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Laptops And "Docking Stations"

Docking stations (aka “port replicators”) provides a simplified way of “plugging-in” a portable computer to common computer peripherals — such as a monitor and full-size keyboard. The use of a docking station quickly enables a laptop computer to become a substitute for a desktop computer, without sacrificing the mobile computing functionality of the machine – just lift, and go.

laptop-docking-station Most full-size laptops today come with enough ports so that you don’t really need these things, but if you are buying a very small, ultra-portable laptop, you may want to consider such devices. The main advantage is, if you have a desk at the office or your home office with a second monitor, one of these “docks” will be handy as you can connect your desk keyboard, mouse, monitor, power and speakers to the docking station, and then can just pop the laptop in and out as needed instead of hooking up a bunch of connections each time you ‘go mobile’ and each time you get home again.

Some of these “docks” also have “coolers” built in, which quite often is a real boon. Heat is a killer in the digital hardware world, and some laptops run quite hot. If your laptop gets hot to the touch, you may very well want to get a cooler, and if you can get a cooler with all the ports on the back, why not? For more on the different kinds of “docks”, see

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  1. I have one. It is gr8. I hooked it up to my 24″ lcd.


    Comment by Jamie | August 28, 2009 | Reply

    • Jamie,
      Yes, docking stations can be very convenient.. especially when you have monitor to connect to.

      24″? Nice!


      Comment by techpaul | August 28, 2009 | Reply

  2. This was a really great read, I am very glad I came across your site.


    Comment by gameboy | August 29, 2009 | Reply

    • gameboy,
      Thank you for the nice comment.


      Comment by techpaul | August 29, 2009 | Reply

  3. Paul,

    I had a docking station at one time and I agree with you; it is a great option when working with a second monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc…



    Comment by Ramblinrick | August 29, 2009 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I think this might be really useful for a student in the dorm, or the “road warrior”.. or .. anyone whose primary computer needs to be laptop.


      Comment by techpaul | August 29, 2009 | Reply

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