docking station. noun. a device used to connect one appliance to another, esp a portable computer and a desktop computer, to make use of its external power supply, monitor, and keyboard, esp to enable the transfer of data between the machines.
What is a docking station and how does it work?
A dedicated docking station powers your laptop, drives one or more displays, connects to a wired network, and allows you to keep USB devices (including a full-sized keyboard and mouse) attached. Plug in a single connector, and youre ready to get to work.
Do I need an expensive docking station?
Expensive hubs can handle more and handle it much faster. The most advanced USB-C docking stations have newer ports with technologies, like Thunderbolt 3, that support faster charging and faster data transfer. The more expensive the laptop accessory, the more likely it is to support a high-resolution monitor, too.
What is needed for dual monitors?
Any modern desktop or laptop PC has the graphics capability to run dual displays. All thats required is a second monitor. Todays monitors typically come with some combination of VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort ports. In other words, youll have a couple of options for how to connect the monitor to your PC.
Can you connect monitors to each other?
Daisy-chaining, officially known as multi-stream transport, or MST (in the case of DisplayPort technology) involves connecting a monitor to another monitor instead of directly to your systems video out port. Its a great way of minimizing cable clutter and extending the range of your monitors from the source system.