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Logi Dock docking station review: A space-saving WFH companion

By Oscar the Grouch - 21 May 2023

Logi Dock docking station review: A space-saving WFH companion

Note: This review was first published on 16 December 2022.

The Logi Dock is a neat-looking package that takes aim at our new world of remote and hybrid work.

What is a Logi Dock? It’s a new breed of device designed for home offices. Very simply, it’s a dock that combines the functions of a USB hub, a conference speakerphone, a wireless speaker, and a laptop charger

You connect your source device (notebook or desktop) to the Logi Dock and then use it to hook up to other peripherals and accessories, take remote conference calls, or simply use it as a speaker to play music and watch videos. The idea is that you only need a single device, which frees up space on your desk and reduces cable clutter. 

However, this is one pricey device with an asking price of S$670. Are the benefits that it brings enough to justify its price tag? Let’s find out.

The TLDR version:

A possibly invaluable tool for the worker who takes video calls and remote meetings often. It's really pricey but there's no other device with its unique combination of capabilities, at least for now.

 

Setup and what ports do you get?

The Logi Dock is a cuboid device that looks like a set of portable speakers thanks to the fabric mesh that runs around its side, but you can see touch controls along its top, as well as six tiny holes that house its beamforming mics.

The front of the device gently slopes towards the back, which allows the LED lights packed under the front of the device to shine and bounce off your desk.

All of the Dock’s ports are housed around the back, which include:

  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 port (supports up to 4K resolution at 60Hz)
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 (supports up to 4K resolution at 60Hz)
  • 2 x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) ports
  • 3 x USB-C ports Gen 1 (5Gbps) ports

As for power charging, the upstream port that goes to your source device delivers up to 100W of power which should suffice for most mainstream USB-Type C charging capable notebooks. Gaming notebooks would need to rely on the chargers that came with them because of their higher power requirements.

As for the dock's ports, it's worth noting that one USB-A port and one USB-C port support faster charging of up to 7.5W. These are marked out with a lightning icon. The other USB-A and USB-C ports are limited to 4.5W.

I like how one of the USB-C ports is colour-coded with purple, so you know it goes to your PC or Mac.

Logitech has also kindly provided a USB-C to USB-C cable with one end coloured the same purple, so you can just connect and get started immediately out of the box. However, no other cables are provided, so you’ll need to acquire those yourself.

Setting it up couldn’t be simpler. Just plug the included cable in, and you’re good to go. I happen to have Microsoft Teams open, and I immediately got a notification giving me tips on how to get started with the Dock.

Logi Dock automatically recognised Microsoft Teams and prompted me through a painless set-up.

At a height of 8.48cm, the Dock isn't what most people would consider tiny. But it’s compact enough to fit under most monitors unless you have yours set really low. Else, you can set it to the side of your monitor, which shouldn’t take up much space thanks to its small squarish footprint of roughly 16cm by 13cm.

One thing to note here is that almost all of the ports are around the back of the Dock (there's one USB-C port at the side). If you need to connect and disconnect devices regularly, this could be a hassle, especially if you plan to tuck the Logi Dock neatly under your monitor, which would likely flush all the cables behind, out of sight.

 

How I used the Logi Dock

Immediate relief from messy cables.

Let's clarify first: there's no right or wrong way to use the Logi Dock, but let me share how it fits in my life and my workspace.

The great thing about the Logi Dock is how it combines the functionality of a USB-C hub, speakerphone, and wireless speaker all into one neat little box. Cable management becomes much more – er – manageable. Just tuck them all behind the Logi Dock and you free up space for the smaller things that boost your mood and productivity, whether they’re tiny succulents or Funko Pop figurines.

You can see how the Dock acts as a nexus that sucks in all of the disparate cables on my desk and replaces them with just one that connects to my laptop.

