January 9, 2017
While Apple’s newest line of Macbook Pros might boast some impressive new features such as the OLED touch bar and an ultra-slim form factor, the removal of “traditional” ports in favour of a one-size-fits-all Thunderbolt 3 port was a highly polarising decision. Sure, the new connection offers significantly faster performance and is probably what we’ll all be using in the future, but the future is a lot harder to swallow when you can’t even plug a thumb drive into your laptop without having to buy a $14 dongle first.
If you’re in the market for a Macbook but can’t stand the thought of carrying five different dongles in your bag, then the HyperDrive might be worth looking into. This all-in-one dongle features two USB 3.1 ports, one SD and microSD slot each, and even has a HDMI output for you to connect your laptop to a larger display. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s probably the best we’re going to get.
Designed with the Macbook’s new sleek design in mind, the Hyperdrive weighs just 34 grams and is compact enough to fit in your pocket. The style-conscious will also be pleased to know that the dongle comes in both silver and space grey, so it won’t look out of place when connected.
The Hyperdrive is scheduled to ship in March 2017, and you can get it for US$69 by backing the Kickstarter project here.
Images taken from HYPER.