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Reddit reviews on Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI and DVI/VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports)

Sentiment score: 30
Reddit mentions: 69

We found 69 Reddit mentions of Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI and DVI/VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports). Here are the top ones.

FLEXIBLE EXPANDABILITY - A single USB 3.0 connection from a host PC to this dock provides dual video outputs, wired Gigabit Ethernet, 3.5mm Headphone and Microphone jacks, two USB 3.0 ports, and four USB 2.0 portsDUAL HD MONITORS - Built-in HDMI and DVI outputs each supporting 1920x1200 resolution @ 60Hz refresh rate. Includes DVI to VGA adapter and DVI to HDMI adapter. HDMI port supports resolutions up to 2560x1440 @ 50Hz with a single HDMI display onlyCOMPATIBILITY - Docking station compatible with Windows 10, 8.x, 7, and XP systems. Plug and play driver installation via Windows Update. Not supported are Surface RT, macOS, and Linux. Wired Ethernet supports Gigabit speed. Dock does not charge host PCRECOMMENDED USE - For use with web and productivity software; not recommended for gaming. Cannot be mixed with non-DisplayLink USB adapters. DisplayPort connections not supported. Does not support HDCP, will not playback encrypted or copy-protected content2 YEAR WARRANTY - We love our Plugable products, and hope you will too. This product is covered by a 24-month limited warranty as well as Seattle-based email support

Found 69 comments on Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI and DVI/VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports):

u/Rhesonance · 16 pointsr/Surface

Includes:

2 x 22" 1080p Monitors

1 x Sony Xperia Z Ultra (Charge only)

1 x Logitech USB Keyboard

1 x Microsoft USB Mouse

1 x Amazon Basics USB-Powered Speakers

1 x 2TB External HDD on USB 3.0

1 x DVD Burner

1 x Surface Pen (duh)

1 x USB-Powered Laptop stand w/ dual cooling fans and USB 2.0 hub

1 x Gigabit Ethernet Connection

with 1 USB 3.0 and 4 USB 2.0 slots free

Single cable, everything connects and is fully functional in about 10 seconds once the cable goes in. Handles it like a champ, no lag on displays or input.

Using this docking station.

u/evrydayzawrkday · 4 pointsr/Surface

I use this and works like a charm.


http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00ECDM78E/ref=mp_s_a_1_10?qid=1381692421&sr=8-10&pi=AC_SX110_SY165_QL70

Running a surface pro with a cannon AIW, two 28 inch monitors and a big USB 3.0 HDD. Runs very fluid and smooth.

u/Gertex · 4 pointsr/Surface

Bought one of these: https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-UD-3900-Universal-Docking-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E/

Love it, Love it, Love it. Had problems with it after 4 months and emailed them for help. They sent me a brand new unit at no cost to me. Top notch customer service. Ended up being a Surface driver issue an not the hub. Go figure.

u/zhenya00 · 3 pointsr/Surface

http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-UD-3900-SuperSpeed-Universal-2560x1440/dp/B00ECDM78E

Although I would recommend Microsoft's own dock with a displayport to hdmi converter instead. Any usb device is going to send video over usb which isn't ideal.

u/motodoto · 3 pointsr/sysadmin

https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Universal-Docking-Station-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1481135935&sr=8-2&keywords=plugable+docking+station

These are cheaper and just work in my experience. Never had issues with these.

The external dell docking stations that are usb-c tend to be absolute garbage. The usb 3.0 ones also are garbage.

I've had better luck with this cheap plugable branded one than anything else.

u/psyche77 · 3 pointsr/Surface

Pluggable 3000/3900 (dual or extra display) Features two graphics ports: an HDMI port and a DVI-I port with VGA adapter for mirroring/extending your Windows desktop to external monitors, a Gigabit Ethernet port (10/100/1000 supported, full-duplex required), audio input/output, two USB 3.0 ports, and four USB 2.0 ports. ($84/$99).

