The HyperDrive Gen2 has now achieved over 1000% of its Indiegogo goal
HYPER is a start-up that credits itself with kicking the trend for USB type C hubs off. Its first-generation product in this category, the HyperDrive, resulted in considerable levels of Indiegogo success due to its ability to expand the port selection on the iPad Pro. Now, its 2nd generation has replicated its record in crowdfunding terms.
This device connects to the USB type C notebook or tablet in question via a cable, as opposed to its predecessor, which clipped onto the side of such a device. This is because the HyperDrive Gen2 has multiple SKUs this time around, which are either 6-, 12- and 18-in-1 hubs.
The first of those has SD and MicroSD UHS-II slots; a 3.5mm audio jack; an HDMI port rated for up to 4K/60Hz with HDR; a 10 gigabit per second (Gb/s) USB type A port and a USB type C port that supports USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) at a rate of up to 100 watts (W).
The last few specs are particularly important to HYPER, as they allow the brand to claim that the Gen2 has "2x the speed and 2x the power" of the original HyperDrive. That device's type A port had a 5Gb/s transfer speed, whereas its type C port supported 60W charging. Furthermore, its HDMI output was 4K/30Hz at best.
The new 12-port HyperDrive option packs all of the new ports, in addition to a second 10Gb/s type A port; 2 more of the same but with USB 2.0 only; a Gigabit Ethernet port; a second HDMI port and a DisplayPort, both of which are at the same top resolution as the 6-port variant.
Similarly, the 18-in-1 SKU has all of these ports again, along with yet another 10Gb/s type A port; a sixth type A, this time with QuickCharge 3.0 (18W) charging; a DC power port; an input for digital coaxial audio and one for optical Toslink audio, and, finally, a VGA port.
Accordingly, the HyperDrive Gen2 is hardly slimmer than its predecessor, although its variants have more of a convincing, professional appearance (particularly the 18-port option, for obvious reasons). It starts at US$59 (correct at time of writing) on its Indiegogo page. This campaign has amassed just over $1,315,000 from its backers at present: hopefully, this vast improvement over its original goal means they will get their rewards soon.