Review: Plugable USB-C Docking Station Goes the Extra Mile

I am always on the lookout for the perfect USB-C dock. Clearly, USB-C is the future, with support from Apple's MacBooks and the most recent iPad Pro. So I was happy to try the USB-C Mini Docking Station ($179.99) when Plugable sent me one. I plugged it in to my MacBook Pro and it just worked. There was nothing to install and it looks sleek, with rounded edges, almost like an Apple TV.

Related: Apple’s New iPad Pro Accessories Include Apple Pencil 2, Smart Keyboard Folio & USB-C Port, but No More Headphone Jack

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The device offers four USB-A ports (but no USB-C ports besides the input port) an HDMI port and a Gigabit Ethernet port. There's also a headphone jack, something Apple has moved away from, and a power switch—which is a nice touch. If that was all that the dock offered, it would be enough.

However, there are a few more niceties. The device is attractive; but if you want it out of sight, plugable includes a holder that is VESA compatible. This means you can mount it to the back of your monitor, if it supports VESA and isn't already mounted to a stand or the wall. This is a nice touch. It would be even better if the included USB-C cable was longer, so your laptop could be set farther away, but the cable is detachable so you can swap in your own longer cable.

Pros

  • Compact design
  • VESA mountable
  • 4 USB-A ports
  • HDMI port
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 85 watts of power

Cons

  • No USB-C ports besides the input port
  • Short USB-C cable

Final Verdict

If you are want a clean, uncluttered desk and still need to access legacy peripherals, the USB-C Mini Docking Station from Plugable meets the bill and can be mounted out of sight.

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.