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Logitech LogiDoc Docking Station Review

Logitech LogiDoc Docking Station Review

Logitech LogiDoc Docking Station Review

Another day, another stylish WFH device to simplify work and dismantle the home office.

All-in-one product, post-pandemic, housing however Not only does it pack in 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. Use the five simple touch controls for volume, conference call or video call plus easy-to-use software to integrate your calendar, this elegant solution helps maximize your home office space for space savings and productivity.

When I first saw the Logi Dock at a live event, I felt compelled to give it a try. Now that I’ve finally got it set up on my desktop, I can confidently say that this little black box is well worth its premium price.

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If you’re willing to invest in a home office center that can eliminate your wire clutter and serve as a microphone and speaker for video calls, the Logi Dock is well worth the premium price.

Logitech LogiDoc Docking Station Review

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Unlike some, setting up a work from home isn’t simple. When my husband takes the office, he just puts his laptop on a stand and goes to work. But I need all the accessories. Includes accessories like a observerfull size keyboarda the mouse and stand alone Webcam Not to mention a phone charger and desk lamp. And that, as you can probably imagine, can be laden with a lot of annoying wires creeping through and behind my desk.

Measuring 3.34 inches x 6.3 inches x 5.18 inches, the rectangular Logi Dock might not look like much, but it packs a powerful punch. You can choose from the graphite color I received from Logitech or the off-white, which I would probably buy for myself. It rests on an angled stand, and has seven impressive ports (including HDMI and DisplayPort for Dual screen settings) and a 100W power outlet neatly positioned on the back of the machine, I was able to connect my MacBook, my monitor, webcam, and a USB stick for a Logi Lift mouse. Another USB-C is on the lower left side of the dock, where I plugged it in iPhone 14 Pro Max. In the end, that only left the Logi Dock’s power cord attached to the wall.

Then I placed it toward the back of my desk and marveled at how clean and clear everything looked. And because it’s wrapped in fabric, it looks more like a nice wireless speaker than a whimsical dock. A real treat for sore eyes and a previously crowded desktop.

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So, my desk now looks great. But the real magic happens when I need to make or answer a call, whether with audio or video. Logitech doesn’t include a webcam in the dock, and most of us are supposed to have our own webcam at this point in the WFH game.

And while you can free up USB ports by pairing directly to a Logitech Zone wireless or a Logi Bolt 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 functionality, which includes any meeting on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Voice and Google Meet.

Since the microphones are beamformed, the base is supposed to help pick up your voice more clearly while masking out background noise. When I asked the people on the other end of these calls what it sounded like, they seemed perfectly pleased with the sound quality, although it still couldn’t quite suppress all that NYC noise—like sirens and infernal honking sessions. Of course, you can also pair your wireless headphones via the Bluetooth button on the back of the box or automatically sync one of the supported headphones, whether wireless or wired USB-C.

All I have to do to join a call is to click a button at the top of the box and also if I want to mute or adjust the volume or turn the video on or off (the video on/off and mute buttons also light up when used so you know what’s your situation). It also means no more messing around within the app during a call, which I really appreciate.

And if you want to listen to tunes or podcasts, you can simply stream your personal audio through the Logi Dock as well. I listened to my playlists on Spotify and tuned in to NPR News Now podcasts all day long. Although the amplifier is omnidirectional, the music and sound sound good enough, although not as good as I get on the Sonos speakers.

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To be able to open all the shortcuts included in the Logi Dock, you’ll need to pair them with the free Logi Tune software. Once downloaded to your computer, you can sync it with your calendar and it will remind you to join meetings by flashing the ambient lights on the underside of the dock. As someone who has been known to lose track of time when I write, having this visual note has been very helpful. Just make sure to go into whatever app you’re using and toggle the settings to run through the Logi Dock. This should only take a minute.

You can let Logi Tune live to the right of your screen or keep it locked and let it send you alerts. Not only does it let you know you’re actively connected to the Logi Dock under the My Devices tab, you can switch to check your work schedule as well.

I don’t know about you, but I have a work calendar that is in Outlook and a Google calendar for personal things. And while I certainly attend more meetings from work, I do some zooming in/out from my Google schedule, including my kids’ school meetings, doctor’s appointments and even some 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 settings in Logi Tune, it only gives me offers to let me disconnect my Outlook, not add something else. Which means I have to rely on OG notifications for my personal meetings instead of those fancy blinking lights.

Unfortunately, the $399 price tag may be a stumbling block for many interested parties when it comes to the Logi Dock. It’s the most expensive pier on the market, and a lot of people might be satisfied with as low as $80 for Satechi USB-C Hub or $50 for Each axis 9 in 1our favorite picks for Best USB-C Hubs.

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Of course, the charging base’s other serious competitors aren’t exactly cheap by comparison, and none of them come with a built in speaker and microphones. The Pluggable USB-C 4K Docking Station It may have an SD card reader and support for three monitors, but for $279, it only comes with four USB-C 3.0 ports. 350 dollars Anker Apex Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station It 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 just one USB-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 creating a clean, fun atmosphere is the clutch for most of us sitting at a desk. With a handy array of ports and inputs, not only did the Logi Dock help me Organize and drip many annoying wires from my peripherals to just one (yes, One), but it also made navigating my video calls easy.

Between the speaker and six mics, I could play music in my spare time, make a voice call and easily mute video and turn on and off calls from the constant demands of Zoom and Microsoft Teams, all with the push of a button.

Yes, $300 is pricey, but if what you’re after is a compelling, organized space, along with the ability to control your video calls without fiddling with virtual controls, the Logi Dock is worth every penny.



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