The best MacBook docking stations can transform Apple’s impressive range of laptops into fully-fledged workstations, ready to tackle anything you can throw their way. Those who own one of the latest MacBooks, like the M2 MacBook Air and 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro, will attest to their power, performance, and sleek design. However, as laptops like the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Air become thinner and lighter, so too does the selection of available ports.
With the potential to add additional monitors, peripherals, or external storage, a good dock can overhaul how you make use of your MacBook. The best Macbook docking stations will also save you space, keep your workspace organized, and breathe life back into your pre-Thunderbolt legacy devices. Some even have advanced features, such as onboard storage or wireless charging.
At Laptop Mag, we’ve scoured the net and pulled from our reviewed products to bring you our selection of the best docking stations for MacBook. We’ve focused on docks that make the most of the limited number of ports found on Apple’s MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, though a number of these devices work great with the iPad Pro and numerous Thunderbolt 3-compatible Windows machines.
For MacBook owners, M1- or M2-equipped, it’s important to note that they only support a single external display. Those with M1 Pro or M1 Max get dual monitor support, but both M1 and M2 chips can run multiple displays with DisplayLink adapters.
What are the best docking stations for MacBook?
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The best docking station for MacBooks is the Satechi Thunderbolt 4 Dock. Those frustrated by the lack of ports on their MacBook can rest easy with the ports available here. Boasting four Thunderbolt 4 ports (one used as the host port with 96W Power Delivery), three USB-A 3.2 ports to expand your set of PC peripherals, an extra USB-A 2.0 slot to charge your smartphone or other devices, and an SD card reader, this 11-in-1 hub is a head turner.
Then there's the Kensington SD5700T Thunderbolt 4 Dock. This Thunderbolt 4 docking station offers eleven ports and a whopping 90 watts of power delivery. The Gigabit Ethernet Port, 3.5mm headphone/mic jack, and UHS II SD 4.0 Card Reader add an array of solid extras to the collection of Thunderbolt 4 and USB Type-A ports.
If space is a limited commodity, the Linedock Docking Station could be ideal. Designed to sit directly beneath your MacBook, the Linedock takes up next to no space at all. Available in 13-inch, 15-inch, and 16-inch sizes, the Linedock can accommodate both MacBook Pro/Air laptops or iPad Pro tablets. It won’t just increase the number of available ports; the LineDock is also a portable battery that can provide an extra charge for your MacBook Pro or Air and has built-in SSD storage available of up to 2TB.
There’s also our list of the best docking stations and best USB-C hubs for MacBooks to check out, which covers a broader range of devices. However, if you’re a MacBook owner looking to beef up your workstation, you’re in the right place.
If you’re after a versatile dock with a focus on Thunderbolt 4 connections, then the Satechi Thunderbolt 4 Dock won’t disappoint. Its unassuming design easily blends into any work or personal setup, and its port placement allows for a relatively clean, wire-tidy desk.
Sure, it’s a bit late to the game, but that doesn’t make it any less powerful. Connecting to two 4K displays while having your laptop charge with 96W Power Delivery, having multiple PC peripherals ready to use without taking up laptop ports, and recharging your smartphone or tablet on the fly makes for a versatile setup, and this Thunderbolt 4 Dock gives you access to that.
See our full Satechi Thunderbolt 4 Dock review
The Kensington SD5700T Thunderbolt 4 Dock is an ideal partner for a modern MacBook with support for Thunderbolt 4 Not only does it vastly expand the number of ports and slots for some of the best laptops on the market, but delivers 90W of power. Particularly for those with the current 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, this is an ideal companion as it gives you the added ports you need without overlapping with the newly returned HDMI port.
If you do have more specific multimedia or other needs then one of the other options below may be the right choice for you, but if you are looking to build out your MacBook Pro command center the Kensington SD5700T should be at the top of your list.
See our full Kensington SD5700T Thunderbolt 4 docking station review
Is the Anker Apex Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station too ahead of the curve? Yes, but it’s also a versatile hub that can improve your current work setup while helping you prepare for the next generation of laptops set to become the norm. Its Thunderbolt 4 ports are convenient and speedy, while the 12-in-1 hub’s other ports allow you to charge and connect plenty of PC accessories and monitors.
Anker’s dock is let down by an expensive $300 price point for a device that can’t be fully utilized without a Thunderbolt 4-supported laptop. However, give this suitcase imposter some time and it’s sure to shine. For those looking for a Thunderbolt 4 docking station at a more affordable price while sacrificing extra ports, check out our review of the Anker PowerExpand 5-in-1 Thunderbolt 4 Mini Dock.
