Laptop computers are incredibly convenient when it comes to how portable they are, but there are times when having access to a large monitor and/or other peripherals can certainly come in handy. Lenovo docking stations give you the convenience of a laptop with all the functionality of a desktop, and they help ensure that you don’t have to deal with a mess of cords every time you want to connect or disconnect peripherals. These docking stations can be used to enhance your home office or implemented in work environments to give employees access to more tech tools. They can also be bundled with laptops by VARs to increase the overall value of a complete computing solution.
You’ll need to consider several different options and features as you choose a Lenovo docking station. First, it’s important to find a product that is designed to pair well with your exact computer model. If you have a ThinkPad or other popular Lenovo notebook, then you can likely find a docking station that is manufactured to be used with your specific computer. You can use these docks to charge your battery in addition to hooking up various external components. Consider the way that the docking station aligns with your laptop, and try to choose an option that makes connecting and disconnecting from the station as easy as possible. You can also analyze the space where you intend to keep the docking station and decide if you prefer a model that attaches to your computer vertically or horizontally.
Next, it’s a good idea to think through the types of peripherals you plan to use with your docking station. All products will support one external monitor, for example, but if you know you’ll be using multiple screens, then you need to check for compatibility. Numerous other peripherals will make use of USB ports, so you should choose a docking station with enough slots to meet your needs. Other products have device bays that you can use to install different types of drives if necessary. If external storage is a major concern, consider a docking station that has a hard drive built in–ideal for backing up data.
Docking stations can simplify laptop use for you, your employees, and/or your customers. IT Xchange has a wide selection of Lenovo docking stations, making it easy to find the perfect option for your computer.