Best docking stations for Surface Laptop 5 in 2022

The Surface Laptop 5 has a decent supply of ports, but there’s a good chance you need a bit more, and these docking stations let you get just that.

Microsoft recently released the Surface Laptop 5 and it came with very little changes to the port setup. Aside from adding Thunderbolt support to the existing USB Type-C port, you still get USB Type-A, a headphone jack, and a Surface Connect port. While this is admittedly better than most premium Surface devicesmany people probably still want a docking station to add a few more ports.

Thankfully, there’s no shortage of options if you want a dock or USB hub to expand the ports on your laptop. There are a lot of Thunderbolt-based docking stations that are now supported by the Surface Laptop 5, or you can use Microsoft’s official Surface Dock 2, or even a cheaper USB-based dock. Let’s take a look at some of the best options you can buy right now.

  • If you want something that charges your Surface Laptop Studio and also powers your desk setup, the Surface Dock 2 does just that.  Not only does it provide more than enough power to charge your Surface Laptop Studio, it can also drive two 4K displays at 60Hz, it has extra USB ports, and adds Ethernet.
    Surface Dock 2

    Microsoft Surface Dock 2

    The Surface Dock 2 is Microsoft’s official docking station for Surface devices, leveraging the magnetic Surface Connect port. It supports up to two 4K displays at 60Hz, plus it has USB Type-C, Type-A, and Ethernet ports.

  • Thunderbolt docks don't get a lot better than the CalDigit TS4.  With a total of 18 ports, including Thunderbolt downstream ports, DisplayPort, USB-C, USB-A, and super-fast 2.5Gb Ethernet, this one is something else.  It also has a solid metal build that helps it feel premium and durable.
    Caldigit TS4

    CalDigit TS4 Thunderbolt 4 Dock

    There aren’t many docks with the sheer number of ports that the CalDigit TS4 has. You get a total of 18 ports, including five USB Type-A ports, downstream Thunderbolt 4, USB Type-C, DisplayPort and even 2.5Gb Ethernet for very fast internet.

  • Some might prefer a cleaner look, but others might want to spruce up their desk.  This Razer dock gives you two USB Type-A ports, three Thunderbolt downstream ports, Ethernet, and an SD card reader, but its most notable feature is support for Razer Chroma RGB.  The white model doesn't have it, though.
    Razer Thunderbolt 4 Dock

    Razer Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma

    Razer and RGB lights go hand in hand, and even the Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma isn’t an exception. It adds a few ports to your setup, including three downstream Thunderbolt ports, two USB Type-A ports, and Ethernet, and there’s a ring of RGB light all around its base.

  • If you want a great all-around dock with a wide range of ports and a premium design, the Anker 777 is probably one of your best options.  It comes in a sturdy-looking all-metal shell and has numerous ports, including two HDMI ports, USB Type-A, Ethernet, and downstream Thunderbolt.
    Anker 777 Thunderbolt 4 Dock

    Anker 777 Thunderbolt 4 Dock

    Anker makes some great mobile and PC accessories, so if you want a great all-around dock with a wide range of ports and a premium design, the Anker 777 is probably one of your best options. It comes with a bunch of ports, including some older ones like USB Type-A. However, this is the dock to get if you need older ports for monitor setups.

  • If you want to take more ports with you on the road, the Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub gives you a couple of USB ports, HDMI, VGA, and Ethernet connections wherever you need them.
    Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub

    Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub

    If you don’t need a big bulky docking station, the Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub is a compact solution that gives you ports like HDMI, VGA, and Ethernet. It can’t charge your Surface Laptop 5, however.

  • This dock is more compact than the previous, gigantic stations.  It includes HDMI, SD card, USB Type-C and Type-A ports, and more.
    Anker USB C Hub

    Anker 341 7-in-1 USB-C Hub

    If you want a cheaper alternative that still has a solid supply of ports, the Anker 341 hub gives you multiple USB ports, HDMI, and card readers for a much lower price than the official Microsoft travel dock.

  • This DockCase hub is interesting because in addition to giving you a few ports, including three USB Type-A ports and HDMI, it has a screen that lets you monitor the connected peripherals and the hub itself.  It's fairly cheap, too, and even supports up to 100W passthrough charging.
    DockCase Visual Smart Hub

    DockCase USB-C Smart Visual Hub 7-in-1

    Looking for something a bit different? This DockCase USB-C hub has a solid supply of ports, including three USB Type-A ports, HDMI, and card readers. It even has a screen that lets you monitor the connections you’re using. Plus, it supports passthrough charging.

  • THe Plugable Quad HDMI adapter seen from both sides as well as from the top and bottom, showing the four HDMI ports and the built-in USB cable

    Pluggable Quad HDMI Adapter

    If all you need is to connect some external monitors to your Surface Laptop 5, this new adapter from Plugable might just do it for you. It gives you four HDMI ports, each supporting a 1080p display at 60Hz, so you can greatly expand your workstation. It’s relatively affordable, too.

  • If you really just need a few extra ports and don't want to spend a lot, this small USB-C hub from Hiearcool has all the basics - two USB Type-A ports, a microSD and full-size SD card reader, and HDMI, plus it supports passthrough charging.  It even comes in a few fun colors to choose from.
    Hiearcool 7-in-1 USB-C hub

    Hiearcool 7-in-1 USB-C hub

    Want more ports for as cheap as possible? This Hiearcool USB-C hub gives you a total of seven ports, including HDMI, two USB Type-A ports, and card readers, plus it supports passthrough charging. You can even choose from a few different colors if you want something a bit different.

And those are some of the best docking stations and hubs you can buy to add some ports to your Surface Laptop 5. There’s something for all kinds of different needs and varying price points, so you’re bound to find something interesting. The Anker 777 is one of the most interesting options since it features two traditional display outputs in the form of HDMI ports. Many Thunderbolt docks assume you have USB-C or Thunderbolt-based monitors, which isn’t the case for everyone, and the Anker 777 can help with that.

If you haven’t yet, you can buy the Surface Laptop 5 using the links below. While it’s not a perfect device, it’s one of the best laptops you can buy right now, featuring a sleek and modern design, in addition to the latest Intel processors and, of course, Thunderbolt 4 support. The 15-inch model is also fairly light for its size.

The Surface Laptop 5 features a sleek design, runs Windows 11, and has a touchscreen.  It does feature some aging ports, but it's one of the best Windows laptops on the market right now.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5

Microsoft Surface Laptop 5

The Surface Laptop 5 features a sleek design, runs Windows 11, and has a high-resolution touchscreen. It’s also the first mainstream Surface Laptop to support Thunderbolt 4.

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