The HyperDrive, an add-on adapter for the MacBook Pro 2016, addresses MacBook Pro owners’ biggest gripe about the premium Apple laptop. The stunning support it is currently receiving on Kickstarter proves just how big a problem the new MacBook Pro poses for many of its loyal users.
Unlike previous models, the latest MacBook Pro 2016, which was unveiled in October, has just one kind of port — the new USB-C. Older MacBook Pro models were better equipped, boasting ports and slots for HDMI cables, SD and microSD cards, USB, and other attachments. But for its fourth generation MacBook Pro, Apple went the ultra-minimalist route, replacing all the previous ports and slots with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports for both charging and data transfer.
Fortunately, San Francisco-based company HYPER has come up with the HyperDrive, which is described as the “world’s most compact and fastest” Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hub. The company is currently advertising the HyperDrive on Kickstarter, where it has already raised over $1 million, more than 10 times its original goal of $100,000. With 12 days left to go before the end of the campaign, the HyperDrive has gained the support of more than 12,000 backers, which seems to indicate that all these MacBook Pro 2016 owners consider the HyperDrive a necessity.
The HyperDrive hub offers two USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI port, a microSD/SD slot, a Thunderbolt 3 port, and a USB-C port. According to its creators, the MacBook Pro 2016 accessory is 10 times faster than most USB-C dongles and is the first and only Thunderbolt 3 hub to tap into two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the MacBook Pro, thus offering users maximum bandwidth.
With the HyperDrive, MacBook Pro 2016 owners can use all the ports all at once, while also charging their machines at full speed. The hub can handle up to 100W power delivery, which allows it to deliver the maximum 61W power to the 13-inch MacBook Pro and 87W to the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
The HyperDrive for MacBook Pro 2016 also wins in design and portability. Its aluminum finish matches those of the new MacBook Pro 2016 models and, unlike other Thunderbolt 3 hubs, the HyperDrive is small and slim enough to slip into users’ back pockets.
Business Insider notes that HYPER isn’t the only company making an add-on accessory for the new MacBook Pro 2016. There are reportedly USB-C docks being sold for as little as $25 and some going for as much as $200. The HyperDrive, which starts at $69, will be shipped out to backers in February. Source: mobilenapps