The ultimate MacBook Pro dongle

Hyper has launched a new Kickstarter campaign for its latest 8-in-1 USB-C hub.

The hub – the HyperDrive USB-C Hub + 7.5W Qi Wireless Charger iPhone Stand – is aimed at MacBook Pro users, and easily reached its $100,000 funding target shortly after listing.

At the time of writing, the campaign had earned $395,000 with 29 days to go on Kickstarter.

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Apple’s latest MacBook Pro laptops are slim and stylish, but only feature USB-C drives and one 3.5mm audio jack.

This means that many users require a hub to use existing peripherals or accessories – of which USB-A flash sticks, monitors connected via HDMI, SD cards, and Ethernet connections are common.

The 8-in-1 hub takes care of this by connecting to a MacBook Pro via a single USB-C connection, and provides USB-A, HDMI, Ethernet, SD, MicroSD,  and USB-C ports.

What makes the hub unique is that it also works as a Qi wireless charger and smartphone stand, which can charge devices like the iPhone X.

“HyperDrive is the only wireless charger that supports all four Qi wireless charging standards – 7.5W, 5W, 10W, and 15W,” said its makers.

The stand on the hub lets users elevate the top of the charging pad so their phone stands upright while resting on it – displaying its screen at a similar angle to the MacBook Pro’s screen which it is attached to.

The hub can also be used as a standalone Qi wireless charging pad.

The HyperDrive USB-C Hub is available to back from $109 and is set to launch in May 2018.

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Specifications

The hub features the following outputs:

  • HDMI at [email protected] or [email protected]
  • Gigabit Ethernet.
  • SD (UHS-I 104MB/s)
  • MicroSD (UHS-I 104MB/s)
  • 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1.
  • USB-C 60W power delivery pass through charging.
  • Wireless Charging Qi Standard.

Its dimensions are 130 x 94 x 25.8 mm, and it weighs 204g.

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