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17,000 people paid over $1.5 million on Kickstarter to give new MacBook Pro the same ports as the last one

January 13, 2017

17000 people paid over $1.5M to give new MacBook Pro the same ports as the old one

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HyperDrive - The World's Fastest and Most Compact Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub for 2016 MacBook Pro - turns 2 ports into 7 ports (HDMI, USB 3.1 x 2, microSD, SD, USB-C, Thunderbolt 3 with 100W Power Delivery), virtually restoring all the ports from the previous 2015 MacBook Pro model

Friday, January 13th, FREMONT, CALIFORNIA: Sanho Corporation – makers of the HYPER line of Apple and mobile accessories – is proud to announce that its HyperDrive Kickstarter campaign which ends next Monday (January 16th) have raised over $1.5 million from more than 17,000 backers, which clearly shows that users are less than satisfied with the current exclusive Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port offering on the new MacBook Pro.

HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub for 2016 MacBook Pro

HyperDrive is a unique Thunderbolt 3 USB-C adapter specifically designed for the 2016 MacBook Pro. It is the first adapter in the market to utilize two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports on the MacBook Pro to deliver the fastest 50Gb/s bandwidth across 7 ports (HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, microSD, SD, 2 x USB 3.1), virtually restoring all the ports found on the previous 2015 MacBook Pro model. The 50Gb/s bandwidth allows for all 7 ports to be used simultaneously, including connecting to a 5K Thunderbolt 3 Display and a 4K HDMI display at the same time. The Thunderbolt 3 port on the HyperDrive also supports up to 100W power delivery allowing the user to charge the MacBook Pro at full speed while using the HyperDrive.

HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub for 2016 MacBook Pro
Despite its prowess and number of ports, HyperDrive occupies the smallest of footprint. Its highly portable compact size allows the HyperDrive to attach to the side of the MacBook Pro without any cables or obstruction, allowing the user to always have access to all ports at all times without the need to carry multiple cumbersome dongles. The same HyperDrive works perfectly with both 13” and 15” 2016 MacBook Pro.

“This is the adapter that Apple should have provided with the 2016 MacBook Pro to ensure backward compatibility with current non USB-C devices,” said Daniel Chin, CEO of Sanho Corporation. “Our vision is to create a dongle that replaces all other dongles, with all the popular ports from the previous MacBook Pro model, in the most portable form factor so that every 2016 MacBook Pro user will want to use it,” he added. “And we want to make it very affordable for everyone to bring usability back to their new 2016 MacBook Pro, which is why we are launching the HyperDrive via Kickstarter,” he concluded.

HYPER is offering the HyperDrive as a reward to Kickstarter backers who pledge $69 or more in a bid to raise $100,000 via Kickstarter to fund the HyperDrive product. Funding started on December 5, 2016 and will end on January 16, 2017. The funding amount is currently over $1.5M and counting. HYPER aims to start shipping the HyperDrive in February, 2017. HYPER had previously successfully launched and shipped 10 other crowdfunding project which had raised over $2 million dollars in total.

Notables

  • World’s most compact and fastest (50Gb/s) Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub
  • First and only dongle specifically designed for the 2016 MacBook Pro
  • Utilizes 2 x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports on the MacBook Pro for maximum (50Gb/s) bandwidth which allows all 7 ports on the hub (HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, SD, microSD, 2 x USB 3.1) to be used simultaneously
  • Connect to both HDMI display (up to 4K @ 30Hz) and Thunderbolt 3 display (up to 5K @ 60Hz) at the same time.
  • Thunderbolt 3 port supports video display, 40Gb/s data and maximum 100W power delivery to charge MacBook Pro at full speed
  • CNC precision milled aluminum enclosure, available in space gray and silver color, with the same appearance as the MacBook Pro

Specifications

  • Input Connectivity: 2 x Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C (50Gb/s)
  • Output Connectivity:
    • HDMI supporting 1080p@60Hz, 4K@30Hz
    • Thunderbolt 3 supporting video up to 5K or 2 x 4K@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)
  • Power 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

Pricing and Availability
Expected retail price of HyperDrive is $99
Kickstarter Backers will get the HyperDrive for $69, 30% off expected retail price
HyperDrive is expected to start shipping in February, 2017 upon successful Kickstarter funding.

About Sanho Corporation
Sanho Corporation designs, manufactures and markets IT accessories with a focus on Apple accessories, portable power and data storage & transfer. Sanho is committed to developing cutting edge products with a dedicated focus on performance, quality, value and service, with a sales and marketing office in the U.S. in Silicon Valley, California, a production facility near Shenzhen, China, and R&D teams in both countries.

HYPER is a fashionable line of mobile accessories – manufactured by Sanho Corporation – designed to increase functionality in every day life. Hyper products include:

HyperJuice - External battery pack for Apple MacBook
HyperDrive - Data storage & transfer products for MacBook, iPhone, iPad, Android and digital cameras
HyperVR - Virtual reality headset with integrated headphones
HyperLink - 316L stainless steel bands for Apple Watch
HyperShield - World's thinnest and lightest iPhone case
HyperThin - World's thinnest HDMI cable
iStick - World's first USB flash drive with integrated Apple Lightning connector
iUSBport/CloudFTP - World's first wireless USB port

Our first Kickstarter project, CloudFTP was the 3rd most funded Kickstarter technology project when funding ended and named by Stuff Magazine as one of the “10 best Kickstarter technology projects”. Our 2nd Kickstarter project, iStick raised over $1.1 million and was one of the 50 most funded Kickstarter project when funding ended. Our previous crowdfunding projects, CloudFTP, iStick, HyperLink, iShowFast, Pearl Kickstarter, Pearl Indiegogo, iPin for iPhone/Android, iPin for iPhone, HyperDrive for MacBook and HyperJuice for MacBook have altogether raised over $2 million.

For more information, please visit www.HyperShop.com

Company Contact:
Daniel Chin
daniel@sanho.com

Video: https://youtu.be/GxwOxeSpzyg
Press Quality Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3oxpy3kwu2m5sst/AABfo-0gz4lGsJL7r31uFh0Ia?dl=0
Kickstarter Project Page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hypershop/hyperdrivetm-compact-thunderbolt-3-usb-c-hub-for-m/

HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub for 2016 MacBook Pro





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