Another day, another nifty WFH device to simplify work and declutter your home office.
The Logi Dock is an all-in-one post-pandemic product that includes not only two HDMI ports, five USB-C and USB-A ports, and a power port to charge your laptop, but also a speaker, six microphones and Bluetooth pairing button. Add five simple touches to control volume or connect to meetings or video calls, and easy-to-use software to integrate your calendar, and this elegant solution helps maximize your home office space and productivity.
When I first saw the Logi Dock at a live event, I felt compelled to try it out. Now that I finally have it installed on my desktop, I can confidently say that this little black box is worth the money.
The ultimate WFH hub
If you’re willing to invest in a home office hub that can tidy up messy wires and serve as a mic and speaker for video calls, the Logi Dock is worth the money.
Unlike some, my work-from-home setup isn’t simple. When my husband takes over the desk, he just puts the laptop on the shelf and gets to work. But I need all the gear. This includes peripherals like monitors, full-size keyboards, mice, and standalone webcams, not to mention phone chargers and desk lamps. And, as you can probably imagine, it can be filled with a lot of annoying wires that snake through my desk and behind it.
Measuring 3.34″ x 6.3″ x 5.18″, the rectangular Logi Dock may not look like much, but it packs a powerful punch. You can choose from the graphite or off-white that I received from Logitech, which I probably bought myself. Placed on an angled stand, seven great ports (including HDMI and DisplayPort for a dual-monitor setup) and a 100W power port are neatly lined up on the back of the unit, and I can plug in my MacBook, my monitor, My webcam and USB dongle for my Logi Lift mouse. The other USB-C is in the bottom left corner of the dock, which is where I plugged in my iPhone 14 Pro Max. In the end, all that’s left is the Logi Dock’s power cord plugged into the wall.
Then I just put it behind my desk and marvel at how clean and crisp everything looks. And because it’s wrapped in fabric, it’s more of a nifty wireless speaker than an annoying dock. A real solution to sore eyes and previously messy desktop problems.
So, now my desk looks great. But the real magic happens when I need to make or receive a call, be it voice or video. Logitech doesn’t include a webcam in the dock, and it’s reasonable to assume most of us have our own at this point in the WFH game.
While you can free up a USB port by directly pairing a wireless Logitech Zone or Logi Bolt webcam like the Brio 4K Stream, you certainly don’t have to. I have no problem using my Microsoft modern webcam for all video calls. Six microphones are built into the dock to enable remote conferencing, including any meeting on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Voice, and Google Meet.
Because the microphones are beamforming, the dock is designed to help capture your voice more clearly while blocking out background noise. When I asked the people on the other end of these calls how it sounded, they seemed pretty happy with the audio quality, though it still couldn’t quite suppress all those New York City noises — like sirens and those hellish horns. Of course, you can also pair your wireless headphones via the Bluetooth button on the back of the case, or automatically sync with one of the supported wireless or USB-C wired headphones.
To join a call I just click the button at the top of the box and if I want to mute myself, adjust the volume or turn the video on or off (the video on/off and mute buttons are also lit up) you’ll know when you use them status). It also means no more fiddling within the app during a call, which I’m very grateful for.
If you want to listen to music or podcasts, you can also easily stream your personal audio through the Logi Dock. I listen to my Spotify playlist and listen to the NPR News Now podcast all day long. While the speakers are omnidirectional, both music and voices sounded good enough, though notably not as good as what I heard on Sonos speakers.
To unlock all the shortcuts built into the Logi Dock, you need to pair it with the free Logi Tune software. Once it’s downloaded to your computer, you can sync it with your calendar, and it will remind you to join meetings with a blinking ambient light on the bottom of the base. As someone who is known for losing track of time while writing, having this visual memo is extremely helpful. Just make sure to go into whatever app you’re using and toggle the setting to run through the Logi Dock. This should only take a minute.
You can leave Logi Tune on on the right side of the screen or leave it off and allow it to send you alerts. Not only does it let you know you’re actively connected to the Logi Dock under the “My Devices” tab, but you can also toggle to check your schedule.
I don’t know about you, but I have a work calendar that lives in Outlook, and a Google calendar for personal things. While I do have more meetings at work, I do a lot of Zooms in my Google schedule, including school meetings for my kids, doctor’s appointments, and even some video calls with our family in the UK . But Logi Dock lets you choose. It’s not exactly Sophie’s Choice, but when I look at the calendar connection in Logi Tune’s settings, it only offers to disconnect me from Outlook, not to add anything else. That means I have to rely on OG notifications for my personal sessions instead of those regular flashes.
Unfortunately, the $399 price tag may be a stumbling block for many interested when it comes to the Logi Dock. It’s the most expensive docking station on the market, and many might be content to drop $80 off the Satechi USB-C hub or $50 off the Totu 9-in-1 hub, our favorite of the best USB-C hubs.
Of course, the other serious charging dock contenders aren’t cheap by comparison, and none of them have built-in speakers and microphones. The pluggable USB-C 4K dock might have an SD card reader and support three displays, but for $279, it only has four USB-C 3.0 ports. The $350 Anker Apex Thunderbolt 4 Dock is a 12-in-1 hub with two HDMI ports and features an SD card slot, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, four USB-A ports, and a USB-A C port. But, unlike the Logi Dock, it comes with an Ethernet port and even a headphone jack.
Working from home can have its ups and downs, but for most of us at our desks, creating a clean, cheery atmosphere is key. With an array of useful ports and inputs, the Logi Dock not only helps me organize and streamline many annoying wires from my peripherals into one (yes, one), but it also makes my video calls a breeze.
Between the speaker and six microphones, I can play music at my leisure, take voice calls, easily mute, and toggle video calls on and off, all at the touch of a button, as Zoom and Microsoft Teams constantly demand.
Yes, $300 is expensive, but if you want a convincing, organized space and the ability to simply control video calls without fiddling with virtual controls, the Logi Dock is worth the money.