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Best Chromebook docking stations 2022

The best Chromebook docking stations can turn your laptop from on-the-go ready, to comfortably cozy, by plugging in a single USB-C cable. When you're home and want to use a clicky mechanical keyboard, an ergonomic mouse, or add a secondary display, docking stations are here to keep things tidy and organized. 

While you could maybe get by with some tiny USB-C hub, the cables are usually too short and leave your desk cluttered, while docking stations help keep things connected while staying out of your way. If you need to get your Chromebook connected, these are the best docking stations.

Expand the versatility of your Chromebook with these docking stations

The best Chromebook docking stations balance ports and portability

USB-C docking stations come in all shapes and sizes — especially once we get into the wonderful world of Thunderbolt docks meant for Macs — but unfortunately, since most docking stations are built for Mac/PC, Chromebook compatibility can be hit or miss.

When deciding how many ports a Chromebook docking station needs, keep in mind that you don't need to go overboard with the ports. Most docking stations can only output one Chromebook screen, and most Chromebooks have built-in card readers. Instead, focus on the spacing between ports, the number of USB ports, and the price. For these reasons, the Plugable USB Mini Docking Station is a great hub to pair with the best Chromebooks. It covers the basic port bases without overcomplicating things or cluttering your desk with an oversized eyesore.

If you have USB-C flash drives, keyboards, or other accessories you want to use with a Chromebook docking station, you'll need to step up to the Baseus 16-in-1 USB-C Dock or the Kensington SD2000P. Both come with ports for USB-C peripherals and a charge-only USB-C port for topping off your phone or power bank. Kensington also includes DisplayPort in addition to its HDMI port.

Then again, if all of these seem like overkill because you just wanted a dock to plug in a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, consider downsizing to a compact USB-C hub instead. Anker, Aukey, and Uni make good hubs, and Uni even has one with a four-foot cord so you can keep it further from your Chromebook.

A note about Chromebooks and headphone jacks

When you plug in anything to your Chromebook with a 3.5mm jack — either a headphone jack or an audio combo jack — Chrome OS will automatically route audio to that port regardless of if headphones or speakers are plugged into that port. So if you're going to be plugging and unplugging your Chromebook from your dock regularly, consider investing in some speakers, so you don't have to set the audio back to the internal speaker every time.

If you don't want to do that, consider using a USB-C hub instead. I would say, "use a docking station without a headphone jack," but practically every docking station on the market today has an audio combo jack. It allows users to plug in speakers, and it's an easy way to boost a listing's port total.

Andrew Myrick
Senior Editor - Chromebooks, tablets, and wearables

Andrew Myrick is a Senior Editor at Android Central. He enjoys everything to do with technology, including tablets, smartphones, and everything in between. Perhaps his favorite past-time is collecting different headphones, even if they all end up in the same drawer.

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