We were all excited to see the MacBook Pro get a much-needed update. Until it was unveiled. All the ports we need were gone, replaced by Thunderbolt USB-C ports. The SD card slot? It was labeled cumbersome by Phil Schiller. Sorry brother, what’s cumbersome is all the damn dongles you’d have to purchase to use all the accessories we’ve accumulated.

Where Apple screws up is a boon for accessory makers. The HyperDrive is the Kickstarter flavor of the month, accumulating $.8 million in pledges from over 20,000 backers. Safe to say Apple fans want their ‘cumbersome’ ports.

Designed by Sanho, the HyperDrive adds everything you want back into your MacBook Pro. One Thunderbolt connector for either a 5K display or 100W charging. A USB-C connection with 5Gb/s data speed. A microSD slot for drone enthusiasts and an SD card slot for photographers. You know, the creatives who actually love Apple products.

Need your USB 3.1? Two slots are in the HyperDrive along with an HDMI video output.

One unit adds back in all the functionality we loved in previous MacBook Pro models. And Sanho evidently kidnapped an Apple product designer. Slick CNC milled aluminum matches the color of the Pro in either Space Gray or Silver.

Hyperdrive for Macbook Pro

Using two Thunderbolt connectors, it easily slides into the MacBook without any issues. And because the connectors are reversible, you can pick which side you want the dock.

HyperDrive Specs

  • Output:
    – 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 Kickstarter

Already funded, the company has a proof of concept and enough materials to manufacture 5,000 units. With the company sitting on nearly $2 million in pledges, ramping up mass production will have the ship date in March. Not a bad wait time considering most Kickstarter projects slip well past six months or more.

Pricing is set at $69 with your choice of colors. If you need an extra, a double pack costs $138. Head over the campaign to learn more and additional pledge tiers.

Gear. TV. Movies. Lifestyle. Photography. Yeah, I’m the type who sees a shiny object and is immediately captivated. Wait... There’s another. You can reach me at marcus@newsledge.com

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