With just one cable to work with, it’s easier for me to plug in and plug out of my workstation – a small quality-of-life improvement that has an unexpected impact on how I work. Whenever I have to head out for external meetings, I don’t spend precious minutes pulling USB cables out and doing double-takes about whether I’ve removed all the cables safely.

I also love the LED light around the underside of the Dock. It flashes gently when a meeting is coming up – a much more unobtrusive way to keep me on the clock compared to intrusive pop-up notifications from my calendar app.

The little touch buttons on the top of the Logi Dock add yet another layer of convenience. The Dock is certified for Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google Meet, and the buttons work great in all of these apps.

I can tap the centre button to accept or leave calls, adjust the volume, or – thank the heavens – mute/unmute myself with just a single tap. I can even turn my video on or off on the device itself.

No more scrambling for the mouse and frantically navigating to the on-screen buttons when you’re suddenly called upon in a meeting.

All in all, these seemingly minor features and improvements might sound inconsequential, but they add up and come together to create an outsized impact in practice. I find myself being able to focus better on a cleaner desk. It’s easier to keep things neat and dust-free, and I can check in and out with ease.

Overall, it’s a huge mental relief that, I think, noticeably improved my productivity.

One unintended consequence of having the Logi Dock at home was the gradual transformation of my desk and small home office into a conference call hub.

Because it’s so easy to plug in and out, my workstation became a very convenient place for anyone working at my house to plug in for a call, and then plug out to resume working elsewhere like the sofa.

This raises an interesting use case about the Logi Dock establishing itself as the nexus of our WFH setups and lives. Stick it in a small room with an external display and a bunch of useful peripherals, and you instantly have a conference room, while the rest of the house acts like a hot-desking setup. The whole family can work at the same time without having to shout over each other’s heads.

 

How’s the sound and mic quality?

The Logi Dock's audio innards in all their glory.

The hallmark of any good video conferencing system, in my view, is its ability to stay unnoticed. It should work so well that no one has to comment on it.

The Logi Dock delivers on this front. Throughout my two weeks with the device, I didn’t get a single complaint about my voice. Thanks to the six beamforming mics, calls just work. Voices from colleagues also sounded crystal clear.

Sure, there are the usual occasional can-you-hear-me’s and I-can’t-hear-you’s, but those can be attributed to network performance than the call quality of the Dock itself.

Undoubtedly, it’s not a perfect replacement for a good headset or dedicated mic. When I occasionally switch back to my headset for private calls, I still get positive feedback about the rich radio-like clarity of my voice. But all things considered, the Logi Dock is more than good enough for day-to-day video conferences and remote meetings.

With the Logi Dock connected, it stands to reason that you’ll also be using it for media playback. After all, who doesn’t sneak in a few minutes of YouTube or casual gaming while working from home?

This is even more compelling when you consider that the dock itself can also act as a wireless Bluetooth speaker. You can hook up your phone, tablet, and any other Bluetooth-enabled device.

As for sound quality, the short story is that a device built for the enterprise has no business sounding this good.

Powered by custom 55 mm neodymium drivers, the dock sounds loud, dynamic, and appears to have a wide frequency range. The highs of Paganini’s violins or the thumping bass of EDM tracks – and even the middling croon of Michael Buble belting out Christmas hits – all sounded equally good.

The bass packed into such a small device is especially impressive. When I cranked up the volume of the Dock near to its maximum, the bass is palpable. That’s probably thanks to the two passive radiators that Logitech has packed into the Dock’s sides. 

My only complaint is that the soundstage is too narrow and one-directional, which isn't surprising considering it's a single-unit speaker system. Don’t expect any stereo or surround sound from the Logi Dock; as one single unit sitting in the middle of your desk, it just isn’t capable of producing them.

 

Playing nice with Logi (and other) peripherals

As a Logitech product, it stands to reason that the Dock will also play well with any other Logitech product that you may already own (or may purchase in the future).

