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HyperDrive USB-C Hub — The 8-in-1 hub for Apple users

HyperDrive is a multi-functional USB-C hub that doubles as a wireless charger and an iPhone stand. Later in the review section, you will learn whether you should spend money buying this piece of gadget.

With the recent release of iPhone X, our community took a hard hit head-on. Despite being one of the more expensive smartphones, Apple still puts up a great show amongst the rest. For those who are buying the idea, Apple’s isolated iOS system is both the useful and useless in a body. It’s loved by many, hated by many. Over years, they are many products coming up just to make Apple’s product friendlier, but the outcomes are mostly disappointing.

Everything is connecting, but Apple is not.

One example is the common cheap USB hub like this one (Amazon) in the market simply don’t work well on Apple. Despite having a sleek minimalistic appearance, the recent review section tells the story as a whole.

If you are one of the Apple fans, this is for you.

Overview – How does it really work?

HyperDrive is an old name with new functionality. The latest version of HyperDrive is capable of doing 7.5W speed wireless charging for iPhone X and iPhone 8, while up to 15W for Android phones. Made with Apple user in mind, it has a built-in (Incline) adjustable iPhone stand and comes with various ports, including 4K HDMI, GB ethernet, SD, micro SD, 3x USB 3.1 and USB-C.

The HyperDrive is made of 3 charging coils which allows you to charge your iPhone in any orientation. Also, the LCD display shows the Voltage and Ampere power being supply to your phone.

However, worth a buy? or just another flop product?

Review and Discussion – Is this product worth buying?

Hyper by Sanho Corporation had their previous campaign funded with over 3 million dollars on Indiegogo. The previous HyperDrive on Indiegogo is now on Amazon with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars, indicating people are generally happy with the product. The company is rock solid and is celebrating their 13th anniversary, you can read more from the recent review section. Since then, the company has primarily focused on the iPhone compatible hub.

Even so, it doesn’t tell if this product is good.

Each HyperDrive sells for $79. It’s kind of pricey in compared to others. You can literally get two devices (USB hub — less than $30, and Wireless charging pad — around $10) at a separate function for only half the price. Unless you’re going for the iPhone adjustable stand. Also, the LCD is rather superfluous from a customer standpoint. 90% of the time, you’ll get distracted by the current display and it serves only a little use.

Plus…

For this HyperDrive, the main selling point is no other than its 7.5-Watt iPhone wireless charging function. The rest of other features, such as the various slots/ports and Android compatibility, are actually quite common in lots of other USB hubs like this one at a much cheaper price (Amazon). Also, the majority of the people are one-sided — either having everything from Apple, or nothing at all. So, it’s no point to have both wireless chargings for Apple and Android system in one. Although that would be good to have an additional charging ability for Android, having two systems in one is always the main cause of confliction and poor performance in many “universal” wireless charging pad.

So, what now?

If you’d really like to have one for Android/Apple, I would suggest getting a separate like this one on Amazon, it’s good in quality and very cheap.

Note
For 7.5-Watt, it takes roughly 3 hours to fully charge up your iPhone X and iPhone 8. It’s far from lighting fast. Although Apple claimed that you can charge 50% in just 30 min, while that might be true, it requires a lighting-to-USB-C cable (which isn’t included in your iPhone X package, and it costs you $25 extra) and a 29-Watt compatible charger for $50 (same as Macbook’s).

So, why should you get the uncertified HyperDrive when you can have a Qi-certified Belkin 7.5-Watt wireless charging pad directly on Apple official website. First of all the price, each of the Belkin wireless pad costs you a hefty $60. Plus, many have rated bad reviews mainly due to the poor performance. The Belkin wireless charging pad is also on Amazon, you can check it out for more.

Note
Qi-certified means the product has been tasted by a Qi testing lab, it’s working, and is safe to use. It is different from false claims such as “Qi compatible”, “Qi compliant”, and “Qi approved”.

For the size, HyperDrive claims to be thinner than the Android wireless charger. However, the GIF shows no observable clear differences between the two.

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7.7 Total Score
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PROS
  • 7.5 Watt standard charging for iPhone
  • LCD current display
  • 3 charging coils allows charging in any direction
  • Upgradable firmware
  • Adjustable iPhone stand — isolate phone from the heat
  • Fixed and consistent frequency
  • Good reviews from the previous customers
CONS
  • Not Qi-certified
  • Similar product at the cheaper price
User Rating: 2.5 (2 votes)
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