3 Targus Docking Stations for Small Business and Self-Employed Professionals

Today, many organizations have embraced using USB and even wireless docking stations. Docking stations allow the simultaneous connection and use of multiple devices, such as various keyboards and mice, extra monitors, additional ports, and much more, with a single computer or laptop.  

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Targus is one of the most well-known manufacturers of universal docking stations and has produced some of the best docking stations of 2021. Courtesy of Targus.

These devices provide more opportunities for connectivity, comfortand ease of access to various devices to employees and others alike in the workplace. If you like to know more about docking stations, please consider reading our article about PC docking stations to find out more about the main features and capabilities of the best docking stations 

In this article, we will introduce three of the best Targus docking stations to small businesses and self-employed individualsWithout further ado, let’s see what features these three models come with! 

 

 

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  1. Dock177A great laptop docking station with the sleekest design 

The first model we want to introduce is Dock 177which has a compactsleek and slanted designmaking it one of the best docking stations for laptop users who wish to save space by placing their laptop on their docking station. In fact, This docking station comes in blackis about 21 x 12.5 x 5 cm, and weighs 1.56 kilograms 

You can easily fit Dock 177 in any workplace without worrying about the amount of free space at your desk. The surface of this docking station is non-slip and positioned in a way that creates a comfortable typing angle for its users. Because of its angled shape, Dock 177 also acts as a passive cooling device for your laptop. 

 

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Dock 177 and its various ports. Courtesy of Targus.

Dock 177 supports up to two 4K 60Hz screens. In other words, with this docking station, you can benefit from two monitors simultaneously with a resolution of up to 4096 x 2160 at 60 frames per second.  

Moreover, Dock 177 features a dual DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one USB 3.0 Type-C port, and one Gigabit Ethernet port. One of the USB 3.0 Type-A ports also features fast charging up to 1.5 Amps 

Speaking of charging, this docking station contains 19VDC PC laptop power and charges for up to 90 WattsMoreover, there is an audio in/out port for those who want to use speakers, headsets, microphones, or other audio devices. With all of the additional ports Dock 177 provides, you can fully customize your desk and workspace without facing the limits of your PC or laptop’s ability to connect with different devices.

 

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Dock 177 in action! The slanted design of this docking station allows for users to use less space and find an optimal typing angle for their keyboard or laptop. Courtesy of Targus.

 

It is also worth mentioning that Dock 177 comes with a 1meter detachable USB-3 to USB-A cable and a detachable 1-meter DC host power and charging cable. This docking station is also VESA mountable, which is a great spacesaving solution! 

Dock 177 is currently compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and Android 5.0 or later. It comes with three years of limited warranty.  

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Dock 130. Courtesy of Targus.

  1. Dock130The most suitable for laptop users and small workspaces 

Much like the previous model, Dock 130 is a 4K laptop docking station with various ports and excellent features, but there are some differences and tweaks in this oneDock 130 can support one monitor with a resolution of up to 3840 x 2160 at 30fps, but you can also use the two DVI ports if you wish to use two displays simultaneously. In the latter scenario, the resolution of each monitor will drop to 2048 x 1152, but you can benefit from an increased frame rate of 60/s 

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Just like Dock 177, Dock 130 also benefits from a slanted design that makes it very suitable for laptop users. Courtesy of Targus.

Like Dock 177, this docking station is also black and made from plastic, and it is one of Targus’ best docking stations for laptopsSince its only 17 x 9 x 4 cm and weighs around only 0.77 kilograms, this docking station is very compact and much more portable than Dock 177. Given that Dock 130 is pretty small, it is quite suitable for small workspaces and offers non-slip surfaceSimilar to Dock 177, it provides great typing angle for laptops and passive cooling. 

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Dock 130 features many essential ports for individual professional users, without taking too much space. Courtesy of Targus.

Dock 130 features DVI-I, DVI-D, and DisplayPort connections as well as a Gigabit Ethernet port. There are six USB 3.0 Type-A ports in this docking station; five of them support SuperSpeed connections, and the sixth is capable of fast charging for devices. Naturally, there is also an audio in/out port for speakers, headsets, and microphones.  

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Dock 130 also features three USB ports and an audio in/out port on its sides. Courtesy of Targus.

 

Because of its universal nature, Dock 130 is compatible with Windows, Mac OS, Android 5.1 or later, and Linux. Just like many other Targus products, this docking station comes with three years of limited warranty.  

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Dock 570 is a CES 2020 Honoree and one of the best Mac docking stations due to its universal nature and the many USB-C ports it provides. Courtesy of Targus.

 

  1. Dock570The USB docking station that does it all 

The last model we want to cover is Dock 570. This PC docking station supports up to four 4K displays via either four DisplayPort or four HDMI ports at the resolution of 3840 x 2160, which makes it an excellent option for small or medium-sized businesses as opposed to someone like a self-employed freelancer 

This docking station comes in the color of grey and is made from rubber and plastic. In fact, the rubberpadded bottom of this docking station protects the device against scratches when it is on a VESA bracket, mounting behind your display. This model weighs around 2.0 kilograms, and its dimensions are 8.8 x 20.7 x 4.3 cm. 

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Dock 570 is equipped with a front-blue light that allows you to recognize when the power is connected. Courtesy of Targus.

Moreover, Dock 570 offers two seemingly small features that will make your life so much easier. First, the docking station is equipped with a front-panel blue light that allows you to realize when the power is connected. Second, Dock 570 provides a switch that makes it possible for you to effortlessly turn it on and off.  

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Dock 570 provides a wide variety of ports, making it very suitable for small to medium-sized organizations. Courtesy of Targus.

 

Dock 570 features Gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, USB 3.0 Type-C port, and 3.5mm audio in/out port. One of the USB-A ports also supports fast charging for devices. Moreover, this docking station is compatible with Thunderbolt 3 as well. It is also worth noting that Dock 570 comes with a USB-C to USB-A cable, which allows you to connect the docking station through the USB-C to a laptop or PC that supports USB-A. 

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The two sides of Dock 570 include a USB-C port, a USB-A port, and an audio in/out port. Courtesy of Targus.

Dock 570 works with Windows, Mac OS, Android 5.0 or later, Chromebooks, and Ubuntu Linux and comes with three years of limited warranty.  

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Dock 570. Courtesy of Targus.

 

Conclusion 

The three Targus docking stations we introduced in this article are some of the best universal docking stations available in the market. This is especially true for those who operate small businesses or are self-employed and wish to make the most out of what they are spending, given that they may have limited space at their workplace.  

If none of the three models we discussed managed to gain your interest, you can find out about two other excellent models of Targus’ docking stations for professionals or check out our products page for even more options. Hopefully, at the end of the day, you will find a docking station that best suits your needs. 

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