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Just What the Doc(k) Ordered: The Top 5 Docking Stations for Seniors

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If you consistently use your laptop at your desk, you might want to think about investing in a docking station. A docking station is a third party gadget that allows you to sync up your laptop with accessories: a mouse, a printer, an external hardrive, a scanner, a full-sized monitor, and a large keyboard. With a docking station, you can treat your laptop like a desktop.

A docking station usually provides you with access to more USB ports than your laptop has available. Slide your computer into a docking station, plug the docking station’s peg into the laptop, and connect the appropriate USB ports into the docking station. Many docking stations come with additional accessories: speakers or sometimes even ethernet capabilities.

The benefits of a docking station are particularly apparent for aging adults because most senior-friendly accessories, like an oversized monitor or an ergonomically designed keyboard, require USB ports. Consequently, the docking station can help you create the ideal computing experience. ElderGadget has identified the top five docking stations for seniors. We have taken into account relevant features like size, weight, efficiency, and ease-of-use.

Without further ado, here are the top-five docking stations for aging adults:

The Plugable USB 2.0 model is a real multi-use gem; it comes with 4 high speed USB ports, all of which are located in easily-accesible places: two in the front, two in the back. For those who aren’t familiar with computer lingo, USB 2.0 provides a faster, more efficient USB connection (When you are simultaneously using multiple USB connections, you want to make sure that your connection does not get slowed down.)

The docking station also has ethernet ports, if you need to set up activate  an internet connection. We should also mention that the Plugable USB 2.0 Universal Docking Station comes with a set of speakers that probably produces crisper sound than the speakers on your laptop.

For more information or to order the Plugable USB 2.0 Universal Docking Station, see Amazon.com.


2. Toshiba Dynadock U Universal USB Connect Docking Station

Simplicity is the name of the game with this docking station: you can link-up your accessories — the large monitor, the external hardrive, and the speakers — with your laptop through a single USB cable.Its lightweight and slim design is a quite appealing. Weighing three pounds and measuring only 11.7 x 8.2 x 4.1, it is easy to move around and fit into multiple locations.

This docking station is ideal for those that intend to sync up their laptop to a larger monitor because it comes with top-of-the-line image resolution support to ensure that picture quality stays reliable.

For more information or to order the Toshiba Dynadock U Universal USB Connect Docking Station, see Amazon.com.


3. Kensington sd100s Notebook Docking Station with Stand K60721US

The Kensington sd100s Notebook Docking station should be noted for its vertical design. Slide your laptop into the docking station so it stands up, plug in an external keyboard, and essentially you have yourself a desktop. The ergonomic design also allows you to adjust the screen for optimal viewing comfort.

This docking station also comes with five well-spaced USB 2.0 ports: for seniors with poor spatial reasoning skills, this excess spacing allows you to easily locate and plug in cords without the distraction of chaos and clutter.

For more information or to order the Kensington sd100s Notebook Docking Station with Stand K60721US, see Amazon.com.

4. Cables To Go 28652 USB 2.0 Laptop Docking Station with Video (Black)

This may not be the fanciest docking station, but it efficient and satisfies your connectivity needs. By connecting your laptop to the docking stations through one USB cable, you have access to three USB 2.0 ports, one printer port, PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports, and ethernet capabilities.

We should also note that this docking station is quite portable, weighing only 1.5 pounds and measuring 10.3 x 6.5 x 2.3 inches. If you need a docking station that you can carry to and fro the office to your house, then look no further. Cables To Go will do the trick.

For more information or to order the Cables To Go 28652 USB 2.0 Laptop Docking Station with Video (Black), see Amazon.com.

5. Targus ACP50US Universal Notebook Docking Station with Video by Targus

With many docking stations, you have to reboot the system each time you want the docking station to recognize a new device. Yet, this is not the case with the Targus ACP50US Universal Notebook. It automatically acknowledges the presence of new plug-ins.

While the Targus doesn’t come with USB 2.0 capabilities, two out of the four ports provide accelerated power. Keep in mind that it is beneficial to use these faster ports with an external hardrive or other power-intensive accessories.

For more information or to order the Targus ACP50US Universal Notebook Docking Station with Video by Targus, see Amazon.com.


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0 Responses to Just What the Doc(k) Ordered: The Top 5 Docking Stations for Seniors

  1. Rich Weaver March 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    Does the docking station project a larger picture on the additional monitor than is on the laptop?

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