You know how there are somehow a million options for tech hardware, but all too often we still manage to be left to settle for less? I had one of those rare moments when my needs were met to exactly my satisfaction. And the device is not even advertised yet.
I have been looking for a device meeting these exact minimum specifications from a reputable company for 6 months. I wanted these exact ports and I did not care about Thunderbolt 3 or 4. I already had a PowerExpand 8-in-1 but I needed one with both DP and HDMI. The fact this has its own power supply made this the perfect device for me. I had been carting my 8-in-1 around back and forth from the office and this gem of a thing popped up in my Amazon suggestions.
I work a Thinkpad T15 extending to 2 basic 27’’ 1080 screens. I also have 2 scanners, a printer and I prefer to use an ethernet cable. This accommodates all of this while being able to deliver up to 60watts to my laptop, something the 12-in-1 cannot do. It also doesn’t look like…well…anyway. ThinkPad supposedly makes a hub with the exact same specs, but it is $50 more, and good luck finding it in stock. The hub/dock is clearly plastic but the appearance is fine. What it came with:
PowerExpand 9-in-1 USB-C PD Dock
100W power adapter
1.2 m power cord
1 m USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB-C to C cable
Typical Anker Welcome stuff
After 8 full hours the exterior of the device was only 110F/43.3C. All of the ports worked precisely how I needed and I would absolutely buy this again.