I've "recentely" asked this question here for a docking station for laptops that uses Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.1 for connections. While I'm still interested in such stations I need an alternative in case no such alternative will be available within a reasonable time-frame.
So I'm hereby asking for a docking station that qualifies with the following points (in order of preference):
- It connects via USB 3.0 and doesn't require special additional software for Windows (10) besides maybe a driver
- It has at least 4 USB 3.0 ports (additionally to the connecting port)
- It has at least 4 other USB (2.0+) ports (so 8 ports in total)
- It has a gigabit ethernet network port
- It has a HDMI (1.4+) port for monitor output
- It has yet another 2 USB (2.0+) ports (so 10 in total)
- Price should be less than 200€ (in Germany)
- Fully optional: Smartcard Reader
If you ask yourself: "For what do you need 8 (or more) USB ports for a laptop!?" Here's the list: External USB 3.0 SSD, External 2.5" USB 3.0 HDD, External 3.5" USB 3.0 Backup HDD, High-Speed USB 3.0 USB-Stick, external USB 2.0 sound card, external mechanical USB keyboard, external USB mouse, external blu-ray burner (2x USB 2.0)
Please note: all of these devices are already bought and may not be deconstructed, so a dock with HDD bay or optical drive (bay) doesn't give "bonus points".