Laptops offer convenient portability when you need to work on the go. However, they leave something to be desired as a complete workspace, particularly in small size of the display and keyboard and the cumbersome usability of the touchpad. A multiport USB-C docking station can improve productivity by allowing you to connect a 4K monitor, mouse and full-sized keyboard to your laptop.
How USB-C docking stations work
USB-C docks have a range of ports, card readers and power options to offer full workspace functionality using your laptop. Black Box’s USB-C Docking Station includes one USB-C host port and cable to attach to your laptop or mobile device. It also features one port for charging, one HDMI HD video port that supports 4K resolution at 30 Hz, one Gigabit LAN port, three high-speed USB 3.0 type A ports (one of which supports charging up to 7.5W) and one SD or micro SD slot for memory card readers.
Advantages of USB-C docking stations
- Quick setup: Connecting a laptop to the network, keyboard and mouse is as simple as plugging in one USB-C cable.
- Portability: Users can quickly take their work with them wherever they go—whether to a shared workstation, sales call or home.
- Flexibility: USB-C docking stations are compatible with various operating systems and laptop brands. They are also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 equipment, so you aren’t limited by legacy hardware.
Applications for USB-C docks
USB-C docking stations are ideal for enterprise applications. Users who share workspace stations can work at a larger screen with keyboard, mouse and a wired LAN connection. Executives and sales professionals can use a USB-C dock to create a workstation at home or to connect laptops, tablets or phones to conference room screens and projectors. A docking station is also ideal for student dorm rooms or mobile professionals who operate from a coworking space.
Today’s workspaces are increasingly flexible and often extend beyond one desktop. USB-C docking stations offer all the convenient portability of a laptop while enhancing productivity by adding full-sized accessories. They are easy to use, relatively inexpensive and interoperable between your MacBook Pro or Windows laptop.