I think that my eBay addiction has been replaced with an even worse crowdfunding habit. In the past few months, I’ve backed Click, Adappt, Sesame, and more, and I don’t see myself slowing down any time soon.
Last week, I picked up Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook, and today I backed Hub+ on Kickstarter. The campaign is already well, well above its $35,000 goal, and deservingly so. By the looks of it, the Hub+ team has created a far more versatile MacBook accessory than Apple’s own USB-C Multiport Adapter, for essentially the same price.
Apple’s plastic USB-C adapter features a USB-C passthrough for charging, one standard USB-A port, and and HDMI or VGA port for a not-cheap-at-all $79 ($99 in Canada). The Hub+ team has created a sleek, aluminum adapter (in 3 colours to, of course, match your new MacBook) that features USB-C passthrough charging, two USB-A ports, a Mini DisplayPort, an SDXC card reader, and a 400mAh battery for charging USB devices.
You’d expect the Hub+ to cost far more than Apple’s adapter, wouldn’t you? Nope. It’s the same $79 (though it’ll retail for $114 following the campaign).
I’m loving my MacBook so far, but I do think it’s a little soon to be living without standard USB ports. I picked up a sub-$5 USB-C to USB-A adapter online that’s doing the trick for now, but it sure is annoying to have to swap out a USB device to charge my battery. Apple’s adapter looks decent, but the Hub+ looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
Take a look at the Hub+ campaign video below (head here to back), and let us know what you think! Have any of you picked up the new MacBook yet? What are you thoughts so far?