Docking stations offer a convenient way for laptop and tablet users to easily expand the capabilities of their devices, to maximize productivity and minimize setup time. This is especially relevant at the enterprise level, where alternative approaches to workspace allocation – such as hot-desking and ‘hoteling’ – evolve with workforce needs.
With the continued surge of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) practices, enterprise businesses are becoming hybridized environments that must support a wide array of device brands. Universal docking stations are proving to play a vital role in delivering enhanced flexibility and productivity in today’s workspaces.
Early docking stations were designed by laptop manufacturers to complement their own product lineups, often supporting only a single model. Though there were early attempts to market a ‘one size fits all’ docking solution that supported expansion regardless of laptop manufacturer, these were quite limited in scope.
Recent technological innovations have created a new force of docking stations, capable of delivering brand agnostic compatibility and convenience. However, it’s important to understand the key points you need to consider when shopping for universal docking stations.
When comparing docking stations, the word ‘universal’ doesn’t necessarily mean the product will work across multiple brands. Many brands apply the word in order to indicate universal support, however only within their own product lineup, putting your investment at risk. It’s important to invest in technology that is going to benefit your company in the future as well as the present.
Even if your enterprise laptop deployment is loyal to a single brand, that may not be the case in the future. When enterprise laptops are eventually refreshed with a new form factor or another manufacturer’s device, all those original docking stations will need to be replaced as well. In order to protect your investment, make sure the docking stations you select are truly universal.
Truly universal means empowering enterprise businesses with the freedom to BYOD. Truly universal means the flexibility to adopt a variety of platforms and industry standards without compromise. Truly universal means productivity with one USB connection.
In order to achieve optimal convenience in any workspace, consideration must also be given to the support of contractors and guests visiting the location. Universal docking stations extend productivity beyond permanent employees to any end user, with any device, who makes use of a workstation.
With a dizzying array of brands, models and features to choose from, docking stations can be a challenge to research. Brand-specific docking stations sometimes have ‘universal’ in the title but only work with the corresponding laptop brand – sometimes only with a single model. For the best results, read the seven criteria below and refer to the comparison grid to ensure you have all the facts.
The 7 criteria for comparing docking stations
We’ve all been there before. The presentation has been on the schedule for a week, everyone is on time and ready, including the presenter. Suddenly, the call goes out, “does anyone have an adapter?” We all know that there’s no easier way to lose an audience (not to mention look unprofessional and unprepared) than to seek guidance with technical difficulties right at the start of the meeting.
Having a conference room that’s properly equipped with advanced technology can save time, money, stress, and (depending on who is attending the meeting) credibility. We’ve put together some tips for organising a well-connected and smoothly running conference room.
If your device has a USB port, it’s ready for show time. Eliminate the need for dongles, adapters and apologies. Equip your conference rooms with a Truly Universal Docking Station – fully loaded with a wireless presenter, mouse and keyboard. All your presenter will need to do is connect the USB cable to their device, and they’re ready to go.
A Truly Universal Docking Station allows you to control and plan for all company-approved devices. In terms of visitors, the docking station is platform and brand-agnostic. So whether your presenter has a Mac or a PC, your conference room is set up and ready to facilitate their presentation.
Dynamic presentations or live demos typically require Internet access, or even files hosted on company servers. USB 3.0 data transfer speeds allow for a presentation mode right from the original file without downloading. Plus, selecting Gigabit Ethernet over wireless gives presenters a faster and more secure connection. If presentations are on the longer side, select a Truly Universal Docking Station model that has integrated charging and power. All your presenter has to do is select a power tip, plug in and forget.
Setting up a conference room so that you can ensure smooth, successful and productive meetings every time doesn’t have to be tricky. Simply choose the best technology, so you can have full capability to host professional conferences, easily.
Targus Universal Docking Stations meet all of these criteria and more. Supporting dual-displays up to 2K and MacBooks, Targus Universal Docking Stations should be a top contender for anyone serious about delivering the flexibility and power of truly universal docking stations. Discover more about the Targus difference for Universal Docking solutions here.