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Posted: 04/29/21 03:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a Dell laptop that I'd like to connect 2 monitors too. Currently I can use the laptops screen plus 1 monitor. I'd rather have two larger monitors and keep the laptop closed. It is a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 which does not have a USB-C connector that many docking stations use. Is there a decent docking station that uses USB3?


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Look for the Dell docking station that has that single cable connector, but it also has a "usb" adapter on it too. I have several of them in my office, but I don't use the 'usb' adapter, but it's there, so should work?

No experience with them.. Just know that they were on the ones I got, but that was a couple of years ago?

Another alternative is they have USB to VGA/DMI/HDMI monitor cable connector adapters too. As long as you have multiple USB sockets on the laptop, this is an alternative too.

Does your laptop have a built in HDMI plug on it along with the VGA one?

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I had a USB docking station that worked great on my non C laptop and desktop

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There are various non USB-C ones out there, but my experience has been less than stellar. They do work, but not reliably. Be prepared for the occasional restart, etc.

In fact, Dell does offer a couple.


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Posted: 04/30/21 10:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you just want to connect extra monitors to your laptop, get an external USB3 video adapter similar to this one on Amazon.com.


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point is to use the exact same docking station, just move the plug from the laptop to the desktop

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philh wrote:

point is to use the exact same docking station, just move the plug from the laptop to the desktop


USB3-A docking station/port replicator with video..

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I have used other Star Tech products, they seem to work well.

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There is no company that I know of called Adapters-r-Us but... there are many that could use that name

I think these are USB 2 adapters

Amazon of course


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wa8yxm wrote:

There is no company that I know of called Adapters-r-Us but... there are many that could use that name

I think these are USB 2 adapters

Amazon of course


Those are simple "C" to "A" adapters for cables with USB-C connector and while they can be used, they are not capable of the enhancements of USB-C.

USB items tend to be "backwards compatible" up to a point. Devices built to take advantage of USB-C may not function as well or function at all as the OP has noticed with their USB-C docking station.

The OP has two possibilities if they wish to use their current USB-C port replicator on both PCs (and one PC doesn't have USB-C).

They either have to buy a USB3-A port replicator which will work on bot PCs or buy a add in USB-C port card (assuming a "desktop" PC that has an open slot).

Like THESE, however, those come with a new wrinkle, some special purpose features may still not be available through an add in card.

The OP is wanting to use a purpose built Port replicator for a Dell Laptop, that replicator may be depending on the PC BIOS and specific USB-C port hardware for that specific replicator to work 100% correctly.

USB3-C added in extra support for HD video which is not available on USB3-A or available on all USB3-C ports.

Read more HERE

This is highly confusing even for folks who are 100% up to speed on the latest hardware..

A generic USB3-A port replicator is the safest way to go and should take care of what the OP is wanting to do.

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This I understand IF I were ordering I'd take the time to find a C to USB-3 as that's the best his laptop has. if I'm reading his post correctly. the Dock wants to plug into a "C" port. but the laptop only has 2 and 3 ports like the one this laptop replaced This onew has 3 and C

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