This week Hyper is launching its next generation HyperDrive GEN2 USB-C Hub lineup with 6, 12 and 18 port models in a new rugged form factor.

Head below for our hands-on look and get up to 40% off pre-orders for a limited time.

Hands-on HyperDrive GEN2: Next Generation USB-C Hub

Fans of Hyper’s previous hubs will likely notice that the new GEN2 lineup sports an all-new rugged and industrial metallic exterior. The company notes that the ridges along the top of the new hubs help with heat dissipation and make it so the hub will always be cool to the touch while in use.

The new models are designed to stand both upright (for better heat dissipation) or to lay flat like previous-gen models, depending on your preference. Hyper has made a point of putting the ports you’ll need to access frequently–  memory card slots, USB ports and 3.5mm audio jacks– on the front of the hub.

As for new and improved ports, the GEN2 hubs offer 4K60Hz HDMI HDR (vs 4K30Hz HDMI on 1st generation USB-C hubs), 300MB/s UHS-II MicroSD/SD (vs 104MB/s UHS-I MicroSD/SD), 10Gb/s USB-A Gen 2 (vs 5Gb/s USB-A Gen 1), and 100W USB-C Power Delivery (vs 60W USB-C Power Delivery). With the new specs, the GEN2 hubs delivery 2X the video refresh speed and USB transfer speed as well as 3X memory card transfer speed, and 2X power delivery over previous gen models.

Starting at $59 as a preorder special on Kickstarter, the new HyperDrive GEN2 lineup is available in 6, 12 and 18-port versions:

On the 6 port model you get all SD UHS-II, MicroSD UHS-II, a 3.5mm Audio Jack, USB-A 10Gbps, HDMI 4K60Hz HDR, and USB-C with 100W Power Delivery. The 12 port model adds in three additional USB-A ports as well as Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 4K60Hz HDR, and DisplayPort 4K60Hz. With the 18 port model, you get everything from the 12 port plus two additional USB-A ports, a DC Power Port, Digital Coaxial Audio, Optical Toslink Audio, and VGA.

You can preorder the HyperDrive GEN2 USB-C Hub for up to 40% off retail on Kickstarter now.

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