Docking stations have become a very popular solution in recent years to expand the number of connections on a laptop or desktop computer. What if we could get rid of the physical housing and keep only its functions?
We do not oppose your decision to purchase a docking station. It is a great device that makes it easy for you to work on your computer. The fact is that we need more and more devices for work and entertainment, and manufacturers simply cannot install enough connectors. We can already find classic laptops and 2-in-1 laptops with exclusive USB-C, HDMI or DisplayPort connectivity. Since many devices still need a USB-A port, and if you want to expand your desktop with an additional screen, you have no choice but to use external solutions (docking stations) to expand connectivity.
What’s wrong with the docking stations? Actually nothing, but there is always a better solution. Manufacturers have found a way to use the functionality of docking stations, ignoring their physical form, and seamlessly incorporating all of this into the display. You’ll finally be able to clear the cable highway from the table, and the focal point on the table eventually won’t be the docking station from which cables are littered. Your desk will now stand out with its clean and simple look, while you look forward to the additional functionality that a USB-C connection provides.
What can you look forward to with USB-C monitors?
At online retailers, you’ll find quite a few different monitors that come with a USB-C dock. First, they differ in the number of USB, video and audio ports. As always, they also differ in display technology (IPS, TN, VA), resolution, size and other additional functions for adjusting the image.
Basic monitors with a USB-C docking station can only have one USB-C port, preferably another HDMI, DisplayPort, or USB-A port. These are entry-level models for users who previously did not need a docking station with many connectors. However, even with a single USB-C connection, you can make your work easier and clean your desk in the office. USB-C connectivity (3.0, 3.1 or 3.2) gives you a handful of options thanks to its versatility and performance. You can connect your laptop to a monitor with a USB-C terminal, which will charge at the same time as the image is displayed. The same applies to all other smart devices that support charging via a USB-C connection (smartphones, tablets, VR glasses ().
More expensive USB-C monitors are, of course, richer and more generous with connectors. In addition to a USB-C connection, you will definitely get USB-A connectors, a DisplayPort and HDMI connector or more, preferably an RJ-45 connector and slightly older VGA/DVI inputs.
All you have to do is choose a screen size and display technology type and find a monitor with a USB-C docking station that fits your budget.
On enaA.com you’ll find quite a few monitors with USB-C as well as classic monitors with standard connectors. Among the full range, we found a monitor for each of the three price ranges (basic, medium, premium).
What do you get with a basic, mid-range, and premium monitor with a USB-C docking station?
We chose a 23.8-inch (60.45 cm) monitor with the Lenovo ThinkVision T24i-2L USB-C Docking Station.
It is an IPS screen that supports FHD resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. It also features zero NearEdgeless tires, Eyesafe eye protection with TÜV Rheinland certification.
- 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1
- VGA, DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 . connectors
- Brightness 350 cd/m2
- IPS Full HD Resolution
For the mid-range, we chose the 27-inch (68.58 cm) Samsung B2B S27A800UJU, which features a 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) IPS screen, a good 5ms response time, HDR10 technology, and a flexible rotating stand.
Among the connectors you will find:
- 3 USB-A, USB-C 90W and USB Hub
- HDMI and DisplayPort
For the biggest monitor enthusiasts, we chose the Dell U4919DW monitor. This curved monster has a diameter of 49 inches (124.5 cm), IPS technology, 2x QHD resolution, 350 cd/m2 Glitter. The curved design provides a better viewing angle, and the screen can be divided into several parts, thus increasing your productivity in an easy way. The monitor has an HDMI input, a USB-C output for connecting external devices, and up to 5 USB-A 3.0 ports for connecting computer peripherals.
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