Anker’s Thunderbolt 3 hub packs an amazing 13 ports

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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.
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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.

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.