And doesn't interfere with touch.

u/rjbradley · 3 pointsr/techsupportmacgyver

Get a Pluggable USB-3 dock, a male DVI to female VGA adapter, a USB 3 sharing switcher, and a female USB 3 to male USB-C OTG cable. I promise absolutely nothing

  • Install the appropriate DisplayLink drivers on each computer

  • Plug the computers into the host USB ports of the USB sharing switch (use the USB OTG cable to connect the Mac)

  • Plug the Pluggable dock's host USB cable into a peripheral port of the sharing switch

  • Plug the DVI to VGA adapter into the DVI port of the Pluggable dock

  • Cable up the monitors

  • Pray

    Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI & DVI / VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_30Q1Ab3BX3P9J

    UGREEN USB 3.0 Sharing Switch Selector 4 Port 2 Computers Peripheral Switcher Adapter Hub for PC, Printer, Scanner, Mouse, Keyboard with One Button Swapping and 2 Pack USB Male Cable https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N6GD9JO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_53Q1AbPGC4FS6
u/CrisisJake · 2 pointsr/WGU

I use this for work (plus an additional HDMI to DVI cable since both my work monitors are DVI): https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00ECDM78E/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495686225&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65

This model is slightly cheaper but is still good quality. I highly recommend using a dock as well.

u/FfityShadesOfDone · 2 pointsr/Surface

It's made by a company called pluggable. Amazon link is here

They make another one that does 4k as well, but none of my displays run that high res so I figured I'd save $40

u/AsusFarstrider · 2 pointsr/Surface

It is probably overkill for what you need and a bit pricey but this is what I use.

u/BillyONeal · 2 pointsr/hardware

> No usb video adapter is going to be going above that due to the tech needed to run that display.

And yet, they exist. They have to be doing something other than just running an uncompressed video signal over the USB data line, but I don't know the details.

> A standardized extremal facing PCI-e x8 or even x16 port would be much better due to the ease of passive adapters vs active converters.

That's pretty much what Thunderbolt is (though it only delivers 4 lanes)

u/crashumbc · 2 pointsr/computers

Have you talked to your boss? The company it self may provide a setup.

It really depends on the laptop and OS your issued. But there are a lot of options.

if the laptop has a DP (display port) and a HDMI connector you could just connect a monitor to each.

if it has USB-3 you could use something like the below
https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Universal-Docking-Station-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E


u/Aewosme · 2 pointsr/computers

Not sure if possible, but look for usb 3.0 displaylink docks.

I use similar docks in the office for all the people that have ultra thin laptops. I have a similar one for my surface pro. not sure if you can use more than 1 at the same time though.

u/neow_neow · 2 pointsr/razer

What I do to have two monitors to work with my Razer Blade (not 2016) is plugging one directly through the laptop and plugging the other one with a docking station.

u/Hothabanero6 · 2 pointsr/Surface

This is nearly identical to the Pluggable docking station for $35 less.

They both use the same DisplayLink chipset.

It will work fine unless you intend to Game with it.

u/1998Monday · 2 pointsr/taxpros

If you have limited outputs, this might help: https://smile.amazon.com/Plugable-Universal-Docking-Station-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=plugable&qid=1570318092&sr=8-4

We use these plugables at our firm and at home. I have having to buy a new docking station every time I buy a new laptop. These things have saved us bucks over the last four years.

u/whatusernameisntalre · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

I agree that the OEM docks are always the best, hands down - but I recently had a surprisingly good experience with an aftermarket USB dock. Plugable makes one that's compatible with just about anything, tablets included (using an OTG cable). This wasn't on an important system else I would have gotten the OEM dock for a little bit more.

I was having trouble getting it to work, and while suggesting a BIOS update first would have been helpful, they were happy to 2-day a tested and working dock to isolate the fault, and provide free return shipping on the test unit.

Of course, you don't get the built in charging ability, which for most users is a dealbreaker because an extra cord is too much to remember and "my laptop keeps dying ever since I started using this new dock you put in."

u/WhiskeyRider69 · 2 pointsr/chromeos

In my experience, almost any dock built on DisplayLink will work for you. I use this one at the office and it works fine.

