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This clever USB-C hub attaches directly to your MacBook charger

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Hyper has a new USB-C hub, and it’s a pretty clever twist on the usual hubs we’ve seen. Instead of plugging your charger into a separate hub, the HyperDrive USB-C Hub Attach attaches (get it?) to the charger for a more seamless setup than a dangling dongle.

It’s similar to the TwelveSouth’s PlugBug, which attaches to the plug end of Apple’s MacBook chargers to add USB Type-A ports for charging. But the HyperDrive USB-C Hub Attach goes a step further by actually serving as an active USB-C hub. It lets you not only use the two extra ports for charging, but you can actually connect them to your computer for data transfer, too.

Due to the physical design of the Hub Attach, Hyper is making two versions. There’s a $49.99 model for the 15-inch MacBook Pro’s physically larger, 87W USB-C charger (which Hyper says can output up to 82W to the USB-C port and up to 12.5W on the USB Type-A plugs). And for the 13-inch MacBook Pro’s 61W charger, there’s a smaller $39.99 model (which Hyper promises can still deliver up to 58W over USB-C).

The HyperDrive USB-C Hub Attach is set to ship in early November, and Hyper hopes to sweeten the pot by offering a 25 percent discount for preorders.