The most important feature of the new Hyper Thunderbolt 4 Power Hub is something it doesn’t have: a giant power brick. The three-port hub offers 40Gbps data transfers as its rivals do, but in a more compact form.
The device was unveiled in summer 2022 and went through crowdfunding but is only now available for all to buy.
Hyper Thunderbolt 4 Power Hub
Thunderbolt 4 is a much faster standard than typical USB-C connections, but it clearly requires a lot of energy. A USB-C hub can run off power drawn from the host computer, but Thunderbolt docks must be plugged into a wall socket. And the electricity almost always needs to run through a hefty power brick.
Not the Hyper Thunderbolt 4 Power Hub. While it does need a wall socket, there’s no external power brick. GaN tech allows that to be internal, which makes the device much easier to transport. The dock is for professional MacBook users who want high-speed connectivity without sacrificing portability.
And each of its three downstream ports offers the full 40Gbps speeds or 32Gbps PCIe data transfers. The hub can handle dual 4K 60Hz displays or a single 8K 30Hz display with computers that support those.
Connected accessories can get 15W, while the host computer can receive up to 96W of power from Hyper’s dock.
Cult of Mac reviewed the product when is was in the crowdfunding stage and gave it five stars.
With crowdfunding now over, the Hyper Thunderbolt 4 Power Hub is now available for immediate purchase. It’s priced at $299.99.
Buy from: Hyper
While this is possibly the most portable Thunderbolt hub on the market, it’s not completely unique. The recently unveiled OWC Thunderbolt Go Dock is bulkier, but also has no need for an external power brick.