It's USB 3.0, not USB-C, but I use an adapter and it works fine. I did that intentionally because I have a Windows laptop that I'll sub in every now and then and it doesn't have USB-C. You can find others with a USB-C connection though that will probably even pass through charging to your Pixelbook, whereas I have to pull out the charger and plug it in on the other side.

u/The_American_Stig · 2 pointsr/24hoursupport

You can't daisy chain HDMI monitors.

Your options are to see if your laptop manufacturer has a first party docking station that has 3 outputs, or you could get a third party dock like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Universal-Docking-Station-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E

The last option would be to get a couple of USB Video cards like these: https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-USB-HDMI-Adapter-External/dp/B00H91BQ7Y/


Good luck.

u/TheAlmightyBigDaddy · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I use this with my laptop to extend my display over to two monitors:

Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI and DVI/VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_U7.HDb7M1ENVC

Only requires one USB 3.0 port to run the dock off of and in my case I only run one monitor off the dock and the other monitor off my laptop's hdmi port in order to take advantage of my graphics card for games (using the dock does not allow for use of your graphics card; an explanation can be found on the company's website). If I chose to, in the future I could always add a third monitor to the mix off the dock since I still have an open port.

u/ncilswdk2 · 2 pointsr/Dell

Since thunderbolt 3 is relatively new there are very few docks that have been released and the ones that have don't have any reviews stating if they work with certain computers. One option: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FKTZLBS/
Another option is to buy a USB 3.0 docking station. I have Dell's D3100 which work pretty well but there are also a lot of other options but most only support 2 monitors: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ECDM78E/
http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-Universal-Docking-Station-DVI-Ethernet/dp/B008YT4N3E
http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Display-UltraHD-Universal-D3100/dp/B00O0M46KO/
These of course won't charge the laptop like a thunderbolt 3 dock may be able to.
Since the xps 15 does not have displayport you would not be able to daisy chain directly but would instead have to buy thunderbolt 3 to displayport cable that supports daisy chaining but I am not sure if one is out yet.

u/blackjesus · 2 pointsr/Surface

http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-UD-3900-Universal-Docking-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E?ie=UTF8&keywords=plugable%20docking%20station&qid=1464288611&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

This is what I have been using for 6 months or so. I don't have a Surface pro 2 but I see that it has USB 3.0 so this should kick ass. It also has GB Ethernet, Audio too. Recommend the hell out of it. Is 100$ cheap? It seems cheap to me when I look at the other options.

u/djazpurua711 · 2 pointsr/Battletops

Laptop can be seen (docked) in the bottom right. The dock has two monitors connected to it, as the i5-5200U supports a max of two external monitors. The dock, through USB, connects to a universal dock, which has the other two monitors connected to it. Therefore when I dock the laptop I go straight to quad screens.

tl;dr One laptop drives them all, but a couple docks connect them all.

u/Racin100 · 1 pointr/macbook

Here is my device amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00ECDM78E/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/188-4984970-4227354

u/XenofeiThrice · 1 pointr/laptops

OK, what about this

It's cheaper, but isn't USB-C. I'm assuming that means things like the video quality will be low/laggy? I am going to want to play FFXIV so I'm assuming I should go with the link you provided? Thank you.

u/Clutch_22 · 1 pointr/sysadmin

We've been running Plugable USB 3.0 docks for about a year now and they've been damn near flawless. I swap the included USB cable for a USB-B to USB-C cable and then velcro the USB and power cable runs up to the computer. Only thing I noticed is there seems to be highish CPU usage, particularly when moving windows around. This leads me to believe it's doing the rendering on the CPU which ends up being fine for us but may be an issue depending on your configs.

We came from Surface Pro 4 + Surface Docks which worked like 40% of the time.

u/Ros_Hambo · 1 pointr/k12sysadmin

We dominantly have this one: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/migr-76983
It works well, a little choppy with video but sufferable.

This is my new fav: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ECDM78E/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
USB 3.0 and dual monitor (DOES NOT WORK WITH OSX).

I also like this one: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C631EYU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
USB 3.0, dual monitor and very shiny. Not sure if it works with OSX.

u/Kwyjibo47 · 1 pointr/Surface

I use a Plugable USB3 "docking station" http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ECDM78E/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Running a total of 4 screens counting the Surface itself... Here's my desk as of a couple months ago (broken screen has been replaced since then) http://i.imgur.com/bAnUn0g.jpg

u/WorldWideWayne · 1 pointr/Surface

Awww yiss. I bring my Surface Pro onsite for my contracting gigs and people are amazed at how fast it is.

