HyperDrive GEN2: Next Generation USB-C Hub. 2X Speed & Power

4K60Hz Video + 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 + 300MB/s UHS-II MicroSD/SD + 100W USB-C Power Delivery
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Ever since we popularized the usage of USB-C Hubs in 2015 

We released our first USB-C hub back in 2015 for the 12″ MacBook. In 2016, we introduced the HyperDrive USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro which went on to become the World’s most crowdfunded USB-C accessory and probably the most popular USB-C Hub to date.

Little had changed over the last 5 years 

Since then, there was hardly any advancement from standard 1st generation features like:

  • 4K30Hz HDMI
  • 104MB/s UHS-I MicroSD/SD
  • 5Gb/s USB-A Gen 1
  • 60W USB-C Power Delivery

Until now…

Introducing the next-gen of USB-C Hubs with 2X Speed & Power

Introducing the next generation of USB-C hubs with 2X the speed and 2X the power of 1st generation USB-C hubs

We call this HyperDrive GEN2

With HyperDrive GEN2, you get

  •  4K60Hz HDMI HDR (vs 4K30Hz HDMI on 1st generation USB-C hubs)
  •  300MB/s UHS-II MicroSD/SD (vs 104MB/s UHS-I MicroSD/SD)
  •  10Gb/s USB-A Gen 2 (vs 5Gb/s USB-A Gen 1)
  •  100W USB-C Power Delivery (vs 60W USB-C Power Delivery)

Get 2X video refresh speed, 2X USB transfer speed, 3X memory card transfer speed, and 2X power delivery

No dangling dongles. HyperDrive GEN2 works perfectly with iPad Pro, mobile devices as well as computers. 

HyperDrive GEN2 comes with a long enough cable to work well with iPad Pro and any USB-C device

Available in 6 ports

  • SD UHS-II
  • MicroSD UHS-II
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • USB-A 10Gbps
  • HDMI 4K60Hz HDR
  • USB-C Power Delivery 100W 

Or 12 ports with additional HDMI & DisplayPort video output

Everything in the above 6-port model plus:

  • USB-A 10Gbps
  • USB-A 2.0
  • USB-A 2.0
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • HDMI 4K60Hz HDR
  • DisplayPort 4K60Hz

There is also an 18-port version with optical/digital audio

Everything in the above 6-port and 12-port models plus:

  • USB-A QC 3.0 18W
  • USB-A 10Gbps
  • DC Power Port
  • Digital Coaxial Audio
  • Optical Toslink Audio
  • VGA

In summary:

There is a HyperDrive GEN2 USB-C Hub for every need 

From mobile devices and tablets…

iPad Pro, tablets and mobile devices with 6-port HyperDrive GEN2

To laptops and computers…

MacBook Pro and laptops with 12-port HyperDrive GEN2

To even desktops for high-end audio and video editing

Desktops with 18-port HyperDrive GEN2

Design

HyperDrive GEN2 is designed to have a minimalistic industrial look that is both elegant and functional. The all-metallic exterior gives a solid rugged feel while the ridges at the top 2/3 of the product aid in heat dissipation and makes it cool to the touch. All 3 models are designed to either stand vertically upright for better heat dissipation or lie horizontally flat. Commonly accessed ports (like memory card slots, USB ports and 3.5mm audio jacks) are placed on the front of the hub while other more permanent connections are placed at the back for better cable management.

Front of HyperDrive GEN2 USB-C Hubs with iPhone 11 Pro Max for size reference

Back of HyperDrive GEN2 USB-C Hubs with iPhone 11 Pro Max for size reference

HyperDrive GEN2 USB-C Hub on demo at CES 2020

We recently demoed working prototypes of the HyperDrive GEN2 USB-C Hubs in front of thousands of trade visitors at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from January 7-10, 2020.

HyperDrive GEN2 in 6-port, 12-port, and 18-port.

