Best Laptop Docks and Stands for Use in Small Rooms in 2022

Best Thunderbolt 3 Docks of 2018
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Heading back to school means you're shopping around for quality gear you can use all year long. However, if you're living in a cramped dorm, you're probably interested in some worthwhile hardware for your laptop that specifically won't take up too much space. Whether you need a dock for connecting peripherals or a stand to keep precious desk space intact, we've rounded up a bunch of the best stuff right here.

If we're making some suggestions

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All of the above clamps and stands should be able to find a home in a certain dorm — you might want extra security or you might want something ultra-portable you can slip in your pocket — but if we're making some suggestions, we can't help but focus on the CalDigit TS3 Plus. As long as your laptop has a Thunderbolt 3 port to connect, you're going to get a ton of functionality out of this compact dock, which offers 15 total ports, dual 4K display compatibility, 85W of charging, and durable aluminum construction. It is pricey, but it should last through your school years and beyond.

As for a quality stand, the Rain Design iLevel 2 is no doubt the best bet as long as you have some extra space to place it on your desk. It's built strong from aluminum to put up with a beating, and its height is adjustable with a handy slider meaning you'll get a comfortable laptop display angle to use with an external mouse and keyboard.

If you're looking for more great docks, be sure to check out our roundup of Thunderbolt 3 docking stations, as well as our more generalized roundup of docking stations that don't necessarily need the speedy port to connect.

Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt brings to Windows Central more than eight years of experience writing about laptops, PCs, accessories, games, and beyond. If it runs Windows or in some way complements the hardware, there’s a good chance he knows about it, has written about it, or is already busy testing it.