The only 2 adapters I need:

u/Ergo7 · 1 pointr/Alienware

I use something similar to this at my office. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FKTZLBS/ref=s9_dcacsd_bhz_bw_c_x_2_w

That one seems to be a newer version as it offers USB Type-C. Mine is this one:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ECDM78E/ref=s9_dcacsd_bhz_bw_c_x_1_w

u/xlvegan · 1 pointr/Computer_Tech_Help

If you are using pc's then this is what you need Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI & DVI / VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Q8LQzbN8C4ZZX

For mac's or pc's use this one Wavlink USB 3.0 Universal Docking Station, Dual Video Monitor Display DVI & HDMI & VGA with Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports for Laptop, Ultrabook and PCs https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019XOJ874/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_BcMQzbHPN44WE

u/BK_LCT_FS_KMB · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

Thanks. The docking stations look good, but atm would be a bit much to spend. There's a USB 3.0 one for $90, and a USB-C for $180. Would there be a significant difference between these two as USB-C is faster, or is USB 3.0 plenty fast enough for this?

So I could probably just let them use without for the while, and in the future add the docking station. A few of the docking stations I found on Amazon actually just have a power LED though, it's not actually a power button they have, so the power button would still be absent from more direct access. Like these:

https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Universal-Docking-Station-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E/

https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Charging-Support-Power-Delivery-Thunderbolt/dp/B01FKTZLBS/

u/Chrispy0530 · 1 pointr/yogabook

No way is that needed lol. There are cheaper options. You basically want a USB 3.0 or Type - C Dock. Amazon has plenty of choices.

This is what I have for my work setup, and works flawlessly: https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Universal-Docking-Station-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1519918342&sr=8-3&keywords=usb+3.0+dock

Link to my temporary setup:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/5FMzfMsYV7T5r5kJzrE1MkNuvrYduETlyElgwfueg4sh1OMd6iiUaKkjIxwSILWpCYbwx8hmjxCC2IOKbbkf=w1817-h749


I know my wiring management is terrible atm, but the hub I'm using works great with dual monitors.

u/nizzyy99 · 1 pointr/techsupport

I was in a similar situation recently but my laptop only had 1 hdmi port despite having a gtx 1060.

Since you have 2 ports on both laptops, you could buy 2 hdmi and 2 hdmi to type c converters on amazon (make sure it works with your laptop). Anytime you and your gf want to switch however, it will be a hassle to change the respective connections on the laptops and monitors (Not a big deal, but frequent switching could get annoying).

The solution that helped me (and would help you too imo) would be to get a docking station (~$100) . This would be slightly more expensive than buying all the connections, but would be much less of a hassle since it only requires a usb to be swapped between laptops for quick and easy switching.

Docking station:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_6LxLDb41BVWHV

Edit: just realized there are better options than the one I linked for type c to hdmi, a little bit of research and you can find them.

u/ThatMitchJ · 1 pointr/AskTechnology

I re-read your original post, and I think I understand better what you're looking for.

You need a docking station on your laptop that will give you multiple outputs. We use these at work and they work pretty well: https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Universal-Docking-Station-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E/

From there, you could use the KVM switch to move the monitor, keyboard and mouse between devices, or your multiple inputs on the monitors to switch back and forth.

u/BestBeating · 1 pointr/SuggestALaptop

I would go with Acer Aspire 5. It has discrete graphics card MX150, 8th gen i5 processor. (it's under $598 on Amazon).

