Anker Apex 12-in-1 Thunderbolt 4 Dock Review

Anker Apex 12-in-1 Thunderbolt 4 Dock

8.5

8.5/10

Anker Apex 12-in-1 Thunderbolt 4 Dock, Max 90W Charging for Laptop, 20W Power Delivery, Single 8K, Triple 4K Display, 2 USB-A 3.1 Gen 2, 2 USB 2.0, Ethernet, Audio, SD 4.0, for Thunderbolt 4 Laptops.

Works with Windows 10 laptops equipped with a Thunderbolt 4 port. Also, MacBooks running macOS 11 (Big Sur) or later. Not compatible with Linux or Chrome OS laptops, Thunderbolt 3 Windows laptops, or M1 MacBooks.

Anker Apex 12-in-1 Thunderbolt 4 Dock Review

Equipped with:

  • Thunderbolt 4 upstream port
  • Thunderbolt 4 downstream port
  • USB-C Power Delivery port
  • 2 HDMI ports
  • Ethernet port
  • SD card slot
  • 3.5 mm AUX port
  • 4 USB-A ports.

Get a powerful charge for your laptop, phone, and more thanks to 90W max. Also, 15W Thunderbolt 4 ports plus a 20W USB-C Power Delivery port. Transfer a 20GB file in just 14 seconds when you use the Thunderbolt 4 por. Or in just 26 seconds when you use the USB-C port.

Anker Apex 12-in-1 Thunderbolt 4 Dock Review

The Thunderbolt 4 port supports up to 8K@30Hz while the two HDMI ports support resolutions of up to 4K@60Hz. Connect via all three simultaneously to enjoy crystal-clear streaming or mirroring across 3 displays.

Anker Apex Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station (dock stand not included), 120W power adapter, 3.9 ft power cord, 2.3 ft Thunderbolt 4 cable, welcome guide, quick start guide, and our friendly customer service.

The dock is well made, feels robust, and is a lot cooler than the CarlDigit TB3+ I had before. My only complaint is that the USB ports will not provide the full 5v1a power. They’re limited to 0.9a for the blue ports and 0.5a for the black ports. This isn’t enough power to run all USB devices.

When you try to use more power than it can give out, it doesn’t handle it gracefully. I attached a thumb drive and my MBP got very… wonky. The mouse would freeze trying to move and eventually OS X popped up a box saying “A USB device was using too much power and has been disabled”. This caused the entire dock to be in a weird state, none of the USB devices worked until I turned off the computer and the dock and turned them back on again.

Using a USB-C adapter for the thumb drive and worked fine in the port on the front of the dock.

Overall, I am really impressed with the Anker Apex 12-in-1 Thunderbolt 4 Dock. I’ve marked it down for the lack of full power for the USB ports, but other than that, I’ve been very happy with the dock.

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