What is a USB C Docking Station and what is it for?

The USB C Docking Station makes it very easy to connect computer screens, a keyboard, an ergonomic mouse, and other peripherals such as external hard drives. With a laptop docking station, you can turn your laptop into a desktop computer in an instant.

USB C 11-in-1 Laptop Docking Station

More and more professionals are using laptops, so they can work at home or on the go. While they're great for mobility, these typically don't have as many USB ports as a desktop computer.

Therefore, it is not possible to connect a new peripheral to your laptop without having to disconnect another one. The Type C Hub Adapter is therefore an easy solution to this problem: once you arrive at the office, you connect your laptop to the USB docking station to instantly and simultaneously benefit from a multitude of USB-C ports supplied with electricity.

How to Choose a Laptop Docking Station that Fits Your Business Needs? 

Here are the criteria to check before making your purchase of HDMI Hub.
The necessary ports: 

USB C 11-in-1 Laptop Docking Station

Choose a docking station according to the devices you want to connect to your computer. If your business is video-based, for example, HDMI and DisplayPort will be essential. If you're handling photos or other digital files, an SD card slot can also come in handy. Finally, if you want to manage several screens from the same computer, check that your station is compatible.

The network interface: 

If Wi-Fi makes it possible to enjoy a wireless internet connection, it is however less stable and slower than an internet connection via Ethernet cable. However, some laptops no longer have this type of port. If you want to be able to enjoy an Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, or even Gigabit Ethernet connection, you can filter your search according to this criterion on our online store.

USB-C port: 

The USB-C port, or USB type C, is an all-in-one connection that allows you to pass current, but also video, and sound, If that kind of flexibility is necessary for your activity, you can select this criterion on our online store in order to see all the laptop docking stations compatible with this type of port. However, make sure you have the correct adapters on your devices.

There is no shortage of USB-C hubs, it is even one of the biggest categories in the accessories section on merchant sites. You will have hundreds of options and to make matters worse, most hubs are very close, sometimes almost identical. It is no coincidence that manufacturers often resell white label products where, apart from the label, nothing changes.

Our advice could be to take any product, but that would be a terrible idea. If you go for a USB-C hub from an unknown brand, you run the risk of buying a mediocre product.

You may then have performance problems on devices connected to the hub or even instabilities on your Mac or iPad. To avoid cascading kernel panics and forced reboots, it is best to stick to well-known references and brands.

Additional USB-C port:

Another important point, choose a USB-C hub with an additional USB-C port on the hub, dedicated to charging. It is usually called "PD", for Power Delivery, and it is not used to transfer data, but to transmit electricity from a charger to the Mac or iPad to which the hub is plugged. To be safe, it is better to choose a port that can transmit up to 100W, so it can work just as well with an iPad Pro which requires much less than a 16-inch MacBook Pro which will need this power.
Otherwise, the choice depends on your needs. 

Do you want as many different connectors as possible on the HDMI Hub, or just two or three? Depending on your answer, you may opt for a more compact product and therefore easier to transport, or at the other extreme, for a hub that is designed to stay still from your desk. Some models are also perfectly suited to a specific machine, which further reduces their footprint, but also their versatility, since you will not be able to use them on another device.

Also, pay attention to the precise technical datasheets of the products. For example, most USB-C HDMI hubs have a built-in video output, usually in the form of an HDMI connector. They always put the emphasis on 4K, but it is most often stuck at 30 frames per second, which is sufficient for video, but not for office automation.

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