Pros:

  • Attractive design;
  • Gorgeous display;
  • Nvidia MX150 graphics;
  • Comfortable keyboard;
  • An SSD and HDD

    Specifications:

  • 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz)
  • 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) ComfyView widescreen LED-backlit display
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 8GB DDR4 Dual Channel Memory & 256GB SSD
  • 802.11ac WiFi (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • 1 – USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port, 1 – USB 3.0 Port & 2 – USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 – HDMI port
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 4-cell Li-Ion (3220 mAh) Battery, Up to 7 Hours Battery Life
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Weight of 4.41 lbs

    More Details

    And this is a good docking station on Amazon the price is $89.
u/HunterPredd · 1 pointr/Surface

If you want something a bit more docking stationesque, check out the Pluggable 3.0 docking station. You could connect both of your monitors to it and then USB 3.0 to your docking station. With this set up you could actually do 3 monitors + 1 surface screen. 2 into the pluggable (1 hdmi, 1 dvi) and 1 into the mini display port in the dock. Haven't tried it yet but it is on the Youtube.

http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-UD-3900-SuperSpeed-Universal-2560x1440/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415278472&sr=8-1&keywords=pluggable+USB+3.0+docking+station

u/sillieidiot · 1 pointr/Surface

I would look at the plugable docking stations. I've used that before and it works great. Pretty much just need to load the respective drivers on each computer and that's pretty much it. Obviously you'll need an adapter for the MacBook. The only thing I didn't like was that the blue light was bright as hell. And it doesn't charge your devices like with device specific docks. But I didn't have any problems switching back and forth between Mac and Windows.

This is the one I used, but I see they make new USB-c versions now which is cool:

Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI & DVI / VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_DNqDzbZ60F4GZ


u/AcidNipps · 1 pointr/techsupport

He's wack. You don't need a TB3 port to connect a docking station. You can use a USB version but its best to only use it if you have a perm work station since you'd have a bunch of wires coming from it. This is the cheapest one with the best reviews: https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Universal-Docking-Station-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1550788223&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=docking+station&psc=1

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u/itholstrom · 1 pointr/virtualreality

USB-B? That's never come on a laptop as far as I know. Does it happen to look like this? If so, that's a mini DisplayPort which would be a perfect solution for another display output. If you have USB-C, there's certainly a chance that you could do display out that way. You'd have to look at the specs for your machine to see what it supports. You'd just be able to use a dongle like this to make that work out.

Worst case scenario, you could get something like this dock here. That display out is done at a software level, so once you connect via USB 3.0 you'd have your display out and some extra USB ports to plug other things into (and since you'd need at least one extra port to plug your Rift since the dock would take up 1/3 of your USB ports, this would work out). I'm not entirely sure just how much CPU resources that would use, so keep that in mind if the CPU on your laptop is on the lower end, but it is another option to keep in your back pocket at least.

u/Rhedogian · 1 pointr/EngineeringStudents

This was a hard spend at almost $100 but it was totally worth it. It saved me from having to plug in 2 monitors as well as all my other peripherals every time I brought my laptop to my desk. All it uses is a single USB 3.0 port.

https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Universal-Docking-Station-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1498572280&sr=8-10&keywords=plugable+usb+hub

u/legos45 · 1 pointr/SuggestALaptop

Hey,

You can use your laptop like usual while the lid is closed, I think it is something you can adjust on monitor settings on the laptop. That is what I do. Then, you can get a docking station like this one with a lot of ports. You can then connect a monitor, keyboard, mouse, whatever you need.

u/TalkShowHost90 · 1 pointr/SuggestALaptop

Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI & DVI/VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_o2CCCb05ASVT5

u/ryanmononoke · 1 pointr/thinkpad

I have one and it works okay. The display colour output from the Dock HDMI is off though and I have the same issues with X1C, X250 and T460. And given that it is on USB 3.0, it can't power the laptop. So, you are gonna need 2 power cables - 1 for the dock and 1 for your laptop.

I thought there is some cheaper alternatives out there. For example

https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Universal-Docking-Station-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E

u/gurren_mk2 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Does your laptop have a Thunderbolt port? Then you could use this dock or something similar:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=psdc_778660_t2_B075M1XHCK

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/buildapc

I know this is probably the wrong subreddit for this, but /r/laptops looks extremely dead. If there is a better subreddit for this question, please point me there!

I need 1 docking station for 2 laptops (one personal, one work).

