As much as I like the portability and convenience of a laptop, when I bring it back home I want to be able dock it and take full advantage of my home office setup. To do this I added a flexible laptop stand to keep things tidy, used a couple USB-C adapters to simplify the connections and drive my 4K display, and added a USB switch to act as a KVM to go between my desktop and laptop quickly with the same keyboard and mouse. Hi I’m David and these are my must have laptop accessories for a laptop docking station. At home I like to run both a desktop and notebook system depending on what I’m working on. For gaming or video editing, I’ll want to opt for my more powerful desktop pc but for work that I’ll need on the go or to bring into the office, I’ll use my laptop instead.
Whether it’s my laptop or desktop, I want to be able to take full advantage of my setup. The large 4K screen and my dedicated keyboard, and mouse. Sure you could just unplug and replug everything into the other device but that gets tiring really fast. So originally I went with these Logitech keyboards and mice that have built in profiles to switch from one device to another, but I find the latency with a Bluetooth mouse too sluggish for my liking, and actually prefer the comfort and responsiveness of my older non-bluetooth G602 mouse instead. Also I didn’t want to be limited if I switched back to a wired keyboard or mouse.
So instead, I picked up this USB switch. It has 4 connections on the front for accessories like my mouse and keyboard. And cables in the back to connect to my desktop and one to my laptop. Now with a single press these USB devices are routed to either the desktop or laptop, and switches instantly back with another click. Much simpler than needing to replug my devices every time. Next up is using the display with both the desktop and laptop. And most monitors and display will have multiple connections so switching the display between systems is usually straight forward. Unfortunately the 4K TV I’m using here only supports HDMI for that full 4K 60Hz, something that this Dell XPS 15 is lacking. So I went with a USB-C to HDMI adapter to solve this problem. It’s a pretty straight forward solution, to get that full 4K 60Hz experience from my laptop to the TV.
The adapter also supports power delivery that is driven with a separate usb charger. But you’ll need to keep in mind, this setup only supports up to 60W of power delivery back to the notebook. This is much lower than the 130W of power the original power brick supports, so if fully loaded on the CPU and GPU, the battery may not charge or even drain a little while plugged in this way but during my typical usage it more than enough for a slow recharge when docked. And finally a laptop stand. While this isn’t completely necessary. You know I’m a huge fan of reducing clutter on the desk with stuff like my monitor stands. And I feel the same way about a laptop stand.
Floating the laptop saves space on the desk, and allows you to position the laptop closer or out of the way as necessary throughout the day. I’m using the Amazon Basic monitor arm here combined with their laptop mount to hold this together. This robust design feel very solid and secure with my laptop. And the pneumatic arm make it really easy to reposition closer or out of the way depending on what I’m doing. So that’s how I combine my laptop and desktop into a single workstation. And not feel like my workstation is compromised in any way whether I choose one or the other. But that’s just how I prefer to run my computer setup at home. Hope you guys enjoyed this one. You know what to do.
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