Hub+ Gives Your 12-inch MacBook All The Ports That Apple Didn’t [Kickstarter]

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?

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  • Thierry Marques

    Pretty sweet, just backed it!

  • Johnny

    The only catch here: “For Hub+, they are USB 2.0 currently because there is no stable chipset right now to support USB-C to USB-A 3.0 for a hub product. We will update the product as soon as we are able to get a stable chipset. Unfortunately, we can’t make that guarantee right now as much as we’d like to.”

  • John

    “I picked up a sub-$5 USB-C to USB-A adapter online that’s doing the trick for now”

    Where did you get one for <$5.00?

  • Derek Kraneveldt

    Good eye! The only things that I plug in are a microphone for podcasting and a USB backup drive, so it’s definitely not a deal breaker for me. It would be awesome if they could get 3.0 in there though!

  • John

    Hi Derek. Thanks for getting back to me. I thought monoprice was good but that’s a great price.