It was fully funded on 20th February 2018 where it raised a total of US$657,117 from 4,902 backers out of their initial goal of US$100,000.
It started shipping in June 2018, and I received it on the 4th of July 2018.
I missed the initial early bird price of US$79 (S$108) and hence my friend, Kevin Lim, asked me whether I am interested in joining him for the 2x HyperDrive early bird instead.
Get two (2) HyperDrive at more than 50% off the expected retail price of $318!
The cost adds up to US$158 (S$216) plus US$20 (S$28) for shipping to Singapore. That works out to be US$178 (S$244) for two units of HyperDrive. Hence, each of us paid S$122 each.
As the name of the product sounds, it is an 8-in-1 USB-C hub with wireless charging capability.
Which eight ports you might wonder?
- 1x 4K HDMI Port (1080p at 60 Hz or 4K at 30 Hz)
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet Port
- 1x microSD Card Slot (UHS-I 104 MB/s)
- 1x SD Card Slot (UHS-I 104 MB/s)
- 1x USB-C Power Delivery Port (60W)
- 3x USB-A 3.1 Ports (5 Gb/s)
Notice the transparent film on the HyperDrive? Once I tore it out, it leaves a sticky residue on the plastic bottom. It took me a while to remove it. I was expecting a better quality film.
It includes a rather short USB-C to USB-C cable.
The four tiny rubber feet on the wireless charger is removable, and hence it comes off easily. When I am trying to remove the sticky residue left behind by the film, I accidentally rub it off. Because it is tiny, I think it is a matter of time before you lose it. I am sure it will come off eventually when you are carrying it around in your bag.
Wireless charging indicator is in front.
At the back houses the HDMI port, USB-C Power Delivery port and Gigabit Ethernet Port.
On the right houses the USB-C port for you to connect to your computer and two USB-A 3.1 ports.
On the left houses one USB-A 3.1 port, microSD card slot, and SD card slot.
HyperDrive has three wireless charging coils and can support all the four Qi wireless charging standards (7.5W, 5W, 10W and 15W).
The wireless charger also acts as a convertible mobile phone stand which gives you unlimited adjustable viewing angles. HYPER mentioned that the hinge used to make the charging stand is the same one commonly used in laptops.
The hinge feels pretty well made when I played with it. Let’s see whether it remains the same after a period of usage.
Overall, the build quality of the HyperDrive is pretty good. It is made of Aluminum and ABS plastic and weighs 204 g. Regarding dimensions, it measures 130 x 94 x 25.8 mm. This makes it very portable, and hence, it is excellent for traveling.