If you often alternate between laptop and desktop setups using your laptop, you should definitely consider getting yourself a good laptop docking station. A docking station acts as an intermediary between your laptop and other devices. Through the dock you can often connect your laptop to multiple other devices by just plugging in a single port or cable. They are also sometimes called port replicators. Here is a list of some of the highest rated laptop docking stations at the time of writing.
Plugable UD-3000 USB 3.0 Docking Station
Plugable USB 2.0 Docking Station
Lenovo ThinkPad Advanced Port Replicator
HP Essentials Port Replicator
Toshiba Dynadock Docking Station
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