Apple’s approach in equipping its new MacBook with only one port for both connectivity and power makes the laptop incredibly sleek but a little problematic to use if you wish to connect more devices to it. But there already are two Kickstarter projects that claim to solve this issue.
Here are those two new MacBook single port solutions.
InfiniteUSB launched a stackable USB-C cable called InfiniteUSB-C. InfiniteUSB is already known for making such cables for regular USB ports. The new cables have USB-C plugs and sockets at one end and either a USB, Lightning or Micro USB socket on the other end of the cables. The very colorful cables will allow you to stack as many as you want together which will allow you to get all the connectivity you need, when you need it.
The Kickstarter project started with just a $10,000 goal but has now raised over $210,000 with only a couple of days left in the campaign. There are a lot of rewards available from just $1, but most of them are gone, so if you want any of those rewards you must act very quickly.
If you want a device that is more suited for office use, the HydraDock may be just the thing for you. HydraDock is a hub that has 11 ports on it:
- 2 x USB-C ports (that support only data transfers, no video)
- 4 x USB 3.0 ports
- 1 x HDMI port (that supports a resolution of up to 1,920×1,080, w/HDCP)
- 1 x Mini DisplayPort (that supports a resolution of up to 2,560×1,440, w/HDCP)
- 1 x SDXC card slot
- 1 x Gigabit Ethernet port
- 1 x standard 3.5mm stereo headphone port
The Kickstarter project started with a $35,000 goal and raised over $48,000 with 25 days to go. There were some HydraDocks available at the “super duper crazy earliest early bird” price of $99 but now they are all gone. You can, however, take advantage of another offer at the early bird price of $129 but at the moment there are only a handful of devices left, so if you want one, you have to be very quick about it. The project is relatively young and we can see no reason why it won’t raise a lot more money by the end of the crowdfunding campaign.
Even though we’ve seen other USB-C adapters and cables and even some external drives, we wanted to focus on those that are currently on Kickstarter. We expect to see a lot more USB-C devices in the future as people slowly embrace the new Apple MacBook.