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The best dock for MacBook Pro in 2022

Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock Core, one of the best docks for MacBook Pro, on a cluttered desk connected to laptop
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The best dock for MacBook Pro allows you to connect lots of devices to your Apple laptop. Because let's face it, MacBooks are quite limited in terms of ports. 

But that's not a problem if you have the right dock. You just need to plug it into a single USB-C port, and you'll be able to connect everything from monitors to mice, externals hard drives to smartphones, headphones and more; not to mention accessing the wired internet, all at once. 

And that's not all! Some of the best docks for MacBook Pro also offer passthrough charging, so you can power up your laptop at the same time.

So where can you find best docks for MacBook Pro on the market today? Easy! We've listed them below. We'll also explain what each dock to offer in terms of ports and other capabilities, and which one is likely to suit your needs the best.

Satechi Thunderbolt 4 Dock, one of the best docks for MacBook

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1. Satechi Thunderbolt 4 Dock

The best dock for MacBook with Thunderbolt 4

Specifications

Size: 105 x 50 x 15mm
Weight: 421kg
Ports: 3 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, 1 x USB-A 2.0 (BC 1.2) 3 x Thunderbolt 4 (with 20W PW), 1 x USB-C (host port with 96W PW), 1 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x UHS-II SD Card Reader, 3.5mm audio jack

Reasons to buy

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Supports Thunderbolt 4
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Lots of ports
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Easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Overkill for older MacBooks
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No HDMI port

If you have one of the latest Apple laptops, such as the Apple Macbook Air M2 (2022), the Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021), the Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch or the MacBook Pro 13-inch M1, you'll have Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports, which allow you to transfer data at the highest current speeds. So you'll want a dock that supports Thunderbolt 4, and here's our favourite.

The Satechi Thunderbolt 4 Dock provides you with a generous four Thunderbolt 4 ports, one of which is used as the host, with 96W Power Delivery. You also get four USB-A ports for older devices, Gigabit Ethernet, a UHS-II card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Plus it's sleek, nice looking, and easy to use: just plug and play. Note, however, that it doesn't support HDMI.

Kensington Thunderbolt 4 Dual 4k, one of the best docks for MacBook Pro

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2. Kensington SD5700T Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station

Thunderbolt 4 and 180W of power

Specifications

Size: 19.5 x 7.5 x 3cm
Weight: 435g
Ports: 1 x upstream Thunderbolt 4, 3x Thunderbolt 4, 4x USB-A, 1x Ethernet, 1x UHS-II SD Card reader, 1x 3.5mm audio jack, 1x 180W power supply

Reasons to buy

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Lots of ports
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Lots of power

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Overkill for older MacBooks

Here's another good option if you have one of the latest MacBooks. With a massive 180W of power, you can charge plenty of devices simultaneously, and you get a huge range of ports to choose from, including four Thunderbolt 4 ports (one up, three down) and four USB-A ports, as well as an SD slot, Gigabit Ethernet and an audio jack. It was quite expensive at time of writing, though, so we've ranked it second to its Satechi rival for that reason.

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3. Caldigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 dock

The best dock for MacBook with Thunderbolt 3

Specifications

Size: 13.1 x 4 x 9.8cm
Weight: 470g‎
Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort 1.2, 5x USB-A, 2x USB-C, SD Card Reader, Digital Optical Audio (S/PDIF), Gigabit Ethernet, audio in, audio out

Reasons to buy

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Lots of USB ports
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15 ports in total
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Delivers 87W of power

Reasons to avoid

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No HDMI

Don't have Thunderbolt 4, and want as many ports as possible? Then you'll love the CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock, which has 15 in total. These include five USB-A ports and two USB-C ports, which should be enough for pretty much anyone alive today. 

This dock also provides a ton of power back to your MacBook Pro, a heady 87W. You can connect up to two 4K monitors, or a single 5K display. Either way, you get a super-smooth 60Hz refresh rate. All this plus slots for an SD card reader, audio-in, audio-out and a Gigabit Ethernet port adds up to a fantastic array of connectivity. 

The main omission here is HDMI, plus the DisplayPort 1.2 standard is a little outdated. So if high-quality 4K streaming is a priority, you may want to consider one of the other docks on this list.

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4. Corsair TBT100 Thunderbolt 3 Dock

The best dock for MacBook Pro with HDMI

Specifications

Size: 22.8 x 8.3 x 2.5cm
Weight: ‎500g
Ports: 2x USB-C 3.1, 2x USB-A 3.1, 2x HDMI, audio jack, SD card reader, Gigabit Ethernet

Reasons to buy

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Great range of ports
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Supports two 4K monitors
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Delivers 85W of power

Reasons to avoid

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Not the cheapest

Need an HDMI port? The Corsair TBT100 offers not just one but two. These allow you to connect two 4K monitors simultaneously, with both supporting a 60Hz refresh rate. You also get four USB ports (two USB-A and two USB-C), which should be plenty for most people's needs. 

Then there's an SD card reader, a Gigabit Ethernet jack and an audio jack to boot. And to round things off nicely, it efficiently delivers up to 85W of power to your MacBook Pro. So while this is quite expensive, you do get value for money. 

Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock Core, one of the best docks for MacBook Pro

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5. Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock Core

The best dock for MacBook Pro for portability

Specifications

Size: 3.8 x 13.2 x 16.5cm
Weight: ‎220g
Ports: 2 x USB-A, USB-C PD, HDMI, DisplayPort 1.4, audio jack, Gigabit Ethernet

Reasons to buy

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Light and compact
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Great range of ports
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Delivers 60W of power

Reasons to avoid

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Cable can't be replaced

Need a dock that's easy to carry about and take from place to place? Then let us recommend the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock Core. Weighing just 220g, and measuring just 1.3.8 x 13.2 x 16.5cm, this device is beautifully compact and portable. Yet it still manages to deliver 60W of power to your MacBook Pro, as well as providing an impressive array of connectivity. 

To get specific, this dock supports dual 4K 60Hz monitors, via a dedicated DisplayPort and an HDMI 2.0 port. You also get two USB-A ports (3.0 and 2.0 respectively) and one USB-C power delivery port, along with two 3.5mm audio jacks and a Gigabit Ethernet jack. Note, though, that the cable can’t be replaced, so you’ll need to take good care of it.

Moshi Symbus Q, one of the best docks for MacBook Pro, with various connectors

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6. Moshi Symbus Q

The best dock for MacBook Pro with wireless charging

Specifications

Size: 11.6 x 7.2 x 3.2cm
Weight: ‎785g
Ports: 2x USB-A, HDMI 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet

Reasons to buy

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Wireless charging
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Supports 4K video

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't power MacBook
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No audio jack

Wouldn't it be great if there was a dock for MacBook Pro that also provided wireless charging for your phone? Well, there is, and it's called the Moshi Symbus Q. With a Qi-EPP-certified wireless charging pad built in, you can stick your iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel on top and boost their battery without any need for extra leads. You won't even need to remove your phone from its case, as long as it's 5mm thick or less. 

Besides that you also get one HDMI slot, which supports 4K video at 30Hz or 1080p at 60Hz, along with a Gigabit Ethernet jack, and two USB-A ports. Note, though, that you can't use this dock to power your MacBook.

IOGear Quantum Dual Mode Thunderbolt 3 Dock Pro, one of the best docks for MacBook Pro

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7. IOGear Quantum Dual Mode Thunderbolt 3 Dock Pro

5K support and lots of ports

Specifications

Size: 22.2 x 8 x 2.8cm
Weight: ‎454g
Ports: 3 x USB-A, 2x DisplayPorts, audio jack, Gigabit Ethernet

Reasons to buy

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Supports 5K
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Good range of ports
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Provides 15W of power

Reasons to avoid

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Only provides 15W power

One of the highlights of the Iogear Thunderbolt 3 Quantum Docking Station is that it supports 5K. Alternatively, you can use it to connect two 4K monitors to your MacBook Pro at 60Hz, via its dual Display Ports. 

This dock also provides you with three USB-A ports, an audio jack, and a Gigabit Ethernet jack, giving you a host of options to connect up your kit. A Thunderbolt 3 expansion port is also provided, to daisy chain up to five additional Thunderbolt 3 devices, such as a portable hard drive or an external GPU video box. And you can charge your MacBook Pro with up to 15W of power too.

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8. OWC Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock

The best MacBook Pro dock for 4K streaming

Specifications

Size: 4 x 21.5 x 14.5cm
Weight: ‎259g
Ports: 2 x USB-A, 2 x HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet

Reasons to buy

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Two HDMI ports
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Supports HDCP 2.2

Reasons to avoid

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No power delivery
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No audio jack

Another light and compact dock for MacBook Pro, the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock is a solid choice if connecting to one or two 4K monitors is a priority. Its two HDMI ports can each be linked up to a 4K display, and the dock supports HDMI precision multi-channel audio (LCPM, DTS, and Dolby Digital). It's also compatible with the HDCP 2.2 standard, making for smooth streaming of 4K content indeed.

And that's not all. You also get two USB-A ports (3.1 and 2.0), along with a Gigabit Ethernet jack. On the downside, there's no audio jack and you can't use this dock to charge your MacBook Pro.

StarTech.com Mini Thunderbolt 3 Dock, one of the best docks for MacBook Pro

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9. StarTech.com Mini Thunderbolt 3 Dock

Light, portable and supports 5K

Specifications

Size: 25.4 x 12.19 x 2cm
Weight: ‎145.15g
Ports: 2 x DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0

Reasons to buy

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Light and portable
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Supports 5K
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Supports 2 x 4K monitors

Reasons to avoid

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No passthrough charging

The lightest on our list of the best docks for MacBook Pro, the ‎StarTech.com Mini Thunderbolt 3 Dock weighs in at just 145.15g. At just 25.4 x 12.19 x 2cm, it's pretty tiny too. And yet it stick packs in plenty of possibility for connecting devices to your MacBook Pro. 

Two DisplayPort outputs allow you to connect two 4K monitors, or a single 5K display, both at 60Hz. There's also a Gigabit Ethernet jack and a USB-A (3.0) port. MacBook charging, however, is not supported, and there's no audio jack.

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