I am not certain if I understand your question so please excuse the wall of text :
Traditional docking stations such as the larger surface dock or the blackberry dock or the Dell E-port series or Lenovo Thinkpad stands are all docking station where you attach the device to the dock with one port(often proprietary) connection without cables.These types of docks often lay flat below the device, place the device at an angle or "contain" the device in some fashion as such that the device when docked is able to be secured typically with a kensington style locking cable attached to the dock
Newer docking stations such as the surface docking "brick" or Dell WD15 attach to the tablet/laptop with a single cable (USB-C/3.0, Thunderbolt, proprietary connector ..etc)
Wireless docking stations are also one the market but they are not very stable
Both the newer and traditional style of docking stations allow an expanded range of ports such as additional usb,hdmi , displayport, Ethernet,Audio/Mic plugs SD etc....Larger docking stations also are starting to GPU units as well.
Hence my earlier comment that perhaps going the route of Microsoft and offering both a more traditional stand and a brick style would be the best solution that people could leave on their desks at home & work with a mini dongle being available for "on the go" use.