Docking stations used to be fairly niche accessories, matching a specific brand of computer and connecting via a proprietary port. Universal docking stations have changed this, and Toshiba's dynadock V is a fine example of a modern universal dock. The compact device connects to a Windows XP, Vista, or 7 computer system via a single USB connection.
A docking station is designed to allow you to connect your notebook computer to a slew of accessories via a single cable connection. With many users eschewing a desktop system in favor of a more versatile notebook system, docking stations have become more common and offer enhanced functionality when compared to older accessories.