Docking Stations for MacBook Pro
A MacBook Pro docking station is like a power strip for your laptop. They have various ports, and unlike the best USB-C hubs, they usually have their own power source so they can handle high-speed data transfer and multiple display connections. The lack of multiple ports on the entire MacBook lineup can be slightly annoying—especially if you’re looking to connect multiple displays. If you connect lots of devices and peripherals and need high-speed data transfer, these are the best MacBook Pro docking stations.
CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock – Space Gray
Plugable Thunderbolt 3 Dock compatible with MacBook
Henge Docks Vertical Dock (Space Gray)
StarTech.com Thunderbolt 3 Dock – Dual Monitor 4K 60Hz Laptop Docking Station
Compact for small spaces:
Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock Mini
Docking station, hub, or adapter: Which one is right for you?
MacBook Pro docking stations are designed for multi-display use with charging support—and that’s why they typically use Thunderbolt 3 instead of just USB-C. They usually have their own power supply and can charge your laptop and mobile devices while also providing fast data transfer and 4K or 5K display support. For the most part, they’re meant to be stationary to give your desktop workflow more versatility and convenience. When it comes to MacBook Pro docking stations, I personally use Elgato’s Thunderbolt 3 docking station because of its 85-watt charging support and its dual 4K display option.
Hubs are very similar to docking stations. They always have a lot of ports but don’t always have their own power source. They also tend to be more portable because they’re lighter and smaller (and don’t need their own wall plug). If the docking stations listed here seem like too much for you, you may need a hub instead.
Adapters are the simplest peripherals for port versatility. They are almost always a single-port changeover, like USB-C-to-USB-A or USB-to-Lightning, though sometimes they may have one or two additional ports, like HDMI. They’re the least expensive but also the least versatile. You may not need 4K or 5K display support, high-speed data transfer, or 12 different things plugged into your MacBook Pro at the same time. A simple single-port adapter may be a better solution.
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