The Logi Dock is the ultimate accessory to streamline your WFH |  CNN underlined

The Logi Dock is the ultimate accessory to streamline your WFH | CNN underlined

Another day, another nifty WFH device to streamline work and declutter the home office.

A post-pandemic all-in-one product, the Logi Dock not only contains two HDMI ports, five USB-C and USB-A ports, and a power port for charging your laptop, but it also comes with a built-in speaker, six microphones and a Bluetooth pairing button. Add the five simple touch controls for volume or connect to a conference or video call plus easy-to-use software to integrate your calendar, and this sleek solution helps maximize your office space and productivity at residence.

When I first saw the Logi Dock at a live event, I felt compelled to try it out. And now that I’ve finally got it on my desk, I can confidently say that this little black box is worth its premium price.

The Ultimate WFH Hub

If you’re ready to invest in a home office hub that can unclutter your mess of wires and double as a mic and speakerphone for video calls, the Logi Dock is worth the price.

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Unlike some, my work-from-home setup isn’t straightforward. When my husband takes the desk, he just puts his laptop on a stand and gets to work. But I need all the accessories. That includes peripherals like a monitor, full-size keyboard, mouse, and standalone webcam, not to mention a phone charger and desk lamp. And that, as you can probably imagine, can be loaded with a lot of annoying threads snaking through and behind my desk.

Measuring 3.34 inches by 6.3 inches by 5.18 inches, the rectangular Logi Dock might not look like much, but it packs a punch. You can choose from the graphite color I got from Logitech or an off-white, which I probably would have bought for myself. Sitting on a slanted stand, seven fabulous ports (including an HDMI and a DisplayPort for dual-monitor setups) and a 100W power port are neatly laid out on the back of the device, and I was able to plug in my MacBook, my monitor, my webcam and the USB dongle for my Logi Lift mouse. Another USB-C is on the bottom left of the dock, where I plugged in 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 placed it towards the back of my desk and was amazed at how clean and clear everything looked. And because it’s wrapped in fabric, it looks more like a nice wireless speaker than a geeky docking station. A real treat for sore eyes and a once cluttered desk.

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So now my office looks great. But the real magic happens when I need to make or take a call, both voice and video. Logitech doesn’t include a webcam in the dock, and it’s safe to assume most of us have theirs 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 integrated into the dock to enable remote meeting functions, which encompass any meeting on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Voice and Google Meet.

Because the mics are beamforming, the docking station is designed to help capture your voice more clearly while masking background noise. When I asked people on the other end of these calls how it sounded, they seemed perfectly happy with the audio quality, although it still couldn’t completely remove all that NYC noise – like sirens and those sessions of infernal horns. Of course, you can also pair your headphones wirelessly via the Bluetooth button on the back of the box or automatically sync any of the supported headphones, both wireless or USB-C wired.

All I have to do to join a call is press a button on the top of the box, and ditto if I want to mute myself, adjust the volume, or turn my video on or off (the on/off buttons video stop and mute also light up when you use them so you know what your status is). It also means no more fiddling around with the app during the call, which I really appreciated.

And if you want to listen to music or a podcast, you can also stream your personal audio through the Logi Dock. I listened to my Spotify playlists and listened to NPR News Now podcasts throughout the day. Although the speaker is omnidirectional, music and voice sound quite good, although significantly worse than what I get on my Sonos speakers.

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To be able to unlock all the shortcuts built into the Logi Dock, you will need to pair it with the free Logi Tune software. Once downloaded to your computer, you can sync it to your calendar and it will remind you to join meetings by flashing ambient lights on the underside of the dock. As someone who is known to lose track of time when I write, having this visual memo was very helpful. Just be sure to go to the app you’re using and change the settings to run through the Logi Dock. It should only take a minute.

You can leave Logi Tune live on the right of your screen or keep it closed and allow it to send you alerts. Not only does this let you know you’re actively logged into the Logi Dock under the My Devices tab, but you can also toggle to check your calendar.

I don’t know about you, but I have a work calendar that lives in Outlook and a Google calendar for personal things. And while I’m definitely taking more meetings at work, I’m doing quite a bit of zooming from my Google schedule, including school meetings for my kids, doctor appointments, and even video calls with our family in England. But the Logi Dock makes you choose. It’s not exactly Sophie’s choice, but when I looked at the calendar connection in the Logi Tune settings, it only offered to let me disconnect my Outlook, without adding anything else. Which means I have to rely on OG notifications for my personal meetings instead of those groovy flashing lights.

Unfortunately, the $399 price tag may be the deal breaker for many interested parties when it comes to the Logi Dock. It’s the priciest docking station on the market, and many people can get away with shelling out $80 for the Satechi USB-C Hub or $50 for the Totu 9-in-1 Hub, our favorite picks for best USB-C hubs.

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Of course, other serious charging station contenders aren’t exactly cheap by comparison, and none of them come with built-in speakers and mics. The Pluggable USB-C 4K Docking Station may have an SD card reader and support three monitors, but for $279 it comes with just four USB-C 3.0 ports. The $350 Anker Apex Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station is a 12-in-1 hub with two HDMI ports and comes with an SD card slot, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, four USB-A ports, and a single USB-C port. But unlike the Logi Dock, it has an Ethernet port and even a headphone jack.

Working from home can have its ups and downs, but creating a clean and pleasant atmosphere is paramount for most of us sitting at a desk. With a useful array of ports and inputs, the Logi Dock has not only helped me organize and distill the many messy wires of my peripherals into one (yes, a), but it also allowed me to jump on my video calls in a jiffy.

Between the speakerphone and six mics, I could listen to music at my leisure, take a voice call, and easily mute and mute my video calls from the constant demands of Zoom and Microsoft Teams, all in pressing a button.

Yes, $300 is expensive, but if you’re looking for a cohesive and tidy space, plus the ability to simply control your video calls without fiddling with virtual controls, the Logi Dock is worth every penny.

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