Universal Docking Stations

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by xc runner, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. xc runner macrumors member

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    Hey everyone:

    I have to thank everyone for their help in the past. Apologies as I am not savvy - now I am in the market for a universal dock for my Lenovo (work) and Macbook Pro (for personal). I currently have a Dell monitor that I plug both into both of these units. Ideally, I would love to purchase another monitor and have this dock longterm, but I am aware technology constantly changes. Additionally, my work laptop will be upgraded every few years.

    Does anyone have a docking station recommendation that might be able to last me at least a few years? Thank you in advance!
     
  2. carestudio macrumors 6502

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    what kind of interfaces you are looking for? usb 3.0? usb 3.1 type-c? or thunderbolt 2? 3? :)
     
  3. MCAsan, Feb 1, 2016
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    With new Macs moving to USB-C ports this year that do USB-3.1 and TB3......the current universal docking stations will not be that when the new machines start shipping. All the docking station vendors had better have a new design planned that is based upon USB-C ports, higher speed protocols, and hooking up 4K and 5K monitors.
     
  4. xc runner thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm thinking whatever gets me to use two screens for both my Mac and PC. I know my work docking station uses USB SS, but I wasn't sure if Mac can read that to run two monitors.
     
  5. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    What model of Macbook? What resolution and refresh rate for the monitors? 1K, 2K, 4K, 5K....30hz or much better 60Hz?
     
  6. xc runner thread starter macrumors member

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    MacBook is a 13" late 2013 Pro with retina. My current monitor is a Dell 24" with 60Hz and I would be adding a second here shortly. Not quite sure what the resolution is, but I did not get 4k or 5k. I'm usually using the screens for studying or doing taxes (yes I know "fun stuff").

    I just figured it's easier coming home and throwing in one cord than using several. Especially since I switch to my MacBook when I'm not working
     
  7. carestudio macrumors 6502

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    You will probably need to look into CalDigit's thunderbolt stations 2.
     

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