Apple’s iMac 24-inch could also be sleek and unexpectedly colorful, but it’s not exactly overflowing with ports, especially if you decide on the most cost-effective model. Cupertino’s minimalism is the hub world’s opportunity, however, with Hyper wading in with two new HyperDrive iMac 24-inch hubs that add up to 6 extra ports to the macOS all-in-one.
As standard, the entry-level 24-inch iMac has two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports on the rear. Apple’s costlier configurations add a pair of USB 3 ports alongside. However, unlike Intel-based iMac models of old, there’s no SD card slot.
The HyperDrive 5-in-1 and HyperDrive 6-in-1 come to the rescue, hooking up via one among the USB Type-C ports on the rear and adding various extras.
The 5-in-1 design has two USB-C (5Gbps), two USB-A (5Gbps), and one USB-A (5Gbps) with 7.5W charging support. The 6-in-1 version, meanwhile, features a USB-C (10Gbps), a USB-A (10Gbps), and a USB-A (10Gbps) with 7.5W charging support. There’s also an HDMI output with 4K/60Hz support, an SD UHS-I reader, and a microSD UHS-I reader.
While USB-C hubs aren’t exactly briefly supply at now, Hyper’s design does have some advantages. Most blatant is that the way it attaches to the iMac 24, clamping onto the lower edge. That way, you get no extra addition to the footprint on your desk.
The clamp itself is tightened with an easy knob on the rear, and Hyper says it’s lined the mechanism with rubber pads to avoid scratching or otherwise damaging the iMac itself. It also means you don’t need tools to connect it or take it off.
Hyper even includes seven different faceplates with each hub to match the various colors Apple offers the iMac 24 itself in. The 5-in-1 and 6-in-1 hubs are available now, priced at $49.99 and $79.99, respectively.