Personal: Dell XPS 15 9550 ( https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-laptops-and-notebooks/xps-15-laptop/spd/xps-15-9550-laptop )

Work: Dell Latitude E7470

My personal supports Thunderbolt 3 with charging. My work computer just has USB 3.0 ports, which I believe support video. I have 2 HDMI monitors, a mouse, keyboard, etc. that I want to be able to hook up to either computer. So, ideally, I'm looking for a docking station that can provide power, video, and USB peripheral access to my personal laptop through Thunderbolt 3 I suppose while also allowing me to swap out my personal laptop for my work laptop and be able to flip over to providing video and USB peripheral access via USB 3.0. This sounds like it probably doesn't exist, so I'm looking for the next best thing. Here are my priorities:

  1. Sending video from 2 HDMI monitors to either laptop.
  2. Using my USB peripherals on either laptop.
  3. Providing power to my thunderbolt 3 laptop (while also being able to do #1 and #2 above without too much cord swapping).

    I was looking at this: https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Charging-Delivery-Specific-Thunderbolt/dp/B01FKTZLBS/ref=sr_1_2?fst=as%3Aoff&qid=1563645495&refinements=p_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A6804268011&rnid=6804256011&s=pc&sr=1-2. But I'm thinking that this one won't be able to do anything for my work laptop because I don't see a "to host" USB 3.0 port.

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    Please help! I'm sitting here with 2 monitors, only one of which I can use, with 500 wires all over the place. I'm thinking I am just going to have to go with something simple like https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Universal-Docking-Station-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=sr_1_1?fst=as%3Aoff&qid=1563645495&refinements=p_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A6804268011&rnid=6804256011&s=pc&sr=1-1 and forget the thunderbolt/power.

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    This seems like it could work?

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JHZX4GH/ref=psdc_778660_t2_B07F6X5SJK. Can I just toss a USB-C to USB adapter on the end of the thunderbolt cable whenever I want to use the monitors/peripherals on my work laptop?
u/excelsias · 1 pointr/Surface

The customer comments on the docking station you linked look pretty bad.

> The not so good:
> - There is still noticeable lag in the mouse and keyboard actions
> - Dragging things like Windows around your desktop also cause lag, along with tearing of the image. A big bump in CPU use is also noted when this happens
> - Youtube drops many, many frames in 720p, and there is compression applied

Are you seeing any performance impacts from it?

u/OminStyle · 1 pointr/shittykickstarters

I'm also wondering how he's able to deliver at such a low price. The third monitor is not possible at this price range because it needs it's own video output. I mean my friend asked me to buy http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-UD-3900-Universal-Docking-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E for him just so that he can use his third monitor.

I'm not trying to advertise or anything but I've been using http://www.duetdisplay.com/ with my Macbook and I'm very satisfied. I bought a used iPad Air just solely for this purpose, meaning I'm willing to spend money for a decent portable monitor.

u/FerdySpuffy · 1 pointr/Surface

I'm running a surface pro 4 for work and have a slightly different setup, but I'm running 3 monitors without issue. I'm using this via USB to connect the third display.

u/xyexz · 1 pointr/Surface

In my opinion your best bet for dual monitor support is just to get a dual display dock that works over USB 3.0 - many people are having issues with the Microsoft one so perhaps get something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-UD-3900-Universal-Docking-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465082911&sr=8-1&keywords=pluggable+usb+3.0+dock+dual+monitor

That dock already has the correct connections for both of your monitors, which is a bonus.

Most of these docks going through USB 3.0 have more than enough bandwidth for watching videos etc. so latency shouldn't be a concern but it will used ~5-10% CPU during watching videos for the dock itself just FYI.

Good luck!

u/sinnerssall · 1 pointr/techsupport

Maybe this would work for you
https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-UD-3900-Universal-Docking-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E
leave everything hooked up, just plug the USB 3.0 cable up to which ever computer you want to use.

EDIT: I'm not advocating that universal dock, just providing it as an example.

u/PoppinPills09 · 1 pointr/techsupport

If I remember right you have two options.

1.) use a USB to HDMI adapter which is like $10 on ebay.

2.) Use a USB Docking Station like this one. However this is like $94 USD.

I think you should try the USB to HDMI adapter first.