Skip to main content

MacBook Pro 2016 users can avoid death by dongle with new USB-C hub

hyperdrive usb c thunderbolt 3 hub kickstarter campaign port featured
Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro made quite a splash when it was introduced in October 2016. The new OLED Touch Bar stole the show, and the drive toward ever-thinner devices was also on display with the new MacBook Pro models being the thinnest ever.

One consequence of making the machines so thin is that every legacy port was removed, leaving the MacBook Pro with either two or four USB Type-C connections and nothing else. Apple’s unpopular solution is a bundle of dongles, which is costly and inconvenient for anyone who needs to connect to most of today’s external devices. The HyperDrive Compact Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hub aims to solve that problem, and it’s available for ordering now in a Kickstarter campaign.


More: Apple slashes the price of USB-C dongles over MacBook Pro port outcry

Basically, the HyperDrive plugs into two of the USB Type-C connections on a 2016 MacBook Pro and offers up a host of full-speed ports without the muss and fuss of dongles. The following ports are supported on the MacBook Pro with and without Touch Bar:

  • MicroSD UHS-1 104Mb/s slot
  • SD UHS-1 105Mb/s slot
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 5Gb/s port
  • USB-C 5Gb/s port
  • USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 40Gb/s port with max 100-watt power delivery
  • HDMI video 1080p @ goHz, 4K @ 30Hz port

What separates the HyperDrive from other snap-on hubs is its status as the first that uses two USB Type-C connections to maximize bandwidth. The HyperDrive offers up to 45Gb/s bandwidth to support the use of all seven ports at the same time. The Thunderbolt 3 port provides a full 100 watts of power to fully charge the MacBook Pro at either 61 watts for the 13-inch model and 87 watts for the 15-inch.

One issue that has popped up regarding the 2016 MacBook Pro is Apple’s decision to support only the newest Thunderbolt 3 controllers. According to Sanho Corporation, maker of the HyperDrive, the hubs work “perfectly” with the 2016 MacBook Pro hardware and so shouldn’t suffer from these issues.

The HyperDrive can be ordered now at Kickstarter, and should be delivered to Early Bird buyers in February 2017 and to everyone else in March 2017. Purchase options range from the $49 Early Bird option for a single Silver or Space Gray HyperDrive, which is 50 percent off the expected retail price of $99, to $690 for a 10-HyperDrive bundle.

Editors' Recommendations

Mark Coppock
Mark has been a geek since MS-DOS gave way to Windows and the PalmPilot was a thing. He’s translated his love for…
2 ways the new MacBook Pro may be worse than the 2021 model
Apple MacBook Pro seen from the side.

The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros have arrived, and in almost every way, they're a solid improvement over the 2021 models. They have better graphics, longer battery life, and faster connectivity. They look the same on the outside, but the internal upgrades are real.

But there are two aspects of these machines that may end up being worse than the original models from 2021 -- and they're not unimportant.

Read more
Here’s why people are saying to avoid the entry-level M2 Pro MacBook Pro
A person sitting in a vehicle using a MacBook Pro on their lap.

One thing Mac users have always been able to count on in recent years is the blazing speed of their computer’s storage. The brand-new M2 Pro MacBook Pro and M2 Mac mini, however, look set to be bitterly disappointing in that regard.

That’s because multiple outlets have confirmed that Macs outfitted with entry-level M2 chips (both the M2 itself and the M2 Pro) come with much slower read and write speeds compared to the previous-generation models. For instance, 9to5Mac benchmarked the new 14-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro chip and found its SSD’s read and write speeds dropped by 40% and 20% respectively.

Read more
A brand-new M3 MacBook Air could be just months away
Apple MacBook Air M1 open, on a table.

Apple has only just launched its M2 Pro and M2 Max chips inside new MacBook Pro laptops, but some people are already looking to the future. And according to a new report, next-generation Apple silicon chips could be here in a matter of months.

That idea comes from Taiwanese publication DigiTimes (via MacRumors), which claims that a new 13-inch MacBook Air with an M3 chip could launch in the second half of 2023. That device might represent the most significant performance increase in an Apple laptop since Apple silicon first launched in 2020.

Read more