Another day, another clever device from the WFH to streamline work and declutter your home office.
An all-in-one post-pandemic product, the log dock It not only includes two HDMI ports, five USB-C and USB-A ports, and a power port to charge your laptop, but it also comes with a speaker, six microphones, and a Bluetooth pairing button. Add the five simple touch controls for volume or connect to a conference or video call, as well as 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. And now that I finally have it set up on my desktop, I can confidently say that this little black box is worth its premium price.
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If you’re willing to invest in a home office hub that can tidy up your cable clutter and double as a microphone and speaker for video calls, the Logi Dock is worth the premium price.
Unlike some, my work-from-home setup isn’t simple. When my husband takes over the desk, he just drops his laptop on a stand and gets to work. But I need all the accessories. That includes peripherals like a displaya full size keyboarda mouse and an independent webcam — not to mention a phone charger and a desk lamp. And this, as you can probably imagine, can come loaded with a lot of annoying cables winding through and behind my desk.
Measuring 3.34 inches by 6.3 inches by 5.18 inches, the rectangular Logi Dock may not look like much, but it packs a punch. You can choose between the graphite color I received from Logitech or an off-white, which is what I probably would have bought myself. Resting on an angled stand, seven terrific ports (including an HDMI and DisplayPort for dual monitor setups) and a 100W power port are neatly arranged on the back of the device, and I was able to connect my MacBook, my monitor, my webcam, and the USB dongle for my Logi Lift mouse. Another USB-C is at the bottom left of the dock, which is where I plugged in my iPhone 14 ProMax. In the end, that left only the Logi Dock’s power cord plugged into the wall.
I then put it on the back of my desk and was amazed at how clean and clear everything looked. And because it’s wrapped in fabric, it comes across as more of an attractive wireless speaker than a geeky dock. A real treat for sore eyes and a previously cluttered desk.
So now my desktop looks great. But the real magic happens when I need to make or receive a call, both voice and video. Logitech doesn’t include a webcam in the dock, and it’s reasonable to assume that most of us have ours at this point in the WFH game.
And while you can free up USB ports by directly pairing a Logitech Zone or Logi Bolt wireless webcam, like the Brio 4K Stream, you certainly don’t have to. I had no problem using my Microsoft Modern webcam for all my video calls. Six microphones are built into the base to enable remote meeting features, covering any meeting on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Voice, and Google Meet.
Because the microphones are beamforming, the base is designed to help capture your voice more clearly while masking background noise. When I asked the people on the other end of these calls what it sounded like, they seemed perfectly happy with the audio quality, although I still couldn’t completely suppress all those New York City noises like sirens and those hellish honking sessions. Of course, you can also pair your wireless headphones via the Bluetooth button on the back of the case or automatically sync one of the compatible headphones, both wireless and USB-C wired.
All I have to do to join a call is touch a button at the top of the box, and the same goes for muting myself, adjusting the volume, or turning my video on or off (the on/off and mute buttons are also available). illuminate). when you use them so you know what your status is). That also means you no longer have to fiddle with the app during the call, which I greatly appreciate.
And if you want to listen to tunes or a podcast, you can simply stream your personal audio through the Logi Dock too. I listened to my Spotify playlists and tuned in to NPR News Now podcasts throughout the day. Although the speaker is omnidirectional, both music and voice sounded good enough, though notably not as good as what I get on my sound speakers.
In order to unlock all the shortcuts built into the Logi Dock, you’ll want 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 by flashing ambient lights on the bottom of the dock. As someone known for losing track of time when writing, having this visual note came in handy. Just be sure to go into whatever app you’re using and change the settings to run through the Logi Dock. This should only take a minute.
You can let Logi Tune live on the right of your screen or keep it closed and allow it to send you alerts. Not only does it let you know you’re actively connected to the Logi Dock in the My Devices tab, but you can also toggle it 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 stuff. And while I certainly take more meetings from work, I do quite a few Zooms of my Google schedule, including school meetings for my kids, doctor’s appointments, and even a few video calls with our family in England. But Logi Dock makes you choose. Not exactly Sophie’s choice, but when I looked at the calendar connection in the Logi Tune settings, she only offered to allow me to disconnect my Outlook, not add anything else. Which means I have to rely on OG notifications for my personal meetings instead of those wonderful flashing lights.
Unfortunately, the $399 price tag may be the stumbling block for many interested parties when it comes to the Logi Dock. It is the most expensive dock on the market, and many people can be content with spending $80 for the Satechi USB-C Hub or $50 for the Totu Center 9 in 1our favorite picks for best USB-C hubs.
Of course, other serious charging dock contenders aren’t exactly cheap by comparison, and none of them come with a built-in speaker and microphones. the USB-C 4K Pluggable Docking Station it may have an SD card reader and support for three monitors, but for $279 it comes with just four USB-C 3.0 ports. The $350 Anker Apex Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station it is a 12-in-1 hub with two HDMI ports and comes with one SD card slot, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, four USB-A ports, and only one USB-C port. But unlike the Logi Dock, it’s equipped with an Ethernet port and even a headphone jack.
Working from home can have its ups and downs, but creating a clean and friendly environment is essential for most of us sitting at a desk. With a useful array of ports and inputs, the Logi Dock not only helped me organize and distill the many annoying cables from my peripherals to just one (yes, a), but it also made jumping into my video calls a doddle.
Between the speaker and six microphones, I could play music at my leisure, take a voice call, and easily mute and turn my video on and off from the constant demands of Zoom and Microsoft Teams, all with the press of a button.
Yes, $300 is expensive, but if you’re looking for a neat and compelling space, along with the ability to simply control your video calls without fiddling with virtual controls, the Logi Dock is worth every penny.