The redesigned Sanho HyperDrive Duo 7 hub, which launched Monday, attaches more securely to the side of the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. The second-generation clip-on adds 60Hz, 4K video support through its HDMI port.
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Design changes in the 2020 HyperDrive Duo
When it launched back in 2018, the original HyperDrive Duo was something of a revolution, as it occupied both a macOS laptop’s USB-C ports. The updated version keeps the same general design.
But the original had an HDMI port that could only handle 4K video at 30Hz. The 2020 version makes the jump up to 60Hz. Rival USB-C hubs make that same claim but can’t always live up to the promise — only time will tell if this one can.
Also, the new model comes with “a grip that ensures that the USB-C Hub stays tight and secure on the MacBook Pro/Air no matter the number of connections,” according to Sanho. This can be removed to connect the HyperDrive Duo to Mac laptops in a case.
And there’s a new extension cable to allow the multi-port adapter to work with any USB-C device, such as an iPad Pro.
Besides the HDMI port, this hub includes a USB-C port that offers 40Gbps data and 100W power, a USB-C port that supports 5Gbps and 60W, a pair of USB-A 5Gbps ports, and microSD and SD card readers.