As more laptops use universal connectors like USB-C and Thunderbolt, some of the most common ports that have been used for years are being taken away. The best dock of the next generation is the Anker 777 Thunderbolt 4 Dock, which is also called the Apex or the PowerExpand Elite.
The Anker 777 TB4 Dock is called “Apex” for a good reason: it has 12 ports, and unlike many other companies, Anker didn’t change the numbers. In fact, there are 13 ports if you count the 120W power supply that the dock needs to work. Yes, there is a cost to all the different ways to connect: they use more power. You can’t get around the big power brick that comes with the dock if you want to use it.
The dock has all the usual ways to connect, including some that are good for both creators and gamers. There is a full-sized SD card reader that has a mechanism that clicks when a card is put in. Laptops are also losing their Gigabit Ethernet ports and 3.5mm headphone jacks. There are four USB-A ports, but only two are USB 3.1. Both of the others are USB 2.0.Price: $349.99
Where to buy: anker.com