Best docking stations for MacBook Pro 2023: more ports, more power

Picking up one of the best docking stations for MacBook Pro is an essential purchase for anyone who wants to turn their Apple laptop into a true workplace juggernaut.

Even with recent improvements to I/O, the general dearth of ports on the entire MacBook lineup is disappointing — particularly for those whose workloads dictate the need to hook up multiple devices at once. A MacBook Pro docking station takes that strain away from your computer, doubling up as both expansion device and power supply. Whether adding more Thunderbolt 4 ports to your machine, or bringing back old favorites like full-size USB-A ports, it can take the headache out of connecting up the many devices we rely upon daily for our work and personal lives.

We've curated this list of the best MacBook Pro docking stations, so you can connect lots of devices and peripherals that need high-speed data transfer, including the best MacBooks. Every one is a winner.

Upgrade your workspace with the best docking stations

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Which MacBook docking station should you choose?

The best MacBook Pro docking stations enable multi-display use with charging support, and that's why they typically use Thunderbolt instead of just USB-C. Unlike the best USB-C hubs, Thunderbolt docks usually have a power supply that can charge your laptop and mobile devices while providing fast data transfer and 4K, 5K, or 8K display support.

If you want to get the most from your new Macbook, like the latest MacBook Air with M2, then the CalDigit TS4 Thunderbolt 4 dock is a must have. With the exception of HDMI ports, it offers multiple sockets for every conceivable physical connection to your MacBook Pro or Mac (or iPad, even!), while lso offering fast charging at 98W. It's expensive, but it's the best.

Belkin's Thunderbolt 3 Dock Mini may be your best bet if portability or price is a concern. This dock sports two HDMI and two USB-A ports, plus Gigabit Ethernet, all in a tiny package that costs almost half the more extensive docks. A built-in cable allows you to unplug this dock and throw it in your bag quickly for your travels, so you will never be left without the ports you need.

If you're keen to make more upgrades to your workspace or home office, then also take a look at our best charging stations and best webcams for Mac guides.

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Gerald Lynch is the Editor-in-Chief of iMore, keeping careful watch over the site's editorial output and commercial campaigns, ensuring iMore delivers the in-depth, accurate and timely Apple content its readership deservedly expects. You'll never see him without his iPad Pro, and he loves gaming sessions with his buddies via Apple Arcade on his iPhone 14 Pro, but don't expect him to play with you at home unless your Apple TV is hooked up to a 4K HDR screen and a 7.1 surround system. 


Living in London in the UK, Gerald was previously Editor of Gizmodo UK, and Executive Editor of TechRadar, and has covered international trade shows including Apple's WWDC, MWC, CES and IFA. If it has an acronym and an app, he's probably been there, on the front lines reporting on the latest tech innovations. Gerald is also a contributing tech pundit for BBC Radio and has written for various other publications, including T3 magazine, GamesRadar, Space.com, Real Homes, MacFormat, music bible DIY, Tech Digest, TopTenReviews, Mirror.co.uk, Brandish, Kotaku, Shiny Shiny and Lifehacker. Gerald is also the author of 'Get Technology: Upgrade Your Future', published by Aurum Press, and also holds a Guinness world record on Tetris. For real.

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