Bye-bye dongles! Here are the best docking stations for your MacBook Pro
Docking stations are like power strips for your laptop. They have a variety of ports and usually their own power source so they can handle high-speed data transfer and multiple display connections. They are also usually able to charge your laptop and mobile devices while they work. If you connect lots of devices and peripherals and need high-speed data transfer, these are the best docking stations for MacBook Pro.
Dual 4K support Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station
With up to 85 watts of charging power, this is one of the few docking stations that can power up the 15-inch MacBook Pro and drive two 4K displays at the same time. With a Gigabit Ethernet port, your laptop is hardwired to the internet. Separate microphone and headphone ports mean you don't have to use a splitter or special USB microphone.
$250 at Amazon
Ultimate versatility Diamond Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station
With 3 USB-A ports and a USB 2.1 charging port, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI port, an SD card reader, and a headphone jack, there's not much else left for you to want out of a docking station here. The Thunderbolt 3 ports offer fast data transfer with PD charging or direct connection to a Thunderbolt 3 4K display.
$230 at Amazon
Extremely powerful CalDigit TS3 Plus Docking Station
Not only does this diminutive box power up to 85 watts of charge, but it's also got two Thunderbolt 3 ports with 40Gbps of data transfer. You also get DisplayPort support, USB-C, Digital Optical Audio, three USB-A ports, one of which supports 15 wats of device charging, a separate headphone, and a microphone jack, and an SD card reader. It's the workhorse of multi-port docking stations.
$310 at Amazon
Vertical Expandability Plugable Thunderbolt 3 Dock
Plugable's reliable docking station provides 60 watts of charging with five USB-A ports, one of which supports device charging. It also has two Thunderbolt 3 ports for fast data transfer and 4K display support. You can even daisy chain up to five Thunderbolt 3 devices to a single supported port. With the included base adapter, you can set this dock in a vertical or horizontal position for the ultimate in desktop customization.
$239 at Amazon
Space saver Henge Docks Vertical Dock
Though this isn't actually a docking station (it doesn't have additional ports or its own power source), it's a neat little accessory that might be the perfect fit for your desktop. You slide your MacBook Pro into the dock, and your two USB-C ports are redirected to two ports on the side of the dock. So you don't lose the use of your USB-C ports, but you can still keep your laptop out of the way. It's a great way to work in Clamshell mode with an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
$199 at Amazon
5K support StarTech Docking Station
StarTech's docking station has eight different ports, including Ethernet, USB-A 2.0, microphone, headphones, Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort, USB-A 3.0 for fast charging, and HDMI. It is explicitly designed to let 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.
$265 at Amazon