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Accessory brand Hyper today announced the official launch of its new 18-port HyperDrive GEN2 18-port hub, which joins the recently released 12-port and 6-port versions.

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The new GEN2 HyperDrive USB-C hubs offer twice the speed of Hyper's previous-generation hubs, with 4K 60Hz display compatibility, 10 Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 data transfer speeds, 300 MB/s MicroSD/SD 4.0 slots, and up to 100W power delivery to a host computer.

The GEN2 hubs raised over $1.5 million through crowdfunding earlier this year, but they are all now available for general purchase with the 6-port version priced at $99.99, the 12-port version at $149.99, and the new 18-port version at $199.99.

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The 18-port version includes two USB-A 10 Gbps ports, one USB-A port with 18W QuickCharge support, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB-C 10 Gbps port, a USB-C Power Delivery port with 100W charging power for connecting to the host computer, two 4K 60Hz HDR HDMI ports, one DisplayPort 4K 60Hz port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, SD and Micro SD UHS-II card readers, digital coaxial and optical Toslink audio, a 3.5mm audio jack, a VGA port, and a DC power port for driving the hub.

All three of the HyperDrive GEN2 hubs are available now through HyperShop and other retailers such as B&H Photo.

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Article Link: HyperDrive GEN2 USB-C Hubs With Up to 18 Ports Now Available
 
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jlocker

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Nice hubs, if you got a MacBook Pro 16, this really give you a lot off connections. If you have a EGPU box and the top of the line hubs. It is like having a Mac mini pro computer. And you get the advantage of still having a portable laptop to take with you and not having it stuck to a desk. :)
 
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MrMacintoshIII

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I wasn't familiar, nice solid beefy looking design, sounds like the rest of the execution is top notch, and the price seems pretty fantastic: the 18-port is on their site for $199 (and you can register for 10% discount).

I have plenty of their devices at this point and I’m convinced Apple needs to absorb them. They are THAT good.

watch their Kickstarter and Indiegogo pages in the future. I picked up this 18 port for $140 shipped thanks to early birding.
 
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darktux

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Does anybody know of a Thunderbolt 3 dock with a XQD or CFExpress card reader instead or in addition to the SDCard reader? I could only find the insanely expensive LaCie 1big Dock SSD Pro with very limited ports but an included NVMe SSD.
 
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Cubsfan

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In order to get another USBC port at all, it looks like I would need to get the 18 port one? Looks like the rest only pass through power?
 
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Nicksd84

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I’m relatively new to the usb-c world. Old devices and cables worked well for quite a while.

One question. How do these hubs do with heat management when running everything through one port? For those that have used something similar any issues when running multiple tasks?
 
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kingsrule5

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Big flaw here being it’s USB-C not thunderbolt so with Apple still not allowing MST you can only get mirrored external displays if you use multiple monitors.

The fact you need to pay extra for specific thunderbolt docks to be able to use multiple monitors even on “pro” devices is absurd.
 
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iStorm

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Will macOS ever support MST? It's frustrating that all these hubs have multiple display ports, but you can't use them all in extended mode.

From Hyper's site:
Triple (HDMI x 2, DP x 1) 4K 60Hz Video - 2X refresh rate
Experience high-resolution 4K video on HDMI/DP displays with twice the refresh rate for faster, smoother video. *MacOS supports SST (Single Stream Transport) so it will show one extended display with the same image on all external displays at 4K60Hz. Windows/Chrome OS supports MST (Multi Stream Transport) and will support 3 extended displays. 1 display at 4K60Hz. 2 displays at 4K30Hz + 4K30Hz. 3 displays at 4K30Hz + 4K30Hz + 1080p.
 
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marek.jalovec

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got it on kickstarter and i'm very disappointed. my monitor is flickering every 5-10sec, their response was "we are sorry, reset SMC". that didn't help and I have a paperweight worth close to $100. i know people have more expensive paperweights, but this is a huge disappointment after their amazing 100w charger.
 
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jaytv111

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I’m relatively new to the usb-c world. Old devices and cables worked well for quite a while.

One question. How do these hubs do with heat management when running everything through one port? For those that have used something similar any issues when running multiple tasks?

The chips generate heat, that’s why they have a larger design, for a small heat sink to be put in. The ports themselves are built for this very scenario, one cable docking.
 
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[AUT] Thomas

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Correct me if I'm wrong... but this is basically an overpriced Dell WD19 without USB power disitribution? Nvm it's actually the same price, except the WD19 can optionally be purchased as Thunderbolt version.

However, crippled MacOS with it's lack of MST doesn't support multiple screens anyway with intel GPUs...

If your thinking of the 18 port one / consider using more than 1 monitor not in duplicate mode - get a Thunderbolt 3 hub for 50$ more like CalDigit Ts3+
Don't waste your time on USB-C or display link hubs.
Or install Windows on your Macbook... then it works too... because Apple and intel can't get a basic feature done... pathetic.
 
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manu chao

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Note that this is not a thunderbolt dock. It is basically a very overpriced USB hub that happens to also provide some extra ports for ethernet and limited video out functionality. And VGA out? It's like they added garbage ports just to say they have "18" ports :rolleyes:
The whole box is connected to a computer via USB-C. How much bandwidth does this provide to power all those ports somewhat simultaneously?
 
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