KVM Switch vs Docking Station
What are the differences between a KVM switch and a docking station? They do have something in common – offer an extended hub and give your computer or laptop more connectivity options to connect to more peripherals.
- The key difference is that a KVM switch allows the user to connect more than one computing device, and allows them to switch around and always share the hub for peripheral connection. And a KVM switch is not only used for computers. You can connect it to your Mac book, you can also connect it to your Xbox or PS5.
- Basically, a docking station is designed to connect a laptop or a computer. It can be quite resourceful with different ports like USB, HDMI, Ethernet, audio jack, card reader, and more. And most docking stations keep your computer charged.
Can you use a KVM switch with a docking station?
You may need to look closer at your setup and the specs of available ports. Theoretically yes, you can connect your computer to a docking station, and connect a KVM switch to it. However, if you connect a second device to the KVM switch, they won’t share the peripherals on the docking station.
Then you may ask, can I connect a docking station to two computers at the same time?
Docking Station with KVM Switch
If we can combine a KVM switch with a docking station, we can have the docking station connect to 2 computers at the same time.
- There are different types of KVM switches. Some KVM switches could be powerful as they support high resolutions and refresh rates (up to 8K/10K), and connect to more devices and more than one monitor. People who work from home would love to have such a KVM switch that connects to 2 devices, a desktop computer, and a work laptop, to a dual monitor setup that would help level up their work efficiency.
- A docking station has its advantage too. Sometimes your laptop or PC has limited connectivity and a docking station makes it up.
So, is there a docking station that can switch between two computers like a KVM switch? Due to the needs of our users, yes, we launched a dual monitor KVM docking station that combines the use of a KVM switch and a docking station.
You can have both. You can connect to your work laptop (via USB-C) and your desktop PC to a dual monitor setup with this KVM switch, and also have a docking station that keeps you charged.
Also a USB-C Dual Monitor KVM Switch
You may not be satisfied with your setup right now for any of these reasons and a KVM docking station is there to streamline the whole setup and make the most out of it.
- The setup really squeezes your desk space with a lot of cables, or several sets of keyboards, mouses, and other peripherals.
- Different adapters or hubs make the connection complicated and unstable.
- The hub or KVM does not support good enough refresh rates or resolutions and brings down the visual experience.
- You wanna upgrade to a dual monitor setup.
And this KVM docking station is designed to kill these pain points:
- This is an MST dual monitor KVM switch, and you need only one USB-C cable to have your laptop connect to a dual monitor setup.
- The USB-C In port is designed with a charging feature, so you don’t need to keep another charging cable on your desk and one cable will both charge and connects to the display.
- An Ethernet port is available for you to offer a wired network to your laptop, so no adapter is needed for this.
- You can connect to your PC via a Displayport and an HDMI. No converter is needed.
- There are 5 USB ports, a USB-C charging port, a fiber audio jack, and an SD card reader free for use. You are having a powerful docking station in this KVM switch.
- Different resolutions and refresh rates are supported: 4K@60Hz 4:4:4, 1080P@240Hz/165Hz/144Hz/120Hz, and 2560×1440@144Hz/120Hz.
If you are bringing your work laptop home from your office now and then, this setup can easily have everything to be shared with it just by plugging a USBC cable in.
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