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Upcoming HyperDrive USB hub solves port problems on the 2016 MacBook Pro

By Liu Hongzuo - on 7 Dec 2016, 12:06pm

Upcoming HyperDrive USB hub solves port problems on the 2016 MacBook Pro

If you didn’t grab the previous HyperDrive port splitter, you might want to hold on to that thought – Hyper just unveiled another HyperDrive port splitter that offers seven ports that caters to professionals who have the 2016 MacBook Pro.

The HyperDrive Compact Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro is a port dongle that occupies two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports on the MacBook Pro. In return, it offers a total of seven ports:

  • 1x HDMI port (up to 4K resolution at 30Hz)
  • 1x Thunderbolt 3 port with up to 40Gbps data speed and up to 100W power delivery
  • 1x USB-C port with 5Gbps speed
  • 1x microSD card slot (up to UHS-I speed class)
  • 1x SD card slot (up to UHS-I speed class)
  • 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports with 5Gbps max speed and power delivery to portable devices

It’s worth noting that the one Thunderbolt 3 port on the HyperDrive port hub allows users to charge the MacBook Pro at full speed, and supports Thunderbolt 3 Displays up to 8K resolution at 60Hz. The port hub itself has no cables, and it has a compact, chocolate-bar form factor encased in CNC aluminum. The port splitter weighs 34g, making it convenient enough to pack it with your 2016 MacBook Pro.

Currently, the HyperDrive Compact Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro solicited at least 2.5 times of their expected Kickstarter goal of US$100,000. The campaign has more than month to go. Each splitter costs US$69, and their US$49 early bird pledges are running out fast. The dongles have an estimated delivery date set in February 2017.

If you can’t wait for the Kickstarter campaign to kick off, consider their preceding port splitter instead. If you want to know how the 2016 MacBook Pro holds up, read the review by our resident MBP user.

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