About this project
Hands-on video review by 9to5mac.com and other press coverage below:
Real life tested by 9to5mac.com
Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) YouTube Review
HyperDrive "fits the MacBook Pro aesthetics pretty well. It comes in the right colors. This can likely solve the biggest problem we have with the MacBook Pro port situation"
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So you got your new 2016 MacBook Pro
Only to realize that it has the new Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports that doesn't work with any of your current devices
You would practically need a dongle for everything!
The world's most compact & fastest Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hub
Unlike most USB-C dongles which still run on slow USB 3.0 (5Gb/s) speed, HyperDrive is 10X faster (50Gb/s) by using not one but two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C connections. Other Thunderbolt 3 docks are as big as a brick and nowhere as portable as the HyperDrive.
The 1st hub designed specifically for the 2016 MacBook Pro
HyperDrive is the first and only hub designed to tap into two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports on the MacBook Pro for maximum bandwidth, to deliver more ports in the smallest footprint.
Regain virtually all ports from the previous MacBook Pro model
With HyperDrive, you get the most commonly used ports, found in preceding 2015 MacBook Pro model. This is the adapter Apple should have provided with every 2016 MacBook Pro.
More bandwidth (50Gb/s) than any USB-C dongle in the market
Many 5Gb/s dongles have multiple ports that cannot be reliably used at the same time because of speed and bandwidth limitations. Only HyperDrive has the high 50Gb/s speed and bandwidth required for all 7 ports to be used simultaneously.
Simultaneously connect HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, microSD, SD, 2 x USB 3.1. All while charging at full speed thru HyperDrive
Connect both 4K HDMI and Thunderbolt 3 (e.g. LG UltraFine 5K) Displays at the same time.
The Thunderbolt 3 port on HyperDrive supports up to 100W power delivery. This means you can charge your MacBook Pro at full speed through HyperDrive while using it, delivering the maximum 61W power to the 13" MacBook Pro and 87W to the 15" MacBook Pro.
Replace all other dongles with HyperDrive
Compared to other dongles in the market and from the Apple Store, HyperDrive is more portable, has more features and is made of better materials. You would need multiple dongles to achieve what HyperDrive does, at a total cost much higher than HyperDrive.
Stop figuring out how to store and carry your dongles
Having multiple dongles means that you now have more items to manage on top of your MacBook Pro, which increases the risk of misplacing them as you move around.
With HyperDrive, just pack and go
HyperDrive is designed to be compact enough to stay with your MacBook Pro wherever you go
Don't look silly with dongles. Just go with HyperDrive!
Stop hanging and juggling with multiple dongles. A single compact HyperDrive does the job of multiple dongles. Dongles never look sleeker than this.
Stop wasting time plugging dongle after dongle
Imagine all the dongles you would have to connect whenever you set your MacBook Pro down on the desk at home or at work.
HyperDrive gets you up and running in no time
Idea: Keep a HyperDrive already connected to all your devices at home or work and simply make a single, quick and easy HyperDrive connection whenever your MacBook Pro is at the desk. HyperDrive supports hot swapping/plugging so a single HyperDrive connection would instantly connect all devices already connected to the HyperDrive.
CNC precision milled aluminum enclosure color matched to silver and space gray MacBook Pro
The same HyperDrive works with both 13" and 15" MacBook Pro
And because Thunderbolt 3 USB-C connectors are reversible, you can flip HyperDrive around and use on the right or either side of the MacBook Pro.
We designed HyperDrive to feel like a natural extension of the 2016 MacBook Pro with similar product lines, thickness, right angled edges and rounded corners.
HyperDrive is made of CNC precision milled aluminum available in both Space Gray and Silver to match the color and appearance of the MacBook Pro.
We also wanted an adapter hub that users can leave on their MacBook Pro as they move around. As such we did away with connector cables and have HyperDrive connect right next and flushed to the MacBook Pro.
For stability, HyperDrive connects to the MacBook Pro with not one by two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports. Having two input ports also allow us to provide more speed and bandwidth (50Gb/s) to HyperDrive, allowing it to provide as many ports (7 in total, all of which can be used simultaneously) in the tiniest of spaces.
We decided to go with popular output ports (HDMI, SD, microSD, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1) found in the previous MacBook Pro model. Although HyperDrive takes up two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports on the MacBook Pro, it also returns a USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 port as well, which supports up to 100W power delivery pass through charging through HyperDrive.
Ultra Low Power Consumption Design (so we won't drain your MacBook Pro battery like other dongles do)
Every component in HyperDrive (hub, card reader, DC/DC converter, power delivery, Thunderbolt 3 chipset) utilizes industry leading low power consumption technologies. The end result is a power efficiency of up to 96% and device operating temperature of less than 48ºC / 118ºF. Despite its many features, HyperDrive will consume much less power than other dongles, leaving more power for your MacBook Pro.
Proof of Concept
The following video demonstrates a fully functional pre-production HyperDrive with all ports working (HDMI display, Thunderbolt 3 power delivery, USB-C data, SD, microSD, USB flash drive & hard drive). HyperDrive is plug-n-play and interfaces directly with Mac OS. Plugging devices into HyperDrive is like plugging directly to the MacBook. Video displays are controlled by Mac OS System Preferences > Displays. Power delivery by Mac OS System Preferences > Energy Saver. External storage are controlled by Mac OS Finder.
