology), the cube establishes a direct pipeline to your host graphics processor. enjoy native level display performances up to the host system's gpu capabilities.

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Plugable USB 3.0 Dual DisplayPort 4K Monitor Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows and Mac (Dual 4K DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports)

Plugable USB 3.0 Dual DisplayPort 4K Monitor Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows and Mac (Dual 4K DisplayPort

Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports)

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What We like

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS - UD-6950 connects to modern Windows and Mac systems with USB 3.0 Type-A port or USB-C port. DisplayPort (not HDMI) monitors, Intel SkyLake i3 or previous generation Intel Core i7, AMD A10 at 2.0GHz or better. Intel HD 4000, AMD Radeon HD 8650, NVidia GeForce 7xxM or better. 8GB of RAM or more. Requires DisplayLink Graphics driver to be installed

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Product Features

  • DUAL DISPLAYPORT MONITORS - Please note DisplayPort and HDMI are separate standards which utilize different cables and connectors. Most PC monitors and all TVs do not have DisplayPort connections. Conversion to HDMI, Single-Link DVI, or VGA is possible via adapters (sold separately). See additional adapter model information below
  • EXPANDABILITY - Plugable UD-6950 provides dual DisplayPort (DP++) outputs, Gigabit Ethernet, audio input/output & six USB 3.0 ports. Dual DisplayPorts support two displays up to [email protected] or a single [email protected] display when using DisplayPort 1.2 displays and cables. Also supports popular lower resolution modes such as 3440x1440, 2560x1440, 1920x1080 (1080P) and more
  • COMPATIBILITY - Full support for Windows 10, 8.1, and 7 and macOS 10.14+ with driver installation. Linux not supported. Not a charging dock. Docking station suggested for use with web and productivity software; not recommended for gaming, video playback or high end graphics work

Dual displayport monitors - please note displayport and hdmi are separate standards which utilize different cables and connectors. most pc monitors and all tvs do not have displayport connections. conversion to hdmi, single-link dvi, or vga is possible via adapters (sold separately). see additional adapter model information below Compatibility - full support for windows 10, 8.1, and 7 and macos 10.14+ with driver installation. linux not supported. not a charging dock. docking station suggested for use with web and productivity software; not recommended for gaming, video playback or high end graphics work Expandability - Plugable ud-6950 provides dual displayport (dp++) outputs, gigabit ethernet, audio input/output & six usb 3.0 ports. dual displayports support two displays up to [email protected] or a single [email protected] display when using displayport 1.2 displays and cables. also supports popular lower resolution modes such as 3440x1440, 2560x1440, 1920x1080 (1080p) and more

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Plugable USB-C 4K Triple Display Docking Station with Charging Support for Specific USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 Windows and Mac Systems (1x HDMI and 2x DisplayPort++ Outputs, 5x USB Ports, 60W USB PD)

Plugable USB-C 4K Triple Display Docking Station with Charging Support for Specific USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 Windows and Mac Systems (1x HDMI and 2x DisplayPort++ Outputs

5x USB Ports, 60W USB PD)

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What We like

IMPORTANT NOTES - The full product description has important info regarding requirements and limitations of this dock. USB-C required. Not all devices support all features. No HDCP support. Supports Intel and M1 Macs on macOS 10.14+ with driver installation

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Product Features

  • TRIPLE 4K DISPLAY DOCK - With a compatible USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 laptop or Windows tablet, this dock can charge your device, connect up to 3 monitors, add a Gigabit Ethernet connection, add 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks, and add multiple USB ports
  • HDMI AND DISPLAYPORT - This dock features 3 video outputs including 1x HDMI 1.4 output capable of 4K 30Hz, and 2x DisplayPort 1.2 (DP++) outputs capable of 4K 60Hz. Video adapters (not included) can convert DisplayPort to VGA, single-link DVI, or HDMI
  • USB-C FEATURES - USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports can enable features such as USB Alternate Mode (Alt Mode) and USB Power Delivery (PD) charging. Support for these features is determined by your laptop manufacturer. See product description for details

Hdmi and displayport - this dock features 3 video outputs including 1x hdmi 1.4 output capable of 4k 30hz, and 2x displayport 1.2 (dp++) outputs capable of 4k 60hz. video adapters (not included) can convert displayport to vga, single-link dvi, or hdmi Usb-c features - usb-c and thunderbolt 3 ports can enable features such as usb alternate mode (alt mode) and usb power delivery (pd) charging. support for these features is determined by your laptop manufacturer. see product description for details Triple 4k display dock - with a compatible usb-c or thunderbolt 3 laptop or windows tablet, this dock can charge your device, connect up to 3 monitors, add a gigabit ethernet connection, add 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks, and add multiple usb ports

