The MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is a beautiful device, and I absolutely love using it every day for school and work. When it was first announced, it was surrounded with controversy. Most notably, users complained about the lack of ports - no full-sized USB or HDMI ports. Even using an SD card required a dongle. And while I found all of this to be inconvenient, I realized how less I use USB or HDMI in the first place. Nonetheless, I needed a dongle that was better than the ones Apple sold and had plenty more ports.
Around the same time, Sanho Corp. announced the HyperDrive, a simple solution to the dongle problem. The HyperDrive would connect directly into the MacBook Pro’s two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports and extend it to two full-sized USB ports, a HDMI port, a SD card slot and a microSD card slot, and one USB-C and one Thunderbolt 3 ports. It would match the colour of the MacBook Pro and fit the same thin profile of the laptop.
And I grabbed it on the early-bird Kickstarter campaign. And I waited for it for over 4 months before it finally arrived last month.
Since then, I have used the HyperDrive almost every day, and I actually really like it. All the ports function exactly the way they are supposed to. Because the dongle connects to two of the Thunderbolt 3 ports on the MacBook Pro, it can transfer data at 50 GB/s, keeping up with USB 3.1 standards while still outputting Full HD video via HDMI. Even with all ports occupied, the dongle is no slouch.
But not all is fancy when it comes to the design. Clearly, it isn’t perfect, and in my case the dongle doesn't line up with the top of the MacBook keyboard and sometimes acts flimsy when I move my MacBook. And while the product is Space Grey, it isn’t the exact shade as my MacBook - not that that is a big deal in any way, but I wish it was perfect.
And these tiny drawbacks may throw you off when you hear it’s price tag: $100 USD (unless you bought it off their Kickstarter). Then again, it is about functionality over form, and the HyperDrive checks more right boxes than wrong ones. If you have a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and are looking for an all-in-one solution, the HyperDrive is most definitely your best bet.
Check it out: Kickstarter
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