What is a docking station?

A docking station (or port replicator) is a device which connects quickly to your laptop to enable the attachment of many peripherals, monitors, printers and even projectors. They are used to save time when a user regularly needs to split their time between a fixed desk and being mobile.
Docking stations are finding popularity outside of the workplace as a means of connecting laptops to home cinema systems and HD televisions.

What should I look for when buying a docking station?

When buying a docking station you should firstly ensure compatibility with your laptop. You also need to ensure all the devices you are wishing to connect to the laptop are able to be connected to the docking station. Basic docking stations can be expanded USB hubs with charging functionality where more advanced models allow connection to monitors, projectors, external hard drives, wired networks and countless peripherals.

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