I'd like to add a monitor, ethernet, and keyboard to my 2018 MacBook Pro. I currently also connect a mouse, Wacom tablet, and occasionally a XQD/SD card reader. I loathe the idea of a dongle for every occasion. Hubs seem to come fairly cheap compared to docks, which prompted me to fall down the rabbit hole of hub vs dock articles. I'm embarrassed to say I'm still confused!
I noticed docks involve power, which made me wonder, does the power need to match or exceed the 87w listed on my USB-C power Adapter? Is the dock to avoid plugging alternate displays into the wall? Can a laptop with a hub not handle the pressure of so many peripherals? I'm just not sure I understand the value of getting a dock over a hub with the same ports.