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DGRule "invisible" hub extends MacBook Pro peripheral potential

DGRule "invisible" hub extends...
The DGRule sits under the back/rear of a MacBook Pro to add some extra ports
The DGRule sits under the back/rear of a MacBook Pro to add some extra ports
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The DGRule sits under the back/rear of a MacBook Pro to add some extra ports
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The DGRule sits under the back/rear of a MacBook Pro to add some extra ports
The DGRule adds an array of extra ports to a MacBook Pro
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The DGRule adds an array of extra ports to a MacBook Pro
The DGRule comes in gray or silver aluminum
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The DGRule comes in gray or silver aluminum
The DGRule adds extra ports to the rear of the MacBook Pro
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The DGRule adds extra ports to the rear of the MacBook Pro
The ports provided by the DGRule
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The ports provided by the DGRule
Ten, count 'em, ten ports
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Ten, count 'em, ten ports
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Last November, Apple released its first new MacBook Pro screen size in eight years in the form of the 16-inch model. And the company was true to form when it came to fitting the new MacBook Pro, along with its smaller siblings, with ports, providing just four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and a 3.5-mm audio port. That's where devices like the DGRule step in, to provide ports for any legacy peripherals.

Its creators call the DGRule an "invisible hub." While that's not quite the case, it's still a pretty discreet and the bulk of the not-too-bulky hub sits underneath the MacBook Pro, so only the clips fastening the device to either side of the laptop will be "visible" most of the time.

The DGRule occupies two Thunderbolt ports – both on the same side of the laptop – leaving the two on the opposite side free for other devices. The hub itself provides only one Thunderbolt 3 port, which is a net gain of -1 such ports overall, but adds three USB 3.1, one HDMI, one miniDP, one USB-C, one MicroSD and one 3.5-mm audio port. The USB-C port supports 100 W charging of the MacBook Pro and the Thunderbolt port offers data transfer rates of up to 40 Gb/s.

The DGRule adds extra ports to the rear of the MacBook Pro
The DGRule adds extra ports to the rear of the MacBook Pro

Coming in space gray or silver, the DGRule's aluminum exterior will match the enclosure of Apple's laptop and add just 6.6 oz (187 g), 8.7 oz (246 g) or 8.9 oz (252 g) to the 13-in, 15-in and 16-in MacBook pros, respectively. It will also raise the rear of the MacBook Pro around 0.6 in (15 mm) and lets all attached cables trail from the rear of the computer, further enhancing the unit's "invisibility."

The DGRule has exceeded its crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter many times over with two weeks still to run on the campaign. Pledges to secure one start at US$79, a significant discount on the anticipated $140 retail price. Deliveries are slated for March 2020 if all goes to plan.

Check out the DGRule's features in the video below.

DGRule - The Invisible Hub for MacBook

Source: Kickstarter/DGRule

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Frank Woolf
So it uses two of the thunderbolt 3 ports and replaces them with one? My problem is not enough Thunderbolt 3 or 2 ports. This seems like there would be even less.