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Plugable USB-C Triple Display Docking Station with Charging Support Power Delivery for Specific Windows USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 Systems (2X HDMI and 1x DVI Outputs, 5X USB Ports, 60W USB PD)

Plugable USB-C Triple Display Docking Station with Charging Support Power Delivery for Specific Windows USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 Systems (2X HDMI and 1x DVI Outputs

5X USB Ports, 60W USB PD)

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What We like

IMPORTANT NOTES - The full product description has important info regarding requirements and limitations of this dock. USB-C required. Not all devices support all features. No HDCP support. Linux, Chrome OS not supported. For Mac-compatible triple display dock, check out UD-ULC4K and UD-3900PDZ

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Product Features

  • HDMI AND DVI/VGA - This dock features 3 video outputs including 1x HDMI 1.4 output capable of 4K 30Hz, 1x HDMI 1.3, and 1x DVI/VGA outputs support 1080p 60Hz
  • TRIPLE MONITOR DOCK - With a compatible USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 laptop or Windows tablet, this dock can charge your device, connect up to 3 monitors, add a Gigabit Ethernet connection, add 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks, and add multiple USB ports
  • USB-C FEATURES - USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports can enable features such as USB Alternate Mode (Alt Mode) and 60W USB Power Delivery (PD) charging. Support for these features is determined by your laptop manufacturer. See product description for details

Hdmi and dvi/vga - this dock features 3 video outputs including 1x hdmi 1.4 output capable of 4k 30hz, 1x hdmi 1.3, and 1x dvi/vga outputs support 1080p 60hz Usb-c features - usb-c and thunderbolt 3 ports can enable features such as usb alternate mode (alt mode) and 60w usb power delivery (pd) charging. support for these features is determined by your laptop manufacturer. see product description for details Triple monitor dock - with a compatible usb-c or thunderbolt 3 laptop or windows tablet, this dock can charge your device, connect up to 3 monitors, add a gigabit ethernet connection, add 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks, and add multiple usb ports

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Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI & DVI/VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports) (Renewed)

Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI & DVI/VGA

Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports) (Renewed)

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What We like

2560x1440 output only available when using a single HDMI display. If dual displays are connected, each will be limited to a maximum resolution of 1920x1200. Cannot be mixed with non-DisplayLink USB graphics adapters and drivers (e.g. MCT, j5, or SMSC). DVI dual-link and DisplayPort connections not supported. Does not support HDCP, and will not allow for playback of encrypted Bluray disks or copy-protected content

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Product Features

  • Provides SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5Gbps) link from PC to dual video, gigabit Ethernet, audio input/output, and two USB 3.0 ports. (VIA VL811+ chipset with latest 9095 firmware. USB 2.0 backwards compatibility, plug and play, devices can be hot-swapped, supports USB over-current protection)
  • HDMI port supports resolutions up to 2560x1440 with a single HDMI display or 1080P if two displays are attached. DVI/VGA port supports display resolutions up to 2048x1152 / 1920x1200; wired Ethernet port supports 10/100/1000Mbps speeds
  • UD-3900 docking station is compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, & legacy XP systems. Surface RT, Mac OS X, and Linux/Unix are not supported. Docking station is suggested for use with web and productivity software; not recommended for gaming

Hdmi port supports resolutions up to 2560x1440 with a single hdmi display or 1080p if two displays are attached. dvi/vga port supports display resolutions up to 2048x1152 / 1920x1200; wired ethernet port supports 10/100/1000mbps speeds Ud-3900 docking station is compatible with windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, & legacy xp systems. surface rt, mac os x, and linux/unix are not supported. docking station is suggested for use with web and productivity software; not recommended for gaming Provides superspeed usb 3.0 (5gbps) link from pc to dual video, gigabit ethernet, audio input/output, and two usb 3.0 ports. (via vl811+ chipset with latest 9095 firmware. usb 2.0 backwards compatibility, plug and play, devices can be hot-swapped, supports usb over-current protection)

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Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Mini Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI and DVI/VGA, Gigabit Ethernet)

Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Mini Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI and DVI/VGA

Gigabit Ethernet)

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MULTIPLE DISPLAYS - A single USB 3.0 connection from a host PC to this dock provides dual video outputs and wired Gigabit Ethernet

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Product Features

  • RECOMMENDED USE - For use with web and productivity software; not recommended for gaming. Cannot be mixed with non-DisplayLink USB adapters. DisplayPort connections not supported. Does not support HDCP, will not playback encrypted or copy-protected content
  • DUAL HD MONITORS - Built-in HDMI and DVI outputs each supporting 1920x1200 resolution @ 60Hz refresh rate. HDMI port supports resolutions up to 2560x1440 @ 50Hz with a single HDMI display only
  • COMPATIBILITY - Docking station compatible with Windows 10, 8.x, 7, and XP systems. Plug and play driver installation via Windows Update. Not supported are Surface RT, macOS, and Linux. Wired Ethernet supports Gigabit speed. Dock does not charge host PC

