Evo-certified laptops, including the Dell XPS 13 Plus, HP Spectre, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano, LG Gram 17, and the Acer Swift 3 are as streamlined as they come – ultra-quick, and ultra-portable. Plus, they must meet a stringent set of guidelines or KEIs (key experience indicators) required by Intel. In short, these laptops offer superior performance and are designed to keep up with a fast-paced lifestyle.

So when it’s time to add screens and ports, will just any dock do? In this guide, we’ve rounded up our top docking stations to best suit your new Evo setup.

Best Overall

Best quad display docking station for EVO laptops: Plugable TBT4-UDZ

Let’s not waste any time. What is the best dock for an Evo laptop like the Dell XPS 13? If it’s Evo, it’s got Thunderbolt. And if it has Thunderbolt, start with the Plugable Thunderbolt™ 4 & USB4 Quad Display Docking Station with 98W Charging, it’s the definition of power. With 16 port options, this dock offers everything you could want and more. It can connect four 4K 60Hz screens (2x HDMI, 2x DP) to your Windows laptop which isn’t the norm for most Thunderbolt docks. It also keeps your laptop charged with up to 100W power delivery; two of the USB ports can charge extra devices like your smartphone or tablet. The dock has seven USB ports in total and is also equipped with Ethernet, SD/microSD slots, and audio. Like we said, it’s the definition of power.

See everything the TBT4-UDZ has to offer.

  • 2x HDMI Ports
  • 2x DisplayPort Ports
  • 100W Charging (98W Certified)
  • 1x Thunderbolt 4 Port (to host)
  • 1x USB-C Port (10Gbps)
  • 3x USB-A Ports (10Gbps)
  • 2x USB-A Ports (5Gbps)
  • 1x USB 2.0 Port (Charging)
  • 1x SD and MicroSD Card Reader 
  • 1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet Port (2.5Gbps)

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Best Dual Display

Best dual display docking station for the EVO laptop: TBT3-UDZ

Need fewer screens? Then this is your dock. The Plugable Thunderbolt™ 3 and USB-C Dual Display Dock with 96W Host Charging is the little brother to TBT4-UDZ. Don’t get us wrong, it still provides the power and versatility of the quad dock, just with fewer display options. It connects two 4K 60Hz HDMI or DisplayPort displays and has up to 100W power delivery for your laptop charging needs.

Find out more details about the TBT3-UDZ.

  • 2x DisplayPort and 2x HDMI ports (total of two displays)
  • 1x USB-C Port (10Gbps)
  • 1x USB-A Port (10Gbps)
  • 5x USB-A Ports (5Gbps)
  • 100W Power Delivery (96W Certified)
  • 1x SD and microSD Card Reader
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • 1x 3.5mm Audio Jack

The Data Displayer

Best high-end docking station for EVO laptops: UD-3900C4

The Plugable USB-C Quad HDMI Docking Station. This 14-in-1 universal docking station is a complete workhorse. It provides 14 (yes, fourteen) port options, allowing you to connect all your gadgets and accessories. It delivers 1080p 60Hz on up to four HDMI screens and can power your laptop with up to 100W host charging. Gone are the days of carrying around multiple display adapters and power cords.

Read more about the UD-3900C4.

  • 1x USB-C (10Gbps)
  • 100W Charging (96W Certified)
  • SD 4.0 Card Reader
  • 2x HDMI 1.3 (DisplayLink)
  • 2x HDMI 2.0 (Alt Mode)
  • 1x USB-C Port (5Gbps)
  • 4x USB-A Ports (5Gbps)
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • 1x 3.5mm Audio Out
  • 1x 3.5mm Audio In

Practical Performance

Best dock for video performance for the EVO laptop

Next up is the Plugable Dual 4K Display HDMI or DisplayPort Universal Docking Station. This 10-port dock allows you to expand your workspace, providing up to 4K 60Hz on dual HDMI or DP displays. Whether you’re reading emails, dissecting data, or creating content, this USB dock is designed to maximize your productivity and creativity in the most efficient way possible. The only thing missing from this 4K UHD dock is charging.

Find out more about the UD-6950Z.

  • 2x DisplayPort++/HDMI Ports (up to 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz)
  • 6x USB-A Ports
  • 1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet Port

Best Thunderbolt Hub

Best docking station for EVO Laptops: USB4-HUB3A

The Plugable 5-in-1 Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 Hub. It carries the Engineered for Evo-certified badge, and it’s the perfect match for your new Evo laptop. The hub is Thunderbolt 4 certified, built on the Goshen Ridge chipset, provides 60W host charging, and comes with five powerful port options. It also delivers 4K 60Hz on dual USB-C displays, or 8K 30Hz on a single screen. To top it off, you can also daisy-chain up to six additional Thunderbolt devices. 

Take a closer look at the specs for the USB4-HUB3A.

  • 3x Thunderbolt 4/USB4 Downstream Ports (40Gbps, 15W PD)
  • 1x USB-A (USB 3.2 Gen 2) Port (10Gbps)
  • 1x Thunderbolt 4 Upstream Port (60W PD)
  • Intel Goshen Ridge Chipset
  • Thunderbolt 4 Certification
  • Includes 2.5ft/80cm Certified Thunderbolt 4 Cable

Best Traveler

Besst traveling hub for EVO laptops: Plugable USBC-11IN1E

Meet the Plugable USB-C 11-in-1 Hub with Ethernet, an 11-port hub that performs like a docking station. This compact hub features two 4K 60Hz HDMI ports, three USB-A ports, SD and microSD slots, 100W pass-through charging, and a Gigabit Ethernet port in case the Wi-Fi gets spotty. This hub is small but mighty – built with a rugged aluminum casing, it is the perfect travel companion whether you’re jet-setting across the globe or commuting to your hybrid office.

Check out more details on the USBC-11IN1E.

  • 1x USB-C Port (5Gbps)
  • 3x USB-A Ports
  • 2x HDMI Ports
  • 100W Charging
  • 1x SD and MicroSD Card Reader
  • 1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet Port

The Best Cables for the EVO-Certified Laptop

You bought your laptop. You decided on a dock. Now complete your new setup with any of these Plugable cables, designed to work with your EVO-certified laptop or Ultrabook.

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