Kensington StudioDock review: the ultimate iPad dock

Kensington’s premium, pricey StudioDock is the ultimate USB-C hub for Apple’s iPad Air and Pro

Kensington StudioDock
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Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’ve got an iPad Pro 11” (2018/2020/2021), an iPad Air (2020) or an iPad Pro 12.9" (2018/2020/2021), and want the fanciest dock on the block, the Kensington StudioDock is it. While its HDMI connectivity isn’t too useful, given the fact iPad OS doesn’t support extended screens and you can pick up an inexpensive dongle for a lot less, the dock’s ports, docking mechanism, wireless charging points and finish all make it stand out. For anyone who uses their iPad as a second monitor with an app like Sidecar or Duet, it’s also a dream. Can you get all the StudioDock’s features for less? Yes. But no rival solution is quite as polished and all-in-one as Kensington’s.


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    Excellent build quality

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    Plenty of ports and power options

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    Two handy wireless chargers

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    Easy to angle


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    No height adjustment

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    Sticky SD card reader

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    HDMI port limited by iPad OS

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The Kensington StudioDock is a beautiful bit of design, and elevates what is essentially a glorified USB-C hub to the upper echelons of the accessory world with blasted metal and Apple-esque styling. It’s designed for new models of the iPad Pro and iPad Air, adding a host of ports to the tablets, an SD card reader, and two wireless charging pads. 

While it doesn’t add any revolutionary function to your tablet or workspace, and it does cost a lot, the longer we’ve been using it, the more we’ve relied on it as part of our iPad workflow, both as a versatile stand that holds your tablet in either portrait or landscape orientation, and as a dock that ekes out extra functionality out of Apple’s finest tablet. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.