They giveth... and they taketh away. It's how "progress" apparently works when it comes to computers and tech. Apple (and other computer manufacturers) got us hooked on devices using standards like USB and HDMI, microSD and SD... Then in one fell swoop the latest MacBook Pro took tall of hese away and replaced them with new Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports. Unless you've been living under a rock the past few months you'll know you can't plug your existing USB or Thunderbolt hard drives, audio interfaces, MIDI controllers, DJ gear, or music machines directly into your shiny new laptop. No. You need dongles for everything. Musicians and producers have been very vocal in expressing their displeasure about this.
We're not going to labor a point that has been made many times over since its release, but Apple's MacBook Pro is a step forward but at a cost to creatives depending on their existing hardware. Yes, you have a new TouchBar. Wow. And the MBP is slimmer than ever before. But, you need dongles for everything external device and just imagine the unsightly mess and inconvenience that can cause.
But there's a solution... And one perhaps Apple should have provided themselves.
HyperDrive from Sanho Corporation is a sleek, all-in-one Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub for the 2016 MacBook Pro. It looks lovely. Something you'd be proud to connect to your laptop and it can be grabbed via Kickstarter from just $69.
Before you groan out loud about Kickstarter projects... this one had a goal of $100,000 USD and has obliterated its target by (struggling to do sums in my head) A LOT. It's raised over $1.2 million USD!
Sanho tell us it's "the world's most compact, fastest 50Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro. And it adds HDMI, USB 3.1 x 2, microSD/SD, Thunderbolt 3 & USB-C". Impressive. Plus Hyperdrive fits both 13" and 15" MacBook Pro models.
The Kickstarter ends in 9 days, so if you have or are planning to get the 2016 MacBook Pro then this very well might be the only dongle you'll ever need.
- 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