Anker’s Thunderbolt 3 hub packs an amazing 13 ports

Anker’s Thunderbolt 3 hub packs an amazing 13 ports


The Anker PowerExpand Elite connects to Macs over Thunderbolt 3.
The Anker PowerExpand Elite includes so many ports it’s almost easier to list the ones it doesn’t have.
Photo: Anker

Anker boasts that the just-released PowerExpand Elite hub lets you “connect everything imaginable,” and there’s a certain amount of justification. This accessory has no less that 13 ports. There’s Thunderbolt 3, USB-A, USB-C, HDMI, audio ports, memory card readers, and more.

The company also launched on Wednesday the Anker PowerExpand, which “only” has seven ports of a range of types.

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Anker PowerExpand Elite offers all the ports

Anker boasts, “From high-speed charging to high-definition media display, ultra-fast data transfer to crystal clear audio output — PowerExpand has it all.”

Connect this hub to the Thunderbolt 3 port on recent Macs and MacBooks to get access to all 13 ports. That includes two 5Gbps USB-A ports, two 10Gbps USB-C ports, and paired 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 upstream and downstream ports. There’s also HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, audio in, and audio out. Plus SD and microSD card readers. Power comes from DC-in.

The Anker PowerExpand is available now for $299.99.

Or a scaled back version

Those who don’t need quite so many connectivity options can choose the Anker PowerExpand. This has been dubbed a Mini Dock, but it still offer seven ports.

It connects to a Mac or MacBook via a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 upstream port, which brings access to a 5Gbps USB-A port, a 10Gbps USB-C port, HDMI and Gigabit Ethernet. There’s also SD and microSD card readers.

Anker’s capable multiport hub launched today for $199.99.

This company makes a range of accessories for Mac and iPad — like iPad chargers and USB-C headphone adapters — but these are consumer-grade products at lower prices. The PowerExpand line expands the company’s reach to professionals.