Chromebook docking stations or Chromebook docking hubs may be very useful to individuals who use their Chromebooks at a desk often. Users may want to have a Chromebook compatible docking station to connect to keyboards, mouses, external monitors and other accessories. As Chromebooks become more and more common, having a good docking station will be more important.Most Chromebooks come with 1 or 2 USB ports, and maybe an HDMI ports, and that’s all. This may limit potential uses.
Many Chromebooks have USB-C which have data transfer rates at incredible speeds, charge other devices, power mobile devices and even support video transmission, all with just one cable. This allows an easy and fast connection to a docking station. However, it is vital to check that your Chromebook is compatible with a docking station and that you are getting the right docking hub for your needs.
Types of Docking Stations for Chromebook
There are several types of docking stations individuals may buy to use with a Chromebook. This describes some of the main features on docking stations:
- Replicators – These allow you to focus purely on adding extra ports to your Chromebook and are a slimline version if you only want an extra port for your mouse or external hard drive.
- Desk Docks – These are usually all-inclusive options that provide everything you need and allow you to physically “dock” your Chromebook for charging.
- Portable Stations – These are more mobile and are travel friendly, offering a slimline alternative but with a few restrictive features.
Best Chromebook Docking Stations
Here are our favorite laptop docking stations that are Chromebook compatible. ChromeOS is undergoing constant changes and sometimes these will affect features of the docking stations. It is important to confirm if these docking stations will work with your Chromebook model (most should).
Plugable Pro8 Charging & USB Docking Station
Add an extra DVI, VGA, or HDMI display up to 1080p (DVI-to-VGA and DVI-to-HDMI adapters included, HDMI is video only), 10/100 Ethernet RJ-45, 3.5mm stereo headphone/speaker and mic jacks, and 4 USB 2.0 high-speed ports. Hot-plugging is fully supported, connect or disconnect tablet without needing to shut down
Kensington USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station
Universal USB Type “A” Dock works with laptops that have a USB-A port also works with Surface Pro 7/6/5/4 Surface Laptop 3/2/1, Surface Book 3/2/1 and older MacBook’s (Mac OS version 10 14 and later) with a USB-A port
EUASOO USB C Hub,USB C Adapter, EUASOO 10 in Type C hub
This plug-and-play USB C Hub includes 3 USB 3 0 male-to-female ports 1 USB C female to male port 4k HDMI video output RJ 45 Gigabit Ethernet port VGA male-to-female port Audio/Mic 2-in-1 port and SD/Micro SD card reader slots in an extremely compact and sleek design
CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock
2x Thunderbolt 3 40Gb/s, DisplayPort 1.2, 5x USB-A & 1 USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gb/s), 1x USB-C 3.1 Gen2 (10Gb/s data only), Gigabit Ethernet, UHS-II SD Card Slot (SD 4.0), Optical Audio (S/PDIF), 3.5mm Stereo Audio In & Out. Vertical or horizontal orientation. Sturdy full aluminum construction with integrated heat sink without a fan.
Wavlink USB 3.0 Universal Docking Station Dual Video Display
A single USB 3.0 port from your laptop expands to 13 ports! HDMI and DVI / VGA dual video display, gigabit Ethernet port, 2 x red USB charging port up to 2.4A , 2x USB-A 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, audio input/output, 48 Watt Power Adapter. Supporting hot-swapped and USB over-current protection.
Other Accessories to use Chromebook at a Desk
In addition to a docking station, users may want to purchase some other Chromebook accessories to more effectively use their Chromebook at home. Some of these include: