universal docking station ?

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I have some old Dell laptops with Dell specific docking stations.

When I purchase new laptops (HP, Dell, etc) I want to get some "universal docking stations" that can be used with any brand/etc.

What "universal docking stations" do you recommend ?
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I'm sorry to destroy your hope, but unfortunately I havn't seen such a thing like a "universal" docking station anywhere. And I doubt that such a thing is possible even for all lap models within ONE brand.

A docking station relies on connector positions as well as the casing design to fit. Laptops are subject to a intense process of optimizations - some of them with different goals in mind - and due to that laptops (notebooks, tablets, etc) are the type of  computer that varies most in these aspects. Nothing is standardized (ISO,DIN,EN,...) in that area.

Besides of that the various processor and chipset technologies are not intercahangable in their electrical specs.

So I doubt that such a unversal docking station is even possible.

On the other side, there are things that could be plugged in many laptop types without problems - external drives, universal power supplies, rodents, keyboards, ... but that ar all singular devices and they lack the possibility of i.e. plugging in PCI cards.

Sorry again.
Unfortunately, there is no word called univetsal docking stations. I recently updated my lenovo, i had to get a new dock as old one doesnt work with it.

You can try port replicators.
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I'd suggest something like in the Link below:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834992908
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I don't know, I get "access denied" when trying that link...

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It is a

Kensington K33930US Universal Notebook Docking Station with VGA/DVI
Item#:  K05-0025  | Model#: K33930US
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Looks OK, although the one I linked to seems to provide better features.

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