A MacBook Pro docking station is like a power strip for your laptop. They have various ports and usually have a power source to handle high-speed data transfer and multiple display connections. The lack of different ports on the entire MacBook lineup can be slightly annoying — especially if you want to connect multiple displays. However, these are the best MacBook Pro docking stations if you connect lots of devices and peripherals and need high-speed data transfer.
Here are the best docking stations for your MacBook Pro
Two displays and more
The USB-C Multimedia Hub Adapter 12 Ports with Power Delivery 3.0 provides up to 100 watts of power for charging and data transfer. With this dock, you get two HDMI ports so you can connect one or two 3840 x 2160 resolution 4K displays. Other ports include four USB 3.1 Type-A ports, SDHC and microSDHC card readers, an RJ45 Ethernet port, a 3.5mm audio, and a USB Type-C power port. It's the workhorse of multi-port docking stations.
Great for HDMI displays
The Corsair TBT100 Thunderbolt 3 Dock is the best way to get the most out of those 4K HDMI displays you have lying around. It can power two of them with the included HDMI ports, and both displays can be 4K @60Hz, giving you lots of screen real estate. With an SD card reader, plenty of USB ports, and a Gigabit Ethernet port, you'll have all the connections for the ultimate MacBook Pro setup.
Plugable's reliable docking station provides 96 watts of charging power with six USB-A ports and one USB-C port. It also has a Thunderbolt 3 port for fast data transfer and 4K display support, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. With the included base adapter, you can set this dock in a vertical or horizontal position for the ultimate desktop customization.
StarTech's docking station has eight ports, including Ethernet, USB-A 2.0, microphone, headphones, Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort, USB-A 3.0 for fast charging, and HDMI. This dock lets you connect a 5K display using the Thunderbolt 3 port or two 4K Ultra HD monitors using the Thunderbolt 3 port and the DisplayPort port.
If you don't want to spend a ton but still want something to give your MacBook Pro more options, the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock Mini is excellent. It may not have all the ports some more extensive docks have, but it has the essentials. With two HDMI ports that can support 4K monitors running at 60hz, a USB 3.0 Type-A port, a USB 2.0 port, and a Gigabit Ethernet jack, you'll get a lot more use out of one of your MacBook Pro's USB-C ports.
This dock from Anker helps you save your precious desk space by combining 12 ports into one compact box. Anker's dock features two HDMI ports that support 4K and 8K and 90 watts of power delivery, keeping your MacBook ready to go. Other highlights include Gigabit Ethernet, four USB-A ports, an SD card slot, and one Thunderbolt 4 port.
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Connect it all with the best MacBook Pro docking stations
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 best MacBook, then the EZQuest USB-C Multimedia Hub Adapter 12 Ports with Power Delivery 3.0 is the one for you. The 12-port dock keeps your MacBook topped off with 100 watts of power, and the two HDMI ports allow you to connect up to two 4K displays. This dock also includes just about every kind of port you could imagine.
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.
Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way.
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