See our full Anker Apex Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station review
If you own a MacBook housing an Apple Silicon chip then the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 4 dock is everything you need and more. From the first M1 SoC, right the way through to the M2 Max, CalDigit’s dock has you covered for ports, speed, power, and displays.
The TS4’s 98W of Power Delivery will ensure your machine is topped to the brim with juice no matter how hefty your workload gets. There’s even a 20W USB-C port available to keep your phone or tablet powered at the same time. If you choose, you could even connect an Apple MagSafe charger and have a dedicated space for all your wireless power needs.
The CalDigit TS4 can support two 6K external displays for M1/M2 Pro MacBooks and above Macs, or a single 6K external display (@ 60 Hz) for M1/M2 MacBooks. At 4K you’ll be able to enjoy super-fast refresh rates at up to 144Hz no matter which MacBook you own. That’s not to mention its ample amount of ports, Thunderbolt 4 support, and super-fast 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port for a faster and more stable way to connect to the net.
See our full CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 4 review.
The Corsair TBT100’s modern, matte black design is great to look at, but its cable management potential will keep your entire workstation a thing of beauty, too. The TBT100 has an impressive assortment of ports, including two USB 3.2 Type-C ports, a Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB 3.1 Type-A port, two HDMI 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a headset jack, and an SD card reader. With such an impressive selection of inputs, and support for two 60 Hz 4K displays, you could easily manage a bustling workstation or gaming setup without issues.
In our review, we paired the TBT100 with Apple’s MacBook Pro M1 and saw it perform seamlessly. Even while extending the display, Corsair’s dock kept our device charged and ready to go. Our only real gripe with this dock was its hefty price tag, but if you’re in the market for a heavy-duty dock, it remains hard to beat in terms of port selection and premium build.
See our full Corsair TBT100 Thunderbolt 3 Dock review.
A travel-friendly option with plenty of ports, the EZQuest USB-C Multimedia Hub pack a lot of potential when it comes to ports, power and portability.
EZQuest’s hub features Dual SD card readers which offer a great way of backing up data from one card to another without the need to use your device’s storage as a go-between. It also features a single HDMI output for extending your display at up to 4K resolution at 30Hz, and Thunderbolt 3 compatibility for transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps.
Even more impressive is this small hubs sizable power delivery, capable of delivering 100W of charge to your device. Which will see even the hardest working MacBooks get through the day.
See our full EZQuest USB-C Multimedia Hub review.
Plugable’s docking station is one of the best and most reliable on the market, it has support for every MacBook you can get your hands on, and is equally as suited to Windows machines as well.
The Plugable USB-C Triple 4K Display docking station is an absolute powerhouse. 100W of Power Delivery means this docking station can keep everything from Apple’s latest M1 and M2 MacBooks right through to its 16-inch MacBook Pro charged up even during heavy load.
With 13 ports on hand, you’ll never be caught short for space when it comes to peripherals or external drives, and a Gigabit Ethernet port will afford you a faster and more stable connection as you work, or play.
See our full Plugable USB-C Triple 4K Display Docking Station review.
Linedock’s range of MacBook docking stations is impressive, consisting of devices that offer you more ports, power and storage. Being able to augment your MacBook with an additional nine ports is the difference between having a powerful laptop at your desk and having a true workstation in front of you.
The Linedock includes three USB-C ports, three USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, an HDMI 2.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort, and built-in storage of up to 2TB. The Linedock also includes a 19,350mAh internal battery capable of supplying a full charge to your MacBook Pro or Air while on the go in just two hours.
Designed with the 13-inch, 15-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro in mind (though still compatible with other devices if you don’t mind a less flush setup), the Linedock sits underneath your MacBook and blends into your workstation as if not there at all. Using the included Cubicable USB-C adapter, the Linedock seamlessly connects to your MacBook and supports data transfer rates of 10GB/s, power delivery of up to 100W, and video output at 4K resolutions.
Why limit the usefulness of your dock to simply your MacBook? How about a dock that can offer something to a host of your Apple products all in one go? The Moshi Symbus Q is exactly that device. The Symbus Q includes an HDMI 2.0 port that supports 4K HDR, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and two USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 ports with 5Gb/s throughput. That alone isn’t massively impressive, but the Moshi Symbus Q has something else up its sleeve.
At the top of the Symbus Q is a cushioned 15W Qi-EPP certified wireless charging pad capable of reaching devices through cases up to five millimeters in thickness. It’s compatible with a range of devices, including the iPhone and AirPods. It also supports Apple and Samsung's 7.5W and 10W wireless fast charging, respectively. It’s a unique feature that could prove incredibly handy to the right person. Not to mention the fact that it helps to keep your workspace tidy.