Chinese computer and mobile peripherals manufacturer Anker has unveiled yet another charging accessory designed to make life easy. The device dubbed PowerExpand 12-in-1 USB-C PD media dock is a docking station that helps you perform several functions other than powering multiple devices.
The product carries a price tag of 899 yuan (~$131) now on pre-sale in China via Taobao. At the same time, the docking station is also listed on Amazon, an indication that it would be sold in the US. However, the price is yet to be revealed.
The Anker 12-in-1 docking station adopts a vertical design, equipped with a headset microphone interface, SD/MicroSD card slot, USB-C 3.1 interface, two USB-A interfaces, HDMI 2.0 interface, and DP 1.4 interface, PC input and output interface and a gigabit network port. With a total of 12 ports, you now have the ability to accomplish anything with your computer or laptop. From high-speed charging to high-definition media display, ultra-fast data transfer to crystal clear audio output—PowerExpand can do it all.
The device is compatible with USB-C Power Delivery to provide high-speed pass-through charging up to 45W. It also enables users to transfer movies, photos, and music at speeds up to 5 Gbps via triple USB-A ports. There are also SD and microSD card slots which support virtually all SD card formats for seamless access to photos and other media files.
Furthere, there is a DisplayPort and HDMI port onboard which allows users to connect to multiple monitors at the same time for an easier and more productive experience. This is dependent on the host device having support for Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alt Mode or USB-C 3.1 (generation 1 or 2). The dock ships with a 60W wall charger, USB 2.0 cable, and a USB 3.1 cable. It is compatible with macOS, Windows, iPadOS, Linux OS and Chrome OS. Curiously, there is no Android OS on the list of supported devices.
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