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HyperDrive™ – Compact Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro

Probably the World’s Most Compact, Fastest 45Gbps Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hub for MacBook Pro. Adds HDMI, USB 3.1 x 2, microSD/SD, Thunderbolt 3 & USB-C

(some contents and image credits to Hyperdrive™ Official Kickstarter Campaign Page)

New 2016 13" and 15" MacBook ProNew 2016 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro

So you got your new MacBook Pro 2016, and you realized that the ports aren’t compatible with your current devices. And you were like, Damn, how does it work. 

New Thunderbolt 3 USB-C portsNew Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports
ITS OBVIOUS! YOU REALLY NEED A DONGLE FOR ALMOST EVERYTHING! 

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This is the Hyperdrive

Unlike most USB-C dongles which still run on slow USB 3.0 (5Gb/s) speed, HyperDrive is 9X faster (45Gb/s) and the bandwidth problems and worries are gone because it utilizes two of your Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports while returning you a vast amount of ports with the same power and bandwidth. This is definitely the first hub that is specifically designed for the 2016 MacBook Pro.

It enables you to regain all ports from the previous MacBook Pro models, which is pretty cool.


2015 MacBook Pro & 2016 MacBook Pro with HyperDrive2015 MacBook Pro & 2016 MacBook Pro with HyperDrive

More bandwidth (45Gb/s) than any USB-C dongle in the market

Other dongles have multiple ports that cannot be used at the same time because of speed and bandwidth limitations. But HyperDrive has the high 45Gb/s speed and bandwidth required for all 7 ports to be used simultaneously.

Simultaneously connect HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, microSD, SD, 2 x USB 3.1. All while charging at full speed thru HyperDrive


Connect both 4K HDMI and Thunderbolt 3 (e.g. LG UltraFine 5K) Displays at the same time.

And its stylish that you can put it in your pocket for use everywhere, unlike dongles that has high tendency of loss.


Compared to other dongles in the market and from the Apple Store, HyperDrive is more portable, has more features and is made of better materials. You would need multiple dongles to achieve what HyperDrive does, at a total cost much higher than HyperDrive.

Stop figuring out how to store and carry your dongles


Having multiple dongles means that you now have more items to manage on top of your MacBook Pro, which increases the risk of misplacing them as you move around. 

HyperDrive is designed to be compact enough to stay with your MacBook Pro wherever you go

Don’t look silly with dongles. Just go with HyperDrive!


Stop hanging and juggling with multiple dongles. A single compact HyperDrive does the job of multiple dongles. Dongles never look sleeker than this.

Stop wasting time plugging dongle after dongle


Imagine all the dongles you would have to connect whenever you set your MacBook Pro down on the desk at home or at work.

HyperDrive gets you up and running in no time


Idea: Keep a HyperDrive already connected to all your devices at home or work and simply make a single, quick and easy HyperDrive connection whenever your MacBook Pro is at the desk. HyperDrive supports hot swapping/plugging so a single HyperDrive connection would instantly connect all devices already connected to the HyperDrive.

CNC precision milled aluminum enclosure color matched to silver and space gray MacBook Pro



Silver & Space Gray HyperDriveSilver & Space Gray HyperDrive

The same HyperDrive works with both 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro


And because Thunderbolt 3 USB-C connectors are reversible, you can flip HyperDrive around and use on the right or either side of the MacBook Pro.

Design



HyperDrive is made of CNC precision milled aluminum available in both Space Gray and Silver to match the color and appearance of the MacBook Pro. 

The design is sleek and good, resulting to a fact that you can leave the HyperDrive attached on your MBP without cables hanging around, giving you additional style for your laptop.

For stability, HyperDrive connects to the MacBook Pro with not one by two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports. Having two input ports also allow us to provide more speed and bandwidth (45Gb/s) to HyperDrive, allowing it to provide as many ports (7 in total, all of which can be used simultaneously) in the tiniest of spaces. 

2015 MacBook Pro & 2016 MacBook Pro with HyperDrive2015 MacBook Pro & 2016 MacBook Pro with HyperDrive

Ultra Low Power Consumption Design 

Every component in HyperDrive (hub, card reader, DC/DC converter, power delivery, Thunderbolt 3 chipset) utilizes industry leading low power consumption technologies. The end result is a power efficiency of up to 96% and device operating temperature of less than 48ºC / 118ºF. Despite its many features, HyperDrive will consume much less power than other dongles, leaving more power for your MacBook Pro.

Specifications 

Output:
– HDMI supporting 1080p@60Hz, 4K@30Hz
– Thunderbolt 3 supporting video up to 5K@60Hz or 2x4K@60Hz, 40Gb/s data and max 100W full speed power delivery pass through charging
– USB-C data (5Gps)
– SD (UHS-I 104Mbps)
– micro SD (UHS-I 104Mbps)
– 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gb/s)
Input: 2 x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C
DC/DC efficiency: Up to 96%
Device Operating Temperature: Less than 48ºC / 118ºF
Enclosure: CNC aluminum available in Space Gray & Silver color
Dimensions: 4.5″ x 1.1″ x 0.3″ / 115 x 28.5 x 8.5mm 
Weight: 1.2oz / 34g

My verdict:

HYPERDRIVE™ provided a way to return the lost ports on the MBP 2016 without compromises. I wished that Apple itself designed something like this but as far as we know, Apple doesn’t care much about their customers anyway, they just care about $$ and businesses, so that they can leverage money from people who see their products as their status symbol. 
Anyway, Apple platform is still intuitive and innovative that they lose something in exchange of a better one, and this comes the things like HyperDrive, filling out gaps that Apple has made because of that innovation.
Pledge on the project at Kickstarter and get the Hyperdrive for only $69 (estimated retail price: $100): LINK

(FROM THEIR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN PAGE)
Early Bird Special (50% off)
$49   –   1 x HyperDrive
$98   –   2 x HyperDrive
$147 –   3 x HyperDrive
$245 –   5 x HyperDrive
$490 – 10 x HyperDrive

Kickstarter Special (30% off)
$69   –   1 x HyperDrive
$138 –   2 x HyperDrive
$207 –   3 x HyperDrive
$345 –   5 x HyperDrive
$690 – 10 x HyperDrive

Expected Retail Price
$99   –  1 x HyperDrive
$198 –  2 x HyperDrive
$297 –  3 x HyperDrive
$495 –  5 x HyperDrive
$990 – 10 x HyperDrive

Reward Fulfilment
To ensure timely reward delivery, they will ship rewards via insured postal service from 2 fulfillment and distribution centers in:

California USA – fulfilling rewards within the United States
Hong Kong – fulfilling rewards to the rest of the world

Project Timeline
5 December 2016 – Kickstarter begins
16 January 2017 – Kickstarter ends
January 2017 – Production begins
February 2017 – Shipping of Early Bird rewards
March 2017 – Shipping of Kickstarter Special rewards