Do I need a docking station for my notebook?
Thread poster: Anne Koth

Anne Koth  Identity Verified
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Nov 3, 2005

I've been looking for a notebook (laptop?) computer to complement my PC. The man in the shop says I need a docking station so I can easily connect it to the monitor, printer etc. However, I have a WLAN system, so surely I can just use that with the notebook and control the printer that way? I hate plugging things in and I don't want to spend another 200 EUR on a docking station if I don't need to. Or is there another reason why I should buy a docking station?

I'm thinking of getting a Sony Vaio FS315M by the way, if anyone has any advice on that.

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Riccardo Schiaffino  Identity Verified
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In most situations, no need for the docking station Nov 3, 2005

The docking station is useful if you need to connect directly a lot of devices to your laptop, i.e., if your laptop is a "desktop replacement" (only computer you use).

If you plan to connect it to your home network, either through a wireless LAN or an Ethernet connection, you'll be able to connect to printers, scanners, etc. through the network.

If you need to connect a monitor or a keyboard, most (or all) laptops should come with a video connector, and several USB connectors. Newer laptops, however, no longer come with PS/2 connectors (useful for older keyboards and mice).

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Angus Woo
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No,I don't think you need it. Nov 3, 2005

From what you just said, you just don't need it.

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Hynek Palatin  Identity Verified
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Decide later Nov 3, 2005

I also think you don't need it, but you can always buy it later. It depends on how often you will unplug/plug all the peripherals (external monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc., if any).

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