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What are the advantages of a docking station?

Hello Experts,

I recently upgraded to a DELL XPS 13 for home use. I am required to connect a monitor with HDMI port and an external storage drive with USB. I use the laptop mostly for basic browsing.

So, my options are:

1) Buy two 'USB-A to USB-C' adapters for the thunderbolt ports

2) And buy one 'HDMI to USB-C' adapter

totally costing not more than $50


Buy a docking station like 'dell-docking-station-wd19s-180w', which would cost around $400' and having the required ports and the capability to charge the laptop.

I am wondering what are the other advantages of buying a docking station over just some adapters cables to connect the storage and monitor. Any inputs highly appreciated.


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Gerald Connolly

8/22/2022 - Mon