Proof of Concept

The following single-shot unedited video shows a fully functional HyperDrive GEN2 USB-C Hub supporting 4K60Hz video, 100W Power Delivery (85W to computer, 15W to hub), 10Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 (~1000MB/s), and UHS-II MicroSD/SD (~300MB/s) 

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For comparison, we used a competitor 1st generation USB-C hub which was only capable of 4K30Hz video, 60W Power Delivery, 5Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 1 (~500MB/s) and UHS-I MicroSD/SD (~100MB/s)

HyperDrive GEN2 vs Competitor (1st Generation) USB-C Hub

Power Delivery

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HyperDrive GEN2 (left) is capable of 100W Power Delivery (85W to computer, 15W to hub) while the competitor’s current 1st generation USB-C hub (right) is only capable of 60W Power Delivery.

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Display Output

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HyperDrive GEN2 (left) is capable of 4K 60 Hertz video output while the competitor’s current 1st generation USB-C hub (right) is only capable of 4K 30 Hertz.

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USB Speed 

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HyperDrive GEN2 (left) is capable of 10Gbps (~1000MB/s) transfer speed while the competitor’s current 1st generation USB-C hub (right) is only capable of 5Gbps (~500MB/s) transfer speed.

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MicroSD/SD Memory Card Transfer Speed

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HyperDrive GEN2 (left) MicroSD/SD memory card slot is capable of ~300MB/s UHS-II transfer speed while the competitor’s current 1st generation USB-C hub (right) is only capable of ~100MB/s UHS-I transfer speed

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Specifications

Dimensions (L x W x H)

  •  6-port: 50.8 x 14.99 x 88.9mm (254mm cable) / 2” x 0.59” x 3.5” (10” cable)
  •  12-port: 88.9 x 42.93 x 106.68mm (273mm cable) / 3.5” x 1.69” x 4.2” (10.75” cable)
  •  18-port: 88.9 x 43.94 x 132.08mm / 3.5” x 1.73” x 5.2”

Weight

  •  6-port: 131.54 g / 4.7 oz / 0.29 lb
  •  12-port: 480.81 g / 16.96 oz / 1.06 lbs
  •  18-port: 589.67 g / 20.8 oz / 1.3 lbs

Ports

Chipsets

Rewards

Early Bird Specials (50% off)

  • $49   :  6-port GEN2 USB-C Hub
  • $75   : 12-port GEN2 USB-C Hub
  • $99  : 18-port GEN2 USB-C Hub

Kickstarter Special (30% off)

  • $69   :  6-port GEN2 USB-C Hub
  • $105 : 12-port GEN2 USB-C Hub
  • $139 : 18-port GEN2 USB-C Hub

Expected Retail Price

  • $99   :  6-port GEN2 USB-C Hub
  • $149 : 12-port GEN2 USB-C Hub
  • $199 : 18-port GEN2 USB-C Hub

Reward Fulfilment

The product will be manufactured in Vietnam to ensure that fulfillment will not be affected by the current coronavirus situation in China or US trade tariffs.

Rewards will be express airfreighted into the destination country with the last leg of delivery performed by the local postal service. We have to charge shipping (airfreight shipping is weight-based) as this method of shipping is not inexpensive. It is a very fast shipping method, fastest after express courier and how we can ensure that backers get their rewards as soon as possible.

Project Timeline

  • February 3, 2020 – Kickstarter begins
  • March 2, 2020 – Kickstarter ends
  • March 2020 – Production begins
  • March 2020 – Shipping of 6-port GEN2 USB-C Hub
  • April 2020 – Shipping of 12-port GEN2 USB-C Hub
  • May 2020 – Shipping of 18-port GEN2 USB-C Hub

About Us

HYPER by Sanho Corporation has been making award-winning USB-C products since 2015. We also have a long proven track record of delivering Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects. Our most successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo project, HyperDrive USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro, raised over $3.1 million and is currently the most crowdfunded MacBook and USB-C accessory. Our latest Kickstarter and Indiegogo, HyperJuice 100W GaN Charger, which raised over $2.6 million is the most crowdfunded USB-C charger. The HyperJuice 130W USB-C Battery Pack is the most crowdfunded power bank project on Kickstarter ($1.4M). Our HyperDrive USB-C Hub for iPad Pro is the most crowdfunded iPad accessory ($1.2M) and many more. So we do have a lot of experience with USB-C and Apple products. This is our 24th crowdfunding project. Our previous crowdfunding projects have altogether raised over $11.86 million and we have delivered to over 127,000 backers.

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