Docking stations provide hardware and stationary connectors for portable computers, allowing them to be used on desktops and stationary locations. They are most commonly used for laptops, although there are also docking stations for mp3 players, mobile phones, and other small gadgets. A typical docking station includes drive bays, a permanent power supply, expansion and PC card slots, and connectors for printers, scanners, and other peripheral devices.
Types of Docking Stations
Kinds of Docking Stations include the following:
Standard docking stations
Standard docking stations provide desktop features not available on portable computers, such as SCSI ports and hard drive, optical drive, and floppy drive bays. Most models have monitor stands that allow the device to be placed on top of the CPU, providing a comfortable desktop setup. They also include a locking mechanism to prevent theft and add stability when working on a desktop.
Minidocks provide most of the features of standard docking stations, but in a more compact frame. They are designed for ultra-slim notebooks, tablet PCs, and other small portable devices. They have fewer connections than standard models, and usually have no locks and drive bay connectors.
Choosing Docking Stations (Buying tips)
Security: Choose a docking station with a security lock and password to prevent theft and unauthorized access. Make sure it attaches securely from your laptop and can be safely unplugged. Look for one that supports file encryption and secure transfers. Power options: Choose a docking station that allows your device to run on permanent power sources. Look for one that automatically recharges your device when connected to keep your batteries from running out when you disconnect from the docking station.