Another day, another nifty WFH device to simplify work and organize 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 Microphone and Bluetooth pairing buttons. Add in five simple touch controls to control volume or connect to meetings or video calls, and easy-to-use software to integrate your calendar, 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 give it a try. 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 organize clutter of wires and use it as a microphone and speaker for video calls, the Logi Dock is worth the money.
Unlike some people, my work-from-home setup isn’t simple. When my husband takes over the desk, he just puts the laptop on the shelf and goes to work. But I need all the accessories. That includes peripherals like monitors, full-size keyboards, mice, and standalone webcams — not to mention phone chargers and desk lamps. And, as you might imagine, this could be loaded with a lot of nasty wires snaking through and behind my desk.
Measuring 3.34″ x 6.3″ x 5.18″, the oblong Logi Dock might not seem like much, but it packs a punch. You can choose from the graphite or off-white I received from Logitech, which I probably bought for myself. On a sloping stand, seven great ports (including an HDMI and DisplayPort for a dual monitor setup) and a 100W power port are neatly arranged 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 on the bottom left of the dock, which is where I plugged my iPhone 14 Pro Max. In the end, all that was left was the Logi Dock’s power cord plugged into the wall.
Then I put it behind my desk and marveled at how clean and crisp everything looked. And because it’s wrapped in fabric, it’s more of a nifty wireless speaker than an obnoxious base. A real cure for sore eyes and a formerly cluttered desktop.
So, now my desk looks great. But the real magic happens when I need to make or receive a call, whether it’s voice or video. Logitech doesn’t include a webcam in the dock, and it’s fair to assume most of us have ours 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 the Microsoft Modern webcam in all my video calls. Six microphones are built into the dock to enable remote meeting capabilities, including any meeting on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Voice, and Google Meet.
Because the microphones are beamformed, the dock is designed to help capture your voice more clearly while masking out background noise. When I asked the person on the other end of the phone how it sounded, they seemed pretty happy with the audio quality, though it still wasn’t quite able to suppress all of the New York City noise — like sirens and those hellish horns. Of course, you can also pair your wireless headphones via the Bluetooth button on the back of the box, or automatically sync with one of the supported headphones, including wireless or USB-C wired.
All I have to do to join a call is tap a button on the top of the box, if I want to mute myself, adjust the volume, or turn my video on or off (the video on/off and mute buttons also light up) when you use them, you will know what your status is). It also means no more fiddling with apps during calls, which I highly appreciate.
If you want to listen to music or podcasts, you can also simply stream your personal audio through the Logi Dock. I listen to my Spotify playlists and listen to NPR News Now podcasts throughout the day. Despite the speakers being omnidirectional, music and voices sounded good enough, though notably not as good as what I’ve heard on Sonos speakers.
To be able 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 a meeting by blinking the ambient light on the bottom of the dock. As someone who is known to lose track of time while I’m writing, having this visual memo is very 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 have Logi Tune appear on the right side of the screen or keep 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 agenda.
I don’t know about you, but I have a work calendar in Outlook, and a Google calendar for personal data. While I definitely do more meetings at work, I do a lot of Zoom based on my Google schedule, including school meetings for my kids, doctor appointments, and even some video calls with our family in the UK. But the 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 me to disconnect Outlook, not add anything else. That meant I had to rely on OG notifications for personal meetings, not those funky flashes.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the Logi Dock, the $399 price tag might be a stumbling block for many interested. It’s the most expensive dock on the market, and many might settle for a Satechi USB-C hub or $50 for a Totu 9-in-1 hub, our favorite pick for the best USB-C hub.
Of course, 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 monitors, but at $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, an SD card slot, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, four USB-A ports, and a USB -C port. However, 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, pleasant atmosphere is key. With an array of useful ports and inputs, the Logi Dock not only helps me sort out and distill the many annoying wires from peripherals (yes, one), but it also made my video calls a breeze.
Between the speakers and six microphones, I can play music at my leisure, take voice calls, easily mute, and turn video calls on and off based on the constant needs of Zoom and Microsoft Teams, all at the touch of a button.
Yes, $300 is expensive, but if you want a convincing, organized space with the ability to simply control your video calls without fiddling with virtual controls, the Logi Dock is worth every penny.