Unlike a few years ago, monitors and laptops' display interface is not limited to HDMI connections. With the advent of gaming systems and gaming laptops, display interfaces like DisplayPort have evolved. This display technology delivers high-resolution audio and video and allows you to string multiple monitors via a single port. So, if you want to connect more than one computer to a monitor, a docking station with DisplayPort connections seems like an ideal investment.
The best part about DisplayPort connections is that the higher bandwidth ensures almost no compression, especially when it comes to high-resolution content.
So, if you have a duo of 4K monitors and an equally powerful laptop that you want to connect, check our recommendation for the best USB-C docking stations with DisplayPort. But before that,
If you are looking for a docking station for connecting your laptop to two external monitors, the Plugable USB-C 4K Triple Display Docking Station proves to be a good pick. This display offers the USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports, thereby making it apt for Mac users. It's a simple plug & play device with a single HDMI port and two DisplayPort connections. When linked with a compatible DisplayPort cable, you'll be able to enjoy 4K resolution at 60Hz. This docking station is quite popular, and so far, it has received a fair number of decent user reviews from its user base.
It's worth to be noted that the DisplayPort and HDMI connections on this port support DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 standards, respectively.
Staying true to its name, it bundles a USB-C port, which can also power the connected laptop up to 60W. Plus, it has four USB 3.0 ports to connect your peripherals, which is a huge plus. Whether it's connecting the USB-A dongle of your mouse and keyboard or connecting the SD card extension, you can do a lot.
The reception of this product has been great so far, with users, especially MacBook users, praising its performance. And users love it for its form factor and the quality of materials used.
2. Dell 452-BCYT D6000 Universal Dock
Ports: 2 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 4 x USB 3.0, 1 x 3.5mm Headphone Jack,1 x 3.5mm Microphone Jack, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x USB-C
Power supply: 65W
Maximum video resolution: 5K on a single screen, 4K on triple screens via USB-C
If you are looking for a no-nonsense dock for your laptop with DisplayPort connections, the Dell D6000 Universal Dock makes for a good buy. This one is a small brick-sized docking station that lets you connect up to three 4K monitors. And the good news is that you can run full 60Hz videos. The dock comes with a permanently connected USB-C cable. However, let that not deter you. If you have an older computer, you can use the USB-A port to connect to your laptop.
The included cable measures around 3ft, and gives you ample space to set up your laptop.
Connection wise, the Dell D6000 gives two USB 3.0 ports, the aforementioned USB-C port, a standard HDMI connection apart from the dual DisplayPort outputs, among others. If you want to connect a LAN cable, there is a Gigabit Ethernet port for that too. However, the best part of this docking station is that it provides 65W of power and is enough to charge your MacBook Air and other supporting laptops.
That said, this docking station has some shortcomings. For example, it comes with a big and heavy power adapter. So should you want to keep a desk clutter-free, you might want to consider this point. But given that people rarely move their docking stations, this shouldn't be a big issue.
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3. Totu USB-C Triple Display Docking Station
Ports: 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI, 3 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 1 x 3.5mm Headphone Jack, 1 x 3.5mm Microphone Jack, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x USB-C, SD and Micro TF card slot
Power supply: 60W
Maximum video resolution: 4K at 30Hz and 1080p at 60Hz
Another docking station with ample ports is the one by Totu. This one has a total of 16 ports, including the aforementioned DisplayPort. The good news is that if you count your laptop screen, it supports up to three connected displays. Apart from DisplayPort output, this one also supports Power Delivery via the USB-C port. When connected to the compatible laptop, it can charge at 60W. Of course, you won't be able to reap the advantage of the USB-C port if you connect a USB-A to USB-C adapter.
One of this docking station's limitations is that the HDMI and DisplayPort connection can only support 4K displays at 30Hz. And when you connect a third display, the resolution will be reduced to 1080P at 60Hz.
Needless to say, the ample connection interfaces mean you will be able to use all the connections seamlessly, be it connecting your headset or SD card. Yes, you read that right. This docking station comes with a slot for SD card and TF cards (micro SD cards), thus giving you enough wriggle room to connect the basic peripherals. Plus, you can connect your USB-A peripherals like keyboards and mice.
4. Wavlink USB C Dual 4K Docking Station
Ports: 6x USB 3.0 ports, 2 x DisplayPort, 2 HDMI port, 1 x USB-C, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x Audio out, 1 x Mic-in
Power supply: None
Maximum video resolution: 5K single display (DP + DP) and 4K for dual display
The Wavlink docking station costs almost the same as the Totu docking station and is the one for you if you are looking to hook two 4K displays simultaneously. What sets it apart from the rest is its sleek and beautiful looks, and if your laptop is colored silver or space grey, this one will brilliantly complement its looks. The crux of this docking station is the six odd USB-A ports, which let you connect over a slew of USB-A peripherals like keyboard, SD card reader, wired mouse, among others.
Though it comes with two sets of HDMI and DisplayPort connections, you have to keep in mind that you can use just one connection from each set. This means you can either use an HDMI port or a Displayport to connect a monitor and not both. Nevertheless, both connections support 4K displays at 60Hz, and that's a huge plus.
Aside from that, you get a USB-C input and an Ethernet port. Another feature that sets it apart from the docking stations above is that this one stands upright on the desk, thereby giving you enough desk space to arrange things neatly.
Since the primary video out ports are at the back, most of the power cables and wires stay out of your desk, giving it a clean look.
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Connect Your Peripherals Like a Pro
When it comes to laptop docking stations, a mention of it is incomplete without the CalDigit TS3 Plus Dock. Thanks to its functionality and performance, it's quite popular in its arena. And as you may have expected, it bundles several ports, including Thunderbolt 3 ports and DisplayPorts. As noted above, it's one of the best when it comes to performance.