From your new car purchase to your last smartphone , we have all been touched by one way or another by the global semiconductor shortage that is wreaking havoc on consumer goods and technological devices. The exact cause of the shortage may vary depending on who you ask, but generally it is the result of a domino effect triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, causing global lockdowns, an increase in demand for consumer electronics and a shortage of shipping containers. . Add trade disputes to that, and you have the recipe for disaster. But, while the cause can be complex, the bottom line is simple: we can't get our hands on the tech products we need.
One product, in particular, that this chip shortage is affecting is laptop docking stations . These chips play a vital role in every dock sold on the market today, and stocks are rapidly dwindling across the industry. We know from talking to our customers that IT professionals are already feeling the impact of this shortage. As many of us prepare to return to the office, businesses are finding unique ways to make the most of their existing office space, creating secure, socially distant shared offices that rely on the integration of 'a dock. The docks are also an effective tool to activate the growing trend of hybrid work , allowing employees to easily work from home or office as needed. The only problem is that experts expect the chip shortage to last until 'in 2023.
While some organizations may have time to wait in limbo for backlogged docking station orders to be filled, the majority of we cannot keep our back-to-work plans pending. If you are struggling to get your hands on a docking station, maybe it is time to get inventive and create your own alternative docking station solutions, using computer accessories in stock and available on the market today. With a combination of just three connectivity accessories, you can create productive and flexible workstations that support your hybrid work environment without relying on docks.
Accessory 1: multiport adapter
Start your workstation with a multiport adapter. These small but powerful tech accessories work much like a docking station while providing the added benefits of portability and flexibility. They can give you access to a 4K display , keep your laptop charged and give you extra USB ports, or even an SD card slot, while remaining compact and designed for convenient travel. VSbuild your workstation around a multiport adapter gives you the ability to work from home or office, without losing any of the productivity benefits of your workstation.
Accessory 2: display adapter
Fine As a multiport adapter provides access to a single external display, some users may not be able to sacrifice the productivity benefits of multiple monitors. If a single external display is not enough for your busy day, connect a USB monitor adapter to your multiport adapter is a simple solution to help you create a multi-monitor workstation.Display adapters available in the market today, it is easy to find the right one for your monitors. Whether you are working with HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, DVI, 4K or 8K, you can fully customize your display accessories to best suit your workstation.
Accessory 3: External USB Hub
We all know this as laptops get thinner, port options become scarce. Obviously, if you use a docking station, with just one cable you instantly multiply your laptop's port options. Connecting an external USB hub to your multiport adapter will give you all the extra ports you need to connect your mouse, keyboard, USB stick or even charge your mobile device. The requirements of your job may vary depending on where you work, but have the pBeing able to add more USB ports can help you optimize your time and stay focused on your work, rather than rearranging your workstation connections.
As organizations prepare you return to the office, we know that the safety and flexibility of employees will be a major concern. While the global semiconductor shortage can complicate your plans to reopen and impact your access to specific tech tools, it doesn't need to leave your team at a standstill. With a combination of just three connectivity accessories, you can easily simply create desktops that support your new hybrid work environment, delivering the productivity your team depends on and the flexibility they need to work from home or in the office. These three simple accessories will improve employee productivity and allow them tont to create the workstation that suits them best, in the environment in which they feel most comfortable working.
None of us really know how long the semiconductor shortage will last, or what products it will affect next. So rather than wait and hope for the best, it's time to get creative and find innovative connectivity accessories that enhance the benefits of the new hybrid workplace.