If you have the new Zone True Wireless earbuds, for instance, it’s as simple as pairing them to the Dock via Bluetooth. Other Logitech wireless receivers such as Bolt or Unifying, also worked flawlessly.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t use other brands’ peripherals on the Logi Dock. There are plenty of ports to go around, and the built-in Bluetooth means you can technically route any other Bluetooth-enabled headset through the Dock to your PC.

There’s no need to fiddle around with complicated settings for this. Just hit the Bluetooth button around the back of the device, and you’re good to go.

 

Minor complaints

The Dock's power brick takes up almost as much footprint as the Dock itself.

Having said all of the above, the Dock isn’t perfect. There are some little minor annoyances here and there that didn’t exactly make me jump for joy. 

First, I disliked how I had to download and install yet another app just to manage the Logi Dock.

I already own a Logitech keyboard and mouse and manage them through Logi Options+. To manage webcams, headsets, and the Dock, I had to download yet another app, Logi Tune. Why can’t Logitech bundle everything into a single app?  

What’s worse, Logi Tune isn’t as full-featured as I expected despite it being a dedicated app.

For one, it can’t handle more than one calendar. You can only connect one Google account or one Microsoft account. A digital worker today could use any number of mailboxes and calendars spread across various services. But the Logi Dock can only support one calendar to flash reminders and link you up automatically into calls, which is very limiting.

The lack of front-facing ports aside, I’m also quite surprised that Ethernet isn’t included in the extensive list of ports. Sure, almost everything is wireless nowadays, but some of us are still hardcore adherents of wired connectivity.

Also, given the price of the device, I would have thought that this was a Thunderbolt dock. Sure, Thunderbolt accessories are still relatively uncommon, but you can't deny the versatility of Thunderbolt and the performance a Thunderbolt accessory delivers. For example, Thunderbolt external SSDs are many times faster than a USB one. They are so fast, you could even directly edit and render video files to them. Sadly, Thunderbolt isn't supported natively with the dock.

Lastly, the Logi Dock’s power brick is enormous. I get that it's a beefy 230W unit and that it has a lot of things to power, but even then, the brick is massive and its placement requires some consideration. 

 

Conclusion: A great WFH companion but with limitations

The Logi Dock is a great addition to my productive days, but it doesn't do everything and is a tad too expensive.

If you are lucky enough to be offered a flexible hybrid work arrangement, it makes sense to find a device that will make working from home both productive and pleasant. 

And if you happen to take a lot of conference calls and remote meetings, the Logi Dock can be a useful companion to have. While a dedicated headset can provide better sound quality, there's no denying the freedom that a good speakerphone provides. And in my time with the Logi Dock, I found that it not only aided my productivity, but it also managed to support the WFH needs of other family members.

The major drawback, as I see it, is its price. At S$670, the Logi Dock is considerably more expensive than what you'd pay if you were to purchase separate USB-C hubs and speakerphones. For example, you could get a speakerphone from Poly for around S$155 and a USB-C Thunderbolt dock from Toshiba for well under S$100.

But that doesn't mean that it isn't worth it. Look around; can you find another device that has the functionality of a Logi Dock? You'd find that such a device doesn't exist yet (locally) and even if it does, it can't match the features or quality of the Logi Dock. Let's not forget that it's also officially certified to work with several of the popular online meeting platforms. As such, the premium it commands is arguably justifiable. If desktop real estate is scarce or if you value a setup that is as simple as possible, the Logi Dock is an invaluable tool. And if it makes you happy at work, how can you put a price tag on that?
 

You can find the Logi Dock on Amazon (going for S$575 at the time of publishing) or the Logitech Official Store on Shopee.

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8.0
  • Design 8
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 6.5
The Good
Sleek and compact design
Excellent speakers and mics
Dual video outputs
Plenty of USB ports
Extremely easy to set-up and use
100W power charging
Certified for Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google Meet
The Bad
Very pricey
No Ethernet port
No memory card reader
No front-facing port
No Thunderbolt support
Software only supports one calendar
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