By now, you've surely heard all the complaints about the new MacBook Pro (2016) and how you have to carry around a fistful of dongles in order for the laptop to be practical. As fun as that new touchbar might be, the DongleBook Pro isn't exactly a lot of fun. Hyper feels your pain. That's why Hyper is now unleashing the HyperDrive compact Thunderbolt 3 hub for the 2016 MacBook Pro.

The primary objective here is obvious enough. Since the MacBook Pro only has Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, you'd normally have to carry around a variety of adapters and hubs to get a regular USB-A port, an SD card slot, and so on. That's annoying, frustrating and the furthest thing from elegant.

The HyperDrive slides into the side of your MacBook Pro, taking up two of the USB-C ports. In exchange, you get full power passthrough for charging, as well as HDMI video output (up to 4K @ 30Hz or 1080p @ 60Hz), Thunderbolt 3 (with up to 5K video support), USB-C (up to 5Gb/s), SD, microSD, and two USB 3.1 Gen-1 ports. And yes, it'll work with both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models.

The regular retail price for the HyperDrive will be $99, but you can get it for less by backing the Kickstarter campaign. The initial $49 early bird is sold out, but there are still units available at the $69 level. Peep the images, video overview and full press release below for more info.

HYPER HyperDrive Fixes the DongleBook Pro Port Woes

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PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HYPER Launches HyperDrive - World’s Most Compact, Fastest 45Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub Specifically Designed for the 2016 MacBook Pro

Turns 2 x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Ports on MacBook Pro into 7 Ports - HDMI, USB 3.1 x 2, microSD/SD, USB-C, Thunderbolt 3 with Full Speed 100W Power Delivery Pass Through Charging

Monday, December 5, 2016 FREMONT, CALIFORNIA: Sanho Corporation – manufacturer of the HYPER line of Apple and mobile accessories – announces the launch of its Kickstarter campaign for HyperDrive.

HyperDrive is a unique Thunderbolt 3 USB-C dongle specifically designed for the 2016 MacBook Pro. It is the first dongle in the market to utilizes two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports on the MacBook Pro to deliver the fastest 45Gb/s bandwidth across 7 ports (HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, microSD, SD, 2 x USB 3.1), virtually restoring all the ports found on the previous 2015 MacBook Pro model. The 45Gb/s bandwidth allows all 7 ports to be used simultaneously, including connecting to a Thunderbolt 3 Display up to 5K or 2 x 4K @ 60Hz resolution and a 4K @ 30Hz HDMI display at the same time. The Thunderbolt 3 port on the HyperDrive also supports up to 100W power delivery allowing the user can charge the MacBook Pro at full speed while using the HyperDrive.

Despite its prowess and number of ports, HyperDrive occupies the smallest of footprint. Its highly portable compact size allows the HyperDrive to attach to the side of the MacBook Pro without any cables or obstruction, allowing the user to always have access to all ports at all times without the need to carry multiple cumbersome dongles. The same HyperDrive works perfectly with both 13” and 15” 2016 MacBook Pro.

“This is the adapter that Apple should have provided with the 2016 MacBook Pro to ensure backward compatibility with current non USB-C devices,” said Daniel Chin, CEO of Sanho Corporation. “Our vision was to create a dongle that replaces all other dongles, with all the popular ports from the previous MacBook Pro model, in the most portable form factor so that every 2016 MacBook Pro user will want to use it,” he added. “And we want to make it very affordable for everyone to bring usability back to their new 2016 MacBook Pro, which is why we are launching the HyperDrive via Kickstarter,” he concluded.

HYPER is offering the HyperDrive as a reward to Kickstarter backers who pledge $49 or more in a bid to raise $100,000 via Kickstarter to fund the HyperDrive product. Funding starts on December 5, 2016 (8am PST/11am EST) and ends on January 16, 2017. Upon successful funding, HYPER aims to ship the HyperDrive in February, 2017. HYPER had previously successfully launched and shipped 10 other crowdfunding project which had raised over $2 million dollars in total.

Notables

 

  • World’s most compact and fastest (45Gb/s) Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub
  • First and only dongle specifically designed for the 2016 MacBook Pro
  • Utilizes 2 x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports on the MacBook Pro for maximum (45Gb/s) bandwidth which allows all 7 ports on the hub (HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, SD, microSD, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1) to be used simultaneously

 

    • Connect to both HDMI display (up to 4K @ 30Hz) and Thunderbolt 3 display (up to 5K or 2 x 4K @ 60Hz) at the same time.

 

  • Thunderbolt 3 port supports video display, 40Gb/s data and maximum 100W power delivery to charge MacBook Pro at full speed
  • CNC precision milled aluminum enclosure, available in space gray and silver color, with the same appearance as the MacBook Pro

 

Specifications

 

  • Input Connectivity: 2 x Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C (45Gb/s)

 

    • Output Connectivity:
        • HDMI supporting 1080p@60Hz, 4K@30Hz
        • Thunderbolt 3 supporting video up to 5K or 2 x 4K@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)
  • Power 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
Pricing and Availability
Expected retail price of HyperDrive is $99
Kickstarter Early Bird Backers will get the HyperDrive for $49, 50% off expected retail price
HyperDrive is expected to ship in February, 2017 upon successful Kickstarter funding.

About Sanho Corporation
Sanho Corporation designs, manufactures and markets IT accessories with a focus on Apple accessories, portable power and data storage & transfer. Sanho is committed to developing cutting edge products with a dedicated focus on performance, quality, value and service, with a sales and marketing office in the U.S. in Silicon Valley, California, a production facility near Shenzhen, China, and R&D teams in both countries.

HYPER is a fashionable line of mobile accessories – manufactured by Sanho Corporation – designed to increase functionality in every day life. Hyper products include:

HyperJuice - External battery pack for Apple MacBook
HyperDrive - Data storage & transfer products for MacBook, iPhone, iPad, Android and digital cameras
HyperVR - Virtual reality headset with integrated headphones
HyperLink - 316L stainless steel bands for Apple Watch
HyperShield - World's thinnest and lightest iPhone case
HyperThin - World's thinnest HDMI cable
iStick - World's first USB flash drive with integrated Apple Lightning connector
iUSBport/CloudFTP - World's first wireless USB port

Our first Kickstarter project, CloudFTP was the 3rd most funded Kickstarter technology project when funding ended and named by Stuff Magazine as one of the “10 best Kickstarter technology projects”. Our 2nd Kickstarter project, iStick raised over $1.1 million and was one of the 50 most funded Kickstarter project when funding ended. Our previous crowdfunding projects, CloudFTP, iStick, HyperLink, iShowFast, Pearl Kickstarter, Pearl Indiegogo, iPin for iPhone/Android, iPin for iPhone, HyperDrive for MacBook and HyperJuice for MacBook have altogether raised over $2 million.

For more information, please visit www.HyperShop.com

Company Contact:
Daniel Chin
daniel@sanho.com

Videohttps://youtu.be/axerfwi4LY8
Press Quality Imageshttps://goo.gl/photos/pCZNmBoQEULuGDWo9

Kickstarter Project Page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hypershop/hyperdrivetm-compact-thunderbolt-3-usb-c-hub-for-m/


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