Recommended use - for use with web and productivity software; not recommended for gaming. cannot be mixed with non-displaylink usb adapters. displayport connections not supported. does not support hdcp, will not playback encrypted or copy-protected content Compatibility - docking station compatible with windows 10, 8.x, 7, and xp systems. plug and play driver installation via windows update. not supported are surface rt, macos, and linux. wired ethernet supports gigabit speed. dock does not charge host pc Dual hd monitors - built-in hdmi and dvi outputs each supporting 1920x1200 resolution @ 60hz refresh rate. hdmi port supports resolutions up to 2560x1440 @ 50hz with a single hdmi display only

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Plugable Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station with Dual Video Outputs and 4K Support for Windows 10, 8.1, 7 (HDMI and DVI or VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 4 USB 3.0 Ports, VESA Mount Aluminum Mini)

Plugable Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station with Dual Video Outputs and 4K Support for Windows 10

8.1, 7 (HDMI and DVI or VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 4 USB 3.0 Ports, VESA Mount Aluminum Mini)

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FLEXIBLE EXPANDABILITY - A single USB 3.0 connection from a host PC to this dock provides dual video outputs, wired Gigabit Ethernet, 3.5mm audio jack (TRRS), and four USB 3.0 ports. Optional VESA mounting bracket for compatible displays included

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Product Features

  • COMPATIBILITY - Docking station compatible with Windows 10, 8.x, 7 systems. Plug and play driver installation via Windows Update. Not supported are Surface RT, macOS, and Linux. Wired Ethernet supports Gigabit speed. Dock does not charge host PC
  • RECOMMENDED USE - For use with web and productivity software; not recommended for gaming. Cannot be mixed with non-DisplayLink USB adapters. DisplayPort connections not supported. Does not support HDCP, will not playback encrypted or copy-protected content
  • DUAL HD MONITORS OR SINGLE 4K MONITOR - Built-in HDMI and DVI outputs each supporting 1920x1200 resolution @ 60Hz refresh rate. Includes DVI to VGA adapter. HDMI port supports resolutions up to 3840x2160 @ 30Hz with a single HDMI display only

Recommended use - for use with web and productivity software; not recommended for gaming. cannot be mixed with non-displaylink usb adapters. displayport connections not supported. does not support hdcp, will not playback encrypted or copy-protected content Dual hd monitors or single 4k monitor - built-in hdmi and dvi outputs each supporting 1920x1200 resolution @ 60hz refresh rate. includes dvi to vga adapter. hdmi port supports resolutions up to 3840x2160 @ 30hz with a single hdmi display only Compatibility - docking station compatible with windows 10, 8.x, 7 systems. plug and play driver installation via windows update. not supported are surface rt, macos, and linux. wired ethernet supports gigabit speed. dock does not charge host pc

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Plugable Pro8 Charging & USB Docking Station for Select Windows Tablets - Simultaneously Charges & Adds Extended Display Output, 3.5mm Audio in/Out, 10/100 Ethernet, and 4 2.0 USB Ports.

Plugable Pro8 Charging & USB Docking Station for Select Windows Tablets

Simultaneously Charges & Adds Extended Display Output, 3.5mm Audio in/Out, 10/100 Ethernet, and 4 2.0 USB Ports.

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EXPANDABILITY - Provides 10/100 wired Ethernet network port, 3.5mm analog stereo headphone/speaker and mic jacks, and 4 USB 2.0 ports

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Product Features

  • COMPATIBILITY - The Pro8 dock's method of charging and supporting USB devices is only compatible with select Windows tablets: Dell Venue 8 Pro, HP Stream 7/8, Lenovo Miix 2 8", Nextbook 8
  • EXTERNAL DISPLAY - Add an extra DVI, VGA, or HDMI display up to 1080p (DVI to VGA and DVI to HDMI adapters included, HDMI is video only)
  • UNIQUE DELL DOCK SOLUTION - All-in-one docking solution designed to charge select Windows tablets like the Dell Venue 8 Pro and connect an external display and USB devices at the same time

External display - add an extra dvi, vga, or hdmi display up to 1080p (dvi to vga and dvi to hdmi adapters included, hdmi is video only) Unique dell dock solution - all-in-one docking solution designed to charge select windows tablets like the dell venue 8 pro and connect an external display and usb devices at the same time Compatibility - the pro8 dock's method of charging and supporting usb devices is only compatible with select windows tablets: dell venue 8 pro, hp stream 7/8, lenovo miix 2 8", nextbook 8

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