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.
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.
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.