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HYPER today announced the HyperDrive "DUO PRO," a 7-in-2 USB-C hub designed specifically for Apple's latest high-end MacBook Pro models, launching on Indiegogo with the first shipments set to go out in January.

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The HyperDrive DUO PRO features a Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 port capable of data transfer at 40Gbps, 100W PD, and 6K 60Hz video, an HDMI port with support for 4K 60Hz displays, a 5Gbps USB-A port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a 5Gbps USB-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a 104MB/s MicroSD card reader. To maintain a slim design, the Gigabit Ethernet port is retractable.

The hub is available in Space Gray and Silver to match the finish of the MacBook Pro's chassis. While it has been designed for the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models to match their side profile and avoid interfering with the MagSafe charging port, the DUO PRO also works with any MacBook from 2016 to 2020. With a universal USB-C adapter, the DUO PRO is also compatible with any Chromebooks, PCs, and iPads that have a USB-C port.


The DUO PRO has extended USB-C connectors that allow the hub to work with protective MacBook cases, and an optional adapter allows it to sit flush against MacBooks without a case. The DUO PRO also features HYPER's Magnetic Grip to allow it to securely attach to the MacBook.

The HyperDrive DUO PRO 7-in-2 USB-C Hub is available for backing on Indiegogo now. Early backers will be able to get the DUO PRO hub for $49.99, which is half of the final retail price.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with HYPER. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

Article Link: HYPER's 'DUO PRO' 7-in-2 USB-C Hub Debuts for New MacBook Pro Models
 
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Why is it that so few of these have dual display outputs?

Does having dual HDMI out or dual DisplayPort out require additional on-dock processing or something?
The new MBP already has HDMI on the other side, so this would mean you'd have 2.

If you're looking for a docking setup at the desktop, I'd go with a true dock, rather than these portable ones. With my setup I plug in a single USB-C cable and have power, dual displays, RAID, network, etc.

With this one shown, you'd need to open the laptop to plug it in each time. These are really portable ones, meant for the laptop bag when traveling, should you find the need to plug other things in when presenting or working remotely. At home or in the office, I'd go for a real dock.
 
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axcess99

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Optional adapter to sit flush without a case? How many people have cases on their mbp, and how standardized with the thickness of those even? Nice for what I would assume is a minority of people that all those stars align just right for their case, but yuk to require an upsell for those that want a good fit with a "naked" laptop.

Based on ship time, they already have them designed and built. So this is clearly just presale, not a "true" indigogo that needs the money to fund it. Not really in the spirit but I guess good in that you should avoid the problem of excessive delays/failure of the "project".
 

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Unless you need two headphone jacks.
Not even, it appears to cover the built-in one and is (presumably) lower quality than the MacBook's high impedance jack port. Given this doesn't really give much net new (USB-A, ethernet, second HDMI), it seems it would be simpler to just have a traditional ethernet or USB-A dongle with cable that doesn't interfere with plugging things into the included ports.

Will be very curious if anyone seeing this article actually find this useful for their use cases.
 

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Doesn’t seem like your getting a lot out of this, extra HDMI, and Ethernet is all your really getting. Unless you need two headphone jacks.
And two SD card readers. This seems like it was repurposed from the old macbook pros.
 

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The new MBP already has HDMI on the other side, so this would mean you'd have 2.

If you're looking for a docking setup at the desktop, I'd go with a true dock, rather than these portable ones. With my setup I plug in a single USB-C cable and have power, dual displays, RAID, network, etc.

With this one shown, you'd need to open the laptop to plug it in each time. These are really portable ones, meant for the laptop bag when traveling, should you find the need to plug other things in when presenting or working remotely. At home or in the office, I'd go for a real dock.
Bandwidth? 1 USB-C port only has 10 gbps.
 

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What's the use of a 2nd 3.5mm jack?

What I want is a USB dongle that does

- 1GbE port
- CompactFlash slot
- CFexpress slot
 
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Why is it that so few of these have dual display outputs?

Does having dual HDMI out or dual DisplayPort out require additional on-dock processing or something?

The M1 Pro can drive two external displays, so in addition to the HDMI port on the right, this adds the second one. The adapter just has to pass the signal through.

Whereas, to add even more HDMI, you'd need something more complicated, such as demuxing the signal into two separate ports (at half the bandwidth each), or something like DisplayLink, essentially a low-cost eGPU.

Doesn’t seem like your getting a lot out of this, extra HDMI, and Ethernet is all your really getting. Unless you need two headphone jacks.

It adds HDMI, Ethernet, and USB-A, all three of which would be useful to me. (Yes, I have two external displays, not one.)

Bummer about the Ethernet port. I think I'd ultimately prefer something that isn't flush with the device but has full-height Ethernet without an awkward solution that probably fails the 101st time.
 
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Don’t call it “pro” unless the ethernet is 10Gb. All the other ports are just replications of what the Macbook Pro already has. And if you need a dock, you’re plugged into AC power, so forcing you to plug this directly into the computer is unnecessary and limits options.
 
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Never cared for their touchbar dock. It couldn't even withstand the slightest bump on the desk without disconnecting.
 

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The M1 Pro can drive two external displays, so in addition to the HDMI port on the right, this adds the second one. The adapter just has to pass the signal through.

Whereas, to add even more HDMI, you'd need something more complicated, such as demuxing the signal into two separate ports (at half the bandwidth each), or something like DisplayLink, essentially a low-cost eGPU.



It adds HDMI, Ethernet, and USB-A, all three of which would be useful to me. (Yes, I have two external displays, not one.)

Bummer about the Ethernet port. I think I'd ultimately prefer something that isn't flush with the device but has full-height Ethernet without an awkward solution that probably fails the 101st time.
The M1 Pro doesn't need 2 HDMI ports to run two displays. You already have more than 1 option. You can use the HDMI or the Thunderbolt connections. High quality, cables that go from HDMI to HDMI, HDMI to DisplayPort, Thunderbolt to DisplayPort etc, are already made. Or you can just daisy chain the displays themselves if they allow it.
This new "hub" they made is just a retooled older version. There are better options and better solutions out there.
 

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The M1 Pro doesn't need 2 HDMI ports to run two displays. You already have more than 1 option. You can use the HDMI or the Thunderbolt connections. High quality, cables that go from HDMI to HDMI, HDMI to DisplayPort, Thunderbolt to DisplayPort etc, are already made. Or you can just daisy chain the displays themselves if they allow it.
This new "hub" they made is just a retooled older version. There are better options and better solutions out there.

What do you think a hub is, exactly? Yes, you could get five dongles. Or you could get this hub.
 
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