We are conditioned to believe that a tablet should have just one or two I/O. Strange because most tablets are marketed as laptop-like productivity devices and yet it has just one port? It really should have more, but we know very well we won’t be getting any because, in the world of gadgets, there is subtraction but no addition.
This is where HyperDrive 6-in-1 USB-C Media Hub for iPad can fill in the void. As the product name implies, this nifty device plugs into an iPad Pro, iPad Air, or the new 2021 iPad mini and transform the lone USB-C port into a USB hub with an HDMI port (4K 60 Hz), 5 Gbps USB-C PD port, a microSD/SD card reader, and a USB-A port.
In addition, the HyperDrive 6-in-1 USB-C Media Hub for iPad also adds back a 3.5 mm audio jack that has been removed for the newer iPads. As the product name also suggests, this device also puts media control at your fingertips, allowing you to play/pause, forward, rewind media without interrupting your workflow.
We cannot attest to how it actually works, but on paper, the HyperDrive 6-in-1 USB-C Media Hub for iPad does appear to be a handy device for power users. However, such convenience does come with quite a hefty price. It will run you back at US$99.99 a pop.
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