This docking station is not only a nice stand to place your dictation device on your desk. It is multi-functional and connects via USB cable to your computer so you can download your voice files quickly and easily. While connected to a switched-on PC it recharges the inserted battery pack automatically (USB charge function needs to be activated via menu). If you prefer to charge your battery independently from the PC; just connect the stand to its AC power adapter. The outstanding feature is that it allows hands free dictation. The optional footswitch connected to the docking station allows the recording/ playback control without handling.