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Best docks for the Surface Laptop Studio: Surface Dock, Belkin, and more

Best docks for the Surface Laptop Studio: Surface Dock, Belkin, and more

The Surface Laptop Studio is one of the most exciting devices Microsoft has introduced recently. In some ways, it can be seen as a successor to the Surface Book line, but it’s really meant to bring together the Surface Laptop and Studio lines. It has an all-new design that’s largely inspired by the Surface Studio, it’s the most powerful Surface laptop ever, and it runs Windows 11 out of the box. All of that makes it a great machine to power your office setup, and to help you with that, we’ve rounded up some of the best docks you can buy for the Surface Laptop Studio.

Typically, Surface devices haven’t given you a lot of options for docking. You either use the Surface Connect port or standard USB Type-C. Thunderbolt docks work, but you wouldn’t be able to make full use of their bandwidth with Surface devices. That’s changed now though, and you can finally use Thunderbolt docks with the Surface Laptop Studio. As such, we have some of them on this list too.


    For Surface Connect fans

    If you want to use the Surface Connect port, the official Surface Dock 2 is the way to go. You can connect up to two 4K displays at 60Hz, plus plenty of peripherals with six USB ports, and gigabit Ethernet. Plus, the connector is magnetic so it's easy to plug in and unplug.

    Premium Thunderbolt

    With two HDMI outputs, plenty of USB ports, Thunderbolt daisy-chaining, all packed into a sturdy metal design, this is easily one of the best Thunderbolt docks around. It's a bit pricy, but it's great value.

    Affordable Thunderbolt

    This Amazon Basics dock is a solid and affordable alternative Thunderbolt dock. It includes DisplayPort, gigabit Ethernet, multiple USB ports, Thunderbolt for daisy-chaining, and more. It even charges your laptop at 60W, and it's one of the cheapest docks around.

    The official hub

    If you'd rather use USB Type-C, Microsoft's official USB-C Travel Hub lets you plug in more USB devices, Ethernet, and external displays more easily. As the name implies, it can fit easily in any bag so you can connect anywhere you go. It even supports VGA in case you come across an old monitor.

    So many ports

    Even wihtout Thunderbolt, this Plugable dock offers an incredible amount of expansion, with six USB ports, HDMI, DVI, and Ethernet connections. You can connect a lot of peripherals this way, and it's more affordable than a Thunderbolt dock too.

    Ports everywhere

    Need to travel without giving up ports? The QGeeM USB-C Hub is an incredibly robust option with a total of 12 ports you can connect wherever you are. It includes multiple USB ports, dual HDMI, Ethernet, and SD card readers.

    Super portable

    This Wavlink USB-C Hub is super compact, but that doesn't make it less capable. With HDMI, two USB ports, SD card readers, Ethernet, and 100W of power delivery, you can stay connected and powered up easily when you travel.

    Reliable expansion

    Belkin is one of the more well-known peripheral brands, so you know what you're getting. This hub includes two USB Type-A ports, two USB Type-C ports (one for power with 100W Power Delivery), HDMI, and SD card readers.

    Plenty of connections

    This Anker dock offers a total of 11 connections, including HDMI and DisplayPort outputs so you can drive up to two Quad HD displays at 60Hz. Plus, it has 4 USB ports, Ethernet, SD card readers, and a headphone jack.

Those are some of the best docks you can find right now if you want to increase the number of ports on your Surface Laptop Studio. Whether you want something compact to take with you on the road or a powerful dock for your desk setup, there’s something for everyone here. Thunderbolt docks are naturally appealing because they’ll work with a wide range of devices in the future, while the Surface Dock 2 only works with Surface devices. You can also save some money with a regular USB-C dock if you don’t need all that bandwidth.

And if you haven’t yet, you can prebuy the Surface Laptop Studio using the links below. Otherwise, you can check out the best Microsoft Surface PCs you can buy today. And if Surface isn’t your go-t0 brand, we have a list of the best laptops ready for Windows 11 too.

    The Surface Laptop Studio comes with an all-new design, more powerful internals, and more.

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João Carrasqueira
João Carrasqueira

Editor at XDA Computing. I've been covering the world of technology since 2018, but I've loved the field for a lot longer. And I have a weird affinity for Nintendo videogames, which I'm always happy to talk about.

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