I bought the docking station because I am working from home for COVID. I have never used a docking station before but I was tired of looking at the tiny work laptop screen and my wrists were tired of the crummy laptop keyboard. So anyway I bought this docking station, and pulled out an old monitor and bought a keyboard and mouse. All I had to do was plug the station USB into the laptop and the keyboard, mouse and monitor into the dock. Everything worked like a charm.