Universal docking stations normally add HDMI, VGA, DVI, USB and Ethernet slots to a laptop. This allows a user to connect a laptop to several peripherals without the hassle of having to connect a lot of wires.
Universal docking stations are compatible with different laptop brands and models, which is an advantage in an office environment.
Since newer laptops tend to be more portable, they often to have fewer ports. A universal docking station allows the user to add ports to a laptop that are not longer included, such as DVI or VGA ports. The docking station typically provides additional USB ports as well.