- HDMI supporting 1080p@60Hz, 4K@30Hz
- Thunderbolt 3 supporting video up to 5K@60Hz or 2x4K@60Hz, 40Gb/s data and max 100W full speed power delivery pass through charging
- USB-C data (5Gb/s)
- SD (UHS-I 104MB/s)
- micro SD (UHS-I 104MB/s)
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gb/s)
- Input: 2 x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C
- DC/DC 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
HyperDrive will be available in Space Gray or Silver color. You will get to select your color options via a survey sent out after the campaign ends.
Early Bird Special (50% off)
- $49 - 1 x HyperDrive
- $98 - 2 x HyperDrive
- $147 - 3 x HyperDrive
- $245 - 5 x HyperDrive
- $490 - 10 x HyperDrive
Kickstarter Special (30% off)
- $69 - 1 x HyperDrive
- $138 - 2 x HyperDrive
- $207 - 3 x HyperDrive
- $345 - 5 x HyperDrive
- $690 - 10 x HyperDrive
Expected Retail Price
- $99 - 1 x HyperDrive
- $198 - 2 x HyperDrive
- $297 - 3 x HyperDrive
- $495 - 5 x HyperDrive
- $990 - 10 x HyperDrive
To ensure timely reward delivery, we will ship rewards via insured postal service from 2 fulfillment and distribution centers in:
- California USA - fulfilling rewards within the United States
- Hong Kong - fulfilling rewards to the rest of the world
- 5 December 2016 - Kickstarter begins
- 16 January 2017 - Kickstarter ends
- January 2017 - Production begins
- February 2017 - Shipping of Early Bird rewards
- March 2017 - Shipping of Kickstarter Special rewards
HYPER by Sanho Corporation has been making award winning Apple accessories since 2009. 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. This is our 11th crowdfunding project. 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.
HYPER - A tradition of making award winning USB-C products
This HyperDrive is our 5th USB-C hub design and is a cumulation of our previous USB-C products, all of which have won rave media reviews like the following:
"HyperDrive is The USB Hub All 2016 MacBook Pro Owners Need" - The Phoblographer
"This is something that Apple should have designed" - Straits Times (Singapore)
"Someone finally made a USB-C hub with a Mini DisplayPort" - The Verge
"The Best Solution" for MacBook - Wall Street Journal
"Best Hubs for the MacBook" - iMore
"Best USB-C accessories" - Techradar
"Beast of an add-on" - T3
Thank you for supporting HyperDrive - The World's Smallest & Fastest 50Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub for 2016 MacBook Pro
Risks and challenges
No project is without risk and challenges but we try to do our absolute best to minimize them. We felt that we have done all the necessary preliminary work prior to coming to Kickstarter. We are also no strangers to USB-C products, Apple accessories or crowdfunding.
The HyperDrive product that you see in the above video/photos are actual working prototypes.
With your support, we can bring HyperDrive to 2016 MacBook Pro users worldwide. We have started mass production and your contribution will help us achieve economies of scale and keep the product cost low.
We have sufficient materials to manufacture about 5,000 units now. Beyond that, the lead time is about a month. Your strong support will give us the needed affirmation to place a larger raw materials order and start mass production earlier.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Given our delivery timeline of February 2017, we unfortunately are unable to make any more changes to the type of ports on the HyperDrive. The ports on the HyperDrive are chosen because they are arguably the most popular and often requested ports.
We appreciate that there are many mini DisplayPort fans out there but many of the same fans have also indicated that they are getting the newer Thunderbolt 3 displays like the LG UltraFine 5K Display when it is available. We do have a mini DisplayPort solution on our web store at https://www.hypershop.com/collections/usb-type-c/products/hyperdrive-usb-type-c-hub-with-mini-displayport
An Ethernet port will not fit into the slim profile of the HyperDrive which is as thin as the MacBook Pro. We appreciate that while an ethernet port may be essential for some, the mass majority of users are very comfortable with wireless WiFi.
MagSafe is a patented technology by Apple and they currently do not license it out.
Yes. Our Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports are reversible, it will work on either side (left or right) of the 2016 MacBook Pro. Please note that 13" 2016 MacBook Pro without Touchbar only has Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports on the left side.
Yes. HyperDrive is compatible with all 2016 MacBook Pro models, with or without the Touchbar
After the campaign ends, we will send out a survey to collect color choice and shipping address information.
After the campaign ends on January 16, 2017, we will send out a survey to collect color and shipping information.
After the campaign ends on January 16, 2017, we will send out a survey to collect color and shipping information.
Is the HyperDrive only supported by the two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C connectors or is it also supported by the bottom surface? How strong are these connectors?
The HyperDrive does not touch the bottom surface, but it is not only supported by the two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C connectors either. The HyperDrive stays flushed with the MacBook Pro so in addition to the two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C input connectors, it is also getting lateral support from the side of the MacBook Pro. We already had a single connector HyperDrive for the 12" MacBook on the market for about a year (https://www.hypershop.com/collections/usb-type-c) and no user had ever complained about any damaged connectors. If you look at our design, any possible stress would be more on the HyperDrive USB-C connectors than on the MacBook Pro itself. The HyperDrive USB-C connectors are anchored, soldered on the PCB board and double reinforced with a ABS plastic and aluminum frame so it can withstand a lot of stress. If you ever break the HyperDrive USB-C connector, it is covered under warranty but to date, nobody has ever complained about a damaged connector on the single connector HyperDrive and this new HyperDrive with 2 connectors is twice as strong.
No this HyperDrive will ONLY work with 2016 MacBook Pro. Other MacBook models are NOT supported.
Without knowing how the protector covers look like, there is no way to say for certain if they will work with HyperDrive or not. I would recommend sticker skins like iCarbons which offer protection without the bulk and they will definitely work with the HyperDrive.
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